Television: September 2011 Archives

Newsmakers and links: September 1, 2011

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AllAccess.com:

Two of the states planning statewide Emergency Alert System tests are NEVADA and MICHIGAN. Both states' broadcasters organizations are looking to run tests in SEPTEMBER in advance of the nationwide test set for NOVEMBER 9th. MICHIGAN's plan is for a test on SEPTEMBER 22nd at about 10:45a (ET).

Full story: Nevada, Michigan Plan Statewide EAS Tests Before National Test (Thu, 9/1)

 


 

Broadcasting & Cable:

The retransmission consent spat between LIN and Mediacom has resulted in several LIN stations going dark for Mediacom subscribers. The affected stations are WALA-WFNA Mobile-Pensacola, WOOD-WOTV Grand Rapids, WANE Ft. Wayne, WLUK Green Bay, WTHI Terre Haute and WLFI Lafayette (Ind.).

Full story: LIN Stations Go Dark for Mediacom Subscribers (Wed, 8/31)

 

Newsmakers and links: Sept. 6, 2011

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Peter C. Cavanaugh gets Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nod

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland has just unveiled a complete Museum redesign that tells the story of rock and roll in a more linear fashion and updates all museum technology to state-of-the-art including the interactive kiosks On the Air: Rock and Roll and Radio.

Mr. Cavanaugh and his impact on rock music are featured in this exhibit.

At the age of sixteen in 1957, Peter C. Cavanaugh enjoyed a fifty-eight percent total audience share on his hometown station -- WNDR in Syracuse. He maintained unequaled market dominance for years over WTAC in Flint before leaving the airwaves to become President of the station in 1977.

His book "Local DJ" tracks Cavanaugh's radio adventures through time -- as well as promoting and producing literally hundreds of early concerts with the likes of Chuck Berry, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Bob Seger, Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper, Kiss and AC/DC.

As Executive Vice President of Reams Broadcasting, Peter ran a seven station radio group which included top-rated Rock 'Roll stations in America -- WWCK in Flint (Spring '84) and WIOT in Toledo (Winter '91).

Mr. Cavanaugh is former Chairman of the NBC Source Board, President of the ABC Radio Affiliates Board and President of the Flint Area Advertising Federation.

Cavanaugh currently lives in Oakhurst, California, with his wife, Eileen.

"Of all who had a major influence on me while growing up in the Midwest, none matched the audaciousness, tenacity and gonzo-like behavior of Peter Cavanaugh. He was more than just the rock 'n roll guru who gave America its first encounters with The Who, Bob Seger and all the great Detroit bands (Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper, MC5, etc.) He was the one who taught me how to go up against the powers-that-be and live to tell all. Thank you, Peter Cavanaugh, for saving a generation of Flint kids from the likes of Pat Boone" commented Flint native and film director Michael Moore.

The On the Air: Rock and Roll and Radio kiosks are located in the Rock Hall Museum's Ahmet Ertegun Hall in the Cities and Sounds gallery.

 


 

Lansing to gain Me-TV affiliate

Journal Communications' WSYM-TV Ch. 47, Lansing's Fox affiliate, will add the classic TV network Me-TV as a digital subchannel.

Me-TV, owned by Weigel Broadcasting features series from Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution and CBS Television Distribution as well as independent series owners and producers. Current comedy offerings include M*A*S*H, Cheers, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, I Love Lucy and The Bob Newhart Show. Dramas on the network include: Perry Mason, The Untouchables, The Big Valley, the original Star Trek and the original Hawaii Five-O series.

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

With a focus on policies past and planned, Gov. Rick Snyder will field questions during a live town hall meeting of sorts next Tuesday at WOOD-TV's College Avenue studios.

Full story: Gov. Snyder coming to Grand Rapids next week for WOOD-TV town hall meeting (Mon, 9/6)

 


 

Mt. Pleasant Sun:

A longtime Isabella County radio buff and local legend was remembered Tuesday as a master story teller who always had a smile. Jim Hughes, 91, who died Sunday at the Isabella County Medical Care Facility, was a local icon who touched a lot of people during his long and interesting life, Isabella County Prosecutor Larry Burdick said Tuesday. Wendy Pulcifer of Mt. Pleasant recalled listening to Hughes on WCEN "back in the day"...

Full story: Longtime Mt. Pleasant broadcaster dies (Mon, 9/6)

 

Newsmakers and links: Sept. 13, 2011

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Detroit TV increases its coolness

MyNetwork TV affiliate WMYD-TV Ch. 20 Detroit has added a digital subchannel - 20.2 now carries the music video channel theCoolTV.

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Wondering what's up with Fox 17 chief meteorologist Peter Chan? The veteran West Michigan weatherman has been sidelined with a torn Achilles tendon and is expected to be out for at least four weeks in total.

Full story: Fox 17 meteorologist Peter Chan on the mend, expected back at WXMI-TV in a few weeks (Mon, 9/12)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

NEXTMEDIA Hot AC WGER (MIX 106.3)/SAGINAW morning maven SCOTT SHANNON tells ALL ACCESS, "No more solo mornings for me! We have added a live, additional person to WGER (MIX 106.3) mornings. AMANDA MITCHELL (MANDEE), who did nights on the MIX for the last 2 years has been upped to morning co-host with MIX PD SCOTT (SHANNON) SEIPEL to form 'SCOTT and MANDEE' in the morning." MANDEE will continue to do her mid-day show on sister Country WCEN (94.5 THE MOOSE).

Full story: Amanda Mitchell Joins The WGER Wakeup Crew (Mon, 9/12)

 


 

Afternoons open on Ann Arbor's W4 Country

Adam Rey is no longer with country WWWW-FM 102.9 Ann Arbor, having exited the afternoon drive role to take a job outside of radio. The station is searching for a new host.

 


 

WDIV-TV Ch. 4 Detroit and Mitch Albom enter partnership

WDIV has announced a new partnership with Mitch Albom, best-selling author, journalist, radio broadcaster and charity director, to launch a groundbreaking public service initiative, The Heart of Detroit, sharing inspiring stories of metro Detroiters with heart and everyday people who step up to help make our community a better place to live.

Beginning Thursday, September 22, The Heart of Detroit featuring Mitch Albom will air weekly during Local 4 News at 5 p.m., Detroit's top evening newscast, with an encore airing on Sunday mornings immediately following Flashpoint with Devin Scillian at 10 a.m. Viewers will follow Mitch as he profiles unsung heroes through documentary-style videos on Local 4, ClickOnDetroit.com and MitchAlbom.com. The Heart of Detroit will reveal the many local people who spend countless hours sacrificing to make others less hungry, less troubled, less impoverished or just a little happier.

"I have been taught that giving is living," said Albom. "I see so many people in metro Detroit who live - and give - that way, but are never celebrated the way we do a rock star, actor, athlete or even a reality show figure. These unsung inspirations deserve to have their stories told. And that's what I hope to do."

"It's hard to imagine a better way for Local 4 to extend our longstanding commitment to service in our community than to partner with such a remarkable talent as Mitch Albom, and to help facilitate the noble desires to make a difference here at home," said Marla Drutz, VP and General Manager of WDIV-TV. "It should not go unnoticed that in addition to WDIV's commitment of air time, Mitch is also donating his amazing talents and valuable time as well as covering production costs for this important community effort."

Contributions and donations inspired by The Heart of Detroit will be directed solely towards the causes or persons profiled in the segments. The Heart of Detroit is produced by Fat Dog Entertainment.

 

Newsmakers and links: Sept. 14, 2011

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Lansing City Pulse:

WKAR was in the hole $635,000 at the end of the 2010 fiscal year, records provided by Michigan State University show. The broadcast operation laid off 10 people last month as part of a reorganization effort, they also show. The university had refused to give a specific number previously. The information came from documents the university provided after City Pulse filed a Freedom of Information Act request.

Full story: WKAR facing serious debt (Wed, 9/14)

 


 

Fox Sports Detroit schedules 73 Red Wings games for 2011-12

FOX Sports Detroit will televise 70 regular-season games and three preseason contests during its coverage of the 2011-12 Detroit Red Wings, all in high-definition.Regular-season coverage begins Oct. 7 in the season/home opener against the Ottawa Senators. The preseason schedule begins Sept. 25 when Detroit hosts the Chicago Blackhawks.

Beyond the 70 games airing on FOX Sports Detroit (or FOX Sports Detroit PLUS), the remaining 12 will be televised exclusively on a national basis by Versus or NBC.

Calling the action again for FOX Sports Detroit will be the award-winning duo of Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond. Former Red Wings defenseman and Hockey Hall of Famer Larry Murphy substitutes for Redmond during select road games and is part of home game coverage on most nights from his "between the benches" reporting position.

Daniels is this year's recipient of the Ty Tyson Excellence in Sports Broadcasting Award as presented by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association, and is the reigning Michigan Sportscaster of the Year from the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. Meanwhile, Redmond is the 2011 recipient of the prestigious Foster Hewitt Memorial Award as presented by the Professional Hockey Writers Association, to be awarded Nov. 14 as part of the Hockey Hall of Fame ceremonies in Toronto.

FOX Sports Detroit's comprehensive coverage includes pregame and postgame editions of Red Wings Live. New this season, most game nights will include bonus postgame coverage on Red Wings Live O.T.

The 2011-12 season also includes the return of the Emmy-winning show Wingspan (debuting Oct. 14-15), providing entertaining features about the team on and off the ice.

In the dates leading up to and including the first two games of the regular-season, FOX Sports Detroit will presents a series of special attractions as part of "Red Wings Premiere Week", featuring encore airings of exciting victories from last spring's playoffs as well as a regular season game featuring Nicklas Lidstrom's first career hat trick. Premiere Week also includes the half-hour Red Wings Season Preview.

Schedule information can be found at foxsportsdetroit.com.

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Former radio personality Scott Winters is working in the media again, but not the role one might expect. WOOD TV-8 General manager Diane Kniowski, said the station hired Winters as a digital sales specialist.

Full story: WOOD TV-8 hires former radio personality Scott Winters (Wed, 9/14)

 

Newsmakers and links: Sept. 15, 2011

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FOX adds Tigers' game to Saturday schedule

Saturday's Major League Baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics, which was originally not scheduled to be broadcast on television, will now air on FOX broadcast stations in Michigan and Toledo, OH following an agreement between the Tigers, FOX Sports Detroit, Major League Baseball and FOX.

Stations that will now carry the game include Ch. 2 Detroit, Ch. 17 Grand Rapids, Ch. 66 Flint, Ch. 47 Lansing, Ch. 32 Cadillac/Traverse City, and Ch. 36 Toledo. Ch. 11 in Alpena will also have the game on its .2 subchannel as will Ch 6 in Marquette.

Saturday's game has the potential of being a Central Division clinching game for the Tigers - they can clinch with any combination Tigers wins or Cleveland Indians losses totaling 2 and any Tigers win or Chicago White Sox loss.

"We're thrilled Saturday's game will be telecast live for Tigers fans to continue following the club's pennant chase," said David Dombrowski, Tigers president, CEO and general manager. "We want to thank FOX Sports Detroit, FOX and Major League Baseball for a collaborative effort in making this happen."

 


 

WDFN shifts Saturday timeslot for Murray Gula

'Your Home With Murray Gula', heard on Detroit's WDFN AM 1130, has changed its Saturday timeslot and will now be heard from 10 a.m. - noon. The Sunday edition of the home improvement program will remain in place from noon - 2 p.m.

More info on the program can be found at yourhomewithmurraygula.com.

 


 

Cleaves entering MSU Athletics Hall of Fame

Mateen Cleaves, the three-time all American basketball champion who led the Michigan State Spartans to a spellbinding NCAA Championship in March 2000, will be inducted into the Michigan State University Athletics Hall of Fame on Thursday, Sept. 22.

Cleaves is currently the NBA Studio Analyst for FOX Sports Detroit, in addition to providing on-air commentary for ESPN, CBS College Sports, NBA TV, and the Big Ten Network.

 

Newsmakers and links: Sept. 22, 2011

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Night moves at WMGC, WNIC

Changes to what you'll hear out of your radio at pop outlets WMGC-FM 105.1 and WNIC-FM 100.3.

WMGC has parted ways with evening jock Kevin O'Neill as of Friday and has been jock-free so far this week. O'Neill had been with Magic since July 2010 and is a veteran of 31 years behind the mic in Detroit.

Down the dial at WNIC from 8 p.m. to midnight, Syndey Hawkins pushes the buttons for listener driven radio as "U Control Fresh @ Nite" plays back songs picked by listeners that vote on the station's web site, www.fresh100.com.

 


 

Crain's Detroit Business:

Six environmental organizations will convene in Detroit on Oct. 11-14 to discuss the future of the Great Lakes. "Great Lakes Week" encompasses significant conferences coming together, reportedly for the first time in the same city during the same week ... Detroit Public Television plans to broadcast and webcast several sessions live.

Full story: Detroit Public Television plans extensive coverage of 'Great Lakes Week' conferences (Wed, 9/21)

 


 

Holland Sentinel:

You can hear veteran radio personality Bryan Mix-Dean on the air on the new Fennville-based radio station 1630 AM reading the weather and local news. You can catch his wife, Andrea, broadcasting Fennville football games produced by their 10-year-old daughter Cadence -- all for the micropower station and its 24/7 companion Web broadcast at keener16online.listen2myradio.com.

Full story: Dad, Mom and daughter take to the air in Fennville at 1630 AM (Wed, 9/21)

 

Newsmakers and links: Sept. 23, 2011

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WXYZ-TV continues Detroit 2020 project with Sept. 27 special on race relations

WXYZ-TV will broadcast "A Conversation for Change," a Detroit 2020 interactive special, on Tuesday, September 27th from 7-8 p.m. The program will tackle a topic that often makes people uncomfortable...race relations. The show will focus on the biggest issues surrounding race in our community and what we can do to break down barriers.

"Our attitude about race relations is one of the biggest obstacles to progress in this region," said WXYZ Vice-President and General Manager Ed Fernandez. "At WXYZ, we believe through open dialogue and frank discussion, we can begin to foster a sense of community that will celebrate the diversity that makes Metro Detroit great."

Channel 7's Stephen Clark and Carolyn Clifford will host this live, one-hour discussion, with reports from Diana Lewis and JoAnne Purtan. Viewers will have the chance to ask questions via email, social media, and live chat. The conversation will include six in-studio guests:

  • Leon Drolet, Educational Programs Director, Institute for Humane Studies and Director of Michigan Taxpayers Alliance.
  • Maha Freij, Deputy Executive Director & Chief Financial Officer of ACCESS, the Arab Community Center for Economic & Social Services.
  • Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press columnist.
  • Osvaldo "Ozzie" Rivera, activist for social change who has held key positions with Latino Family Services and Madonna University.
  • Jordan Wolfe, Director, CommunityNext, an initiative started by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.
  • Tack-Yong Kim, President and Publisher, Michigan Korean Weekly.

 


 

AllAccess.com:

CLEAR CHANNEL Urban AC WMXD (MIX 92.3)/DETROIT will host a "Pink Gala" on the eve of the station's 14th Annual WMXD "Sista Strut Walk" FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th at PI BANQUET HALL in SOUTHFIELD, MI. The "Pink Gala" will be an evening of music and celebration with food, dancing and a silent action. PM drive air personality FRANKIE DARCELL will host the actual event on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1st at the DETROIT RIVERWALK RIVARD PLAZA.

Full story: WMXD Celebrates Pink Gala In Detroit (Thu, 9/22)

 

In the dates leading up to and including the first two games of the Detroit Red Wings regular season, FOX Sports Detroit will present a series of special attractions as part of "Red Wings Premiere Week", featuring encore airings of exciting victories from last spring's playoffs as well as a regular season game featuring Nicklas Lidstrom's first career hat trick. Premiere Week also includes the half-hour Red Wings Season Preview.

Sun. Oct. 2 - 5:00 PM, Red Wings vs. Penguins (LIVE, preseason), 7:30 PM; Encore: Red Wings vs. Blues (12/15/2010 - Lidstrom's first career hat trick); 10:00 PM, Red Wings Live Postgame (from 12/15/2010)

Mon. Oct. 3 - 7:30 PM, Encore: Red Wings vs. Coyotes (4/13/2011 - Game 1, Western Conf. Quarterfinals); 10:00 PM, Red Wings Live Postgame (from 4/13/2011); 10:30 PM, Wingspan: "20 Years of Playoffs"

Tue. Oct. 4 - 7:00 PM - Red Wings 2011-12 Season Preview (premiere); 7:30 PM - Encore: Red Wings at Coyotes (4/18/2011 - Game 3, Western Conf. Quarterfinals); 10:00 PM - Red Wings Live Postgame (from 4/18/2011); 10:30 PM - Red Wings 2011-12 Season Preview

Wed. Oct. 5 - 7:00 PM - Red Wings 2011-12 Season Preview; 7:30 PM - Encore: Red Wings at Coyotes (4/20/2011 - Game 4, Western Conf. Quarterfinals); 10:00 PM - Red Wings Live Postgame (from 4/20/2011)

Thu. Oct. 6 - 6:30 PM - Red Wings 2011-12 Season Preview; 7:30 PM - Encore: Red Wings vs. Sharks (5/10/11 - Game 6, Western Conf. Semifinals); 10:00 PM - Red Wings Live Postgame (from 5/10/11)

Fri. Oct. 7 - 6:00 PM - Red Wings Live Pregame (One-hour edition, LIVE); 7:00 PM - Red Wings vs. Senators (LIVE - regular season opener); 9:30 PM - Red Wings Live Postgame (LIVE); 10:00 PM - Red Wings Live O.T. (LIVE); 10:30 PM - Red Wings 2011-12 Season Preview; 12:30 AM - Replay: Red Wings vs. Senators

Sat. Oct. 8 -- 7:30 PM - Wingspan: "WingFan"; 8:00 PM - Red Wings 2011-12 Season Preview; 8:30 PM - Red Wings Live Pregame (LIVE); 9:00 PM - Red Wings at Avalanche (LIVE); 11:30 PM - Red Wings Live Postgame (LIVE); 12:00 AM - Red Wings Live O.T. (LIVE); 12:30 AM - Replay: Red Wings at Avalanche

Additionally, "Michigan Golf Live" is incorporating a Red Wings theme during Red Wings Premiere Week, as host Bill Hobson is joined by former Red Wings Chris Osgood, Kris Draper and Kirk Maltby for a round of golf at Arcadia Bluffs (air dates/time: Mon. Oct. 3 - 7:00 PM; Wed. Oct. 5 - 1:30 & 6:30 PM; Sat. Oct. 8 - 7:00 PM).

 

Newsmakers and links: Sept. 28, 2011

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Detroit Free Press:

The 25th annual Salvation Army Bed & Bread Club Radiothon airs Feb. 25 on WJR-AM (760), and Dick Purtan will return to the event as a guest star. Purtan hosted the radiothon for 23 years, but retired after the 2010 edition. The longtime Detroit radio personality will join the numerous WJR stars who took over as rotating hosts in 2011.

Full story: Dick Purtan to return to Bed & Bread Club Radiothon (Wed, 9/28)

 


 

South Bend Tribune:

Radio listeners scanning the airwaves in recent weeks for sports scores and information have probably been a little startled when the dial reached 1620 AM, the city's ESPN-affiliated station. Instead of former University of Notre Dame football player Mike Golic, co-host of the popular "Mike and Mike in the Morning" show, listeners likely found heavy rotations of Beyoncé, Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift. For now, says Artistic Media Partners President Arthur Angotti, the former talk-format sports station will be simulcasting with 92.9 FM, the company's pop-contemporary station. "It's only temporary," Angotti said of the format change.

Full story: Former ESPN-affiliated station changing formats (Tue, 9/27)

 


 

Lansing State Journal:

Michele Strasz learned her alphabet and numbers from Big Bird and friends four decades ago. That preschool encounter with "Sesame Street" blossomed into a love affair with PBS for the Williamston woman, who listens to news on National Public Radio every morning and often watches "Masterpiece Theater," and "Nova" on WKAR-TV in the evenings. "You can't compare the educational quality with anything else," Strasz said. "I have even gotten (my husband) into watching 'Masterpiece Theater.' " But the future picture of WKAR-TV and radio now appears slightly hazy as it cuts staff and adjusts programming to deal with falling revenue.

Full story: MSU reorganizes its PBS stations as revenue falls, budget cuts loom (Wed, 9/28)

 


 

Michigan Radio News Director elected Chair of Radio Television Digital News Association

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) today announced that Michigan Radio News Director Vincent Duffy has been elected chair of the national organization. He is the first public media news director ever elected to this position.

Members of RTDNA elected Duffy during the 2011 Excellence in Journalism Conference, which took place in New Orleans, LA, from Sept. 25-27. "I'm excited about this opportunity to represent electronic journalists, including digital journalists, and advocate on their behalf," commented Duffy.

Looking forward, Duffy aims to grow the organization by recruiting more digital journalists, continue RTDNA's training and advocacy work, and help ensure the long-term financial health of the organization.

Duffy joins Kevin Benz, RTDNA Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of CultureMapAustin, in helping to make history in the leadership of the organization by showcasing the diverse nature of electronic journalism. Benz was the first pure-play digital officer in the history of RTDNA.

"Representing digital, television, and radio in our chair positions reflects the energy electronic journalists experience on a daily basis as today's journalism continues to evolve," says Benz.

Vincent Duffy has been News Director at Michigan Radio since May 2007. During his tenure, the station's news team has been recognized with dozens of national, regional and state awards for reporting excellence. Duffy graduated from Kent State University (Kent, Ohio) with degrees in political science and telecommunications, and earned a master's degree in mass media from Miami University of Ohio. Duffy has won five national Edward R. Murrow awards for his radio journalism, as well as a Sigma Delta Chi award, a National Headliner award, and many other national, regional and state awards.

 

Newsmakers and links: Sept. 30, 2011

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WXYZ-TV Detroit secures rights for Oct. 10 Lions-Bears Monday Football telecast

For the first time in more than a decade, the Detroit Lions will play a Monday night home game and WXYZ-TV Channel 7 in Detroit has been granted permission to air the game between the Detroit Lions will take on the Chicago Bears on Monday, October 10th at 8:30 p.m. In addition to the game broadcast, WXYZ have a day-long celebration of the "Monday Motown Showdown" from Ford Field during its newscasts - beginning at 4:30 a.m. on October 10th with 7 Action News this Morning and continuing throughout the day during 7 Action News at 5 and 6.

From 7-8:30 p.m., WXYZ will present a live special edition of Ford Lions Report LIVE: Monday Motown Pre-Game hosted by WXYZ anchors Stephen Clark and Carolyn Clifford with reports from Channel 7 sports director Don Shane, sports reporter Tom Leyden, NFL analyst Rob Rubick, NFL Hall of Famer Charlie Sanders, and NFL broadcast veteran Matt Shepard.

The show will include locker room interviews with key Lions players and coaches; interviews with former Lions greats; a behind-the-scenes look at ESPN's 35-camera game coverage; and interviews with sports and entertainment celebrities. The program will also look at the winning strategy behind the Lions season with Head Coach Jim Schwartz.

At 8:30 p.m., WXYZ will broadcast the ESPN Production of the Monday Night Football game between the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears. 7 Action News will follow the game at 11:30 p.m.

"This is a great opportunity for Metro Detroit to celebrate football and the start of a successful season for our Detroit Lions," said WXYZ Vice-President and General Manager, Ed Fernandez. "It's a great time for the national spotlight to shine on a team that is demonstrating such promise and giving us all a reason to be a Lions fan."

 

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