Detroit Free Press:
For years, readers have picked up the Free Press from their driveways and clicked through stories on freep.com. Starting Tuesday, the Free Press will take on another medium: TV. The paper has formed a unique partnership with CBS-owned WWJ-TV, Channel 62, to launch a 5-7 a.m. weekday program that will offer heavy doses of weather and traffic updates, as well as news gathered by Free Press journalists. The new program will be called "First Forecast Mornings" and will include Free Press Express news segments. "We're more than a newspaper, we're more than a Web site. We're an information provider on many different channels, and television is just a natural evolution for us," said Paul Anger, Free Press editor and publisher. He added that the partnership with WWJ "is considered unusual, if not unique anywhere." Mike Brookbank, who will anchor the Free Press news reports, said the program will break the mold of traditional TV broadcasts by offering smaller bits of news with more frequent weather and traffic reports -- information he said early risers with little time want... Free Press, WWJ to launch TV show (Sun, 5/3)
Detroit mayoral candidate Dave Bing got that lesson this morning after he did not call in for an appearance on Pierce's Sunday morning show that Pierce said had been scheduled -- and Pierce let Bing have it. After finishing up a 10-minute segment with Bing's campaign opponent, Mayor Ken Cockrel Jr., Pierce said he would be back with Bing after a commercial break. But when Pierce returned, he indicated that Bing spokesman Cliff Russell had called and said there had been a mix-up and the appearance with Bing had never been confirmed. "Sorry Cliff, don't buy that," Pierce said. "It's been scheduled." Pierce than recited a series of questions he planned to ask Bing -- about criticism that he's an "interloper" as having only recently moved to Detroit and that he lied on his resume about his education when he said he had a master's in business administration when he didn't. "The mystique about Dave Bing continues," Pierce said, saying Bing has failed to satisfactorily answer those questions during the campaign... WJR host slams Bing, says he skipped radio interview (Sun, 5/3)
Staff members at WSDP, the student-run radio station owned and operated by Plymouth-Canton Community Schools, recently received a number of individual awards from the Michigan Association of Educational Broadcasters. The MAEB awards were presented at the University of Detroit Mercy as part of the MAEB Share-a-thon, a conference that brings together high school and college broadcasters from throughout the state. Among Plymouth-Canton award winners... Radio staffers earn broadcast awards (Sun, 5/3)
WDVD's Jesswein temporary off-air; WWJ-TV's Gary resigns; Holiday in as PD for WMXD
Pop WDVD FM 96.3 morning co-host Lisa Jesswein signed off for about a month on this past Friday as she will be undergoing hip replacement surgery. She plans on posting a weekly video blog of her experience at www.963wdvd.com during her recovery. Overnight host JeanMarie will fill in for Jesswein for the month.
The '96.3 WDVD Cares For Kids Radiothon' is scheduled for Thursday, May 7 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. Jesswein's partners Blaine Fowler and Allyson will broadcast live from Beaumont's south tower, helping generate support children in the community with 100% of the donations collected going to Michigan hospitals. Call 1-(866) 963 GIVE (4483) anytime during the Radiothon to make a donation.
Tracy Gary has exited from WWJ-TV where she had been providing weekend weathercasts. She'll remain as a weekend DJ at soft rock WMGC-FM 105.1.
KJ Holiday, already the program director for urban WJLB-FM 97.9 has added the same role at Clear Channel sister station adult urban WMXD-FM 92.3. Oneil Stevens is the music director and assistant program director for WMXD.
Windsor's A channel has a new owner -- but the future of the city's downtown television station remains an unanswered question. On Thursday night, a press release by the station's previous owner, CTVglobemedia, stated that the company had accepted an offer by Shaw Communications to buy three stations, including the one in Windsor. "I think it's great," said CTVglobemedia chief executive Ivan Fecan. "We've accepted their offer of $1 per station. Cable is rolling in money and can obviously afford to underwrite the losses. Good for them." Besides the Windsor station (CHWI-TV Wheatley), the purchase includes formerly CTV properties in Wingham (CKNX-TV) and Brandon, Manitoba (CKX-TV). Fecan said he's sure Shaw Communications will live up to the existing licence conditions of each station -- something he described as "wonderful news" for station staff and their respective communities. But here in Windsor, station manager Don Mumford appeared surprised by the announcement, and seemed unsure of its veracity... TV station slated for closure sold for a buck (Fri, 5/1)