Newsmakers and links: Sep. 20, 2012




Detroit News:

The Detroit Historical Society celebrated the opening of its own version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame Wednesday morning, showcasing the handprints and signatures of almost two dozen Detroit icons. Detroit Legends Plaza had its official ribbon cutting ceremony just outside the Detroit Historical Museum's southwest entrance in Midtown.

Full story: Detroit Legends Plaza opens with city's biggest celebrities immortalized (Wed, 9/19)



Detroit Free Press:

Veteran news anchor Diana Lewis of WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) says Hollywood can keep its Walk of Fame now that the Motor City has its Detroit Legends Plaza. Lewis and WJR-AM (760)'s Paul W. Smith were honored at Wednesday's ceremony celebrating the opening of the Detroit Historical Society's Detroit Legends Plaza, an outdoor attraction at the Midtown museum.

Full story: Detroit Legends Plaza opens (Thu, 9/20)



Detroit's WTVS-TV taking part in Saturday's American Graduate Day

Detroit Public Television (WTVS-TV Ch, 56, DPTV) is part of the national American Graduate Day on Saturday September 22, featuring seven uninterrupted hours of TV and online programming, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., designed to call attention to solutions to America's dropout crisis.

American Graduate Day is part of the American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen, a public media initiative supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), to help local communities across America address the dropout crisis. Metro Detroit is one of the program's participating markets.

National American Graduate Day programming will break each hour for local broadcasters to offer their own programming. In Southeast Michigan, DPTV will feature solutions offered by more than a dozen organizations focused locally and regionally, including: Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Black Family Development, City Year, Communities in Schools, Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation, Excellent Schools Detroit, Matrix Theatre Company, the Michigan Department of Education, the United Way for Southeast Michigan, Widening Advancements for Youth, Winning Futures and the YMCA.

Additionally, throughout the broadcast, hosts Fred Nahhat and Desiree Cooper will provide the audience with opportunities to connect to mentorship and volunteer opportunities.

"American Graduate Day is part of our long-term commitment to work with the Southeast Michigan community on this vital issue," said Rich Homberg, President and General Manager of Detroit Public Television. "We are using power of media to provide the community with new tools needed to raise awareness of this dropout crisis and convene the people who have the best chance at reversing the trends."

American Graduate Day can be seen on DPTV's main channel, WTVS-TV, Channel 56 and via

Excellent Schools Detroit, the MGM Grand Detroit and the United Way for Southeast Michigan each provided underwriting support for the programming. More information on American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen is available at







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