Much has changed since I started working at WWJ more than 20 years ago. In 1990, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram hadn’t even been thought of. And CNN was the only all-news Cable TV News Network. Now, of course people get their news in a number of different ways: Through tweets, social media, internet news sites, and a number of 24-hour cable news networks.
But despite those changes, I am as passionate as ever about WWJ and local radio news in general. And we are still “All News, All The Time,” the only station in Michigan that can make that claim. Whenever any big story breaks or there are hazardous weather conditions, I know people rely and depend on us for accurate and up to the minute conditions.
I am especially happy and excited to be anchoring the Afternoon Drive News. My producer, the extraordinary Brian Larsen, makes us sound good every day.
When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending time at home with my beautiful wife Brooke and our twins, Carson and Daisy, born in 2012. As you might imagine, that keeps us pretty busy. But I still manage to keep up with my other passion, the Detroit Tigers, and that complete waste of time called Fantasy Baseball.
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Instead of giving that sweater or a pair of socks that will probably be exchanged for something else this holiday season, you can now give the gift of education. The Michigan Education Savings Program is now offering E-Gifting, allowing grandparents, aunts, uncles, or family friends to contribute toward a child’s college education savings account, just by clicking on a link.
Will there ever really be flying cars like the ones we used to see in “The Jetsons?” That’s one idea Michigan students could include in the Engineering Society of Detroit’s Future Cities Competiton, imagining how cities might look 150 years from now.
This year’s tree hails from Sherman, Michigan.
Jesse Palter can’t remember a time when she wasn’t performing, so it only made sense that she would pursue a career as a singer.
How do you make sure kids are prepared for college and the high-tech jobs of the future?
The Detroit Tigers will be wearing their baseball gloves in the field this evening when they take on the Seattle Mariners at Comerica Park. And the team is doing its part of make sure Detroiters all have gloves and mittens to keep warm this winter
The internet is like a permanent marker. Whatever you write will be there forever.
That advice comes from Emily Hay, founder of Hay There Social Media. Her company works with kids and parents to show them how to use sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram safety and effectively
“I think that is something this city needs right now …”
With a new school year underway, students have a lot to worry about: Getting good grades, making friends and hoping they won’t be the victims of bullies. Despite increased public awareness of the problem, local anti-bullying experts say the numbers are still staggering.
There’s a new tool to help Michigan school districts determine the state of their financial health. Michigan-based Munetrix has developed a rating system ranking districts from zero for low risk, up to ten for those at highest risk of facing a financial crisis.
That’s the message in a new public service campaign created by high school students to fight cyber bullying.
Finding a job can be tough for anyone, especially if you’re a teen searching for that first summer job. What’s the secret in getting hired?
A half-million art lovers will be jamming into Ann Arbor this week for the annual Ann Arbor Art Fairs. And many of them will have the same question on their minds: Where are they all going to park?
You can be a Tiger For Kids, and help them get a good education. Cornerstone Schools in Detroit is hosting the 8th annual “Be A Tiger For Kids” event August 20th at Comerica Park, when the Tigers host the Minnesota Twins.
It’s a dream come true for a local teen who will get the opportunity to travel to Russia to learn dance from one of the most famous ballet companies in the world.
It’s a shocking statistic: One in three teens are the victims of dating violence or abuse. That’s why Olympic Gold Medal Gymnast and Michigan native Jordyn Wieber is teaming up with Mary Kay’s “Don’t Look Away” campaign to help stop teen dating violence.
Genrich plans to attend Wayne State University in the fall, majoring in journalism.
A 7th grader at Iroquois Middle School, in the Chippewa Valley Schools, is the grand prize winner of Metro Parent’s Cover Kids Contest
More than 5,000 young drivers between 15 and 20 are killed in car crashes each year in the U.S. Learn more about a program designed to reduce those numbers.
“Even if you’re watching TV, you can do a little dance battle if you want to, or do jumping jacks,” says Marissa Orzame.
Dominic Fortuna, who grew up in the Detroit area and still lives in Northern Michigan, plays the part of Frank Abagnale
You call yourself a Detroit Tigers fan, but how much do you really know about the team?
How do you make sure kids get an education if they don’t even have a place to call home?
It’s a big problem facing thousands of student athletes every year…sports-related concussions.
Students at the University of Michigan aren’t just fired up about the Final Four. They’re also excited about entrepreneurship programs on the Ann Arbor Campus. During March Madness, 18 student organizations have come together over the past month to celebrate a Month of Entrepreneurship at U-M.
In the end, the Tigers didn’t really have much of a choice. They had to give their pitching ace Justin Verlander the richest contract ever awarded to a pitcher in Major League Baseball History. If they didn’t do it now, they faced the prospect of losing Verlander to free agency after next season, or being forced into a bidding war where they might have had to pay even more for him.
Tigers broadcaster Dan Dickerson has high hopes for the season.
“If you lose the last game of the season, nobody gives a s_ _ _ _.”
That’s what Oakland A’s General Manager Billy Beane (at least the Brad Pitt version) said in the movie “Moneyball” about a disappointing end to an otherwise good season. And that’s what a lot of Tiger fans are saying today after that stunning four game sweep by the San Francisco Giants in the World Series
Tigers fans will be able to enjoy some new culinary options when the World Series returns home to Comerica Park Saturday night.
With a day game scheduled on the lead-up to a weekend, many expect downtown bars, restaurants and other hot spots to be packed.