Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept. 4, 2009

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Detroit Free Press:

His voice was clear, his spirit strong, his words tinged with humor. But legendary broadcaster Ernie Harwell had bracing news to deliver Thursday: He has a tumor in the area of the bile duct. It is incurable. Yet Harwell said he feels calm and prepared for what comes next. "We don't know how long this lasts," Harwell said in a phone interview. "It could be a year, it could be much less than a year, much less than a half a year. Who knows? "Whatever's in store, I'm ready for a new adventure. That's the way I look at it." Harwell, who gained an enormous following during 55 years as a major league baseball broadcaster -- 42 of them with the Tigers -- spent about a week in the hospital in mid-August with an obstructed bile duct, and tests revealed the tumor. He is 91. Harwell, his family and doctors have decided against surgery or other treatment... Not even cancer diagnosis can shake Harwell's spirit (Fri, 9/4)

 

The public's response to news of Ernie Harwell's battle with cancer has been "overwhelming," according to his longtime adviser, Gary Spicer. "It's going to be hard for him to rest," Spicer said, citing the amount of phone calls, e-mails, cards, blogged well-wishes and interview requests the 91-year-old former Detroit Tigers broadcaster has received since revealing his condition to the Free Press on Thursday... Ernie Harwell receives 'overwhelming' response (Fri, 9/4)

 


 

Detroit News:

It began in July with what he hoped was just an upset stomach. But it was more than that -- and is more than that. At 91, Ernie Harwell has incurable bile duct cancer. However, with the firm resolve it is "God's plan for me," the Tigers Hall-of-Fame broadcaster who became a part of our lives, a favorite of generations and a friend of those he hadn't even met is facing his illness with the grace that has been the hallmark of his career. He'd like to ask a favor of everyone, though. Wish him well, keep him in your thoughts. Pray for him if you pray. But please don't refer to him yet in the past tense. "I'm not saying goodbye, I'm here," Ernie said on Friday with characteristic spunk. "I plan to live life to the fullest until it's over. In fact, I'm heading out to lunch in a few minutes, and I'm going to have some ice cream. Maybe even some macaroni"... Harwell: 'I'm not saying goodbye; I'm here' (Fri, 9/4)

 

He'd been waiting for test results. His voice last week sounded strong -- as strong as always. By the end of the conversation, however, it didn't. Ernie Harwell, the treasured voice of the Tigers for all those years, has incurable bile duct cancer. In comments to the Detroit Free Press on Thursday, he said he won't undergo surgery. But in those same comments, he said he's ready for the next adventure. It's been no secret lately that Ernie -- as nearly everyone knows him -- hadn't been feeling well. He was in the hospital, then out. There'd been speculation about pneumonia. But most of all there'd been speculation something was wrong. "Just feeling a little weak at times," he said when called by The Detroit News recently. "We'll see where this takes us. I know I'll be in good hands." Now he also knows what was wrong. "We don't know how long this lasts," Harwell, 91, told the Free Press. "It could be a year. It could be much less than a year, much less than a half year. Who knows? Whatever is in store, I'm ready for a new adventure." That's Ernie for you. Life always has been an adventure for him... Ernie Harwell, 91, has incurable cancer (Fri, 9/4)

 

After months of rumors, Clear Channel has flipped its Detroit country station "The Fox," WDTW-FM (106.7), to "The Beat," a frothy, upbeat mix of new and vintage dance music. The station launched today with Madonna's dance classic "Into the Groove" and 10,000 commercial-free songs. The music seemed to be mostly from the early '80s to the present... WDTW-FM drops country for dance as 'The Beat' (Fri, 9/4)

 

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