Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov. 23, 2009




WDIV to offer Detroit Thanksgiving Parade coverage from 6 a.m. - Noon

It's Detroit's favorite holiday tradition, and "Together We Shine" - this year's theme for the 83rd America's Thanksgiving Parade live from Woodward Avenue. WDIV-TV Local 4, the official television station of America's Thanksgiving Parade, brings home the excitement and grand spectacle of balloons, bands, celebrities and floats like no one else can.

Hosted by Carmen Harlan, Devin Scillian, Chuck Gaidia, Bernie Smilovitz, Guy Gordon and Rhonda Walker, Local 4's live broadcast of America's Thanksgiving Parade starts Thursday, November 26th at 9 a.m., following Local 4 News Morning, also broadcast live from the Parade route, beginning at 6 a.m.

"For as long as anyone can remember, Local 4 has been the station of Hometown Traditions," said Marla Drutz, VP and General Manager of WDIV Local 4. "We're so very proud to partner with The Parade Company in bringing home the treasured tradition of America's Thanksgiving Parade. It's a great way to usher in our coverage of the next Hometown Traditions, the North American International Auto Show in January, and the 2010 Winter Olympics starting February 12th."

On Thanksgiving morning, Local 4 News Morning live coverage from all along the Parade route will start at 6 a.m as Guy Gordon, Rhonda Walker, Paula Tutman and Lauren Podell report live from Woodward Avenue, with latest Parade weather forecasts from meteorologist Eric Braate and up-to-the-minute traffic and parking updates from Heather Zara to avoid delays and road closures for those headed downtown. Local 4's live broadcast of America's Thanksgiving Parade starts at 9 a.m., with hosts Carmen Harlan, Devin Scillian, Chuck Gaidia, Bernie Smilovitz, Guy Gordon and Rhonda Walker. Guests include Bethenny Frankel of The Real Housewives of New York City, Cheryl Burke of Dancing With The Stars, appearances by former American Idol contestants Danny Gokey and Josh Gracin, and performances from Dave Edwards of Detroit's own The Look and Detroit blues-legend Johnnie Bassett.

Throughout America's Thanksgiving Parade broadcast on Local 4, watch for details on how you can text to win a gift card worth $250 or $500 from the Somerset Collection. Live coverage of the Parade will also be streamed online at Plus, viewers can vote for their favorite high school band in America's Thanksgiving Parade. The band with the most votes will be named the winner of the Battle of the Bands.







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