WDIV set to air Our Journey To Haiti special
WDIV-TV will be presenting a one-of-kind television event, Our Journey To Haiti, which is scheduled to air Thursday, February 11 at 8 p.m. Local 4 News anchor Carmen Harlan and Good Health reporter Dr. Frank McGeorge are the only local television journalists to travel to Haiti to report on the devastation first hand. The program follows their life-changing journey with never-before-seen footage of heartache and hope in the wake of the devastating earthquake.
In Our Journey To Haiti, an all-new half-hour primetime special presentation, Carmen shares the video of her extraordinary and emotional reunion with her own relatives living in Port-au-Prince. Dr. McGeorge, an emergency room doctor at Detroit's Henry Ford Hospital, takes viewers along as he carries out his mission of saving lives treating the injured in a makeshift clinic.
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 nearly one million dollars 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.
Help 4 Haiti donations continue to be accepted through Local 4's website, ClickOnDetroit.com.
WJR's Smith all shook up in Chicago
WJR morning host Paul W. Smith is broadcasting live from the Chicago Auto Show during his program this week (5:30 - 9 a.m.) and had the added bonus this morning of being in the Windy City as a minor earthquake struck Illinois. No word if any coffee was spilled or not.
Hockeytown loves the Winter Olympics. While NBC overspent for the rights to show competitive cold-weather sports and stands to lose a whopping $250 million as a result, Detroit Red Wings' fans and the network's local affiliate, WDIV-TV (Channel 4), will reap the rewards when the 2010 Winter Olympics begin Friday. And it doesn't matter that Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom will be playing for Sweden. The point is: He'll be playing. "Locally, the Winter Olympics attracts a lot of eyeballs that might otherwise be watching cable sports," says Marla Drutz, WDIV's vice president and general manager. "There's a lot of value to advertisers and our viewers. After all, Metro Detroit loves a good hockey game." The Winter Olympics have long been a TV favorite locally, in part because people here tend to participate in and follow these sports. The same affinity, however, is not shared in states with warmer climes... Winter Olympics promises to be a boon for WDIV (Wed, 2/10)
CRAWFORD BROADCASTING Christian WMUZ/DETROIT morning show "THE MORNING LIGHT" and host SHANNYN CALDWELL will hold the "FIFTH MORNING LIGHT JOY FLASH MOB" at the MIDTOWN WINTER BLAST in downtown DETROIT on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12th. At a specified time and location, the song "JOY" by Gospel artist NIYOKI will begin to play and the group will begin to dance. "Our first JOY FLASH MOB was over 200 dancers and we've not yet had a group smaller than 100 people. That's a whole lot of joy," said CALDWELL... WMUZ Morning Show Plans 5th Joy Flash Mob (Wed, 2/10)