Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Mar. 18, 2009




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Former Detroit News TV writer Tim Kiska, guest curator for the "Detroit Classic TV Personalities" exhibit, has a new book out, "A Newscast for the Masses: The History of Detroit Television News" (Wayne State University Press, $24.95.) The book traces the history of broadcast news, going back to the first radio station in Detroit: WWJ, launched in 1920 by The Detroit News from a control panel in The News' garage. The News started Detroit's first TV station, WWJ-TV, on June 3, 1947. A year later, WJBK-TV and WXYZ-TV went on the air. To put things in perspective, Kiska reports that in the late '40s, Detroit stores were advertising TV sets ranging in price from $345 to $985. In today's dollars, that would amount to an astounding $2,552 to $8,383. The book recounts the facts in a scholarly way, but also includes stories about the wild early days of TV... New book traces history of Detroit television (Wed, 3/18)

Here's what you need to know about Detroit television: A literary genius couldn't make up the characters involved, from the wild and woolly early days of the 1950s up to the '80s, when focus groups and consultants took most of the spontaneity out of it. Now the Detroit Historical Museum is saluting Detroit's local flavor with an exhibit, "Detroit's Classic TV Personalities," running now through Labor Day. The exhibit highlights seven personalities.. Detroit's TV royalty (Wed, 3/18)

The planned live debate March 25 between Mayor Kenneth Cockrel Jr. and Dave Bing looks like it's off because the basketball icon is balking at a change in format from a forum to a one-on-one debate. Instead, a panel composed of representatives from The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press will participate in a question-and-answer session with the mayor for a live broadcast on WADL-TV (Channel 38). Bing has steadfastly been opposed to debating Cockrel unless Cockrel makes his personal finances public like the Pistons legend did months ago... Mayoral TV debate off; only Cockrel to appear (Wed, 3/18)

'Big Boy' Morphs To 'Chunky' At 92.3 NOW FM: Former CLEAR CHANNEL WKQI (CHANNEL 95.5)/DETROIT night stud BIG BOY has followed CBS VP/Top 40 Programming DOM THEODORE to NOO YAWK as the new 7-11p personality at CBS Top 40 WXRK (92.3 NOW FM). He's BIG BOY no more -- now using the nom de aire, CHUNKY. (Wed, 3/18)







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