Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Aug 21, 2008




WDET to launch "The Back Story" with Quinn Klinefelter Monday Aug 25

A new local weekday program has emerged out of the continuous coverage of political issues and events from WDET's news team. On August 25, "The Back Story" will begin airing Monday through Friday at 3:00pm on WDET 101.9FM and at WDET veteran political reporter Quinn Klinefelter will host the new daily hour-long program.

The concept for "The Back Story" developed out of the myriad of political stories facing southeast Michigan on a daily basis, including the crisis of Detroit city government as Mayor Kilpatrick faces 10 felony counts in two separate cases, the FBI's investigation of city officials in the Synagro deal, the multi-million dollar budget deficit of the Detroit Public Schools, the presidential campaigns and numerous important Congressional and state legislative races.

The program's debut week (August 25 - 29) will focus heavily on the Democratic National Convention taking place in Denver and the DNC's Debbie Dingell will speak with Klinefelter each day about what's happening on the convention floor. Other guests on the first week of "The Back Story" include CNN's Jamal Simmons who will report on Democratic strategies to take Michigan and PBS host Gwen Ifill talks about the historic nature of having an African American nominee from one of the major political parties. On Friday, August 29, "The Back Story" will broadcast live from the grounds of the Detroit Grand Prix on Belle Isle.

Week two of "The Back Story" (September 1 - 5) will look at the political weight of labor, the Republican National Convention and the state of the Detroit's schools, among other topics.

"The name 'The Back Story' was chosen because listeners will have a chance to hear the stories behind the stories," said Jerome Vaughn, WDET News Program Director. "We want to provide listeners with information that goes beyond the headlines so in depth interviews with newsmakers will fuel the show on a daily basis."

Host Quinn Klinefelter has more than 20 years of news reporting experience and has covered local politics for WDET for the past 10 years. His work has been recognized with awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, the Michigan Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists and others. Klinefelter regularly reports for NPR and BBC News.

"The Back Story" with Quinn Klinefelter begins on WDET 101.9fm on Monday, August 25 and will air weekdays from 3pm to 4pm followed by "All Things Considered" at 4pm. NPR's "Fresh Air" with Terry Gross will move to weekdays at 2pm.



WXYZ-TV's Healthy Living For Kids offering free immunizations for children on Aug 24 in Detroit

WXYZ- TV/Channel 7 and The Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion will give thousands of Detroit metro area children a "boost" at the 31st annual "HEALTHY LIVING FOR KIDS" program. This year the program will be held Sunday, August 24, 2008 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Since its inception in 1977, "Healthy Living for Kids" has provided free immunizations to over 50,000 young people.

Eligible children three months and older will be given free immunizations against a variety of diseases by registered nurses from the Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion with the assistance of over 150 volunteers from the Health Department and WXYZ-TV/Channel 7.

Additional services provided include free lead poison testing, signups for the WIC (Women, Infant and Children's) feeding program and enrollment for a wide variety of youth mentoring programs.

This year inside the popular "Children's Village," a variety of health services, community outreach organizations and entertainment will also be offered. The Trenton and Riverview Fire Department Smoke House will have firefighters on hand who will conduct fire safety lessons. Also State Farm Insurance will provide the opportunity for children to practice 911 phone calls to prepare them in the event than an emergency situation occurred. In addition, parents will be able to obtain Child ID kits from AAA of Michigan as well as receive pertinent information from the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) Children's Poison Control Center.

WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 Action News on-air personalities will be present to sign autographs and greet the children and their families. Helium balloons and "Kid Zone" magazines will be provided to all "Healthy Living" participants courtesy of WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 along with a host of other giveaways including, books, sun visors, coloring books, cookies, book bags, toothbrushes and more. Detroit Tigers mascot "Paws" will stop by and greet guests while WJLB-FM 98 makes an appearance and will distribute additional giveaways as well. Free pizza and water will be provided by Little Caesars and Costco Wholesale Corporation respectively and complimentary ice cream will be made available by Pars Ice Cream Company.

"Healthy Living for Kids" is a signature community service event for Channel 7 and is a key initiative of the station's '7 On Your Side' brand," said Bob Sliva, WXYZ-TV Vice President and General Manager. " 'Healthy Living for Kids' is also shining example of how community service projects can make a real difference in the lives of metro Detroit families."

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is located in the heart of Detroit's Cultural Center, at 315 East Warren Avenue. Free parking is available courtesy of the College for Creative Studies. Information regarding the immunization fair and specifics on immunizations is available through the Healthy Living For Kids Hotline, 1-248-827-9307 or online at




Eileen Gikas, a veteran of over 20 years of sales, marketing and management experience, has joined the staff at CBS-owned WWJTV (CBS) and WKBD (CW) Detroit as business development sales manager. For the past eight years, Gikas has been a senior account manager and local sales manager for Greater Media's WRIF-FM Detroit. Prior to that, she was the business development manager for AM/FM and Chancellor Marketing from 1996 to 2000. Gikas has also been on the client side of the business for Central Distributors of Beer. (Thu, 8/21)







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