Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Aug 13, 2008




Detroit News:

After a three-year hiatus, Detroit Public Schools students are back on the airwaves of the district's 60-year-old radio station, touting the positive things happening in the city school system. Despite all the work involved in producing a radio show and its television version, they're glad to be back on the air. "There are not a lot of students that go into college with the experience that we are going into college with," said student host Imani Lee, 16, a junior at the Detroit School of Arts, where the monthly radio program is produced and taped for television ... Following a consultant's suggestion, WDTR switched to mostly classical and jazz, and the call letters were changed to WRCJ. But the new format, an attempt to secure a steady listening audience, meant the loss of the student programming. That changed after prodding by Detroit School of Arts Principal Denise Davis-Cotton, who wanted students to have a more active role in the station located at their new state-of-the-art school building. Rich Homberg, new president and general manager of Detroit Public Television, enthusiastically agreed, and students launched their first broadcast of The Detroit Public Schools Radio Program in May... Student radio programs reappear from thin air (Wed, 8/13)

WDIV-TV (Channel 4) is experiencing a lot of personnel changes, so don't be surprised by the new faces you see or the missing ones. In addition to bringing back weekend morning anchor Lauren Sanders, who started Saturday, the local NBC affiliate has hired three new reporters: Bisi Onile-Ere , Bora Kim and Natalie Sentz. Sanders had been WDIV's weekend morning anchor previously, but left in 2001 to devote time to her family. Prior to WDIV, Sanders, who is married to NFL Hall of Famer and former Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders, worked at WXON-TV (Channel 20) ... WDIV has also lost a few of its anchors and reporters along the way. This list includes Rachel Bianco , who left the station in the name of love. Bianco, who was a general assignment reporter at WDIV for five years, now lives in San Diego, Calif., with her boyfriend and isn't doing TV right now... WDIV-TV will have new faces in spaces (Wed, 8/13)



Detroit Free Press:

Back on the air: For this weekend's Woodward Dream Cruise, Jo-Jo Shutty-MacGregor for WOMC-FM's (104.3) traffic coverage during the event, recreating for two days her '70s-era role as traffic reporter at CKLW-AM (800)... Names and Faces (Wed, 8/13)







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