Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 24, 2008




WJR personalities lend hand to children's foundation

Times are tough in Metro Detroit. But, for families who have lost a parent, times are even tougher. That is why Yatooma's Foundation For The Kids has kicked off its first-ever Annual Giving Campaign, to help more families when they need it most.

Between now and the end of 2008, the Foundation seeks to raise an additional $100,000 through donations from the community. Funds collected will go provide a wide range of support and assistance for kids who have lost a parent including help with food, counseling, transportation and utility bills.

If the Foundation reaches it goal, WJR-AM radio hosts Paul W. Smith and Frank Beckmann have agreed to dress, head-to-toe, in clothing featuring the Foundation's logo, for an entire week in January, 2009. They would wear custom suits provided by Tom James Clothing Company and Paul Cicchini Custom Clothier, with hats, socks and even shoes featuring the logo. Children served by the Foundation would have the opportunity to create the logos on the suits with their own handprints.

"Paul and Frank are passionate supporters of our cause and they are looking forward to building awareness for the Foundation in this very visual, fun way," said Michael Fezzey, President and General Manager of WJR, Chair of the Foundation's Advisory Board and 2008 Annual Fund Campaign Chair.

Additionally, every individual who donates $1000 or more to the Campaign, will receive a $250 gift card toward portrait photography services with Arising Images and will also be entered to win two free tickets to the Foundation's spectacular Fourth Annual "Champions For The Kids" VIP Dinner and Auction at the Townsend Hotel on Sunday, June 7,2009 and two free tickets to the strolling dinner at Oakland Hills Country Club on Monday, June 8, 2009.

To donate, visit and click "Contribute" or call (888) 987-KIDS.



Michigan Radio announces special programs

WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor, WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint, and WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids have announced the return of several special programs, including The Splendid Table's "Turkey Confidential 2008," "Third Coast Audio Festival," and a new season of Radiolab.

"Turkey Confidential 2008" will air live on Thanksgiving day, Thursday, November 27, from 11 am to 1 pm. Lynne Rossetto Kasper, the award-winning host of American Public Media's food show The Splendid Table, will take calls from cooks across the nation in need of Thanksgiving morning assistance. Several special guests, including Cook's Illustrated's Christopher Kimball, road food warriors Jane and Michael Stern, wine entrepreneur Joshua Wesson, and style guru Isaac Mizrahi, will help Lynne coach her callers through their emergencies on the biggest cooking day of the year. Phone lines will be open nationwide from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST at 800-537-5252.

Later that same day at 8 pm, Michigan Radio will air "Third Coast Audio Festival." In this two-hour special program, listeners can experience 2008's best audio documentaries from around the world-- the winners of the Third Coast Festival / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. Created in 2000 by Chicago Public Radio, Third Coast honors each year's most creative and compelling audio work.

Finally, Michigan Radio has launched a new season of Radiolab, Sundays at 9 pm. In each episode of Radiolab, hosts Robert Krulwich and Jay Abumrad investigate a particular topic. The result is an audio documentary which explores the personal, scientific and philosophic issues associated with big questions.

This season will consist of five episodes: "Choice," "Sperm," "Race," "Diagnosis," and "Yellow Fluff, Rocket Lizards, and Other Curious Encounters." You can catch Radiolab Sundays at 9 pm from now through December 21 on Michigan Radio. More details on the Radiolab programs are available at



WOMC goes A-Z for Thanksgiving

Oldies WOMC FM 104.3 is helping celebrate Thanksgiving by playing every song in the station's music library from A to Z. There are enough different songs that it will take all week to play 'em all. The feature started earlier today at 10am and won't stop until the entire library has been played.







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