Television: September 2010 Archives

Specs Howard School of Media Arts is celebrating its 40th anniversary by honoring five extraordinary graduates who have significantly contributed to the media industry with a place in the school's Hall of Fame.

2010 inductees will be determined online - four through nominations submitted to the website and a Specs Howard School panel. The fifth new inductee will be chosen based on a "Popular Vote." "Popular Vote" choices are being taken at Voting started September 1st.

Any former graduate may be nominated. However, for the Detroit on-air "Popular Vote," the following, listed alphabetically, are eligible: Sean Baligian - WDFN, Pat Batcheller - WDET, Mike Bradley - WMGC, Nick Craig - Channel 95.5, Craig Fahle - WDET, Sara Fouracre - 97.1, Billy The Kidd (Green) - Beat, Jay Hudson - 89X, Allyson Martinek - WDVD, Bill McAllister - 97.1, Tracey McCaskill - WMXD, Rachel Nevada - WOMC, Tony Ortiz - CBS Radio, Jeff Riger - 97.1, Fay Samona - WMGC, Bill Stevens - WWJ, O'Neil Stevens - WMXD, Pat Sweeting - WWJ, Scott Vertical - WDVD, Renee Vitale - WNIC.

Once chosen, the new 2010 inductees will join the 37 current members of the Specs Howard Hall of Fame, which include: WRIF's Ann Carlini and "Screamin'" Scott Randall; WJR's Lloyd Jackson; WXYZ's Glenda Lewis; WYCD's Linda Lee and WJBK-TV's Jackie Paige.

The deadline to submit nominations and vote is September 30. Winners will be announced this fall.

The Detroit Red Wings and FOX Sports Detroit today announced the 2010-11 Red Wings local television schedule. FOX Sports Detroit (FSD) continues its exclusive production and carriage of Red Wings games by airing up to 75 regular-season games, plus three pre-season contests. The 78 overall games include 59 slated for FSD and 19 on FOX Sports Detroit Plus (FS PLUS). Up to four regular-season games may later be selected for exclusive national telecast by NBC. Most, if not all, Red Wings games this season on FSD and FS PLUS are expected to be televised in high-definition... Red Wings TV schedule (Wed, 9/1)

The Detroit Pistons announced their 2010-11 local television schedule today with 80 of the team's regular-season games being televised by FOX Sports Detroit. Including one ESPN broadcast as part of the NBA's national television schedule, 81 of the club's 82 regular-season games will be available on television. All Pistons games will be available on either 97.1 FM The Ticket or WWJ 950 AM. FOX Sports Detroit, beginning its 14th season of broadcasting Pistons games, is the exclusive local television provider for Pistons Basketball. The network will televise an all-time high 80 regular-season games, and two preseason contests including the premier of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh together for the first time in Miami HEAT uniforms on October 5 at Miami. Most, if not all, Pistons games this season on FOX Sports Detroit and FOX Sports Detroit Plus are expected to be televised in high-definition... Pistons Announce 2010-11 Local Television and Radio Broadcast Schedules (Thu, 9/2)



Former radio host Tom Wilson has passed away

Sad news to report as Tom Wilson, the longtime host of the locally produced 'Somewhere in Time' radio program, reportedly passed away last month. No other details are available at this time.

This Tom Wilson isn't to be confused with current Red Wings' and longtime Pistons/Palace Entertainment executive Tom Wilson.



WDET launches new weekend schedule starting Sunday

Starting this Sunday, September 5th, public WDET-FM 101.9 will be adjusting its weekend schedule to feature more Modern Music and New Soul. Jon Moshier's Friday night program will re-broadcast at 2PM pm Sunday followed by an extra hour of Nick Austin starting at 4PM. An updated programing schedule is available here.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept. 23, 2010



Detroit News:

A drawn-out tug-of-war over gubernatorial debates ended Wednesday with Virg Bernero and Rick Snyder agreeing to a single meeting. The one-hour debate is set for 7 p.m. Oct. 10 and will be broadcast live on television stations across the state. Bernero originally called for eight debates between the candidates. Snyder wanted three. Talks broke off and hopes of an agreement dimmed until the deal announced Wednesday. Political experts agree Snyder -- who is leading the Lansing mayor by roughly 20 percentage points in most polls -- has little to gain from debating his opponent... Snyder, Bernero to debate Oct. 10 (Thu, 9/23)



Detroit Free Press:

The debate over the debates wasn't so great. But it's over. And now the Great Debate, governor's edition, is scheduled for Oct. 10.Democrat Virg Bernero and Republican Rick Snyder have agreed to participate in a single, Sunday evening televised debate at the facilities of Detroit Public TV in Wixom. The broadcast is to be carried by other public TV stations around Michigan and will be available free of charge to all commercial channels that wish to carry it, said John Bebow, executive director at the Center for Michigan, a debate sponsor. The center leads the Great Debates coalition of about 20 organizations, including the Free Press, which will host the gubernatorial debate... Finally, a debate for Snyder and Bernero Decision 2010 (Thu, 9/23)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Sept. 28, 2010


LIN Media has picked up the CoolTV multicast network in 11 of its 17 markets encompassing six million TV homes, 5.2% of all TV homes, according to Cool Music Network, the startup behind the network. Combined with Sinclair (33 markets) and Journal Broadcast Group (nine markets), the LIN deal puts the eclectic 24/7 music network in a total of 53 markets and extends its reach to approximately 30% of all U.S. TV homes, according to Cool Music COO David Hampe. The LIN markets: Indianapolis; Hartford, Conn.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Albuquerque, N.M.; Austin, Texas; Providence, R.I.; Toledo, Ohio; Ft. Wayne, Ind.; Springfield, Mass.; Terre Haute, Ind.; and Lafayette, Ind. CoolTV is customized for each market to reflect the local demographics and music scenes. "It's our ability to deliver a unique viewer experience to each market that creates the local radio-on-TV style," said Joe Comparato, Cool Music CEO, in a prepared statement... LIN Media To Air CoolTV In 11 Markets (Tue, 9/28)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept. 29, 2010



WXYZ-TV anchor Robbie Timmons announces her retirement

Robbie Timmons, a long-time news anchor and reporter at ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV, is announcing she is leaving the station to pursue personal interests.

Timmons has been anchoring Detroit evening news for 34 years. She joined WXYZ-TV in 1982, anchoring the 5 p.m. newscast alongside legendary newsman Bill Bonds, and more recently with Emmy award winning anchor Carolyn Clifford. She has also anchored Action News at Noon, the number one rated noon newscast with Clifford. Prior to joining WXYZ, Timmons was behind the anchor desk at WJBK-TV, Channel 2.

During her time at Channel 7, Timmons co-hosted a variety of programs, including the Michigan Humane Society Telethon, St. Vincent DePaul Telethon, and Channel 7's Town Hall Meeting on Breast Cancer Research. She has co-anchored special coverage of Red Wings Stanley Cup Parades, Detroit Pistons NBA Championships, the University of Michigan National NCAA Football Championship, as well as U of M Big Ten Championships and Rose Bowl trips.

"I have enjoyed being part of the Channel 7 family and viewers' families for nearly 30 years," said Timmons. "We've been together on bad news days and good news days...seen changes in Detroit and the State of Michigan, and we've witnessed people giving us hope and making a difference."

"WXYZ has been fortunate to have Robbie's talent and experience as part of our Action News team," said Vice-President and General Manager, Ed Fernandez. "Always the consummate professional, Robbie has played an important role in the success of WXYZ-TV and we wish her all the best as she starts this new chapter in her life."

Timmons began her career in 1972 at WILX-TV in Lansing where she became the first female in the country to anchor evening newscasts at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. She went on to anchor WJBK-TV's 11 p.m. newscast and produce Emmy winning documentaries for the CBS station, before joining WXYZ-TV.

Her work has earned Timmons six Emmy awards from the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She has also been recognized for her volunteer work on behalf of Forgotten Harvest, St. Vincent DePaul, the Humane Society, the Detroit Zoo, the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center.

Timmons' reports on thoroughbred horse racing and the closure of the Detroit Race Course in 1997, prompted her to become active in efforts to rescue thoroughbreds. She became an officer of CANTER, a thoroughbred rescue organization that prevents the slaughter of thoroughbreds and helps find homes for racehorses. The organization also provides educational opportunities for Michigan State University Veterinary students who assist with surgeries to repair racetrack injuries. Timmons has helped take CANTER from a Michigan-only organization, to a national all-volunteer rescue effort that continues to expand across the United States.

"I'm excited about the opportunity to dedicate more of my time and energy to the organization that I feel so passionately about," said Timmons who will be a full time volunteer for CANTER and the national organization's treasurer.

Timmons' work with CANTER inspired her to write the popular children's book, "Twoey and the Goat," based on the true story of a unique friendship between a thoroughbred champion and a goat. The book is being considered as the subject for a feature film.

Timmons says she plans to continue writing children's books and is looking forward to spending more time with family, friends, and her Sheltie, Cassie.

Timmons last day at WXYZ-TV will be October 14.







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