MiVote.org to present the first Citizens' State of the State
MiVote.org is scheduled to present a first-of-its-kind program featuring a panel of diverse Michigan citizens discussing what they feel should be Michigan's top priorities and action items, in reaction to Governor Rick Snyder's first State of the State Address.
The Citizens' State of the State will air on Detroit Public Television (WTVS-TV Channel 56) on Sunday January 23, 2011 at 12:30 p.m. and will also be accessible online anytime on the MiVote.org website. The program and the website are jointly sponsored by the Center for Michigan and Detroit Public Television.
Moderated by the Center for Michigan's Executive Director John Bebow, the program is the result of a series of more than 600 community conversations on the future of Michigan. Each panelist for the Citizens' State of the State participated in those conversations, which have gathered a collective voice to help guide the Center's work.
Throughout 2011, MiVote.org will focus on ongoing community engagement on the issues that are most important to the future of Michigan. The site will feature discussion by citizens and government leaders, exchanging ideas and identifying priorities.
"The Citizens' State of the State is the launch of a campaign to continue the voter engagement that MiVote.org convened during the 2010 Election Season," said Rich Homberg, President and General Manager of Detroit Public TV. "This is the latest example of how we are using the power of media to help advance important discussions on the issues of greatest importance to our region and our state."
Crain's Detroit Business:
Longtime friends Jim Edelman and Tom Daldin both found themselves without jobs as part of advertising cutbacks in recent years. Edelman lost his position as national sales manager for Clear Channel Communications Inc. in January 2008. Daldin had spent 12 years producing high-end video materials for the auto industry and was a staff producer with Royal Oak-based Dark Spark Media until May 2010 before work started drying up, taking away 80 percent of his income. So the two friends, who originally met in 1982 while working at WRIF-101.1 FM, approached Rich Homberg, president and general manager of WTVS-Channel 56, about developing some projects for PBS. Edelman and Daldin first tried to re-pitch "Bob's Jobs," an Emmy-winning children's show Daldin created and starred in five years ago on Channel 56. Due to lack of funding, "Bob's Jobs" was canceled... Off-the-cuff concept lands jobless friends public TV show (Sun, 1/16)
Former radio jock Hank O'Neal dies
Hank Burdick, known on-air as Hank On'Neal, passed away on Saturday January 8th. O'Neal was behind the mic at in metro Detroit CKLW, WJBK, WHND, and WWWW.
An April memorial service is being planned.