Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Apr. 24, 2009




Former newspaper columnist and radio host Rob Parker joins WDIV TV for web work

WDIV-TV, Local 4, and have announced a new partnership with writer Rob Parker who will work as a sports columnist for Beginning Monday, April 27th. Parker will write several columns each week exclusively for ClickOnDetroit in addition to contributing podcasts and blogs. Parker will also continue his weekly appearances on Sports Final Edition airing Sundays at 11:30 p.m. on Local 4.

Parker's new column, Rob Parker: Confidential, will be exclusively featured on ClickOnDetroit, what the station calls the most visited news and information website in southeast Michigan. Rob Parker: Confidential will also be a prominent part of ClickOnDetroit Morning Home Delivery, a daily newsletter delivered for free to thousands of metro Detroiters' home computers every day by 5 a.m.

"We're excited to add a one-of-kind columnist like Rob to ClickOnDetroit, taking our exclusive online sports coverage to a whole new level," said Marla Drutz, V.P. and General Manager of WDIV.

"I'm thrilled to join the best news team in Detroit," said Parker, who took a buyout from The Detroit News in December. "ClickOnDetroit is the future, not old and dying like other media outlets. The biggest website in Motown just got better for sports fans."

"My column won't change one bit," added Parker, who has written a column for the past 16 years. "I will continue to break news, bring fans on the inside. I will also continue to go to bat for the fans and hold players, management and teams accountable. Detroit fans deserve the best and I'm the watch dog or attack dog, it I need to be."

Parker, who graduated with a B.S. in journalism from Southern Connecticut State University and Masters in journalism from Columbia University, has been an award-winning sports columnist for more than 16 years. His has been a columnist for the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News, and his work has appeared in the New York Daily News, the Greenwich Time, the New Haven Register and the Cincinnati Enquirer to name a few. He has been a regular contributor on Sports Final Edition on Local 4 since 1993, and his popular Clubhouse Confidential features have become a staple for Detroit sports fans. Parker is also a regular contributor on ESPN First Take and has co-hosted several sports programs on various Detroit radio stations.



Detroit Free Press:

A west-side kid who began his career in the television studio at Murray Wright High School, Charles Pugh always knew his dream: to be a TV anchor. But his dreams have changed. The former Fox 2 anchor and WJLB morning personality confirmed Thursday that he has filed to run for a seat on the Detroit City Council. Pugh will formally announce on May 3 in his old neighborhood at Trumbull and I-94. And at that time, he plans to issue a call to leadership to all Detroiters -- urging them to stop watching the news and start making their own... Pugh's new dream: Help change Detroit (Fri, 4/24)



AM 1520 Toledo drops talk format, now Contemporary Christian K-Love

In the process of being sold along with WNKL-FM 96.9 to K-Love operator Educational Media Foundation, northwest Ohio's WNWT has now dropped all of its news-talk elements and is now broadcasting only the contemporary Christan format.







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