Television: January 2011 Archives

WXYZ-TV expanding its coverage for 2011 North American International Auto Show

WXYZ-TV Channel 7 Detroit has announced expanded coverage of the 2011 North American International Auto Show, beginning with press preview days on January 10, and extending through the end of public show days on January 23, 2011.

In addition to extensive news coverage during press preview days, WXYZ-TV will air a live broadcast of the Charity Preview event on Friday, January 14. The show, Red Carpet Charity Preview Special, will air at 7 p.m. and will be anchored by Stephen Clark and Carolyn Clifford, with live reports across the show floor from reporters Mary Conway, JoAnne Purtan, Dave LewAllen and Dave Rexroth. The program, broadcast entirely in high definition, will showcase the latest trends and technologies in the automotive industry, and will include live interviews with top auto executives. An encore presentation will air Saturday, January 15, at 8 a.m.

As part of WXYZ's on-going commitment to automotive reporting, Channel 7 is "On Your Side" with a consumer-oriented program, Cars are Stars, on Saturday, January 15, 7-7:30 p.m. The show, anchored by Stephen Clark and Diana Lewis with reports from Alicia Smith, Vic Faust and Glenda Lewis, will highlight what's new in the car market for consumers, including the latest gadgets and a guide to electric vehicles. An encore presentation of Cars are Stars, will air Sunday, January 16, at 9 a.m.

On Friday, January 21, WXYZ is proud to host Channel 7 Family Day at the Auto Show. The day will include musical performances, giveaways, and a chance to meet Channel 7 on-air personalities. Musical acts scheduled to appear include Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas, Amazin' Blue (the U of M acapella chorus), the Motor City Bloodhounds, LaShell Griffin, the Blue Pigs and many others.

WXYZ will also provide complete Auto Show coverage on wxyz.com where users will find up the minute reports on the latest vehicle releases and photo galleries with the hottest concept cars. Special Auto Show sections, complete with streaming video, will be available on WXYZ mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices as well as most other smartphones, for users on the go.

"Channel 7 is thrilled to be part of the 2011 North American International Auto Show, the premiere event of the year for Detroit and the region," said WXYZ Vice-President and General Manager, Ed Fernandez. "WXYZ is grateful to the NAIAS leadership for this special opportunity, and we're committed to using the resources of Channel 7 to provide a unique experience for both Channel 7 viewers and auto show visitors during the entire two weeks of the event."

 


 

TVNewsCheck.com

CBS Television Stations today named Mark Arminio VP of sales for WWJ and WKBD, the group's Detroit CBS and CW stations, effective Jan. 10. Arminio will be responsible for overseeing all sales operations at the two outlets in the country's 11th market... CBS picks Arminio to head sales in Detroit (Thu, 1/6)

 

Detroit affiliate WXYZ-TV Channel 7 has hired market vet Chris Edwards to join its weather forecasting team starting January 22nd. The release did not reveal exactly what role Edwards will play; the station currently employs Dave Rexroth as its chief meteorologist and on-air for the station's 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. weekday newscasts with Sean Ash, Keenan Smith, and Olga Breese sharing duties on the station's other telecasts.

Edwards began his career as a weathercaster in the U.S. Air Force. He was one of the first meteorologists with The Weather Channel in Atlanta, before moving on to forecast at WISN-TV in Milwaukee, and KYW-TV in Philadelphia. He then was chief meteorologist at WJBK-TV Channel 2 in Detroit before stepping down in 2004 to spend more time with his family and to start his own business teaching weather science to students. Until recently, he had also been doing some fill-in work for Channel 2.

"We're extremely pleased to add such a talented and experienced meteorologist to the Channel 7 weather staff," said news director Tim Dye. "Chris brings more than 30 years of forecasting experience, much of that in the Southeast Michigan region. His first-hand knowledge will be a tremendous asset to our viewers."

"WXYZ-TV is infusing so much energy into the community and it's exciting to be part of that effort," said Edwards. "As a weather team, it's our job to build and maintain the trust of the community we serve and being part of a weather team that's committed to that effort is very exciting."

Edwards received the American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval in 1986. He has been honored with numerous awards, including recognition from the Michigan Chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences for Best Weathercast in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004.

"We're thrilled to have Chris on our team," said chief meteorologist Dave Rexroth. "We feel that with Chris on staff, we have the most experienced forecast team in the market."

 

Ken Daniels, longtime play-by-play announcer for FOX Sports Detroit's coverage of the Detroit Red Wings, has been recognized as Michigan Sportscaster of the Year for 2010 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA). It is the second such honor for Daniels, who also earned the NSSA award in 2003.

Daniels, in his 14th season with FOX Sports Detroit, is among the 110 state sportscasters and sportswriters from 49 states and the District of Columbia to be honored during the NSSA's 52nd Annual Awards Weekend, May 14-16 at the organization's headquarters in Salisbury, North Carolina.

Mick McCabe and Michael Rosenberg, co-workers at the Detroit Free Press, share the Michigan Sportswriter of the Year award.

In addition to the state award winners, the NSAA will recognize its 2011 Hall of Fame inductees Brent Musburger, Bob Uecker and Bob Ryan, as well as 2010 National Sportscaster of the Year Mike Tirico and National Sportswriter of the Year Peter King.

The NSSA was founded in 1959 as a way to honor the nation's sportscaster and sportswriters for their craft. For more information, visit nssafame.com.

 

AnnArbor.com:

A statewide public television series called "Under the Radar Michigan" showcases Ann Arbor in an episode showing this week. The show, hosted by Tom Daldin, generally features two or three communities each week and highlights some of the local attractions. The current episode features Munising as well as Ann Arbor. Local stops include Afternoon Delight, the Hands-On Museum and the decidedly on-the-radar Zingerman's Deli. The full Munising / Ann Arbor episode is available online. It has already aired on broadcast TV, but it's scheduled for another showing at 7:30 p.m. Thursday on WTVS, channel 56 in Detroit. The guide to the episode includes this description: "Ann Arbor is a very comfortable and intellectual place, where people are passionate about learning, and independent thought; and boy, do they love good food, In Ann Arbor, Tom discovers why a meal at the restaurant, Afternoon Delight, is totally worth the wait; and where Bo Schembechler always went to make sure he looked good for game-day... Public TV show 'Under the Radar Michigan' showcases Ann Arbor (Wed, 1/19)

 

Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Jan. 20, 2011

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Lansing State Journal:

WKAR-TVWKAR's popular "BackStage Pass" music television series kicks off its new season 10 p.m. tonight with nine acts bringing everything from blues to classical to tropic rock to jazz.

"The BackStage Pass" series grows each season, and we're pleased to present our most musically diverse line-up of broadcasts to date in 2011," said Tim Zeko, WKAR-TV and "BackStagePass" executive producer. "You can't beat Michigan-made music."

The season's first guest is Lansing jump-swing, blues-rock staple Those Delta Rhythm Kings. Expect favorites from the band's album, "Just the Way We Like It," plus past releases, "Howlin' for My Darlin," "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," and more. Others on tap for this season... WKAR-TV's 'BackStage Pass' kicks off new season tonight (Thu, 1/20)

 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

During her time as a reporter at WWMT Channel 3, Jill Dobson took advice from a co-worker and enrolled in improv comedy classes in Chicago to help her when she was forced to ad lib on-air. Those classes have proven to be invaluable for the 33-year-old who now lives in New York with her husband, Jim Ornstein, and works as a TV entertainment contributor, including for CBS and CNN. When an anchor throws her a curve ball, she's able to respond on the fly. Dobson, who worked at Channel 3 from 2002-04, will combine her experience as a reporter and her comedy chops on the season premiere of the "Onion News Network" at 10 p.m. Friday on IFC. ONN is a fake news show put on by the same people behind "Onion," which produces fake news in print and online... Former Kalamazoo TV reporter Jill Dobson on premiere of 'Onion News Network' (Thu, 1/20)

 


 

Lansing State Journal:

In their giddiest moments, the Onion people say they're on a roll. Their new cable show ("Onion News Network") debuts today, complete with Michigan State University grad Suzanne Sena as its anchor. It arrives just 10 days after "Onion SportsDome" started. The plan is "to take over the entire media," Will Graham joked. Don't believe that. This has been gradual, after decades of popularity. The Onion was started by two University of Wisconsin students as a sorta-newspaper, with humor stories drolly disguised as real ones. Headlines would proclaim: "BYU scientists convert matter into Mormonism" or "Area stoners mistakenly hold massive Kemp rally." The style was straight-faced and Midwestern; the paper was free. The paper started in 1988. Then, the Onion moved to New York, Graham said. The Onion reported a distribution of 690,000 papers, but its website became more important. For Sena, its fake newscaster - with the fake name Brooke Alvarez - it hired someone with the right academic and work resume... MSU grad anchors new Onion News Network, debuting tonight (Fri, 1/21)

 

Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Jan. 22, 2011

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Flint Journal:

John Rhadigan, who worked as a sports reporter and anchor for television station Channel 12 (WJRT) in Flint, has been named as the Texas Rangers new television play-by-play announcer. Several Web sites and blogs reported the hiring as well as Rhadigan's Flint connection. Flint Journal files say Rhadigan is a Flint native who graduated from Oakland University. He joined Channel 12 in 1984, working for the station until early 1990 when he accepted a job with a Forth Worth, Texas television station. The Rangers' Web site says Rhadigan grew up in Michigan, listening to Ernie Harwell broadcasting Detroit Tigers' games.

"When you think about broadcasting in Detroit, you think about Ernie Harwell," Rhadigan said in a posting on the team Web site. "To have a job that he had is really exciting to me. It's a childhood dream to do this kind of job"... Former WJRT sports anchor John Rhadigan hired as Texas Rangers play-by-play voice (Thu, 1/20)

 

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