Metro Detroit: Newsmakers May 19, 2009




Michigan Radio Reports from Mackinac Policy Conference

Michigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan that is comprised of WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor/WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint/WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids, will be providing special coverage from this year's Mackinac Policy Conference. Throughout the last week of May, the station will air special reports on Michigan's economy and other topics being discussed at the conference. A one-hour special program, entitled "Michigan's Bottom Line: Hybrid Economy," will follow on Friday, May 29th.

Michigan Radio reporters Sarah Hulett and Tracy Samilton will be at the conference on Mackinac Island providing reports and interviews with government and industry leaders. These reports, in addition to those from other public radio reporters throughout the state, will examine some of the important topics facing Michigan, including the changing auto industry, education, the state's struggling economy, alternative energy, and the role of Michigan's government. Michigan Radio will air the reports during "Morning Edition" (Monday-Friday from 5:00 to 9:00 am) and "All Things Considered" (Monday-Friday from 4:00 to 6:30 pm) during the week of May 26-29.

Friday's one-hour special, "Michigan's Bottom Line: Hybrid Economy" will be co-hosted by Michigan Radio News Reporter Sarah Hulett and Michigan Public Radio Network Managing Editor Rick Pluta. The program will examine how alternative energy is changing what powers our cars, homes, and jobs, and how it may be the key to Michigan's economic future. "Michigan's Bottom Line: Hybrid Economy" will air Friday, May 29th, from 9:00 - 10:00 am and 8:00 - 9:00 pm.

The annual Detroit Chamber of Commerce Mackinac Policy Conference, which takes place May 27-30, presents an opportunity for Michigan's lawmakers and industry leaders to explore the issues deemed critical to Michigan's future. This year's conference will spark a dialogue of change among attendees including top business professionals, legislative leaders, corporate CEOs, entrepreneurs, young professionals and veteran regional champions.



Detroit News:

Tigers television color analyst Rod Allen will miss games Thursday and Friday to attend the high school graduation of his daughter in Arizona. Here's how Fox Sports Detroit is filling the void left by Allen's absence.. Questions from Tiger fans answered on Thursday broadcast (Tue, 5/19)

Opening Day victories are good for morale -- near and far. Tigers broadcaster Mario Impemba has sponsored the making of a DVD of the Tigers' home-opening, 15-2 victory over the Texas Rangers, and it's free for all active military personnel. Will the goodwill continue beyond this year? That depends how the Tigers do. "If the Tigers had lost, 10-0, I don't think that would be something they'd be interested in," said Impemba, 46. Two years ago, Impemba spoke with troops during the winter caravan and later visited a veterans' hospital. He listened to their stories and came to understand how difficult it can be to be away from home. He knows he can't ease their pain, but wanted to give troops something from home. Impemba, along with the help of FSN general manager Tim Bryant and Alexandrea Thrubis, community affairs manager for the Tigers, put together a three-hour DVD that includes the FSN telecast, pregame festivities and postgame interviews... Mario Impemba treats troops to Tigers video (Tue, 5/19)

WDIV-TV (Channel 4) meteorologist Chuck Gaidica's beard isn't quite as full or biblical as Steve Carell's in "Evan Almighty," but the look does give our guy a striking resemblance to the comedic actor. In case you're wondering what is going on, the weathercaster is growing a beard in support of the Red Wings' race for the Stanley Cup... WDIV's Chuck Gaidica grows 'Red Wings' beard (Tue, 5/19)



Detroit Free Press:

Sarah Myrand of Wyandotte has beat 31 other contestants to win the 2009 WRIF-FM (101.1) Rock Girl Competition. Myrand, who succeeds 2008 Rock Girl Cristy Lee, will receive a $40,000 salary for the year, as well as an on-air position as the station's afternoon traffic reporter and a scholarship to attend the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts... Names and Faces (Tue, 5/19)

WPON To Air 'Detroit Flashback Weekend': WABC-A/NEW YORK's "REWOUND" special is moving to online/on demand only this year and WLS-A/CHICAGO isn't doing its own version this time around, but DETROIT will be getting its own MEMORIAL DAY taste of the classic Top 40 days with WPON-A/PONTIAC's "DETROIT FLASHBACK WEEKEND," on the air at 1460 AM and online at

The show will air 7-10p MAY 22nd-25th, produced by veteran jock JIM HAMPTON with LEE ALAN and DAVE PRINCE among the scheduled guests and airchecks from the legends of WXYZ-A, WJLB-A, WJBK-A, WKNR-A, and the BIG 8, CKLW-A, including TOM CLAY, ROBIN SEYMOUR, TERRY KNIGHT and many more.

HAMPTON said, "This is better than a vacation. I get to do something I love and at the same time get reacquainted with the city I grew up in. There is too much negativity in the city right now. So this is a good time for Detroiters to remember some of the great days of their past. There's nothing better than music and memories."


1.2 Million Fans Gather For 27th Annual WYCD Downtown Hoedown: CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT's 27th Annual DOWNTOWN HOEDOWN kicked off FRIDAY (5/15) at HART PLAZA. Over 1.2 million Country music fans gathered for the weekend-long event. Gray skies, rain and chilly temperatures didn't stop fans from watching FRIDAY's acts, which included LUKE BRYAN, JACK INGRAM, KEVIN COSTNER & MODERN WEST, STEPHEN COCHRAN and JESSICA HARP. SATURDAY's (5/16) artist lineup included BOMSHEL, ELI YOUNG BAND, LEE ANN WOMACK, TRENT TOMLINSON, PHIL VASSAR, JOSH GRACIN and DARRYL WORLEY. Country legend WILLIE NELSON closed the show on SUNDAY night (5/17) with several of his classic hits, joined briefly at one point by KID ROCK. Earlier in the day, ZAC BROWN BAND joined ROCK onstage for a duet of his hit, "All Summer Long." Other acts that appeared SUNDAY included WHITNEY DUNCAN, TRAILER CHOIR, JASON MICHAEL CARROLL, JUSTIN MOORE and JESSICA ANDREWS. (Tue, 5/19)







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