WXYZ-TV (Detroit) has named Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan its 2015 Newsmaker of the Year. Duggan was featured in a special edition of “Spotlight on the News,” on Sunday, February 14, at 10 a.m. Each year, WXYZ selects one newsmaker it deems to have had the greatest positive impact on the state of Michigan and the Detroit region during the year.
Mike Duggan was elected in 2013 as Detroit’s 75th mayor. Last year was the first full year Duggan ran the city without the assistance of a state-appointed emergency financial city manager. Under Duggan’s watch, the city bus schedules and police emergency response times were improved, transit workers and police union contracts were negotiated successfully, abandoned structures were removed, and neighborhood revitalization was increased. His administration has been instrumental in attracting economic development to Detroit.
In the “Spotlight” interview, Duggan discussed a wide range of topics, including his vision for Detroit, city safety, Detroit Public Schools, his family, and his goals for the future.
Sports personality Rob Parker (pictured right) is bringing his unique brand of sports reporting to WMYD-TV20 (Detroit).
Parker has been a trailblazer in sports media. He was the first African-American sports columnist at both Newsday in New York and at the Detroit Free Press, where he started working in 1993. He was also an award-winning sports columnist at the Detroit News for nine years.
“Rob brings vast experience—and deep sources—to our team,” said WXYZ/WMYD news director Dave Manney. “He also brings a fearless style with opinions that will have people talking.”
“I am excited about this great opportunity at WXYZ and WMYD,” said Parker. “I’m loud, passionate, informed, and I dig deep for scoops. Best of all, I have the biggest opinion in Detroit sports.”
Parker is among a select group of sports journalists who vote each year to determine the Baseball Hall of Fame inductees.
Parker began on WMYD’s Action News at 10 p.m. the week of February 8.
Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. announced that Todd Harrison (pictured left) has been named General Manager of WPBN-TV and WTOM-TV in Traverse City, MI. Mr. Harrison will also oversee the sales and other non-programming related services of WGTU-TV and WGTQ-TV in the same market pursuant to joint sales and shared services agreements. The announcement was made by Steve Pruett, Co-Chief Operating Officer of Sinclair’s television group.
In making the announcement, Mr. Pruett said, “We are excited to welcome Todd to Traverse City and Sinclair. In Todd’s over 13 years of sales and management experience, he has been successful in achieving his sales objectives while implementing various additional sources of revenue including internet campaigns, online video, mobile, and social media solutions for clients and agencies.”
“I am thrilled to be joining the talented team of professionals in Traverse City,” commented Mr. Harrison. “Combined with Sinclair Television Group’s reach, scale, and leadership, we plan to build enhanced value for our viewers, valued clients, and the communities that make up the Northern Lower and Eastern Upper Peninsulas of Michigan. We can achieve this by utilizing not only over-the-air television, but our vast array of digital and mobile capabilities.”
“This collaboration gives us the opportunity to become a national model in providing quality educational content in public television,” MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon said. “It will provide opportunities consistent with our land-grant mission for unique partnerships that will lead to much broader outreach and engagement, both in Detroit and statewide, and a significant platform for faculty work and innovation across several colleges.”
According to DPTV’s press release:
One of the first initiatives will be a 24/7 children’s broadcast and online channel serving not only Detroit and Lansing but also the entire state. That initiative will build off DPTV’s Ready To Learn program, supported by a PBS grant. It focuses on engaging and strengthening early learning experiences for children ages 2-8 at home, in preschool and in other out-of-school settings.