Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 23, 2008




CKWW to celebrate "The War Of The Worlds" 70th Anniversary with broadcast

This year marks the 70th anniversary of one of the world's most infamous radio broadcasts and oldies CKWW AM 580 is turning back the clock to air it once again on Halloween night.

"The War of the Worlds" was originally broadcast on October 30th, 1938 as part of the "Mercury Theatre On The Air" program. Based on the H.G. Wells science fiction novel, this radio show starring Orson Welles had a nation convinced aliens were invading. Despite numerous disclaimers, the simulated news bulletins were so believable that panic gripped the country as thousands actually thought aliens had landed in Grover's Mill, New Jersey and were taking over the world.

Gather around your radio to relive a classic from the golden age of radio as AM 580 broadcasts "The War of the Worlds" in its entirety, and commercial-free on Friday, October 31st at 10 PM.

AM 580 has re-played this historic broadcast every year at Halloween since the early 1990's.



Michigan Radio to air special election series

With the November elections less than two weeks away, Michigan Radio (WUOM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WVGR 104.1 Grand Rapids / WFUM 91.1 Flint) will examine the issues important to the state and Michigan voters with a special series of news reports airing the week of Oct. 27 - 31. Michigan Radio's news team will look at some of the key congressional races in the state, and the two statewide ballot issues dealing with stem cell research and medical use of marijuana. The station will also air reports that examine the policies of John McCain and Barack Obama regarding the environment, energy, healthcare, and the arts, and how those policies may affect people in Michigan.

In addition, Michigan Radio reporters will be conducting a unique series of "on the road" reports to get the opinions of voters throughout the state on the presidential contest. Steve Carmody will be traveling throughout southern Michigan on US-12 from White Pigeon to Ypsilanti. Dustin Dwyer will be traversing the west coast of Michigan from St. Joseph to Muskegon. Tracy Samilton will be on the road from Flint to the Ohio border on US-23. Vincent Duffy will be following Grand River Avenue from Grand Rapids to Brighton, and Sarah Hewlett will be gauging the opinion of voters throughout metro Detroit.

"Covering the election this way gives our listeners a chance to hear not only from the usual candidates and experts, but also the voters of Michigan who will ultimately be making the decisions on election day," says Michigan Radio News Director Vincent Duffy.

The series of special election reports will air weekdays during both Morning Edition (Mon-Fri, 5:00 - 9:00 a.m.) and All Things Considered (Mon-Fri, 4:00 - 6:30 p.m.) on Michigan Radio, starting Monday, Oct. 27 through Friday, Oct. 31. More details of the station's election coverage can be found at:



Alexander Zonjic to host and perform in Don Bosco Hall benefit

Smooth Jazz WVMV FM 98.7 morning host Alexander Zonjic will be master of ceremonies for a "Get Jazzy Evening" featuring the national, group Fourplay, in a benefit for Don Bosco Hall on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 8:00 p.m. at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn, MI. Alexander Zonjic & Friends will also be the opening act for Fourplay.

This is the 11th annual concert benefit for Don Bosco Hall. Don Bosco Hall is a private non-profit agency, which provides supportive human services to enhance the quality of life for youth, and their families residing in the Metropolitan Detroit-Wayne County community. It was founded in 1954.

Tickets may be purchased at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center box office for $50, $75 and $100. Call 313-943-2354 or visit for more information.







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