Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov. 5, 2009




Detroit News:

Almost lost in Charles Pugh's campaign and triumphant victory Tuesday was his status as a gay man. Now the sexual orientation of the new City Council president creates evidence of a singular Detroit political truth: celebrity trumps all. While there was national chatter on Twitter and other social media sites about Pugh's "first" accomplishment on Wednesday, Pugh didn't trumpet his sexual orientation during the campaign. Instead, this neophyte pol, who has had a long career on Detroit radio (WJLB-97.9 FM) and TV (WJBK-Fox 2 News), ascended to the top of an 18-candidate field, largely on the basis of perceived credibility and trust built through years of on-air exposure. Even static in the media about his financial problems -- including a condo in foreclosure and a record of late rent payments -- failed to disrupt Pugh's powerful airwave frequency... Pugh's star status wins over Detroiters (Thu, 11/5)


In his broadcaster's version of a world he relishes, Budd Lynch has been on the power play for 65 years. Not the penalty box, mind you, which is what one might figure would be the disposition of a man who left his right shoulder and arm on a tract of land in France in 1944, a few hours after a three-inch German rocket bored through him. "My mother always had an Irish philosophy in life," Lynch was saying over lunch last week. "It's a pleasure to grow old. "Many are denied the privilege." So, there we have it, one man's credo for happiness that he will again celebrate tonight at Joe Louis Arena as a big crowd, with Budd Lynch bobblehead dolls in hand, toasts a 92-year-old hockey icon whose life has been as resonant as his voice. Not coincidentally, it will be the 60th anniversary of the first Red Wings telecast that had as its play-by-play announcer one Budd Lynch... Budd Lynch celebrates 60 years with the Red Wings (Thu, 11/5)


Although uninsured rates are relatively low in the area, thanks in large part to the benefits many auto workers have, the number of people without health insurance will increase as unemployment rates increase, Oz says. Because of this, the heart doc, surgeon and author who became a household name thanks to his allegiance with talk-show queen Oprah Winfrey, is planning a health fair with WDIV-TV (Channel 4), the local station that airs his syndicated "The Dr. Oz Show" weekdays at 3 p.m... Dr. Oz plans health fair in Metro area with Ch. 4 (Wed, 11/4)



WXYZ-TV and Art Van Furniture announce canned food drive

It touches our neighbors, our friends, our co-workers and all too often, it touches our own lives. More than one in eight people in Michigan will need emergency food assistance this year. In the past six years, 51,000 families in our area have fallen into poverty, and with skyrocketing unemployment, and the rising cost of food, health care, and fuel, the need in our community continues to grow.

Detroit's WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 and Art Van Furniture believe "Together We Can" make a difference in the fight against hunger in Metro Detroit.

From November 9 through December 13, donations of canned goods and other nonperishable food can be dropped off at any of the 17 Art Van Furniture locations throughout Metro Detroit. The donations will be distributed to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Gleaners Community Food Bank. Last year, Gleaners distributed 30 million pounds of food to the more than 400 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and disaster relief agencies it serves in Southeastern Michigan.

"These tough economic times have created a critical need in our community. The holidays are always a good time to focus on giving back," said Bob Sliva, WXYZ-TV Vice President and General Manager. "Channel 7 is proud to assist the efforts of these two deserving organizations that are fighting on the front lines in the battle against hunger in our community."

WXYZ-TV has a rich history of community service. For 32 years, Channel 7 has helped provide emergency food assistance to those in need throughout Metro Detroit.

Channel 7's web site,, has more information, including a shopping list and Art Van store locations.







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