Detroit Free Press:
The love affair between metro Detroit and its vintage TV stars is a devoted one. Even in the YouTube era, the men and women who used to rule the cathode-ray tube are still the kings and queens of our hearts. That's one reason the exhibit opening today at the Detroit Historical Museum feels so right. "Detroit's Classic TV Personalities" pays tribute to a cross-section of broadcasting legends through the years -- entertainer Soupy Sales, the late movie host Bill Kennedy, local anchors Bill Bonds, Emery King and Amyre Makupson, and a duo that switched over from news to talk, John Kelly and Marilyn Turner. In the local celebrity galaxy, TV people hold a special place... Historical Museum presents tribute to Detroit's classic TV (Sat, 3/14)
The February sweeps period proved to be a prosperous time for WDIV-TV (Channel 4). For the first time since May 2001, WDIV has the No. 1 newscast at 5 and 6 p.m., which are anchored by Carmen Harlan and Devin Scillian. It is a distinction WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) has boasted all this time thanks to its strong lead-in, "The Oprah Winfrey Show," until now. The sweeps period, which allows broadcasters to set ad rates, ended last week. In that time, WDIV's "Local 4 News at 5" garnered a 6.9 rating /14 share in Metro Detroit households. Ratings points represent 1 percent of the total viewership and the share represents the number of TVs in use. Each ratings point represents 19,270 local households. In comparison, WXYZ's "Action News 5 p.m." pulled a 6.5 rating /14 share... WDIV-TV takes lead in February sweeps (Fri, 3/13)
Final Four meets Economic Stimulus on The Ticket
To celebrate the March college basketball tournament in Detroit, "Twelve Mile Crossing at Fountain Walk, Novi's premiere entertainment and family fun destination, is joining with 97.1 The Ticket, for two Saturday events that will test hoop prowess for a chance to "Crack the Safe" and win $97,100.
"Crack the Safe" events will be held Saturday, March 21 from 5 to 7 p.m., and Saturday, March 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Twelve Mile Crossing at Fountain Walk's latest offering: Fusion Health & Fitness Club. 97.1 The Ticket on-air hosts Terry Foster and Bill McAllister will oversee the festivities, which will feature an opportunity, both nights, for participants to decipher a four-digit code to "crack" a Plexiglas safe and win the cash--if they can sink a specified number of free throws first.
"Fusion is all about taking a healthy approach to mind and body, so why not afford some individuals the opportunity to pump up their pocket books?" said Paul Wright, owner of Fusion Health & Fitness. "$97,100 will take anyone a long way towards fiscal fitness!"
Added Kim Peterson of Twelve Mile Crossing at Fountain Walk: "We wanted to do something fun and different in celebration of the madness that surrounds college basketball each March. With the tournament in Detroit this year and Fusion just opening with their brand new basketball court, the timing was ideal for these near six-figure festivities."
Potential safecrackers also will be registered for drawings for various prizes, including gift certificates to catch all the hoops action at Twelve Mile Crossing at Fountain Walk restaurants Bar Louie, Buffalo Wild Wings, Hooters and Lucky's.