Posted 02 Mar 2012 — by Michigan Media
Veteran sports anchor Don Shane retired from WXYZ (Channel 7) in Detroit after 23 years with the station.
After more than 38 years interviewing sports celebrities and covering every major sporting event from the Super Bowl to the NBA finals, 7 ACTION NEWS Sports Director Don Shane will retire from WXYZ in March.
Before joining WXYZ-TV in 1989, Shane worked at WBZ-TV in Boston, WMAQ-TV in Chicago and WDIV-TV in Detroit. He has received numerous awards for his reporting including 23 Michigan Emmy Awards, a best sports anchor honor, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Silver Circle Award, as well as awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and the Associated Press. During his sports career in Detroit, he also served as the play-by-play announcer for Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, and the Detroit Pistons.
Posted 30 Jun 2011 — by Michigan Media
WXYZ (Channel 7) in Detroit is using social media to help clean up the city.
Don’t just complain about sad news – do something about it! That’s what viewers of and staffers from WXYZ in Detroit did, using the power of social media in the community. Using the Twitter hashtag #backchannel and Facebook, a group of more than a hundred people gathered to help clean up Detroit. The group partnered with Motor City Blight Busters, a non-profit dedicated to cleaning up the city. On Saturday, June 25, in concert with Motor City Blight Busters, the #backchannel volunteers, according to WXYZ, helped “take down an old building, clear a vacant eyesore and clean up a playground.”
Meteorologist Hally Vogel is leaving Gannett’s WZZM (Channel 13) in Grand Rapids for E.W. Scripps’ WXYZ (Channel 7) in Detroit.
WZZM-TV (Channel 13) meteorologist Hally Vogel is leaving the Grand Rapids-based ABC-TV affiliate to join the staff at WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) the ABC-TV affiliate in Detroit.
Vogel leaves West Michigan for the Motor City, the 11th largest broadcast market in the United States and the station where Detroit’s legendary meteorologist Jerry Hodak spent most of his 45 years of broadcasting before retiring last September.
Tuesday will be Vogel’s final day at WZZM-TV.
“I am thrilled about the opportunity to move closer to my family in the Detroit area, but sad to leave so many friends and great people that I’ve gotten to know during my time here in Grand Rapids,” Vogel said. “I would like to thank everyone for their kindness and overwhelming support.”
Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk | The Grand Rapids Press
TVNewsCheck and M.C. Alcamo & Co., Inc. assembled a list of the top 30 TV ownership groups in the United States. Out of the top 30 groups, 16 own and operate stations in Michigan. Here are the rankings:
The Michigan Association of Broadcasters announced their 2010 broadcast excellence awards.
Commercial Broadcasting Stations of the Year:
- TV Market 1: WXYZ
- TV Market 2: WOOD-TV
- TV Market 3: WWTV/WWUP
- TV Market 4: WLUC
Read More: 2010 Broadcast Excellence Awards
Posted 09 Feb 2011 — by Michigan Media
Scripps-owned WXYZ (Channel 7) in Detroit announced a broadcast partnership with the Detroit Lions that will bring four preseason games, along with other exclusive content, to WXYZ.
WXYZ-TV and the Detroit Lions are proud to announce a new broadcast partnership that will bring the excitement and energy of Lions football to a new and growing audience of fans during the upcoming 2011 season.
The agreement, which incorporates unique, year-round programming and marketing initiatives, includes the following programming content on WXYZ various platforms:
- Telecast of all four preseason games and pregame shows in High-Definition TV
- An exclusive one-hour weekly “live” pre-game show from Ford Field and all away games
- Special Detroit Lions Training Camp updates
- An April NFL Draft special
- A regular season Monday night interview segment with Head Coach Jim Schwartz
- A regular season Thursday night Detroit Lions player interview segment
- Special Detroit Lions-oriented digital elements on wxyz.com and detroitlions.com
Posted 07 Jan 2011 — by Michigan Media
WXYZ (Channel 7) in Detroit has hired meteorologist Chris Edwards. Edwards previously worked at WJBK in Detroit before leaving in 2004 to spend more time with his family and to start his own business.
WXYZ-TV is pleased to announce that veteran meteorologist Chris Edwards is joining the Channel 7 weather team.
Edwards began his career as a weathercaster in the U.S. Air Force. He was one of the first meteorologists with The Weather Channel in Atlanta, before moving on to forecast at WISN-TV in Milwaukee, and KYW-TV in Philadelphia.
Edwards was the chief meteorologist at WJBK-TV in Detroit before leaving in 2004 to spend more time with his family and to start his own business teaching weather science to students.
“We’re extremely pleased to add such a talented and experienced meteorologist to the Channel 7 weather staff,” said news director Tim Dye. “Chris brings more than 30 years of forecasting experience, much of that in the Southeast Michigan region. His first-hand knowledge will be a tremendous asset to our viewers.”
Posted 24 Dec 2010 — by Michigan Media
The Detroit News writes about Christy McDonald’s departure from WXYZ (Channel 7) in Detroit.
The first day of school this fall for Christy McDonald’s 6-year-old also was the day wind-whipped fire skittered across Detroit and scorched 85 buildings. McDonald had the standard list of questions for Caroline: How was it? Who are your friends? What did you think of the teacher? But she had to ask them over the phone from a WXYZ-TV truck on the east side, with sirens blaring in the background.
It’s never easy to balance kids and work, but it’s harder when your hours and whereabouts depend on whether power lines hold up in a stiff breeze or some crackhead decides it’s a good day to knock over a bank.
“Unpredictability,” McDonald said, “is not workable for me right now.” And that’s why, as of Wednesday, she no longer works for Channel 7.
It was a friendly parting from a dream job. The station graciously let her walk away from an anchor desk and go part-time five years ago, and she’ll always appreciate that. But now there are two more kids — to the ever-sensitive viewers who sent e-mails, yes, she wasgetting fat — and there’s no more part-time position.
The Detroit News
Posted 13 Dec 2010 — by Michigan Media
Emmy Award-winning reporter Christy McDonald has decided to leave WXYZ in Detroit on December 21. McDonald’s decision comes as a result of the station’s insistence that she work full-time instead of part-time.
WXYZ-TV (Channel 7)’s Christy McDonald will be leaving the station Dec. 21, she said.
McDonald, who has worked at WXYZ for 10 years, told Names & Faces that station management would no longer let her work part time and instead wanted her as a full-time reporter.
“I love the station. I love this city,” she said. “It’s so painful to have to make this decision. But unfortunately, it’s not a life balance that works for me or my family right now.”
The Detroit Free Press