Television: June 2011 Archives

Detroit News:

Detroit Public Radio WDET-FM (101.9) general manager J. Mikel Ellcessor announced two new hires late Friday.

Full story: Detroit Public Radio hires reporter, producer (Fri, 6/3)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

The VIP Comedy Show presented by Dog Story Theater returns for the summer at 8 p.m. Monday with former WOOD-TV (Channel 8) news anchor and local celebrity Suzanne Geha hitting the stage at 7 Jefferson Ave. SE.

Full story: Former WOOD-TV news anchor Suzanne Geha to kick off Dog Story Theater's VIP Comedy Show (Thu, 6/2)

 

Former WOOD-TV 8 anchor Larry Nienhaus may be best known behind a news desk, but now can be found in a bare-bones radio station, heading efforts to broadcast the Roman Catholic faith. The general manager at Holy Family Radio, a new Catholic station and the only in West Michigan...

Full story: Former WOOD-TV anchor Larry Nienhaus becomes general manager of Catholic radio station (Fri, 6/3)

 


 

TVNewsCheck.com:

Freedom Broadcasting's CBS affiliate WWMT Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, Mich. (DMA 41), and the American Red Cross (Greater Kalamazoo Area Chapter and Calhoun County Chapter) held a one day phone-a-thon to raise money for severe weather victims in West Michigan.

Full story: WWMT raises more than $21,000 for storm victims (Fri, 6/3)

 


 

WXYZ special to focus on education

Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV will broadcast "Class Acts" a Detroit 2020 Education Special on Tuesday, June 7th at 7 p.m. The 30 minute program, hosted by WXYZ anchors Stephen Clark and Carolyn Clifford, will feature stories of people and organizations that are making a difference in the lives of local students.

The show will include a look at a unique after-school program, and spotlight a high school with an innovative approach to education that could be the start of a new trend.

"This special will give Channel 7 viewers the opportunity to see how a simple act can make a difference in a child's future," said Glenn Bar, Detroit 2020 Executive Producer. "I hope these stories will inspire others."

Throughout the program, viewers will also discover new ways they can become involved in programs throughout Metro Detroit that support education.

More information on the Detroit 2020 project is available at www.detroit2020.com.

 

TVspy.com:

Jayne Hodak, who has been serving as WJRT's acting news director since April, has officially been named newsroom boss at the Flint ABC-affiliate. Hodak, WJRT's assistant news director for the past eight years, took over for longtime news director Jim Bleicher upon his recent departure. Bleicher, who had been with WJRT for over two decades, left as SJL Broadcasting took over ownership of the station.

Full story: Jayne Hodak Takes Over for Her Mentor as WJRT News Director (Mon, 6/6)

 

TVspy.com:

Kathy Reynolds is set to become news director at WEYI. The Mid-Michigan NBC-affiliate announced this week that Reynolds, who has spent the last year working as assistant news director at WAOW in Wausau, WI, would replace Jeff Reinarz in the role later this month. Reinarz has served as WEYI's news director since 2008 in addition to overseeing the station's creative team. With the addition of Reynolds, Reinarz is moving into the position of media operations manager and will lead a planned overhaul of the station's website and brand identity.

Full story: WEYI Appoints 'Untraditional' News Director (Tue, 6/7)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

CUMULUS VP/Urban Programming MAURICE DEVOE has named AUGUST WALLACE PD of Urban AC WDZZ (Z 92.7)/FLINT, MI. She replaces former PD BOBBY HOLIDAY, who exited earlier this year. WALLACE is a FLINT native who previously served as APD/MD.

Full story: August Wallace To Program WDZZ (Tue, 6/7)

 

Detroit News:

Every great team needs a guy who has a bit of Hollywood about him. Jim Northrup, though, wasn't Robert Redford. He was Joe Pesci. He was Harvey Keitel. He was Steve Buscemi. Mickey Lolich got the word Wednesday evening his old Tigers teammate, the "Gray Fox" as they called him, had died at age 71 after suffering a seizure at a Grand Blanc assisted living facility ... his career as a Tigers television announcer. It ended in 1995, and no one had to explain why Northrup was unceremoniously yanked. He was blunt, unapologetically so.

Full story: 'Gray Fox' Jim Northrup was a character and a champion (Thu, 6/9)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Jim Northrup died today. And those of us who were kids during that magical summer of 1968 in Detroit also bade farewell to another piece of our childhood. Before everyone attached succinct titles to the bookmarks of our sports history like The Drive, The Catch or in the case of Jim Joyce spoiling Armando Galarraga's perfect game here a year ago, The Blown Call, Northrup had The Triple.

Full story: Always thankful for ex-Tiger Jim Northrup's memories (Thu, 6/9)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

ALL ACCESS hears that RADIO ONE is thisclose to inking a deal that would bring MacDONALD BROADCASTING Urban WQHH (POWER 96.5)/LANSING PD and night slammer JAY HICKS to DETROIT to program their MOTOR CITY cluster.

Full story: Is Jay Hicks Headed To Radio One In Detroit? (Wed, 6/8)

 

Veteran radio news anchor DANA MILLS is the replacement for AMY HOLMES as JOHN MCCASLIN's co-anchor at TALK RADIO NETWORK ENTERTAINMENT and the WASHINGTON TIMES' "AMERICA'S MORNING NEWS." MILLS, the former KIMN, KYGO, and KOA-A/DENVER and WJR-A and WOMC/DETROIT anchor , fills the gap left when HOLMES moved to TRN's AMERICA'S RADIO NEWS NETWORK to co-anchor 30o (ET) with former KRLD-A/DALLAS host ERNIE BROWN.

Full story: Dana Mills Takes Over Co-Anchor Duties At 'America's Morning News' (Wed, 6/8)

 

Booth Mid-Michigan/MLive.com:

MLive.com has provided a rundown of recent stories on today's KCQ Music Fest that drew an estimated 95,000 people to Ojibway Island.

Full story: KCQ Country Music Fest thrills thousands (Sat, 6/18)

 


 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

Bare feet, bikinis, beach umbrellas and beer (for those old enough to imbibe) helped draw a record-breaking bunch of birthday bashers to the 19th annual B-93 weekend country music concert Saturday.

Full story: More than 60,000 kick off B-93 Birthday Bash 2011 in Martin (Sat, 6/18)

 


 

MLive.com:

I never thought I'd start off another post with the headline "Fox 2's Andrea Isom..." but here we are. My favorite WJBK reporter went back to the editing bay and turned the volume up to ear-splitting for a special report encouraging suburban Detroiters to move back -- or move to, as some cases may be -- to the city proper.

Full story: Fox 2's Andrea Isom takes the biggest wedge she could find, shoves it between Detroit and suburbs (Fri, 6/17)

 

Detroit would be well-served if Emery King, Mayor Dave Bing's new communications adviser, displays the same level of candor in his new role as he once did on NBC News.

Full story: Video of the Day: Emery King's accidental honesty made for historic on-air gaffe (Fri, 6/17)

 

Grand Rapids Press:

I was roaming the halls of Citdael Broadcasting this morning when I bumped into former WOOD-AM radio host Scott Winters. It turns out Scott is filling in for Tony Gates, whose show airs from 9 a.m.-noon weekdays on WJRW-AM (1340).

Full story: Scott Winters fills in for Tony Gates on WJRW-AM (1340) (Wed, 6/22)

 


 

WDIV-TV Ch. 4 Detroit readies for annual fireworks telecast

NBC affiliate WDIV-TV Ch. 4 Detroit is once again the exclusive television home of The Target Fireworks, the highest-rated local television event of the summer. Live coverage of the 53rd annual The Target Fireworks is presented by The Parade Company with programming scheduled for Monday, June 27 at 8 p.m. WDIV will broadcast the event in high definition.

Local 4 News anchors Carmen Harlan, Devin Scillian and Chuck Gaidica host The Target Fireworks live from an exclusive rooftop venue overlooking the Detroit River, with Steve Garagiola live from Hart Plaza. Special "Raise the Roof" performances during The Target Fireworks broadcast on Local 4 include recording artist Jill Jack, winner of several 2011 Detroit Music Awards; Larry Callahan and Selected of God, the local choir made famous in the Chrysler Super Bowl commercial; and a grilling feature with Detroit's soul food sensation Jamawn (Jay) Woods, winner of NBC's America's Next Great Restaurant.

Throughout Local 4's broadcast, "Definitely Detroit" features will showcase what makes our region special, from local hot spots to the bright people who set our city apart and one-of-a-kind things found "Only In Detroit". In addition, The Biggest Loser: Detroit Edition III presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield kicks off, and the Michigan Lottery will give away $250,000 live on Local 4.

The three-hour special will be jam-packed with amazing giveaways all night long. Viewers at home can join in on the fun and win great "See The D" prize packages including tickets to Maroon 5 featuring Adam Levine of the NBC hit The Voice, VIP tickets to a sold-out Kid Rock show at Comerica Park, and a get-away package to the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

 

Michigan Radio honored with diversity award for series on Muslims in Michigan

Michigan Radio has been recognized by the Radio Television Digital News Association and UNITY: Journalists of Color with a 2011 RTDNA/UNITY award for the "Muslims in Michigan" series. The RTDNA/UNITY Award honors outstanding television, radio and online journalism focused on diversity.

Presented since 1999, the purpose of the award is to encourage and showcase journalistic excellence in covering issues of race and ethnicity. It is presented annually to news organizations nationwide that show an ongoing commitment to covering the diversity of the communities they serve. Michigan Radio was one of only three radio organizations in the country to receive a RTDNA/UNITY award, honoring its "Muslims in America" project. The Takeway (co-produced by WNYC Radio and Public Radio International) was awarded for their entry, "Fluid Identities," as was WJBC in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois for its "WJBC en Espanol" entry.

"These winners set a very high standard for diversity coverage with their entries," said RTDNA chairman Mark Kraham. "We commend them for their extraordinary journalism and encourage all newsrooms to emulate their efforts."

The "Muslims in Michigan" project was formed out a partnership between Michigan Radio and the University of Michigan Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies. This five part radio series, which first aired in 2010, examined life for Muslim people living in Michigan. Beyond religion, the series focused on the cultural, political, ethnic, and social lives of this diverse group, including reports on sharia law, the construction of a new mosque in Grand Rapids, and profiles of individuals who had recently converted to Islam. The project also featured film events, speakers, and community conversations on the subject in Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Grand Rapids. More information on that series can be found at: muslimsinmichigan.org.

 


 

ConnectMidMichigan.com:

Three summers ago, Matt Waymire left his job at WICZ TV and followed his fiancée to Michigan. A leap of faith for someone who did not have another television job lined up. As luck would have it, we had an immediate opening around the time Matt moved to Michigan, and the rest as they say 'is history'.

Full story: End of an era as Waymire signs off at NBC25 (Wed, 6/28)

 

Newsmakers and links: June 30, 2011

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Detroit Public Television to salute veterans with July 4th airing of Our Vietnam Generation

Michigan veterans who served during the Vietnam war will be be the focus of a one-hour program set to air on Monday, July 4th at 9:30 PM on Detroit's WTVS-TV Channel 56. Veterans of the Vietnam war fought on a battlefield as brutal as any other, and more deadly than most wars in the history of the United States.

To give these veterans a voice, Director/Producer Keith Famie and Executive Producer Bob Gillette share stories of service and heroism from area veterans who served in Vietnam.

 


 

Detroit News:

Ken Kal is not complaining. Not even a little. Mostly he's laughing, because after awhile, there's not much else you can do. Besides, his wife is cruising along just fine without her gall bladder. But with everything that's gone wrong in June, you can't blame the Detroit Red Wings' radio broadcaster if he doesn't leave the house today and waits for July instead. It all started with stopping.

Full story: Red Wings radio announcer discovers one month can have decade's worth of troubles (Thu, 6/30)

 

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