Metro Detroit: Newsmakers May 26, 2009




News/Talk 760 WJR to broadcast live from 2009 Detroit Regional Chamber Mackinac Policy Conference

News/Talk 760 WJR will again bring live coverage from the 2009 Detroit Regional Chamber Mackinac Policy Conference. The three days of meetings, discussions and speeches traditionally result in a number of breaking news stories heard first on WJR.

Tune in on Wednesday, May 27th for a special live broadcast of The Big Story with Lloyd Jackson (7pm-8pm) and hear a Who's Who of guests as Paul W. Smith (5:30am-9am) and Frank Beckmann (9am-Noon) broadcast LIVE on Thursday, May 28th and Friday, May 29th from the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

Then, join Paul W. Smith live as he hosts "Leadership Perspectives on Achieving Regional Growth" on Friday, May 29th at a special time from 11:30am -1pm. Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano and Macomb County Commission Chairman Paul Gieleghem, along with Hudson-Webber Foundation President David Egner and Charter One Bank President Sandra Pierce, will participate in this lively, topical, roundtable discussion, surrounding significant issues facing the area.



Detroit News:

Growing up in Troy, broadcast journalist Roop Raj would watch WJBK-TV (Channel 2) anchorman Huel Perkins in utter admiration. "One day," he said, he thought "that's going to be me." Raj respected the television newsman so much that when he landed his own cable access show, "Voices of Troy," as a teenager, he reached out to Perkins who later became Raj's mentor, closely monitoring the ambitious young man's ever-evolving career. Now, Raj, an alumnus of Michigan State University, is joining his mentor's ranks as WJBK's newest weekend anchor and field reporter. Raj, 32, started working at the local Fox affiliate earlier this month and is replacing political aspirant Charles Pugh... Fox 2's Roop Raj is back home (Tue, 5/26)

Just two years after making its Michigan debut, AT&T has expanded its U-verse offering -- which combines television, high-speed Internet and voice services -- to more than a million households in the state. The aggressive expansion of AT&T into the television and Internet realm came after state legislators granted the company the hard-fought ability to franchise across the state, challenging rival Comcast Corp. in its monopoly in many Michigan communities. "It's allowed us to give customers a choice they never had before," said Gail Torreano, AT&T's Michigan president. "The response has been fantastic"... AT&T's U-verse extends Michigan reach (Tue, 5/26)







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