Metro Detroit: Newsmakers July 15, 2008




Michigan Radio announces new weekend lineup

Michigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan, will be introducing a revised weekend schedule, beginning this Saturday, July 19, 2008. The station will be adding NPR's award-winning weekly sports magazine, Only A Game, to the Saturday line-up, returning Michael Feldman's What'Ya Know to two hours, and shifting the times of several other weekend programs.

Most of the changes affect the Saturday and Sunday mid-day and afternoon schedule. Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me will move to 11am on Saturday, followed by Whad'Ya Know from noon until 2pm, and This American Life with Ira Glass now at 2pm. Only a Game premieres at 4pm, and American Routes moves to 8pm.

Michigan Radio's second airing of Car Talk can now be heard Sundays at 11am, followed by A Prairie Home Companion from noon to 2pm, and The Splendid Table at 2pm. The station will also offer repeat broadcasts of Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me Sundays at 4pm, Marketplace Money at 6pm and Speaking of Faith at 8pm.

The new schedule means that BBC World Service now starts every night, seven days per week, at 10pm; that Car Talk can be heard both Saturday and Sunday immediately following Weekend Edition, and that Marketplace or Marketplace Money can be heard six days per week (Monday-Friday and Sunday) immediately after All Things Considered.

"We're trying to make it more convenient for listeners to hear some of the most popular weekend shows, by moving them to more consistent or accessible time slots, or adding a second airing of the shows," said Interim Program Director Tamar Charney. "We're also responding to requests from our members and listeners who asked for the return of the full 2 hours of Whad'ya Know and a second chance to hear Wait Wait Don't Tell Me and Speaking of Faith."

Hosted by veteran NPR commentator Bill Littlefield, Only A Game is radio for the serious sports fan and the steadfast sports avoider. The hour-long program tells the stories behind the box scores, including the explosion of interest in women's sports, competitive opportunities for the disabled, and the business of sports -- as well as who wins and who loses. Only A Game puts sports in perspective with intelligent analysis, insightful interviews, and a keen sense of humor.

Michigan Radio is the state's most listened-to public radio station, 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 western Michigan. The station's complete weekend schedule can be found on its web site at



Detroit News:

Calling the allegations that prompted her departure from Fox 2 Detroit "scandalous" and the dismantling of her career "malicious," former anchorwoman Fanchon Stinger is breaking her silence about her media company's role in placing ads in connection with a City Hall sludge contract under federal investigation. "At the conclusion of the federal investigation it will be apparent that the scandalous allegations pertaining to my personal involvement with Synagro are misleading and without factual basis," Stinger wrote. "At that time I will also be free to correct the blatant misrepresentations and tawdry allegations that have been attached to me. "I find it increasingly difficult to await the proper time to clear my name, however, the present circumstances dictate that I must wait," she said... Former TV anchor Fanchon Stinger calls claims in Synagro case 'scandalous' (Tue, 7/15)



Detroit Free Press:

Former Fox 2 anchor Stinger promises to set record straight eventually. "It has been excruciatingly difficult to stand silently by and witness the systematic, strategic and malicious dismantling of my reputation and career over the past several weeks - a reputation and career that I have conscientiously built with a persistent commitment to hard work over the past 20 years," Stinger wrote in an e-mail to the media, apparently sent from her home e-mail. A Synagro Technologies spokeswoman has said Stinger's company, Stinger Strategies LLC, was hired to help the company buy time and choose media outlets for advertisements. The spokeswoman, Darci McConnell, would not comment on the amount of the deal. Fox 2 has reported that Stinger said she ultimately decided against fulfilling the contract and returned the money to Synagro... Former Fox 2 anchor Stinger promises to set record straight eventually (Tue, 7/15)







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