Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Apr. 15, 2009




WDIV Honored With 2009 Murrow Award

WDIV-TV Detroit, Local 4, has been honored for excellence in journalism by the Radio-Television News Directors Association and Foundation (RTNDA). The station is a proud recipient of a coveted 2009 Edward R. Murrow Award for the WDIV special Fuel's Gold: From Detroit to Shanghai as outstanding News Documentary.

RTNDA has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. The Edward R. Murrow Award is considered one of the most prestigious awards a news organization can achieve. Fuel's Gold: From Detroit to Shanghai won the top award for News Documentary in Region 7 of the large market TV category.

Fuel's Gold: From Detroit to Shanghai, a half-hour documentary, chronicled the automotive state of the art and the impressive showing of Detroit automakers General Motors and Ford among the green elite. In November of 2007, WDIV traveled to Shanghai, China to cover Michelin's Challenge Bibendum, a unique gathering of the world's cutting-edge automotive minds, ideas and vehicles. What may have been the greenest parade of vehicles in history also amounted to a high stakes roulette table on which the world's carmakers were placing their bets on hybrids, biofuels, fuel cells and hydrogen. Fuel's Gold: From Detroit to Shanghai captured this intense focus on the future of the automotive industry and, largely, the future of Detroit.

Fuel's Gold: From Detroit to Shanghai was written, produced and hosted by WDIV Local 4 News anchor Devin Scillian, filmed by WDIV Local 4 News photojournalist Tim Pamplin, and edited by WDIV Local 4 News special projects editor Vanessa Ogletree.

It's the trio's second Edward R. Murrow Award. They also won the honor in 2007 for The China Syndrome, a documentary exploring the rise of the Chinese economy and its impact on Michigan's manufacturing base.



Windsor Star:

Melanie Deveau, longtime afternoon drive host at CKLW-AM (800), was fired this morning in a round of layoffs at the CTV-owned radio stations."It's a bloodbath over there," said Deveau, a 25-year veteran of the local station... Axe falls at CKLW, sister stations (Wed, 4/15)



Vince Cannova Ends Nearly 20-Year Run At 89X: CHUM RADIO Alternative CIMX (89X)/DETROIT PD/afternooner VINCE CANNOVA exits after almost 20 years with the station. CANNOVA was elevated from APD/MD to PD back in NOVEMBER 2006 and was a longtime on-air fixture at 89X. Also, 89X midday vet HOLLY HUTTON has exited. (Wed, 4/15)



Detroit Free Press:

Deano Day, the longtime voice of country music on the Detroit airwaves, will be laid to rest today. The well-known DJ, 70, died Friday of complications after heart surgery. Known as Uncle Deano to his listeners, Day was a four-time winner of Billboard magazine's best country disc jockey award and also a winner of the Country Music Association's DJ of the year award. In Detroit, Day started work at WDEE-AM (1500) in 1971 before shifting over to WCXI-AM (1130) and, later, Pontiac's WPON-AM (1460). He worked at numerous stations and cities over the years, but always considered Detroit home. "Everyone woke up to the famous 'It's a Country Deano Day' jingle," said Larry Garcia, founder of "He was known to play humorous songs, parodies (some of which he created), bring oddball characters to the studio and generally show that life can be a good time"... Country DJ Deano Day to be celebrated (Wed, 4/15)



Radio and Records / Street Talk Daily:

J. Geils Must Have Got Lost: Somewhere down the line ... but now they've been found! How cool is this? After enduring the reunions of every cheesy '80s band in the world, the authentically cool reunion that fans have been waiting years for is now a reality: Boston's legendary J. Geils Band has agreed to reunite at the Fillmore in Detroit for one very special occasion - the April 24 Birthday Breakdown, celebrating 22 years of Greater Media Classic Rock WCSX. Getting all the original band members (J. Geils, Peter Wolf, Magic Dick, etc.) wasn't easy, and that task fell to the guy that some are now calling "the Henry Kissinger of rock band reunions," Greater Media/Detroit Director of Rock Programming Doug Podell: "I had to spend a half hour on the phone talking to Peter - we go back - to assure him it was going to be big and special," Podell tells ST Daily. "The demand for tickets is crazy! We did two shows, and they sold out in 13 minutes! I have to thank Dave Clark and everyone at Live Nation for all their hard work and planning to help us bring them in for the WCSX 22nd anniversary." Podell says all the original band members will be performing together, and it does not appear that they are booking any more dates at this time. "We just started giving away the tickets on-air, along with $94 in cash," says Podell. "One guy said, 'Thanks, I can use the money, but all I wanted were those Geils tickets.' Welcome to Detroit Rock City!" (Wed, 4/15)

Spank Buda, weekend personality heard live on WGCI/Chicago and via voicetrack on WKKV (V100.7 Jams)/Milwaukee, will relocate from Chicago to Detroit to accept the night show host position (7-11 p.m.) at Clear Channel CHR/top 40 sister WKQI (Channel 95.5)/Detroit. He gets started on Monday (April 20) and will shorten his moniker to "Buda." He replaces Big Boy (now known as Chunky), who resigned last month to join newly launched CBS top 40 WXRK (92.3 Now FM)/New York... Buda Tapped For Nights At WKQI (Wed, 4/15)



Detroit News:

One week into Monica Conyers' stint as a talk show host, and she's already relying on reruns. The City Council president was a no-show Tuesday for "Ask the Councilwoman With Monica Conyers" on WHPR-TV (Channel 33). The show is filmed live at 3:30 p.m. at the station's studios in Highland Park. After showing commercials for 10 minutes, the station aired last week's debut episode... Council president Conyers skips TV show filming (Wed, 4/15)







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