WDIV anchor Carmen Harlan to report from Haiti
WDIV-TV Local 4 News anchor Carmen Harlan will travel to Haiti to report on the devastation and despair in the wake of destructive earthquakes that have rocked the impoverished nation. Starting Thursday, January 28, Carmen's special reports will be featured on Local 4 News at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 11 p.m.
"After seeing Dr. McGeorge's gut-wrenching reports from Haiti, it's now more clear than ever how desperately this country needs our help," said Harlan, who herself has relatives living on the island. "I'll be travelling there to bring you first-hand stories of personal heartache, and of undying hope."
Local 4's Good Health reporter Dr. Frank McGeorge, an emergency room doctor at Detroit's Henry Ford Hospital, recently returned from Haiti where, in addition to reporting on the conditions on Local 4 News, he carried out his mission of saving lives by treating the injured in a makeshift clinic.
"The devastation is just incredible, the amount of destruction was honestly more than I had expected having seen the news reports at home," said Dr. McGeorge. "We encountered a second wave of casualties, those who survived the initial quake, but whose injuries or infections continue to put their lives at risk. I'm glad to have been there and have be able to help in every way I could."
Local 4 and Forgotten Harvest have partnered with other distinguished local organizations to launch Help 4 Haiti, a major relief effort that has already raised over $600,000 worth of total aid. Partnering with Walgreens, the Detroit Pistons, Project Medishare, Cross International, WJR, Detroit Media Partnership, TMT, Michigan Business and Professional Association, Michigan Food and Beverage Association and over 30 local urban and suburban churches, Help 4 Haiti is sending food, water and desperately needed medical supplies donated by metro Detroiters the hardest hit areas in Haiti.
"Despite facing a dire economic crisis, the people and organizations of metro Detroit have once again proven that they will leap to the aid of others in need," said Russ Russell, Forgotten Harvest Chief Development Officer. "Forgotten Harvest is proud to be a part of the consortium of giving and will continue in its efforts to offer hope and sustenance to those less fortunate."
Help 4 Haiti monetary donations can be made now during Local 4 Newscasts by calling the WDIV phone bank at (313) 298-WDIV, or 24 hours a day by calling toll-free at (888) 332-7140. Online contributions can be made at www.forgottenharvest.org, or through links posted at ClickOnDetroit.com. In addition, household medical supply items purchased at nearly 100 metro Detroit Walgreens locations can be donated in the Help 4 Haiti drop box at each store.
WDTW AM's new lineup revealed
With the demise of Air America, talker WDTW AM 1310 has plugged in the Joey Reynolds show for overnights (1 - 6 a.m.) and airs a rebroadcast of the Bill Press program from 6 - 9 p.m., replacing the Ron Reagan Show.
An inquiry to the station on programming changes has not been replied to.
Veteran jock gets The Beat
Lisa Orlando, better known as Lisa Lisa, was been detected by listeners to adult rhythmic WDTW-FM 106.7 this past Sunday evening. No word from the Clear Channel camp if the assignment is permanent or what air shifts Orlando might be assigned to.
Lisa Lisa was last heard hosting weekends for WOMC-FM 104.3 and is best known for stints on WDRQ-FM 93.1 and what was then WHYT-FM 96.3.
Detroit Free Press:
When Dr. Frank McGeorge describes what it was like in Haiti last week, it's with the precision of a medical expert and the emotions of someone who's seen the earthquake-ravaged nation up close. The tent cities he saw didn't have many tents. "They consist largely of sticks that are stuck in the ground that are holding up a piece of string that is holding up a blanket, a sheet or some rags," he said Monday after returning to the United States ... McGeorge, an emergency room doctor at Henry Ford Hospital who covers health topics for WDIV-TV (Channel 4), arrived in Haiti late on Jan. 19 to do double-duty as a physician and reporter. Tim Pamplin, the Channel 4 photographer known for his NightCam segments, accompanied him... Assignment Haiti (Wed, 1/27)