Metro Detroit: Newsmakers June 10, 2008




Low power Spanish TV station WUDT Ch. 23 loses newscast

Equity Media, owner of Metro Detroit low power TV station WUDT Channel 23, ended production of a centralized Spanish-language newscast on Friday, leaving WUDT and 5 other Univision affiliates without evening and late news.

TVnewsday reports that Tom Arnost, president and CEO of the Equity station group, blamed the slumping economy and declines in auto, real estate and other key advertising categories for the cutbacks. Given the revenue shortfalls, "it would have been financially irresponsible to continue the news operation," Arnost said. "It's very costly."

The two daily newscasts were anchored at Equity Media production and distribution hub in Little Rock, Ark. But were localized with reports from two reporters stationed in each of the six markets. Earlier this spring Equity announced financial difficulties that might lead to bankruptcy protection.



"A Prairie Home Companion" welcomes special musical guests Howard Levy and Joe Savage to Ann Arbor

Howard Levy and Joe Savage will join Garrison Keillor for the live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion at Hill Auditorium. Garrison Keillor, America's favorite story teller, brings the nation's most popular radio variety show to Ann Arbor on June 14 at 5:45 p.m. (EST) for a live performance, co-presented by Michigan Radio and the Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

The Ann Arbor performance of A Prairie Home Companion will include Garrison Keillor's signature monologue "The News from Lake Wobegon" and familiar scripts like "The Adventures of Guy Noir" featuring regular cast members Tim Russell, Sue Scott, Fred Newman and more. Beginning with the trusted Tishomingo Blues, a variety of musical genres are performed throughout the show by The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band.

The June 14 performance from Hill Auditorium is sold out but will be broadcast live by Michigan Radio at 6:00 p.m. EST, with a repeat broadcast Sunday at 1:00 p.m. during the radio stations' normal airings of A Prairie Home Companion.



New local radio sports venture launches

Sports Notes, a live, syndicated interactive call-in radio show consisting of interviews, scores and highlights has launched on flagship station WPON - AM 1460 on Saturdays from 4pm - 5pm.

"Our show is different then any other sports show you'll hear on the radio, internet or on satellite radio", says Brian Scott, producer and co-host.

"Sports Notes is a show where three men with different perspectives come together for one common purpose, sports!", says Dave Mitchell, executive producer and host.

"This is an opportunity to fuse, sports, business and technology together to inform listeners of what's going on locally, nationally and internationally in sports", commented Walter McGuire, co-host, boxing analyst and CEO of

Originating from Detroit, the program can also be heard online at Sports Notes is produced by Ann Arbor Michigan based Metro Sports Radio.

For sponsorship information, contact Walt McGuire at (734) 717-8140. For affiliate information contact Brian Scott at (313) 263-7379 or email







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