Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 7, 2008

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Fans can schmooze with former CKLW personalities Jo-Jo Shutty-MacGregor,Charlie O'Brien and Ted "The Bear" Richards (along with his wife, former CKLW "hitline girl" Nancy ) downtown at Winter Blast on Friday before an 8 p.m. screening of the documentary about the big, booming Detroit-Windsor AM radio station of the '60s and '70s, "Radio Revolution: The Rise and Fall of the Big 8." The film will be screened in a heated tent at Campus Martius Park, where you can sip hot cocoa and talk to Richards, who just started on afternoons at WOMC-FM (104.3) ,or listen to all the wild stories about "20/20 News" crime reports. The film's director, Michael McNamara , who grew up in Windsor listening avidly to the Big 8, will also be there to talk to fans. Stick around, because at 10 p.m. "Standing in the Shadows of Motown," the documentary about Motown's Funk Brothers, will hit the screen... 'Big 8' film screens Friday at Winter Blast (Thu, 2/7)

It was 3:12 on a Saturday morning, Feb. 2, when Roseville police officer Brian Dobrzycki approached a gray 1998 Ford parked on the shoulder of I-696, near I-94, a man slumped unmoving over the steering wheel. Dobrzycki hammered on the windows and the windshield to no avail, and called emergency medical services. Moments after they arrived the man stirred, and eventually was able to unlock his door. Dobrzycki identified him: former All-Star pitcher and Tigers announcer Lary Sorensen. He was dead drunk -- nearly literally so. "I'm just happy he's not dead and he didn't kill someone else," said WJR talk-show host Frank Beckmann, who was Sorensen's broadcast partner in the Tigers' booth in the 1990s. "This whole story is just a tragedy." EMTs rushed the 52-year-old Sorensen to St. John Macomb Hospital, where he was diagnosed with alcohol poisoning. Tests determined his blood alcohol level to be .48 -- six times higher than the .08 threshold for drunk-driving convictions in Michigan... Ex-Tigers broadcaster in jail (Thu, 2/7)

I was getting my hair done the other day and the running joke at the shop is that WXYZ's Steve Wilson likes to provoke Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick just so the Mayor or one of his bodyguards will push him out of the way. When the Mayor and company shove Wilson it makes for a better story... Mayor Stops Running From Steve Wilson and Talks (Thu, 2/7)

WMGC morning show to support Capuchin Soup Kitchen with remote broadcast

Jim Harper and the Magic Morning Show will broadcast live from 6 to 10 a.m. on Friday, February 15th from the Art Van Furniture store on 14 Mile Road in Warren in support of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen's Shower Program. Donations of the following items are requested: men's, women's and children's new underwear, gently used shoes and socks, trial size toiletries and cash donations.

Refreshments will be served and those that donate will receive a special coupon offer. Fr. Vincent will also be on hand to sign copies of their new book "My Name Is...Portraits and Table Stories from the Capuchin Soup Kitchen." Books will be available for purchase for $25.

Ira Glass to visit WDET

Ira Glass, host of "This American Life" (heard on WDET-FM 101.9 Saturdays at noon and Sundays at 11AM) will stop by the WDET studios for a live appearance on Saturday, February 9 from 3pm to 4pm during the "Folks LIke Us" program. Glass' appearance is in support of the "For The Love of WDET" fundraiser.

Listeners are encouraged to share the reasons they love WDET when they make a pledge of support at (800) 959-9338 or online at

Ira Glass is in the area for a discussion and DVD signing at Borders Books & Music in downtown Ann Arbor (612 E. Liberty) at 7PM on Saturday, February 9. Ira will be signing copies of the Borders exclusive "This American Life - Season 1" DVD of the Showtime televised series.

Foxx joins the Fox

Michael J. Foxx is back on the Detroit airwaves as he joins country WDTW-FM 106.7, The Fox, for a weekend afternoon gig. He'll be heard Saturdays from noon-4pm and has also been filling in this week for the vacationing Scott Gaines= the regular afternoon drive jock on The Fox.

Michael J. spent a number of years behind the mic in Detroit, working first at WHYT-FM 96.3 then joining what was then W4 Country, WWWW-FM 106.7, in 1994. Foxx temporarily survived the station's format switch from country to rock AC in 1999 when the station became known as Alice 106.7 but moved on to Baltimore country outlet WPOC-FM 93.1 soon after the big switch. Known as simply Michael J in Baltimore, he continues to be based there.



Frank Beckman's quote: "This whole story is such a tragedy" is at the least a gross understatement. For every Lary Sorenson or Britney Spears, there are countless families of other men and women that witness the same hellish cycle of self destruction and many times are helpless to do anything. Unfortunately, the loved one has to hit solid, rock bottom before they have any hope of recovery. That's because at that point there's only one way to go: UP. It appears Lary is finding recovery hard to maintain. But he may want to consider this quote from the actor Dana Andrews who, back in the day, had more than a little fondness for the grain or the grape. He used it to reach other entertainers with dependecy problems: "Alcoholism. It's a death worse than fate." My personal commentary in this case: "Lary, if this is the way you want to leave the game (life), just keep throwing 'em back. Because in the game you're playing now death is not a sore loser. It's guaranteed a victory everytime."






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