Les Root, who spent more than a half century broadcasting news in the Flint area with a signature tenor and rhythm, has died five years after signing off the air for the final time. Root, 75, of Fenton, died Monday, Dec. 8, after a brief illness, his wife, Maxine, said Tuesday, Dec. 9. Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, and 11 a.m. until noon Friday, Dec. 12, at Sharp Funeral Homes -- Fenton Chapel, 1000 Silver Lake Road, Fenton.
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- Cumulus Media/Detroit News-Talk WJR AM 760 welcomes back its annual Christmas Sing to downtown Detroit. The event this year has moved from suburban Troy to Campus Martius Park and will take place on Friday, December 12th with events starting at 5 p.m.
WJR morning host and event emcee Paul W. Smith commented, "Our WJR Christmas Sing started 49 years ago in Detroit, and I'm thrilled that we are celebrating this year's fun again right in the heart of the City at Campus Martius Park."