Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov. 27, 2009

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Detroit News:

For many of the residents of the Rio Vista Co-op Apartments, the digital transition in June was like having the carpet yanked from underneath them. When the nation switched from an analog broadcast signal to digital in June, it produced plenty of short-term headaches. Americans without cable or satellite dishes struggled with converter boxes and antennas attempting to haul in the new signals to bring them their old broadcast channels. But at Rio Vista, which sits on the edge of Mexicantown in southwest Detroit, residents found they could no longer receive Channel 23, WUDT -- the station responsible for the Spanish-language network Univision. To many, it was like being cut off from the rest of the world... Digital TV leaves thousands behind (Fri, 11/27)


Readers have been e-mailing, calling and asking me about former WDIV-TV (Channel 4) anchor and reporter Ama Daetz. The Northern California native worked at our local NBC affiliate for nearly three years until her contract expired this summer. Blame it on the station's shrinking budget or management's decision to go in a different direction, but when Daetz's time was up, she wasn't asked to stay. Requests to find out the specific reasons from management and Daetz have gone unanswered. In February, WDIV bosses took Daetz off the anchor desk and put her back in the field... WDIV-TV reporter winds up in California (Thu, 11/26)



Whoever derailed Spanish-language television in Detroit should be ashamed of this. I myself took Spanish in high school for three and a half years. West Michigan has a higher rate of Spanish speakers, more Spanish-language radio stations, yet, like Detroit, no Spanish-language TV station. The only way they get Univision is by means of cable or satellite. I see a young kid somewhere in Detroit, maybe Grand Rapids, screaming that "I wanted to see more of Aida Pierce!" It appears that in Mexico, Aida Pierce has been a superstar comedienne for years, especially with so few superstar comics in the U.S. She, and Angelica Vale, and fast-rising Cessy Casanova. I remember when my cablevision moved Univision to cable and now I have satellite. An ex-classmate of mine, Beth Tuttle (Clarkston H.S. class of 1997), lived in Mexico for several years, especially during the summer months. Detroit's, and West Michigan's Spanish-speaking community deserve an over-the-air Univision (and probably Telefutura) affiliate!






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