Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Aug. 20, 2009




Fox 2 Detroit gets back hour for local morning news

With the shutdown of FOX's 'Mike & Juliet' show, Fox 2 Detroit (WJBK) will add back the 9-10am hour to its morning news block starting September 14th. That hour had been cut off when FOX rolled out M&J in 2007. WJBK's morning newscast will now run 5 1/2 hours - from 4:30 - 10 am and will offer longer features like live music, interviews and cooking segments.

"The expansion of FOX 2 News Morning is a natural evolution for our station, as we continue to grow our already strong presence in the market," said Vice President/General Manager Jeff Murri. "In addition, it will allow us to provide viewers with enhanced coverage of news events and breaking stories throughout the morning."



Detroit News:

One of the oldest churches in the city is faced with closing its doors if it doesn't raise $490,000 in nine days. The 92-year-old First Baptist Institutional Church was the victim of an investment scheme that snared some 300 other churches nationwide. The holder of the churches' mortgages was Indianapolis-based Alanar, whose executives have been sent to jail for defrauding the churches. First Baptist's original mortgage, issued in the mid-1990s, was for $3.3 million, but church officials became alarmed when Alanar sent a statement three years ago that said the balance was $7.5 million. To settle the debt, the federal government is asking the church to pay $490,000, approximately 70 percent of the church's appraised value, by Aug. 28. On Sunday, the church will hold a radiothon from 6-8 p.m. on WGPR-FM (107.5)... Radiothon will mean hope for Detroit church (Thu, 8/20)

WYCD To Host Free Beach Party Prior To Chesney Show: CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT will host a free BEACH BASH PARTY prior to BNA star KENNY CHESNEY's concert this SATURDAY (8/22). The festivities will kick off TOMORROW (8/21) with a live interview on the air with KENNY's tour mate, COLUMBIA artist MIRANDA LAMBERT, at 4:30p (ET). Fans can also hear it online at The BEACH BASH PARTY will take place SATURDAY (8/22) from 1-4p (ET) on Brush and Adams Streets in front of the FORD FIELD's GATE A entrance. KENNY's SUN CITY CARNIVAL show will begin at 4:30p (ET) inside FORD FIELD. The BEACH BASH features live entertainment from REPUBLIC NASHVILLE's FAST RYDE, BIG MACHINE duo KATE & KACEY and local DETROIT artist DAVID SHELBY. There will also be games, prize giveaways and the opportunity to win backstage passes to KENNY's concert. (Thu, 8/20)







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