Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 1, 2009




Food Gatherers rocks on in the fight against local hunger

Ann Arbor's 107one is helping to fight hunger in Washtenaw county and is inviting listeners to stop by Busch's Fresh Food Market on South Main Street in Ann Arbor for Food Gatherers' largest outdoor food drive - Rockin' for the Hungry - Wednesday, Dec. 2 through Sunday, Dec. 6. Stop by Busch's with a donation of non-perishable food and join the festivities from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Ann Arbor's 107one (adult alternative WQKL FM 107.1) will be broadcasting live, announcing donations and incentives to help achieve a 2009 goal of 200 tons of nutritious food.

The need for food is urgent and pressing, since September 2008 Food Gatherers has responded to a 35 percent increase in demand for food from its partner programs. Thirty-five percent of the people in households receiving food assistance in our network are children and 7 percent are elderly. More than 25 percent of food recipients report needing to choose between food and medicine, or food and housing, due to a lack of money.

Busch's, co-sponsor of Rockin', will have $10 premade bags for purchase that can be donated to Food Gatherers. These bags are filled with a variety of foods that will help our neighbors most, and Busch's has discounted the items so that you can give more for less. New this year, Busch's will accept financial contributions at the register or food donations at any of Busch's 15 locations during the event.

High protein, canned and dry goods are especially needed. Particular foods include; tuna or other canned fish, beans, peanut butter, baby formula and nutritional supplement drinks. Personal care products are also in great demand including shampoo, soap, deodorant, detergent, diapers, toothpaste and toothbrushes.

Financial contributions will also be accepted by Food Gatherers at Busch's South Main Street location. A tax-deductible gift of $35 will feed a hungry child for one month. A gift of $250 will feed a family of four for six weeks. All donations are tax-deductible, and also quality for a State of Michigan tax credit.

Food Gatherers is Washtenaw County's food bank and food rescue program. Since its inception in 1988, Food Gatherers has distributed more than 39 million pounds of food for the community. For a list of food donors and recipient agencies or to learn how you can become involved in the fight against hunger locally, please visit the web at or call (734) 761-2796.



WDIV wins November race for 5, 6, and 11 p.m. viewers

WDIV-TV won handily in both the early evening news at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. and the late news at 11 p.m. in the November 2009 Nielsen ratings period of the Detroit television market.

Local 4 News at 5 p.m. garnered an 8.2 household rating (RTG) and an 18 share (SHR) in the 5-6 p.m. time period (compared to WXYZ 6.5 RTG, 14 SHR and WJBK 5.1 RTG, 11 SHR). Local 4 News at 5 p.m. registered a significant growth of nearly 50% in household ratings over the previous year.

In the 6-6:30 p.m. time period, Local 4 News at 6 p.m. finished #1 in household ratings scoring a 9.1 household rating and an 18 share (compared to WXYZ 6.6 RTG, 13 SHR and WJBK 4.2 RTG, 9 SHR). In addition, Local 4 News at 6 p.m. won in the key demo market of adults ages 25-54. This signifies a 30% ratings growth since November 2008, while competitor WXYZ is down 11% household ratings year to year.

Local 4 News at 11 p.m., the perennial powerhouse of late news anchored by Carmen Harlan, Devin Scillian, Chuck Gaidica and Bernie Smilovitz, dominated all local newscasts with the highest ratings of news on any station, in any time-period. In November 2009, Local 4 News at 11 p.m. garnered a 9.3 household rating and an 18 share with a 20% margin of victory over second place WXYZ (WXYZ 7.4 RTG, 14 SHR, WJBK 10pm 6.4 RTG, 11 SHR, and WJBK 11pm M-F 4.0 RTG, 8 SHR). Local 4 News at 11 p.m. was the only late news to demonstrate growth, up another 12% in household ratings over the previous year. In addition, Local 4 News at 11 p.m. was the top late newscast of all NBC affiliates in the top 20 markets nationwide.

In the time period of weekdays 5-7 a.m., Local 4 News Morning at 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. anchored by Guy Gordon, Rhonda Walker, meteorologist Eric Braate and Heather Zara, placed second and has shown consistent ratings growth since the start of the 2009 Fall Season. Following Local 4 News Morning, NBC's The Today Show was the only show in the 7-9 a.m. time period to show growth, up 35% in the coveted women ages 25-54 demo ratings, beating the declining Good Morning America, which is down 12% in the same key demo.

In other dayparts, the WDIV programming lineup also fared well. The Ellen Degeneres Show (10-11 a.m.) was #1 and continues to lead in all key demographics. The Dr. Oz Show (3-4 p.m.), which premiered in September, pulled ahead of WXYZ's long-standing General Hospital. In the 4-5 p.m. time period, Local 4 News at 4 p.m. followed by Inside Edition with Deborah Norville virtually tied the perennial afternoon favorite, Oprah, in households. And in the time period of 7-8 p.m., Wheel Of Fortune and Jeopardy are the top-rated shows, and continue to experience growth - up a significant 18% since November 2008.




Former television news anchor Fanchon Stinger, forced out of her job, broke her silence exclusively on Action News Monday night. It's all a part of the bribery scandal involving a city of Detroit contract. On Monday afternoon, former Synagro executive James Rosendall was sentenced to 11 months behind bars for his role in approving bribes to win a Detroit sludge contract. Two weeks ago, Detroit businessman Rayford Jackson was sentenced to five years in prison for bribing former councilwoman Monica Conyers. Jackson was in a relationship at the time with Stinger, who lost her job during the scandal. Now, Fanchon Stinger is talking about Rayford Jackson and Synagro, and reveals what happened when FBI agents approached her... Fanchon Stinger Interview (Tue, 12/1)



Detroit Free Press:

Scott Lewis of WJBK-TV (Channel 2) confirmed Monday that he'll be leaving the station Dec. 29. Lewis, who does the station's "Problem Solver" reports, told Names & Faces Monday he has accepted the station's early retirement package. He said he hopes to continue his career here because "this is where my heart is." The award-winning reporter, who broke the story of Tonya Harding's involvement in the attack on skating rival Nancy Kerrigan, joined Channel 2 in 1987 after working in radio. Lewis said one of the most rewarding parts of his career has been the gratitude shown by everyday people for doing stories aimed at helping the community and its residents... Scott Lewis to leave WJBK (Tue, 12/1)



Detroit News:

Inside the second-floor radio studio at Detroit School of Arts, Dave Wagner is a one-man show running WRCJ-FM (90.9), the Detroit Public Schools-owned radio station. The radio veteran of more than 40 years calmly manages the classical music play list, researches the English composer Rutland Boughton and eyes the weather forecast on a flat-screen TV that he'll update on-air. He's used to being by himself in the high school of nearly 800 performing arts and broadcast students. But under a new deal between Detroit Public Schools and Detroit Public Television, he may soon have some company. The five-year contract renewal calls for a six-fold increase in the on-air time dedicated to the school district. School of Arts students will receive hands-on training, including mentorships, internships, producing news and weather segments, and airing students' music performances, concerts and poetry readings... Detroit students benefit in radio contract (Tue, 12/1)


Inside the Detroit School of Arts, students have big dreams to make movies, deliver hard-hitting broadcast news and star in their own talk shows. But a contract dispute between Detroit schools and Detroit Public Television has kept the professional TV studios and equipment out of the hands of the students at the gleaming, six-story $122 million school that opened downtown four years ago. Now, both sides have agreed to end the 10-year contract, freeing up opportunities for Michigan's burgeoning film industry and for students to learn from professionals, according to district spokesman Steve Wasko. For the past two years, as equipment has sat mothballed, "we've had to make do, which we shouldn't have to do," said parent Ida Byrd-Hill, whose daughter, Karen, is in the radio and television program. The junior hasn't been able to learn how to run lighting boards, control room equipment or gain experience with broadcast technology that was so advanced professionals from New York and Los Angeles had to demonstrate how to use it when it was installed since no one else had it yet in Michigan... Dispute leaves Detroit School of Arts TV studio idle (Tue, 12/1)







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