Rumors that WXYZ-TV Channel 7 "Action News This Morning" co-host Erik Smith was leaving the station have been floating around for months, but the chatter reached a fever pitch this week. One story was that the veteran host, a 7 employee since 1962, was yanked from the morning show (which also features Alicia Smith , Dave Rexroth and Erin Nicole ), which prompted him to quit. Someone close to Smith affirmed to us that he's leaving, with his last day to be May 26, although the veteran host had not returned our call as of press time. When we queried WXYZ executive producer Sandy McPhee Thursday afternoon, she said: "Erik had a personal day off yesterday, but he was on the show this morning!" But isn't his last day May 26? McPhee replied, "We're still working on the details"... Society Confidential: Erik Smith, Channel 7 in talks over his departure (Fri, 5/14)
CITADEL Hot AC WDVD (96.3 DVD)/DETROIT air talent DANA LUNDON has been promoted to become an official member of the BLAINE & ALLYSON MORNING SHOW. According to PD RON HARRELL, "MS. LUNDON has been filling the information role since late FEBRUARY and has proved to be a bright asset to the program. DANA has been one of our best utility players on the part-time staff capable of morphing into many different roles as jock, producer, remote talent and all-around solid radio junkie. We like her passion for the job and her love of radio." LUNDON's previous experience includes middays at crosstown WOMC and MD at WKQI... Dana Lundon Joins The WDVD Morning Show (Thu, 5/13)
Lions' preseason contests to all by in HD on WWJ-TV
The Detroit Lions and WWJ-TV have announced that all four of the team's 2010 preseason games will be broadcast in high-definition for the first time. The games are scheduled to include Saturday road matchups against the Pittsburgh Steelers on August 14th (7:30 p.m.) and Denver Broncos on August 21st (9:00 p.m.) and home contests versus the Cleveland Browns on Saturday August 28th (5:30 p.m.) and Thursday September 2nd (7:00 p.m.) against the Buffalo Bills. The two home games at Ford Field are subject to NFL blackout restrictions which would result in those games being aired on a time-delayed basis.
The switch to HD is a result of a partnership between WWJ-TV, the Detroit Lions, CBS Sports and local retailer ABC Warehouse.
"This is an exciting evolution in our partnership with the Detroit Lions," said WWJ-TV vice-president and general manager Trey Fabacher. "The NFL in high definition is great television!"
In the broadcast booth this year will be WWJ-TV Lions Pre-season veterans Matt Shepard doing play-by-play and the sideline team of Steve Courtney and Charlie Sanders. Joining the crew this season will be Michigan native Rob Rubick, the veteran color analyst who for more than eighteen years has been providing his experienced insight into broadcasts of football at all levels from high school through the pros. His unique background coupled with his experience as a tight end for the Lions will provide a solid addition to the broadcast team.