Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 16, 2008




WDET hires two

Detroit Public Radio has added Rob St. Mary to the station's newsroom. St. Mary, who is a native to metro Detroit, comes with many years experience in radio news reporting. He is a graduate of Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts and began his career as a newsroom producer at WJR. From there, he took an opportunity at WLEW in Bad Axe where he served as a reporter and anchor and then moved on to WSGW in Saginaw as assistant news director. Most recently, Rob St. Mary was news director at WOOD in Grand Rapids.

Rob is the recipient of two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television News Directors Association and over a dozen awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and the Michigan Associated Press.

"I'm glad to be a WDET," he said. I've been listening to the station since I was a teenager and always enjoyed the depth of news programming and music, especially Ed Love. "Working in public radio, I won't be restrained by the format of commercial radio, so I can have the time necessary to tell the story in a way that really means something to the listener."

Hear reports from Rob St. Mary on WDET during its local newscasts weekdays on Morning Edition (5am-10am) and All Things Considered (4pm-7pm).

The station also announced the hiring of Michael Perkins as Sales Manager. Perkins, who joined WDET in November 2006, brings more than 11 years of media sales experience to his new position. Prior to coming to WDET, Perkins worked for more than 10 years in commercial broadcasting, including positions at CBS Radio and Clear Channel.

"I really enjoy working in a public broadcasting environment where news and cultural coverage is so important," said Perkins. "WDET's business partners also appreciate how engaged the station is in our community."

CKWW to air “The Evolution of Rock” weeknights

Oldies CKWW AM 580, Motor City Favorites, will take a look back at the early days of Rock & Roll with “The Evolution of Rock” starting Monday at 7 PM.

"The Evolution of Rock" is an unprecedented 64-hour music documentary and AM 580 will air one chapter every weeknight at 7 PM. It will explore the roots of Rock including the teen idols. Then it moves through the 1960’s and looks at the British Invasion, the Motown Sound and beyond, right through to the 1970’s. Produced by CHUM Radio, The Evolution of Rock won the prestigious Billboard Magazine award for “Best Radio Documentary” in the world.

Detroit Free Press:

Sherry Wells has three old televisions hooked up to an outdoor antenna. One year from Sunday, if the Ferndale resident does nothing, her television reception will end -- darkened by a plan of broadcasters to switch from old-fashioned analog signals to new-fangled digital ones. "I think I have to get three new TVs," Wells, 61, said Wednesday. Actually, she has cheaper options. But for Wells and an estimated 1.2 million other Michiganders whose televisions lack cable service or a satellite dish, the impending switch requires getting smart about the choices. To help them, an educational campaign -- the DTV Roadshow -- rolled into Novi on Friday. It is sponsored by the National Association of Broadcasters. The truck-mounted exhibit is stationed inside the Rock Financial Showplace during the Detroit Camper and RV Show... TV exhibit spreads word on how to ease switch to digital, Start preparing now for digital TV, Protest broadcasts trouble with old TVs (Sat, 2/16)







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