WDIV-TV, Graham Media Group Launch Podcast Series

Roger Weber

On December 21, WDIV-TV and its parent company Graham Media Group launched a new podcast featuring “stories of the incompatible.”

Hosted by long-time TV reporter and anchor Roger Weber, “Mismatch” delves into stories where two people or things that are not suited to each other are together.​

Weber said that during his time as a reporter and anchor, he encountered people who didn’t line up with each other, circumstances or expectations.

“Mismatches create challenges and consequences,” he explained.​

Stories coming in Season 1 include the tragic love story of an heir to an automotive fortune and a woman with no money or social standing. The apparent mismatch ends with a terrible tragedy on the couple’s honeymoon.

Another episode includes how an interview between a baseball Hall of Famer and President Richard Nixon came to be, and also features a man who is contacted by a family that gave him up for adoption 38 years earlier.

Both episodes are available today on popular podcast apps and at: http://www.mismatchpodcast.com. Six more episodes will be released weekly starting Dec. 28.

“Mismatch” is produced in partnership with WDIV-TV, one of Graham Media Group’s seven TV stations. Joining forces with Weber is Zak Rosen, a Detroit-based producer who has lent his expertise producing and editing.

“When I use the word ‘podcast,’ most people under 40 know what I’m talking about,” Weber said. “On the other hand, my fellow Baby Boomers often react with a puzzled expression. They either don’t know what podcasts are, or they don’t know how to get them. The technology isn’t an obstacle. It’s a gateway to great storytelling. I can’t wait to share these stories and so much more.”

The new podcast, is part of Graham Media Group’s launch of its podcast division, which will offer compelling and original audio content across popular podcast services.

It’s convenient, and you can listen anytime, anywhere.

“We are excited to partner with our seven TV stations and other content producers to bring superior audio content to new audiences,” said Catherine Badalamente, Graham Media Group’s vice president of digital media. “This allows us to leverage our storytelling talent and community connections to bring listeners more of the content we know they love.”

Badalamente described Weber as a master storyteller.

“Roger is one of the all-time great storytellers,” she said. “For more than 40 years, he’s been skillful at telling the big stories with honesty and heart.”

Weber described “Mismatch” episodes as compelling, comical and, at times, inspiring.

“More often than not, interesting stories feature a mismatch,” Weber said.

Emily Barr, the president and CEO of Graham Media Group, said “Mismatch” and GMG’s new podcast division build on the company’s reputation for compelling storytelling.

“Our stations are the voices of our communities and full of smart and engaging storytellers,” said Barr. “Podcasts are a natural extension of what we are really good at doing. Graham Media Group has some great podcasts in the hopper. We are excited to share them.”

Go to mismatchpodcast.com to listen and to learn more.

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