Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 29, 2009




A sign outside Ernie Harwell's apartment door politely asks would-be visitors, in so many words, to give an old man and his wife some peace and quiet. Ernie didn't hang it himself; he's far too nice for that. When times were better and cancer wasn't invading his body, Harwell tried to answer just about every card and letter. Now he has 10,000 of them piling up, along with a freezer full of casseroles and cookies and other good intentions. It's a cold, gray December day on the outskirts of Detroit, and Harwell has taken a late-morning nap to gather his strength. There is so much to do. Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully's people called. They want to give Harwell, the beloved voice of the Detroit Tigers for 42 years, a lifetime achievement award. There's a stack of e-mails to go through, a one-man play based on his life to finish, guests to entertain. Today, two well-dressed TV personalities have stopped by to give him a 5-foot-wide card covered in signatures. Ernie, thanks for responding to the letter I wrote you in third grade. Made the summer of 1987 awesome to me. Harwell smiles at that one... For Harwell, there is still much to do (Tue, 12/29)



Detroit Free Press:

Longtime local and national sports broadcaster, commentator and author Dave Diles died over the weekend at his Athens, Ohio, home from complications of a recent stroke. He was 78. Diles was a mainstay of Detroit sports for much of the 1960s, '70s and '80s when he worked for WXYZ-AM radio and WXYZ-TV (Channel 7). He hosted the first radio sports talk show in Detroit, called "Dial Dave Diles." Diles gained national fame when he worked for ABC Sports for part of the '70s and '80s, hosting "Wide World of Sports" and the "Prudential College Football Scoreboard." "Dave was one of the smartest men I've ever met and most certainly the smartest man in the industry," said Mort Meisner, who worked with Diles at Channel 7 from 1979-81. "Dave brought an extraordinary touch of class and thoughtfulness to news. He was not a showman. He was a true voice for sports." Many in the industry considered Diles to be the leading expert of local sports... Sports broadcaster Dave Diles dead at 78 (Mon, 12/28)



Michigan Radio Looks at Three Things to Fix Michigan

If you could do three things to improve life in Michigan, what would they be? Beginning next week, Michigan Radio (WUOM FM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WVGR FM 104.1 Grand Rapids / WFUM FM 91.1 Flint) will look at answers to that question when the station launches "Three Things: How Would You Fix Michigan?" In this new Morning Edition feature, Michigan Radio's Christina Shockley will be asking politicians, artists, business owners, teachers, and people from all walks of life to give us their three ideas for things each of us can do to revive our state.

The "Three Things" interview project will begin with a conversation with Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm on Monday, January 4; and continue throughout the week with other prominent Michiganders. In addition to Granholm, Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop, actor and musician Jeff Daniels, ArtPrize founder Rick Devos, and President and CEO of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce Rich Studley will be sharing their ideas during the week of Jan. 4 - 8. Each individual will bring a unique perspective to interpreting Michigan's issues and prioritizing what three things we should each do in order to contribute to the betterment of our state.

Tune in to Michigan Radio during Morning Edition at 5:35am and 7:35am all next week to hear the first set of interviews. Then each Monday morning in the coming months, the station will present more ideas for improving the state from other well known Michigan citizens, and also from average people.

The project will be accompanied by an online component at where people can listen to the previously aired interviews and share and discuss their own three suggestions to improve Michigan.

"This is a great way to get people thinking about what Michigan is today, and what we can be," commented Gov. Granholm.

In an unusual show of unity with the Governor, Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop had a similar view: "I appreciate that you've put something together like this that really gets people involved. You're empowering people."



Art Van Furniture presents an Evening With Mitch Albom to benefit SAY Detroit Charity

Join Mitch Albom, best-selling author, journalist, screenwriter, playwright, and radio and television broadcaster at Art Van Furniture as he discusses his new book "Have a Little Faith." The event will benefit S.A.Y. Detroit (Super All Year) Charity, formed by Mr. Albom to help improve the lives of Detroit's homeless. The first 350 guests to arrive will receive a personally autographed book from Mr. Albom.

WJR AM 760 will also be broadcasting the Mitch Albom Show live from Art Van from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. All are welcome to watch the broadcast at the store. The presentation from Albom will take place beginning at 8 p.m.

Tickets cost $10.00 and 100% will benefit S.A.Y. Detroit

The event is scheduled for February 2nd at the Art Van Furniture store on 14 Mile Road in Warren. To purchase tickets go to while supplies last.







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