WDIV-TV (Detroit) (Local 4) has embarked on “Help Me Hank: The School Project,” a 10-month commitment to better the physical environment of Thurgood Marshall Elementary-Middle School in Detroit.
The station partnered with the Detroit Public School Community District to identify a school that was in crucial need of building renovations. Thurgood Marshall Elementary-Middle School is home to nearly 700 students and dedicated faculty and staff.
“As a reporter in Detroit for the last 16 years, I’ve seen school children and teachers trying to learn and teach in appalling conditions and it is unacceptable,” said “Help Me Hank” Consumer Reporter Hank Winchester. “‘Help Me Hank: The School Project’ is not about who is to blame for the state of the schools, but how we, as a community, can work with our generous friends and the people of the school district to create a better physical learning environment for the young and curious students of Thurgood Marshall.”
The cafeteria and front office were the first targets for renovations. Hire It Done and PPG Paint donated time, materials and people to transform the cafeteria and main office.
“Right now the gymnasium doesn’t have bleachers. There are two-by-fours on top of paint buckets for people to sit,” said Kim Voet, news director. “The gymnasium, media center and ways to improve technology are the next big things on our list.”
“The school mascot is a dolphin and there was not one dolphin in the building. When our friends from Fathead provided dolphin decals for the cafeteria, we could see the excitement from the faculty, staff, parents and students. We can’t wait to do so much more over the next school year,” said Winchester.
“Building quality is important to student outcomes. There’s a real sense of pride that comes from being in an updated, safe and physically attractive learning environment. Local 4 is headquartered in Detroit and the schools of this city are our neighbors and are educating our future leaders,” said Marla Drutz, Local 4 vice president and general manager.
“Help Me Hank: The School Project” reports will be featured all school year on Local 4 News and ClickOnDetroit. Please click here for a link to the first report on September 13.
Back in May, at a birthday bash celebration for WCZY-FM (Mt. Pleasant), station co-owner and General Manager Bob Peters had a bit of a surpise: a pie in the face, all in good fun, by Mt. Pleasant Chamber of Commerce President Bret Hyble. At the time, Hyble remarked that “The thought occured to me (that) Bob should get a cake in the face as part of the celebration. I bought a cake and presented it to him, but hit him in the face with it at the last second.”
After a long, nervous summer for Chamber President Hyble, who was expecting payback at any time, Peters came up with a revenge plan. And it’s going to be for a great local cause.
This Thursday, October 6, at the Mt. Pleasant Chamber’s annual Business and Community Expo, local residents will get to vote, with their donations, what Chamber President Hyble will get in the face….cake, pie or a “mystery item.” Proceeds will benefit the station’s “Fill a Mayflower” effort to collect food and necessities for those in need, as well as the United Way of Isabella and Gratiot Counties, to provide assistance during the upcoming holidays.
Read more on the station’s website here. Read more from the Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun here.
WSAQ-FM (Port Huron) (Q Country 107) Program Director and Morning Personality Chuck Santori camped out on top of the Birchwood Mall in Port Huron last week, Sunday through Friday (9/18-23), in order to raise funds for St. Clair County Child Abuse/Neglect Council, which provides prevention programs for kids and raises awareness about child abuse.
Santori has been doing this annually for eleven years now, broadcasting from the rooftop and sleeping in an adjacent tent with a makeshift shower stall. He told the Port Huron Times Herald that “There is no greater need in my mind than this fundraiser. This week I have counselors come on to the show to talk about serving the children in our community and each year I get a little more educated.”
Santori began his week-long broadcast by being hoisted up onto the mall’s roof by the Fort Gratiot Fire Department. Pledges from listeners were taken by telephone. Santori told the MAB that he was told $125,000 was raised by the time he came down off the roof Friday night at 6pm.
The MAB would like to know what plans your station may have to help with this effort. Please let us know at [email protected]. Links to NAB resources for this effort below.
Local radio and TV broadcasters will undertake a national effort to address heroin and prescription drug abuse that is impacting communities across America, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) announced at a press conference on Capitol Hill Septemer 13. NAB has teamed with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids (Partnership), a national nonprofit committed to helping families struggling with their son’s or daughter’s substance use, on a multi-faceted campaign through the end of 2017 to raise awareness about the rising opioid epidemic.
Driven by abuse of prescription painkillers, opioid addiction has soared in recent years, particularly among teens and young adults. Every day in the U.S., 2,500 youth (12- to 17-year-olds) abuse a prescription pain reliever for the first time. An addiction to legally prescribed pain medication has led many people to heroin, a cheaper and more easily available alternative. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 45 percent of people who used heroin were also addicted to prescription opioid painkillers. Deaths from opioid abuse increased 248 percent between 2010 and 2014, with 78 Americans now dying every day from an opioid overdose.
At a press conference held September 13 (see video below), NAB highlighted news coverage that local and network radio and TV broadcasters have devoted to bringing awareness to the opioid crisis. In addition to regular news programming, in the past year, broadcasters have produced and aired documentaries, in-depth investigations, and town hall forums on the impact of the epidemic on local communities. CBS TV Network, ABC-owned TV stations and iHeartMedia have also carried more than $15 million in Partnership for Drug-Free Kids anti-opioid PSA messaging in the last year, and broadcasters such as NBC, FOX, Univision, Telemundo and hundreds of other local TV and radio stations have devoted enormous resources to this issue.
Representatives of the broadcasting industry who attended the press conference and pledged support for the initiative were: Art Brooks, President, Arizona Broadcasters Association; Rebecca Hanson, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Policy, Sinclair Broadcast Group; Ginny Morris, Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Hubbard Radio Group; and Jordan Wertlieb, President of Hearst Television.
Also on hand to show support for the campaign were a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators and House members. Speakers included Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Joe Manchin (D-WV), John McCain (R-AZ) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Reps. Judy Chu (D-CA), Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Frank Pallone (D-NJ).
In collaboration with the Partnership, local radio and TV stations are renewing their commitment to help educate the public and aid in the fight against opioid abuse and addiction. NAB announced today that broadcasters will:
Develop long-form programming and special news reports, as well as hold town hall meetings and provide critical information online;
Develop a printed and online toolkit for broadcast stations across the country on facts and statistics related to the epidemic, and ideas for prevention, programming and community outreach;
And produce and distribute new PSAs in conjunction with NAB’s bi-annual Congressional PSA Campaign.
“As first informers in times of crisis, broadcasters understand the power of the public airwaves to educate Americans about dangers affecting their lives,” said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. “Today, we are pledging those airwaves and other resources to combating an epidemic that has touched the lives of millions of our citizens. We’re proud to join with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids in finding solutions to opioid addiction and in making a positive difference for families across America.”
“Today’s opioid crisis requires an ‘all hands on deck’ approach to affect change and reverse this public health epidemic,” said Marcia Lee Taylor, President and CEO of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. “All of us have a role to play, and we and all of the families we serve are so thankful to the National Association of Broadcasters for playing the very important role of using the airwaves to reach homes and communities, driving awareness and directing parents to life-saving resources for their loved ones.”
Full remarks by Gordon Smith and Marcia Lee Taylor are available here. Press conference video:
Blarney Stone Broadcasting (Grayling) and Michigan’s Firemen’s Memorial Festival are partnering to produce the “Real Firefighters of Central/Northern Michigan” 2017 Calendar.
Each month a firefighter from a different community in Northern Michigan will be featured. Nominations are being accepted online at WQON-FM’s website and at various station events through October 2. The 12 winners, each from a different community, will be determined based on their number of nominations.
All net profits from the sale of the calendar will go to Michigan’s Firemen’s Memorial Festival. The Michigan’s Firemen’s Memorial Festival is planning to create a fund to support the families of fallen Michigan Firefighters.
“We are immensely proud of this new partnership that underscores our deepest gratitude to the heroic first-responders who serve our community,” said Sheryl Coyne, President and CEO of Blarney Stone Broadcasting. “We’re so honored to be working with the organizers of the Firemen’s Memorial Festival, who work so tirelessly year-around to bring this remarkable, signature event that draws thousands of visitors each year to our region.”
Nominations will be accepted from the following areas: Cadillac, Clare, Gaylord, Gladwin, Grayling/Frederic, Harrison, Houghton Lake/Prudenville, Kalkaska, Mio, Roscommon/Higgins Lake/St. Helen, Rose City and West Branch.
Calendars will be sold for $15 in various retail locations throughout Northern Michigan beginning in early November.
On August 25, MacDonald Broadcasting’s WQHH-FM(Lansing) hosted their third annual school backpack giveaway at the Lansing Mall. The station gave away over 1,000 backpacks to K-12 students to help them get started with the new school year. The backpacks were stuffed with pens, pencils, notebooks and other school supplies.
WQHH station personalities and other station staff were on hand. In addition to the backpack giveaway inside the mall, the station was outside the mall with fun activities like facepainting, a bounce house, a live dj, food and more.
WXYZ-TV (Detroit) has been designated the official television broadcast partner of the 2016 Woodward Dream Cruise presented by Chevrolet and will broadcast live coverage of the event Saturday, August 20 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Station anchors Stephen Clark and Carolyn Clifford will host the show from a street-side studio along Woodward Avenue in Birmingham. In addition, WXYZ-TV anchors JoAnne Purtan, Glenda Lewis, Alicia Smith, Malcom Maddox, Keenan Smith and Brad Galli will provide live reports from along the route and station meteorologist Dave Rexroth will cruise in a classic Chevy convertible providing live reports as he travels through traffic.
The station will later be syndicating a one-hour special of the event to more than 100 television stations throughout the country. Mike Murri, WXYZ/WMYD Vice President and General Manager said “We’re thrilled to share the excitement of this classic Detroit event with audiences around the country.”
The station will also be streaming live video and give their audience a chance to experience the Dream Cruise through Facebook. In addition, the station has set up a digital garage on their website where classic car owners can show off their rides.
In the aftermath of tragic shootings across the country, WXYZ-TV (Detroit) teamed up with Detroit community leaders on July 14 to present a special broadcast “Detroit 2020: Unify Detroit” to help address the issues facing the local community.
WXYZ Editorial and Public Affairs Director, Chuck Stokes, was joined by Detroit Police Chief James Craig, along with Rev. Charles Williams II, President, National Action Network of Michigan and Steve Spreitzer, President and CEO of the Michigan Roundtable, to discuss what is being done to heal the nation and the local community.
The special was broadcast live from WXYZ’s downtown Detroit studio at the Qube building. WXYZ anchor Stephen Clark contributed to the discussion through social media.
The special aired just prior to President Obama’s landmark town hall special “The President and The People: A National Conversation,” which addressed the tragic shootings across the county.
Cumulus Media’s WWCK-FM (Flint) is giving back to its community with a feel-good positive music video to help the city get through its water crisis. WWCK-FM morning show hosts Mike McDonald and Stephanie K put the idea for a music video into play after realizing that Flint needed “something uplifting for the city.”
Mike and Stephanie told the MAB: “The inspiration for our version of the ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’ music video certainly came from Justin Timberlake, who talks about his city and his home in the lyrics. Seeing other people throughout the country respond with images of their hometowns was pretty awesome! The motivation, however, behind doing our particular video was to offset all the negative press that Flint has received lately over the Water Crisis. The entire music video had God’s divine anointing upon it!”
“Olympic boxer Claressa Shields flew from Los Angeles to Lexington for the Muhammad Ali funeral and than drove all night to Flint to be a part of it before she flew to Rio for the Summer Olympics. Congressman Dan Kildee flew in from Washington to take part. Other characters included Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, Mari Copeny (aka ‘Little Miss Flint’), and Riley McLincha, who is in the Guinness World Book of Records for what is termed as the ‘dribbling joggler.’ Riley holds the world record for running the fastest one mile during The Crim while dribbling three basketballs.”
“Also in the video is MaryAnn Tremaine, who, at 86-years of age, heads up the longest established Realty Company in Flint and Genesee County. Tom Z’s Original Flint’s Coney Island, and David Custer, news anchor at WNEM-TV (who just happens to look like Justin Timberlake). We also included Flint’s local community and social events ‘On the Town’ magazine, which has served mid-Michigan for 42 years. Besides, they had the best cover to date which just happened to feature Mike and Stephanie in the Morning!”
“Most importantly, making this video was a labor of love and a gift for the people of Flint. We were blessed to have the skill set of our filmmakers, Stephen ‘Max;’ Vincent along with his son Alex (Mr. Red Productions) who worked tirelessly to film and produce this video gratus….we thought that type of selfless commitment deserved a little recognition. “