Metro Detroit: Newsmakers July 13, 2008




Detroit Free Press:

Near the end of another fun-filled day in the Free Press newsroom, my editor and I found ourselves gaping at a TV monitor where WJBK-TV Fox 2 anchorwoman Monica Gayle was confirming the departure of her erstwhile colleague, Fanchon Stinger. "You may not remember this," I said as a smiling publicity still of Stinger filled the screen, "but I was in a celebrity fashion show with Fanchon a few years ago." "Really?" my editor said, in a weary tone of voice that managed to convey both mild skepticism and profound disinterest. "Did anyone notice you were even in the room?"... Stinger exits gracefully, while Kilpatrick's endgame is eternal (Sun, 7/13)

Offered for your consideration: New York radio shock talker Wendy Williams will spend the next six weeks figuring out if there is a TV audience for an anti-Oprah. Williams, who turns 44 later this week, tries the daily hour TV talk grind on for size starting this week at noon on Fox's WJBK-TV (Channel 2). It'll be an unusual on-air tryout on four Fox owned-and-operated stations. (New York, Dallas and Los Angeles are the other test cities.) But why might she be the anti-Oprah?... Will Wendy wow 'em? (Sun, 7/13)

Honored: The Heat and Warmth Fund with the first-place award in the fund-raising section of the National Fuel Funds Network's 2008 Media Fair Competition. THAW won for its media fund-raising efforts -- $543,000 -- on behalf of the Fifth Annual WWJ Newsradio 950 Winter Survival Radiothon last February... Names and Faces (Sun, 7/13)

More carmakers are adding digital radio tuners in their bid to woo audiophiles and add electronics. The latest is Hyundai, which this month will offer digital radio -- known as HD Radio -- in a package on its new Genesis sedan. Among others, BMW already offers an HD tuner as a stand-alone option, and Volvo is going to offer HD Radio standard on most models early next year... Auto news in brief (Sun, 7/13)







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