Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 7, 2008




W4 Country sends soldier's mom and morning guy to Korea

Ann Arbor's 102.9 W4 Country heard about the need of a local soldier who lost his father and the love of his life against the backdrop of the war in Iraq and subsequent immediate deployment to Korea and has responded.

BJ Harlow is from Dundee and is now assigned to Camp Humphries outside of Seoul, South Korea. Harlow's sister approached the radio station and told of her brother's position and asked if a t-shirt could be sent to him in Korea. Morning host "Bubba" decided to purchase a ticket with his own money and head over to visit BJ. The local employees of Key Bank contributed money to buy his mother a ticket and send bank President Bill Koehler to Korea as well.

The group leaves for Seoul today (November 7th) from Detroit Metropolitan Airport via Tokyo on Northwest Flight 25. BJ Harlow will be told that his leave has been taken away to retrieve a high-ranking military official from a hotel in Seoul. There, the morning show will be waiting with his mother as a surprise for the weekend. The group returns to Detroit on Monday.

The "Breakfast With Bubba" program has been on the air at W4 Country for six years, and this is the second such international trip to benefit a local soldier.



Detroit News:

The results are in and WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) was the most-watched local station on Election Day. The ABC affiliate pulled in an 8.1 rating/16.1 share for the whole day compared to WDIV-TV (Channel 4), which had a 7.2 rating/14.3 share and WJBK-TV (Channel 2), which placed last with a 4.8 rating/9.5 share. A single ratings point represents one percent of the total number of viewers and the share is the percentage of television sets in use. Not so coincidentally, ABC was television's No. 1 broadcast network during the historic race for the White House with 12.5 million viewers, while CNN was the No.1 network overall with 13.3 million. WDIV did turn the tables at 11 p.m., when the local NBC affiliate garnered a 14.2 rating/22.7 share compared to WXYZ's 12.6 rating/20 share and Fox affiliate WJBK's 8.1 rating/13.3 share... For election results, voters pick WXYZ (Fri, 11/7)



Detroit Free Press:

Help a child stay warm this winter by participating in the 26th Annual Salvation Army Coats for Kids Radiothon today and Saturday. The Salvation Army and WJLB-FM (97.9) are teaming up at the Phoenix Theatres Bel-Air Center in Detroit to rally donations to be used by the Salvation Army to purchase coats for children in need. The fun-filled event will include interviews with local celebrities and sports figures, the premieres of "Soul Men" and "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" and live performances by local hip-hop, rap and R & B artists. Events will take place 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday... Share some warmth at Coats for Kids radiothon (Fri, 11/7)







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