Metro Detroit: March 2011 Archives

Detroit News:

Anne Doyle first made her mark nationally in 1978 as one of the first women hired in the U.S. as a major market television sports anchor and reporter for CBS-TV in Detroit. But she broke through an even bigger barrier for women when she became one of the first female reporters to gain access to locker rooms for male athletes. More specifically: hot and sweaty male athletes, often in varying states of dress and undress and not entirely thrilled with a woman invading their jock emporium.

At the time, Doyle had 10 years of experience under her belt as a TV news reporter and was also the daughter of Detroit sports broadcasting legend Vince Doyle. But nothing could have prepared her for the verbal assault from the prince of petulance: outfielder Kirk Gibson... Former sports anchor, Ford manager says women need to take the next step (Wed, 3/2)

 

Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV-TV Channel 4, owned by Post-Newsweek, is claiming ratings victories for it's afternoon and late evening newscasts during the February ratings period.

'Local 4 News at 5pm' had a 6.7 rating with a 14 share compared to WXYZ-TV's 6.4/13 and WJBK's 5.1/11 in household ratings. In the 6-6:30 p.m. time period, 'Local 4 News at 6 p.m.' scored an 8.3/16 with Channel 7 second at 6.6/13 and Channel 2 third with a 4.4/8.

'Local 4 News at 11 p.m.' finished well ahead of both Chs. 7 and 2 during that time period. WDIV's numbers were a 9.4 household rating and a 17 share, followed by WXYZ's 7.0/13 and WJBK's 4.2/8. WJBK's 10 p.m. newscast finished with 7.4/12

 

Specs HowardResponding to an increased demand for a workforce knowledgeable in digital media arts and graphic design, Specs Howard School of Media Arts on Friday announced it will be expanding its Farmington Hills campus at Studio Center by 2,500 sq. ft to add class space and nine editing suites, adding four classes at its Southfield campus, and hiring up to 10 new staff members.

With a legendary broadcast curriculum spanning nearly 40 years, Specs Howard School added a Graphic Design program in 2008, film workshops in 2009 and the Digital Media Arts program in 2010. With each program, the school has increased faculty, student services and support staff. The school has added nearly 40 staffers in the past year in all departments, including faculty, career services, marketing and administration.

For 2011, the school is seeking additional faculty and adjunct faculty for the Graphic Design and Digital Media Arts programs, as well personnel for career services and the business office.

"We hear regularly from employers requesting students from our programs because of the diversified skill-set we provide them. They want media-savvy employees who not only know how to run the soundboards or cameras but who can edit video; have experience in graphics; and understand Web development, compression and content delivery," said Lisa Zahodne, President/COO of Specs Howard School. "Each semester our media programs continue to attract more students, so naturally accommodating this demand requires more classes and additional qualified staff."

Through intensive 12-month programs, Specs Howard School of Media Arts' Graphic Arts and Digital Media Arts curriculum provide students with a comprehensive foundation for careers in the growing graphic design and digital media fields, respectively.

Areas of focus in the Graphic Arts program include: Working With and Manipulating Text, Digital Photography and Editing, Animation for Web Design, Website Maintenance and Design, Package Design, and Portfolio Creation and Presentation.

Areas of focus in the Digital Media Arts program include: Digital Media Production and Editing, ENG (electronic news gathering), Graphic Design, Motion Graphics, Website Design, and Writing for Digital Media.

For more information about the school, visit www.specshoward.edu.

 

WXYZ-TV announces annual Project Healthy Living

WXYZProject Healthy Living, sponsored by Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Channel 7 and administered through the United Health Organization (UHO), is scheduled to take place March 16th through May 21st, featuring over 25 health screening sites in the City of Detroit and the counties of Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne. Project Healthy Living provides free or low-cost health screening test to individuals 18 and older. Free tests at all sites include basic screenings for height, weight, hypertension, body composition, vision and hearing.

Tests offered at sites for a nominal cost, include screenings for vitamin D deficiency, glucose levels, and the comprehensive 26-profile blood screening. Other low-cost health screenings measure participant's risk for H. Pylori, stroke, heart attack and low bone density. Participants will also be able to get flu and pneumonia shots at select sites. Lab services are provided by Quest Diagnostic Laboratories.

The United Health Organization recommends pre-registering for testing services at projecthealthyliving.net. Information on specific sites and tests is available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday, through the Project Healthy Living Hotline, (313) 531-9108 or on wxyz.com.

Each year over 10,000 screening and counseling services are administered through the project. "Project Healthy Living provides an invaluable service to the community," said Ed Fernandez, WXYZ Vice President and General Manager. "We're grateful and proud to be associated with all the volunteers and agencies that will assist in delivering Project Healthy Living Services."

 


 

FOX Sports Detroit closing in on 'April in the D' winning band

FOX Sports DetroitAfter a two weeks of online voting among 10 semifinalists, the field has been trimmed to three finalists to become this year's anthem for 'April in the D' - FOX Sports Detroit's fourth annual month-long campaign to celebrate the city's passion for sports and the welcomed arrival of springtime.

The finalists in the 2011 ARPIL in the D Song Contest are (listed alphabetically): B-Dab, Johnny, Lawrence and Panic Trigger - each from metro Detroit - topping the list of more than 212,000 votes cast from Feb. 21-March 6. The semifinal round of voting involved 10 bands or solo acts from an original field of 50 entrants.

Additional fan voting to determine the grand prize winner will take place March 14-20 at Foxsportsdetroit.com, where visitors can currently view the finalists' music videos. The finalists will perform March 17 at Motor City Casino's Sound Board, following that night's Detroit Red Wings viewing party.

The grand prize winner - to be announced April 1 on FOX Sports Detroit's Pistons Live pregame show from the Palace of Auburn Hills - will receive $5,000, have their song featured in the APRIL in the D on-air campaign and perform live at The Fillmore in downtown Detroit on April 8 prior to the Tigers' home opener. Each finalist will receive a professional recording session valued at $1,000.

The Song Contest and many of its entrants will be the subject of a half-hour program, April in the D: The Playlist, premiering April 2 on FOX Sports Detroit. April in the D programming is highlighted by approximately 40 telecasts among the Tigers, Red Wings and Pistons.

FOX Sports Detroit's APRIL in the D campaign debuted in 2008, in keeping with the ongoing 'D' branding effort by the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Previous winners of the song contest were Detroit-area Victorious Secrets in 2010 and Grand Rapids-based Good Luck Joes in '09. The 2008 theme song was commissioned and performed by the Los Angeles-based alternative rock band Blacklist Union.

 

Detroit News:

A young man has been found dead 1,000 feet up near the top of a broadcast transmission tower in Oak Park. Police said the man, who is believed to be in his 20′s, was found by a crew doing routine maintenance on the 1,100-foot tower. A witness said he was wearing only a t-shirt and underwear. Police said man's body was found resting on a platform. It could have been there for a week or more since it's been that long since anyone has worked on the tower. How the man got up there remains a mystery.

"(We believe) he went up there of his own accord, and we don't have any information on who he is at this point. We don't know how he got up there. It appears he got up there on his own, but the investigation is underway," said Southfield Police Lieutenant Samantha Kretzschmar.

Kretzschmar said it would have taken the man about an hour and a half to climb up that far. TV Channels 20, 56, and 62 were off the air because of the situation... Man Found Dead On Broadcast Tower (Tue, 3/8)

 

Detroit Free Press:

A 23-year-old Detroiter reported missing earlier this month was the man found dead near the top of a broadcast tower in Oak Park, officials said today. The Oakland County Medical Examiner's Office ruled the manner of death a suicide but declined to elaborate. The man died of multiple traumatic injuries after falling onto a platform near the top of the tower from a higher point on the 1,100-foot-tall structure.

Oak Park Police Sgt. Jason Ginopolis said the man's family reported him missing March 3. They last saw him Feb. 28. Maintenance workers found the man clad only in underpants and a T-shirt on the platform of the tower near 8 Mile and Meyers around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Oak Park police called in a special technical team of rescuers to remove the body... Death of Detroiter, 23, atop Oak Park TV tower ruled a suicide (Wed, 3/9)

 

Cumulus to acquire Citadel

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Radio across lower Michigan is about to become super-consolidated with this morning's announcement that Cumulus has officially "entered into a definitive merger agreement to purchase Citadel Broadcasting Corporation, under which Cumulus would acquire all of the outstanding common stock and warrants of Citadel at a price of $37.00 per share. This consideration is payable in cash and shares of Cumulus stock, and values Citadel as an enterprise at approximately $2.4 billion. Citadel owns and operates 225 radio stations in over 50 markets and also operates the Citadel Media business, which is among the largest radio networks in the U.S." The combined operations of Cumulus and Citadel would be about 572 radio stations across 120 markets should the deal get the green light from the government.

In Michigan, the combined Cumulus and Citadel properties would result in a 38 station grouping of stations that would include properties in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Flint, Saginaw/Bay City, and Toledo, OH -- pending FCC review and approval.

The biggest local downside of this deal will undoubtedly be the likely consolidation of positions in Michigan as Cumulus attempts to leverage the sheer number of stations it will own and markets it will cover in the I-75, I-94, and I-96 corridors.

 

The 2011 Pistons Care Telethon benefiting all Boys & Girls Clubs in Michigan will take place on Friday, March 18; The NBA's Detroit Pistons will devote the entire day leading up to the Pistons' game against the New York Knicks, including their in-arena presentation and game broadcasts, to raise money for Boys & Girls Clubs. The telethon begins at 5 a.m. with live radio and television broadcasts at The Palace and runs throughout the day, culminating with the Pistons-Knicks game at 7:30 p.m., broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit and 97.1 The Ticket.

Boys & Girls Clubs will utilize all proceeds from this year's telethon to funding memberships, programs and initiatives to help children enhance their lives in the areas of character and leadership; education and career development; the arts; sports, fitness and recreation; and health and life skills. Many Michigan children struggle with the effects of single-parent households and families dealing with economic struggles, substance abuse, violence and poverty. The team and the entire Palace Sports & Entertainment organization are asking for the support of the Pistons community.

"We are excited to announce the Boys & Girls Clubs of Michigan as the beneficiary of the 2011 Pistons Care Telethon," said Karen Davidson, owner of the Pistons and Palace Sports & Entertainment. "Bill Davidson's legacy of philanthropy lives on through Pistons Care and Pistons-Palace Foundation's community outreach efforts."

"We have a unique opportunity as a professional sports organization to give back and make a consequential and lasting impact on people's lives," said Alan Ostfield, President & CEO of the Pistons and PS&E. "Boys & Girls Clubs provide a safe and developmental environment for kids when they need it most and The Palace family is dedicated to providing services for youth statewide during the 2011 calendar year."

Donations can be made immediately by visiting www.pistons.com and clicking the "Donate Now" button. Online donations will be accepted until March 18. Donors interested in participating on the day of the telethon will be provided a toll free number to call throughout the day. To learn about other fundraising programs that allow individuals, businesses, schools or churches to get involved, please call the Pistons community relations department at (248) 377-0100.

"We would like thank the entire Pistons organization for its commitment and dedication in supporting Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan and Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the state of Michigan as this year's beneficiary of the Pistons Care Telethon. Together, Boys & Girls Clubs across the state serve some 100,000 children annually, ages 6-18, 1st -12th grades," said Len Krichko, President & CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan.

In 2008, the Pistons became the first professional sports team in Detroit and in the NBA to present an entire home game as a charitable fundraiser and since then has raised more than $1.3 million in pledges through the annual Pistons Care Telethon.

 

CKWW to air "Bridge Over Troubled Water Radio Special"

CKWWCKWW AM 580 Motor City Favorites will air a one-hour special that goes inside one of the most beloved albums of the last 40 years, Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water".

The program will air this Wednesday at 7 p.m. on the 40th anniversary of the album's 1971 Grammy Awards sweep of Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Record of the Year for Bridge Over Troubled Water and its title track. It will include first hand accounts by the people who made the album including brand-new interviews with Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel as well as producer Roy Halee. Listeners will get the stories behind the classic songs: "The Boxer," "Cecilia," the title track, and fan favorite album cuts like "Why Don't You Write Me" and "Baby Driver." All 11 album tracks are featured in the special.

The "Bridge Over Troubled Water Radio Special" will air this Wednesday, March 16th at 7 PM with an encore broadcast this Sunday, March 20th at 11 AM on AM 580 Motor City Favorites.

 


 

Observer & Eccentric:

WBFHBloomfield Hills School District radio broadcasting students won four first place awards, three second place awards and three third place awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) at their annual Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference held March 9, at the Lansing Center in Lansing. WBFH tied for the most cumulative points in all categories entered and was awarded the 2011 High School Station of the Year. This was the seventh time in the last nine years that WBFH has won the Station of the Year Award.

The MABF received 411 entries from 29 schools for their annual High School and College Broadcasting Awards competition. WBFH students won 10 of the 24 awards given out in the high school radio division... WBFH wins a host of awards (Sun, 3/13)

 

MLive.com:

Radio personality Donnie Simpson said in a Facebook posting today that he wouldn't be returning to the airwaves after a one-year absence -- but don't count him out just yet. Rumors of Simpson, a Detroit native who began his career at WJLB, coming back on air stemmed from a report on AOL Black Voices. According to the report, Simpson would be hosting a late-night show that would possibly be syndicated and compete with Keith Sweat's "The Sweat Hotel," which airs locally on WMXD (92.3). Not true, Simpson says... Detroit native Donnie Simpson shoots down report of return to radio with syndicated show (Wed, 3/16)

 

Detroit's Channel 7 to host digital town hall meeting

">WXYZWXYZ-TV Channel 7 is planning to host a unique one hour Detroit 2020 event on Tuesday, March 22 from 7-8 p.m. "Tough Times, Real Answers," is a live digital multi-platform interactive town hall meeting with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, and Detroit Mayor Dave Bing.

The program offers Channel 7 viewers and wxyz.com followers, an opportunity to ask questions... on air, on line and on mobile, about the future of Detroit and the state of Michigan. The three county executives, Robert Ficano from Wayne County, Brooks Patterson from Oakland County, and Mark Hackel from Macomb County, will also weigh in during the discussion.

The show will address the topics that WXYZ-TV viewers have determined are most critical to the future of our region. Questions during the show will come from concerned citizens through emails, Facebook and Twitter. A live chat on detroit2020.com will give viewers a forum to share their thoughts during the live broadcast.

The show will be hosted by WXYZ-TV anchors Stephen Clark and Carolyn Clifford, with reports from Diana Lewis and JoAnne Purtan.

"This is a truly groundbreaking opportunity for our viewers to speak directly to the decision makers," said WXYZ Vice-President and General Manager Ed Fernandez. "WXYZ is leading the way in interactive programming with this first of its kind event featuring both the Mayor and the Governor."

The show is part of WXYZ's decade long project, Detroit 2020, a WXYZ commitment to address the challenges facing the region. The goal is to unify, inspire change and help make Detroit a better place to live, work, and raise families.

 


 

WDIV Ch. 4 Detroit names Kim Voet as News Director

WDIVWDIV-TV Channel 4 in Detroit has announced the promotion of Kim Voet to the position of News Director. Voet, a 14-year veteran of the WDIV newsroom, has held the positions of Local 4 News Producer, Executive Producer of Local 4 News at 11pm, Special Projects Executive Producer, Senior Executive Producer, and most recently, the position of Assistant News Director since December 2009.

Voet has been honored with awards for news coverage from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, The Associated Press and the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. In addition, twice during her tenure in the newsroom, the station has received the RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in News Coverage, recognizing the efforts of the entire WDIV news staff. Voet has described these team awards as her proudest accomplishments.

"Throughout her many years at Local 4, Kim has had a hand in every key initiative in our newsroom, and has been a driving force behind our election coverage," said Marla Drutz, WDIV Vice President and General Manager. "She has consistently demonstrated a passion for being the best in breaking news coverage, and has a great understanding of what is truly important to our community."

A native of St. Louis and graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia school of Journalism, Voet has been a part of news organizations since 1988 including positions at KMOV-TV in St. Louis, WKBD-TV in Detroit, and WFMY-TV and WXII-TV, both in North Carolina.

 


 

MLive.com:

Freshman U.S. Rep. Hansen Clarke on Thursday criticized a House vote to end federal funding for National Public Radio, urging the Senate to reverse course and "allow the valued listeners of Detroit's WDET to hear the best quality national programming."

Clarke and his fellow Michigan Democrats voted against the bill, while all state Republicans -- except freshman Rep. Justin Amash, who voted "present" -- chose to end NPR funding.

"What happens around the world impacts the quality of life of people living in Metro Detroit," Clarke said on the House floor, suggesting WDET connects local listeners to national programming they might not find anywhere else on the radio dial.

The legislation would eliminate federal funding for NPR and bar local affiliates from using federal money to pay dues and purchase national programming. Mikel Ellcessor, general manager at WDET, told The L.A. Times the bill would deeply complicate accounting measures for local stations that utilize federal grants... Hansen Clarke sticks up for Detroit's WDET in wake of House vote to cut NPR funding (Fri, 3/18)

 

Detroit Free Press:

Detroit jazz club Cliff Bell's, which already offers patrons a genuine art deco-era dining and nightclub experience, is delving deeper into those thrilling days of yesteryear. "WTYN Detroit Radio," premiering Monday, is a stage play that recalls the heyday of serialized radio dramas like "The Lone Ranger" and "The Green Hornet," both of which originated in Detroit. It's set at a small-time radio station that produces a detective drama titled "The City Desk." The show's actors and producers work for a station owner who has ties to organized crime.

"WTYN" is set in Detroit in 1936, and the play makes references to everything from Vernor's and Belle Isle to rival radio station WXYZ. A dozen actors will don Depression-era costumes, but the set will be intentionally spartan... Nostalgic stage play 'WTYN Detroit Radio' showcases serialized dramas (Sun, 3/20)

 

AllAccess.com:

RADIO ONE has elevated MS. SMILEY to PD of its DETROIT stations, which include Urban AC WDMK (105.9 KISS), Urban WHTD (HOT 102.7) and N/T WCHB-A. MS. SMILEY had been acting PD for several months. Now, the promotion is official.

"My VP/Programming, JAY STEVENS, positioned me to be able to study under some of the greatest Program Directors and analysts in the country, including AL PAYNE, JOHN CANDELARIA, BRIAN WALLACE, ELROY SMITH and EARL BOSTON," said SMILEY... Ms. Smiley Promoted To PD Of Radio One Detroit Stations (Mon, 3/21)

 


 

Crain's Detroit Business:

WTVSFive years after leaving Detroit for Wixom, Detroit Public Television is returning to the city with a new satellite studio in Midtown. The Woodward Avenue studio, which is in Wayne State University's historic Maccabees Building, previously housed WXYZ-Channel 7 and the "Soupy Sales Show."

Detroit Public Television and WSU plan to move taping of "Leaders on Leadership" to the new studio on Friday with a live taping featuring WSU President Allan Gilmour and the backing of Detroit Public Television's 35-foot high-definition truck. The station had produced the show for the past four years from St. Andrew's Hall on WSU's campus. The host was Larry Fobes, director of the WSU School of Business Administration's Institute for Organizational and Industrial Competitiveness.

"We knew we wanted to have a studio in Detroit," said DPTV President and General Manager Rich Homberg. "Clearly, Midtown is really emerging as ground zero for the renaissance of Detroit"... Public TV starts Midtown studio, revives WSU relationship (Mon, 3/21)

 

Michigan Radio trumpets successful Spring Membership Drive

WUOMMichigan Radio, the public radio service of the University of Michigan, finished a successful spring membership drive on Wednesday. The on-air fundraiser, which ran from March 16-23, generated 8,500 pledges totaling more than $980,000 from donors across southern Michigan and northern Ohio. Overall, the spring 2011 membership drive saw an increase of more than a thirty percent in total dollars raised over last spring's campaign.

As part of the station's effort to reduce on-air fundraising time, Michigan Radio once again used an innovative approach on the first day of the membership drive. The station attempted to raise the entire first day's goal in just one hour, from 7 - 8 a.m. on Wednesday, March 16. This proved to be successful, and the station exceeded its goal of $90,000 by 48%. More than $133,000 in donations came from over 1,150 people who pledged during Michigan Radio's "Power Hour."

"We have deep appreciation for all of our listeners who support us so generously," said Director of Broadcasting Steve Schram. "With this outstanding commitment, Michigan Radio looks forward to continuing our service to the community with in-depth news, talk and intelligent analysis, as we have for over 60 years."

Throughout the membership drive, the recent controversy over federal funding for public media seemed to encourage many listeners to contribute for the first time, or to resume giving after a hiatus. This sample of member comments indicates that the current threat to funding for NPR has increased the awareness and enthusiasm regarding the value of public broadcasting for many listeners:

  • "All the talk about Congress cutting funding for NPR made me pledge. Thank you for your outstanding service to the public."
  • "An America without NPR is unthinkable."
  • "I am returning to giving to Michigan Radio in light of the attacks being made on public broadcasting, the coverage I rely on for basic events, and programs I love...."
  • "Great news source--it would be great if contributions could totally sustain NPR."

Michigan Radio receives funding from diverse sources, with approximately 54% coming from individual donors, 21% from business underwriters, 12% from the University of Michigan and 8% from the federal government via the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

 

Radio Insight

Martz Communications Group via its Radio Power Inc. subsidiary is preparing to launch two new stations via translator in Detroit. 94.3 W230BI and 104.7 W284BQ are both currently testing with simulcasts of Classical/Jazz 90.9 WRCJ, but will soon flip to commercial formats. At 94.3, Martz has registered a pair of domains hinting at its future format: 943TheBone.com and 89XSucks.com seem to indicate a younger skewing Rock format targeting CTVglobemedia's Modern Rock 88.7 CIMX Windsor, ON. W230BI will operate with 99 watts vertically from 911 feet. Martz has recently filed for an STA to take 104.7 silent, but it has once again begun testing. In June 2010, 1047TheOasis.com was registered for use with this translator, however it is quite possible plans have changed since... Two New Translators Coming To Detroit (Fri, 3/25)

 


 

Radio-Info.com

Just a week after announcing she was named PD of Urban WHTD Detroit (http://www.radio-info.com/news/radio-ones-ms-smiley-to-program-the-detroit-cluster) , Radio One fires Ms. Smiley. Smiley had been the long time PD of Urban AC WDMK and talk WCHB, and was serving as interim PD of WHTD "Hot 102.7" for the past several months. Word from sources inside the station say Ms. Smiley was involved in an altercation at a station event... Ms. Smiley Exits Radio One Detroit (Fri, 3/25)

 


 

AnnArbor.com

Both of Washtenaw County's public-radio operations this week announced successful spring fund-raising drives. WEMU (89.1-FM), the public-radio station at Eastern Michigan University, recorded an all-time fund-raising record. Michigan Radio, the University of Michigan-based service that operates WUOM (91.7-FM) as well as stations in Grand Rapids and Flint, raised $133,000 in a single "power hour" on the first day of donations. Both stations reported that recent challenges to federal funding of public radio seemed to energize supporters... Michigan Radio, WEMU wrap up successful spring fund-raising drives (Fri, 3/25)

 

Detroit Free Press:

He is the baritone voice of the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, heard during June and August NASCAR weekends delivering the goods over the public-address system on drivers, teams and speeds. MIS track announcer Larry Henry, 59, of West Bloomfield will be at the microphone again this season in the Irish Hills. Henry, a former on-air talent at Detroit radio stations WWJ-AM (950) and WJR-AM (760), returned earlier this week from the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring sports-car race last Saturday at Sebring International Raceway in Florida, where he broadcast on behalf of the American Le Mans Series and hosted the winner's circle celebrations. Henry spoke to Free Press auto racing reporter Mike Brudenell about his craft and passion for racing... Larry Henry is the talk of the track (Sat, 3/26)

 

Michigan Radio and Center for Michigan to discuss Governor Snyder's budget at upcoming Issues & Ale event

WUOMMichigan Radio and The Center for Michigan will be hosting the next event in their popular Issues & Ale discussion series on Tuesday, April 5, at 6:00 pm at Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle in Royal Oak (310 S. Troy Street). The theme for this event is "How will the Governor's budget affect you?"

Governor Rick Snyder has proposed sweeping reforms to Michigan's budget, including changes in taxes, spending, and the organization and workings of government. Many Michigan citizen's will be impacted, including senior citizens, students, the working poor, businesses, union members, and many others. This event will give attendees an opportunity to explore how the Governor's budget will affect them and ask questions about it.

Michigan Radio Political Analyst Jack Lessenberry will host this discussion with guests including John Bebow, executive director of The Center for Michigan, and Ken Sikkema, senior policy fellow at Public Sector Consultants and former Senate Majority Leader. The public is invited to stop by, listen to the discussion, and join in with their questions and comments. Admission is free.

The Issues & Ale event series provides an informal setting for people to engage in discussions about the state's most important issues.....in an informal atmosphere. At previous events in Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, and Lansing, panelists and attendees have participated in lively discussions about campaign ads and the priorities for the new administration.

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

iger blood, please? Keeping up with Charlie Sheen is dizzying. Late Tuesday, members of Sheen's camp reached out to two Detroit radio stations to help recruit talent for his tour-opening show at the Fox Theatre show Saturday. WRIF-FM (101.1)'s "Drew & Mike" show will help Sheen select a female intern that the master warlock plans to put to work at the Fox. What will the work entail? Who knows, but Sheen wants females of the good-looking variety, apparently ... Just left on your Detroit radio dial is the high-powered "Mojo in the Morning" show on WKQI-FM (95.5). Mojo and Co. will be recruiting a singer to open Sheen's show with a rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner." Candidates are required to shoot a YouTube video of a national anthem performance and get it to the station by 10 a.m. today... Uncle Charlie wants you, and you (Thu, 3/31)

 

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