Update on former WDRQ jock Joey Ryan
Art Vuolo checks in this evening with this information:
"Let me tell you something important. If you have a friend in the hospital...go and pay them a visit. It will mean the world to them. Legendary Detroit radio personality (of the 1960's) Lee Alan, joined me in a visit to Joey Ryan, once known as "Mr. Boogie" at WDRQ. He was still at the Detroit VA Hospital on Thursday December 3rd and his doctor said it's the best he's seen him since being admitted. I even brought my little Sony DVD player and showed him a video aircheck of himself while at WTWR (Tower 92) back in 1980 and he lit up like a Christmas tree! I also gave him a DVD copy of the 2 hour video we put together of the 2005 Detroit Radio Reunion on 9-24-05. I know he's going to enjoy that too. Honestly, Joey looked considerably older than his 61 years and he is dealing with multiple health issues that are seriously threatening his remaining days. He is finally being transferred, as of Friday December 4th to the VA Caring Home up in Grand Rapids, where I hope he will find a note, letter or card from as many of you as possible to cheer him up. I know, first hand, how special that will be. Remember to send your good wishes to: Joey Ryan Pietruska c/o VA Hospital Caring Home, 3000 Monroe NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49505. Thanks and God bless you all."
Detroit Free Press:
Detroit businessman Rayford Jackson, sentenced last month to 5 years in prison for bribing city officials in the Synagro sludge-hauling deal, denied Thursday that he physically abused paramour and former Fox 2 anchorwoman Fanchon Stinger. "It's just so absurd," Jackson told Huel Perkins, anchor for Fox 2, which fired Stinger in 2008 after her ties to Jackson were revealed... Jackson: I never abused Fanchon Stinger (Fri, 12/4)
Denying allegations he abused his former mistress, Rayford Jackson said it was Fanchon Stinger, an ex-Fox 2 anchor, who pursued a relationship and was constantly dishonest with him throughout their affair. In a 30-minute interview Friday with The Detroit News, Jackson, who pleaded guilty to bribery charges related to the Synagro sludge scandal and is headed to federal prison, tried to counter recent interviews by Stinger painting him as a controlling and abusive man. "That's really the way the relationship was. Fanchon actively pursued me," said Jackson, who begins serving a five-year term on Jan. 15. "And there was mutual interest. Typically, Fanchon was always running me down. After she'd get off work, she would find me and say, 'I'm coming to see you.' "... Jackson denies ex-Fox 2 anchor's charges (Fri, 12/4)