Anne Thompson owes her success to a lot of things, among them talent, timing and perseverance. Odd business that television is, she can also thank a quadruple murderer from Lincoln Park. When you see her now, she's someplace glamorous, important or both, reporting for NBC News. To find her a bit more than 20 years ago, though, you'd have needed to look in Channel 4's doghouse. "I was going to be fired," Thompson says. The executive who ran the newsroom at WDIV-TV had told her in clear, short syllables that the trap door was open, and the only question was how quickly he'd be able to drop her through it. Instead, she wound up spending 11 years at WDIV, living in Farmington Hills and then Grosse Pointe Farms before NBC snapped her up in 1997 and sent her to Chicago... NBC reporter turned challenge into opportunity (Mon, 4/19)
Detroit Free Press:
Today at 6 a.m. the voting begins on WMGC-FM's (105.1) web site for the "How would you give away $10,000?" contest Jim Harper is hosting through his "Magic Morning Show." Voting is to run through April 30 before the winner is announced May 4 ... Southfield-based WPON-AM (1460) is to launch "Spooky Talk" at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Hosted by Dearborn resident Clyde Brown, "Spooky" is a family-oriented talk show, centered on all things supernatural that is to run weekly from 5-5:30 p.m... Names and Faces (Mon, 4/19)
Michigan Radio wins eleven Michigan Associated Press awards
Michigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan that includes WUOM 91.7 Ann Arbor, WFUM 91.1 Flint, and WVGR 104.1 Grand Rapids, received eleven awards from the Michigan Associated Press for news coverage in 2009, including nine "Best Of" awards, one Honorable Mention, and the award for General Excellence in the Non-Commercial Radio category.
The judges--AP members from outside of Michigan--enthusiastically praised many of winning entries. Of the station's "GM Bankruptcy" Spot News report, the judges noted "This is how news is done. Top-notch work...." The judges also praised "Facing the Mortgage Crisis," Michigan Radio's long running project dealing with the state's foreclosure crisis, as "...public service journalism at its finest."
All entries aired between January 1 and December 31, 2009. The awards were presented at the Michigan AP Awards Banquet this past Saturday, April 17th in Southfield.