Metro Detroit: Newsmakers July 2, 2008




Michigan Radio Wins National Edward R. Murrow Award

Michigan Radio, the public radio service of the University of Michigan, has been recognized for excellence in broadcast journalism by the Radio-Television News Directors Association. The station received a National Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Radio News Documentary for "Ashes to Hope: Overcoming the Detroit Riots".

The news series looked at how the 1967 Detroit riots affected people, neighborhoods and even music in the Motor City, and explored the long term consequence of the riots on both the city and the state of Michigan.

Michigan Radio was the only television or radio station in the state of Michigan, public or commercial, to receive a 2008 National Edward R. Murrow Award. The award represents the first national Murrow Award that Michigan Radio has received. Michigan Public Media's The Environment Report received a national Murrow Award in 2002.

"This award is a reflection of Michigan Radio's commitment to provide in-depth coverage of stories that impact our listeners," said Michigan Radio Director of Broadcasting Steve Schram. "To win a national Murrow Award is the ultimate compliment for any news organization. We are very proud to be exclusive home of the Edward R. Murrow award in the state of Michigan this year. "

The Radio-Television News Directors Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession. The Murrow Award recognizes the "best of the best", and is considered one of the most prestigious awards in electronic journalism. 2008 national Murrow winners will be honored at the RTNDA Awards Dinner on October 13 at the Grand Hyatt New York.

Michigan Radio is the state's most listened-to public radio service, attracting approximately 400,000 listeners each week across the southern half of Michigan's lower peninsula. Michigan Radio broadcasts at 91.7 FM in southeastern Michigan, 91.1 FM in Flint, and 104.1 FM in western Michigan.



CKWW explores the Evolution of Rock

This holiday weekend, CKWW AM 580 will present an "Evolution of Rock Weekend". An unprecedented 64-hour music documentary, the Evolution of Rock is an award winning series that takes a look back at the early days of Rock & Roll and AM 580 will air the first 25 chapters this weekend starting Friday, July 4th at 12 Noon and running through 10 PM. On Saturday it will air from 12 Noon to 9 PM and Sunday from 12 Noon to 6 PM. It will then continue to air every Saturday from 7 PM - 10 PM beginning July 12th running through the fall.

The program explores the roots of Rock including the teen idols. It then 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 News:

Diana Lewis , the beloved evening anchorwoman at WXYZ-TV (Channel 7), is one of six prominent figures in the state's broadcasting community to have been selected for induction into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Lewis, who has been in the business for 40 years, will be inducted on July 15 at Michigan Association of Broadcasters' annual meeting and leadership retreat at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville, Mich. It was 31 years ago this Friday that Lewis started working at WXYZ ... Kori Chambers , an afternoon anchor and reporter for WDIV-TV (Channel 4), Detroit's NBC affiliate, has left the station for WFLD-TV (Channel 32), the Fox affiliate in Chicago... WXYZ's Lewis is honored by peers (Wed, 7/2)

W4 To Detonate Gas Pump For Independence Day: CUMULUS Country WWWW (W4)/ANN ARBOR, MI will celebrate INDEPENDENCE DAY and make a "fiery statement" about gas prices by destroying a full-sized gas pump with fireworks during tomorrow's (7/3) BREAKFAST WITH BUBBA morning show broadcast. The detonation will happen at 8:45a (ET) under the watchful eyes of the NORTHFIELD TOWNSHIP FIRE DEPARTMENT. (Wed, 7/2)







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