Charlie Langton

Charlie-LangtonMy real job is an attorney. I have been practicing law for nearly 25 years, have my own law firm, and have tried many cases in multiple areas of law. Some people might call me an ambulance chaser, as I handle a lot of car accidents, workers’ compensation cases, slips and falls and dog bites. Basically when somebody gets injured, that’s when they call me. I have also represented many criminal cases and actually find the criminal cases to be more interesting than the civil cases. Criminals just have so many more stories to tell.

The law has always been a part of my family. My father was an attorney until his retirement about 15 years ago. I remember, as a little kid, watching him spread out an entire file after dinner, going over the legal issues or arguing with him about the facts of the case. Obviously, joining the debate team at Notre Dame High School seemed to be a natural for me. It wasn’t until college that I slightly changed my interests.

I was a theater major at Kalamazoo College. I won the Best Supporting Actor award for my role as the dirty old man in William Inge’s play, “Picnic.” It obviously took a lot of hard work to portray that role. After graduating from the Detroit College of Law, I wanted to combine my legal training with my performing interests. When I was asked to host the Macomb County Bar Association’s cable television program, I knew I was up to the challenge. I had the opportunity to get one-on-one interviews with people like Rosa Parks, Johnnie Cochran, Charlton Heston, and even Barney the Dinosaur. I wanted to make broadcasting more than just a hobby. So, after ten years of practicing law, I enrolled at Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts.

After graduating number one in my Specs class, I was offered a job at WYUR-AM 1310 hosting a political-legal talk show from noon to one, Monday through Friday. Although the ratings were pretty good, the station eventually folded. I then went to WXYT-AM 1270 where I hosted a talk show Monday through Friday from 9 to 11 at night until the station flipped formats. It was at that time I knew that a career in broadcasting was definitely in my blood.

I have enjoyed some success in broadcasting. I won four Emmys and three Wade McCree Jr. awards for excellence in legal journalism presented by the State Bar of Michigan. I have been honored by the Macomb County Bar Association for outstanding service and have been asked to speak at various legal and charitable events, as well as moderate numerous political debates.

What you may not know about me is that I helped designed the Michigan quarter, am a big collector of Michigan art, a huge Beatles fan, attended the Detroit Tigers fantasy camp and can’t get enough of chocolate milkshakes! I am also honored to serve as a trustee at the Michigan State University College of Law.

You can hear Charlie Langton on-air as the WWJ Newsradio 950 legal analyst.

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Pete Hoekstra (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Hoekstra Defends Romney, Says ‘Severe Consequences’ Will Follow Obama Policies

Hoekstra ended the interview with this dire warning: “The threat from radical jihadism, it is real … If we don’t confront it … We will continue to be attacked by it and we will pay severe consequences.”

CBS Sports Radio 1270–09/13/2012

Florida pastor Terry Jones speaks to reporters. (WWJ File Photo Beth Fisher)

Terry Jones Says He’s Not to Blame For Mideast Violence, Adds ‘They’ve Been Doing This For 1,400 Years’

So, will he stop promoting the movie in the wake of violence? Jones said he would consider backing down from showing the full movie, but hasn’t decided yet. He hasn’t seen the entire movie.

CBS Sports Radio 1270–09/13/2012

Parents Sue Mich. DHS For Adoption Fraud

Some Michigan parents are planning to file a federal lawsuit in Detroit Thursday, claiming that the state and adoption agency officials withheld crucial details about the physical and mental disabilities in the children they adopted.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/13/2012

Voting machines in Florida (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Supreme Court Rejects Casinos, Lets Voters Decide 3 Other Issues

WWJ legal analyst and Talk Radio 1270 host Charlie Langton explained the Supreme Court’s ruling, saying justices believed people who signed the petitions in support of the three issues knew what they were doing when they called for the vote.

CBS Detroit–09/05/2012

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Highers Brothers Savor Freedom, Reject Plea Deal Talk

“How about women?” Charlie Langton asked. “That’s huge,” Raymond Highers said. “It was about, when you’re home with your family you always miss that physical touch with another person, you always yearn for that. You get used to that, the thing you never get used to is missing your kids, your mother.”

CBS Detroit–09/05/2012

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Debate: Should Gay Couples Be Allowed To Adopt?

Opposing sides of the issue faced off Friday morning during a round-table discussion with Talk Radio 1270 host Charlie Langton.

WWJ Newsradio 950–08/31/2012

Pizza Franchise Creates ‘Not After Dark’ Delivery Rule In Detroit After Driver Shot

Some described the non-delivery rule as racism, but Joan McKenna thinks that’s hogwash.

CBS Sports Radio 1270–08/17/2012

Tea Party Express Holds Michigan Rally Days Before Election

Councilman Unapologetic About Signs Featuring A Bloody Obama

“There were things 10 times worse than anything I put up. The mood of the day was to try to get people’s attention.”

CBS Sports Radio 1270–08/10/2012


Can Detroit Afford Its Own Police? Lansing Mayor Says ‘No’

“We can be more efficient with a county-wide law enforcement,” Virg Bernero said.

CBS Sports Radio 1270–08/08/2012


Sheriff: Without Millage Inmates Will Go Free

“You’re looking at probably releasing between 500 and 600 people … I’m talking about dangerous criminals … If it’s not made up from some other county funds,” Napoleon said.

CBS Sports Radio 1270–08/06/2012

WWJ Photo/Stephanie Davis

Did DIA Director Hang Up To Avoid Tough Millage Question?

Beal did not call back, and the DIA and the radio station were hit with calls asking why the British Beal hung up instead of answering the question. Beal’s answer? He didn’t.

CBS Sports Radio 1270–08/01/2012

Rick Wershe's mugshot from 2009 on the Michigan Department of Corrections website.

White Boy Rick Denied Parole, Lawyer Talks Conspiracy

Charlie Langton said: “Some murderers don’t do that much time.”

CBS Sports Radio 1270–08/01/2012

Clark Durant

Mich. Dem Leader Claims GOP Senate Candidate Involved In Charity Scam

GOP Senate candidate Clark Durant joins Charlie Langton to answer Mark Brewer’s allegations that his charity is a sham.

CBS Sports Radio 1270–07/26/2012

Herman Cain

Herman Cain Says He Was Victim Of Racism

Former Presidential Candidate Herman Cain talks all things politics and pizza with Charlie.

CBS Sports Radio 1270–07/24/2012

Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper ar right (WWJ/Sandra McNeill, File)

Expert: Dog Hair Also Links Oakland Child Killer Victims

“We came up with consistency in animal hairs,” Dr. Howenstine said, adding, “I didn’t have at that time the (human) hairs … you are reporting on. I was not aware they had those hairs.”

CBS Sports Radio 1270–07/18/2012

C) Eastern Michigan University President Sue Martin during a 2010 event. (File photo)

Member Of EMU Presidential Search Committee Says They Were Kept In Dark

Brown believes the Regents were informed about the DUI before she was hired, and they kept it under wraps from the public and the search committee.

CBS Sports Radio 1270–07/13/2012

Sean Combs is seen in court on July 11, 2012. (WWJ Photo/Ron Dewey)

Attorney: Gun-Toting Teen May Sue City For Arrest

“We tried to get the city to reason on over a half-dozen occasions, we asked them to dismiss the case, we said ‘We’ll absorb out attorney fees, just dismiss the case.’ The city chose to go forward anyway,” Makowski said.

CBS Sports Radio 1270–07/13/2012

Charlie Langton Senior Master Sgt. Mark Kaufman

Officer Who Botched ‘God Bless America’ Hits A High Note

Keeping his sense of humor about it, Kaufman said he was glad it was just a “technical malfunction” and not something really problematic, like forgetting the words.

CBS Sports Radio 1270–07/12/2012

Art Blackwell

Ex-Emergency Manager Reacts To Embezzlement Charges

Why are they prosecuting him at this point? “That’a a good question …I think it may have something to do with the fact that people felt, people may feel, due to my close relationship with Mayor Kilpatrick.”

CBS Sports Radio 1270–07/09/2012

Charles Pugh (credit: CBS Detroit) FILE

No Apology From Pugh For Twitter Fracas: ‘I’m A Human Being’

Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh says he was P.O.’ed when a media intern questioned his priorities.

CBS Sports Radio 1270–07/06/2012

US Representative Hansen Clarke. (Getty Images)

Congressman Accused Of ‘Playing Black’ Says Racism Destroying Detroit

“… Don’t cheapen people like that, that’s been the problem in metro Detroit, we’ve appealed based on the worst of people and look what’ happened to our city — look at it.”

CBS Sports Radio 1270–07/03/2012

A Detroit police officers gets the big news from Charlie Langton that she won a house from MHT Housing.

Veteran Detroit Cop And Single Mom Wins A House

“We took a house that was empty and put somebody awesome in it, somebody passionate who cares about the city.”

CBS Sports Radio 1270–07/03/2012

Geoffrey Fieger  (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Fieger Mulls Mayoral Run, Says Detroit Needs White People

“Detroit is at a crucible. Detroit really has to attract young white people,” said Geoffrey Fieger, metro Detroit’s most recognizable attorney.

CBS Sports Radio 1270–06/26/2012

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing (Credit: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

What’s Next In Detroit’s ‘Rogue Attorney’ Case?

Wading into the complicated situation, Detroit’s celebrated Rev. Marvin Winans called the Charlie Langton Talk Radio 1270 morning show to defend Crittendon, saying she just stood up for what she believes.

CBS Sports Radio 1270–06/20/2012

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Bridge Question Could Appear On November Ballot

According to an Ambassador Bridge spokesman, Gov. Rick Snyder’s International Bridge Crossing between Detroit and Windsor may not be a done deal.

CBS Sports Radio 1270–06/18/2012

Banned Lawmakers Brown, Byrum Demand Explanation From Floor Leaders

What happened on the house floor is raising emotions from legislators, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Talk Radio 1270 listeners.

CBS Sports Radio 1270–06/15/2012

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Detroit Has 5th Best Job Market In Country — So What’s Next?

“Twenty-seven percent of companies are reporting here in metro Detroit that they plan to hire, while only 5 percent are planning to reduce staff,” Jones said.

CBS Sports Radio 1270–06/14/2012

Daniel Quinn with Maeleigh.

Paternity Law Change Brings Michigan Man A Happy Father’s Day

But now DNA, and not just marriage, is the grounds of a paternity decision in Michigan.

CBS Sports Radio 1270–06/14/2012

Kwame Kenyatta (file photo)

Detroit Councilman Calls For Appeal In Consent Deal Dispute

The lawsuit challenging the city of Detroit’s consent agreement was dismissed but Detroit City Councilman Kwame Kenyatta says it should be appealed.

CBS Sports Radio 1270–06/14/2012

Troy Mayor Janice Daniels was a guest with Charlie Langton on Talk Radio 1270 on Wednesday June 13, 2012. (credit: Talk Radio 1270)

Troy Mayor: ‘Homosexual Lifestyle Is Dangerous’

“Had I been with a group of smokers I might have said I would like to bring a doctor into this meeting to say that smoking is dangerous,” Janice Daniels said.

CBS Sports Radio 1270–06/13/2012



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