Metro Detroit: Newsmakers April 18, 2008




Mr. Smith goes to China

News-Talk WJR AM 760's Paul W. Smith Show is scheduled to broadcast live from the 2008 Beijing Auto Show in China next Monday and Tuesday, April 21-22 from 5:30-9 a.m. Tune in to hear from all the automotive movers and shakers as Paul W. Smith goes in depth at one of China's biggest car shows.



WDET to host event with Democracy Now! host and author Goodman

Public WDET-FM 101.9, Detroit Public Radio, will present award-winning journalist and best-selling author Amy Goodman in Detroit on Friday, May 9, 2008 at 7pm at the Community Arts Auditorium on the campus of Wayne State University. Popular host of "Democracy Now!," heard on WDET Monday through Thursday at 8:00 pm, Goodman comes to Detroit with her new book co-written by her brother, David Goodman, titled, "Standing Up To The Madness: Ordinary Heroes In Extraordinary Times" (published by Hyperion).

The event is also a fundraiser for Detroit Public Radio. For a gift of $100, donors receive a pair of Silver Circle Seats (first few rows) and a copy of Goodman's new book. General admission seats are also available for $15.

Seating is limited. All tickets are available only through WDET and may be purchased by calling 1-800-959-9338 or at



Magic 80's Prom to feature John Waite

Soft rock WMGC-FM, Magic 105.1, will present the "The Magic '80s Prom," featuring special guest John Waite at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, Friday, May 23, 2008. Over the past five years, Magic 105.1 listeners have been entertained by great artists like Donny Osmond and David Cassidy. In keeping the spirit and excitement of the '80s alive, this year's listeners will enjoy a performance by '80s favorite, John Waite.

In addition to Waite's performance, Prom goers will be entertained by DJ Chooch, playing all '80s hits with classic videos to match. One Magic 105.1 couple will be crowned King and the Queen of the Prom. Dressing with '80s flare is highly recommended but not required.

"The Magic '80s Prom," is open to ages 18 and up. Tickets go on sale to the general public today, Friday April 18, 2008, at 5pm at the Royal Oak Music Theatre or by going to for the low price of $10.50. Tickets can also be won by listening to Magic 105.1.



WXYZ-TV wins AP Station of the Year award

WXYZ-TV/ Channel 7 received the "Station of the Year" award, Saturday, April 12, at the 2008 Annual Awards Banquet, hosted by the Michigan Associated Press (AP) Broadcasters Association. The event recognized and celebrated outstanding news, programming and public service stories by Michigan radio and television stations. The award was presented to Channel 7's Assistant News Director Glenn Bar at a ceremony held at the Marriott Hotel in Southfield, MI. Channel 7 "Action News" received the highest honor for General Excellence and placed first in the category of Best Newscast; Best Spot News for "Freeway Flood"; Best Hard News for "Stephen Grant verdict"; Best Continuing Coverage for "State Shutdown"; and Best Enterprise / Investigative Reporting for "Safety Second?". Action News also was honored in a number of other key categories... Read entire press release (Thu, 4/17)



Detroit News:

Not too long ago, I wrote about former WDIV-TV (Channel 4) weekend anchor Robbin Simmons , who now works at WSVN-TV (Channel 7), a Fox affiliate in Miami. I told readers how to reach her at (click on "contact us") and boy, did readers ever contact her. Simmons, a Chicago native who worked at WDIV for three years, was so moved by all the responses that she e-mailed and thanked me. This got me to thinking maybe I should include contact e-mails and Web addresses for other local TV talents who have since moved on to other stations and endeavors... Keep up with former Detroit TV reporters (Fri, 4/18)



Oakland Business Review:

The Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts has built a nearly 40-year reputation as a school for those interested in a career in television or broadcasting. Now the Southfield school is branching out to diversify its educational offerings with a 12-month course in graphic arts. It is the first of what school administrators feel will be many new courses introduced to students over coming years as the institution attempts to grow. That growth also includes the development of online courses and the potential for one or more satellite campuses throughout Southeast Michigan. "We're going to go where the students are," said Steve Julin, director of curriculum development. "The main reason for this new graphic design program is that we need to diversify our offerings in this economy to remain competitive"... Specs Howard tries graphics, online courses to diversify (Thu, 4/17)







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