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Mike Campbell

mikecampbell Mike CampbellI’m what they call an anchor-reporter at WWJ. If it were up to me my business card would say, “Paid Informant.” I read radio news. Sometimes I just introduce someone else who is reporting the news.
That’s a far cry from a “Journalist,” but I’ve never been on the ground in a war, and the last time I uncovered corruption at City Hall, then-Detroit Mayor Coleman Young asked me to leave his city and never come back. Not much came of it, really; He got re-elected and I won an award for investigative reporting.

I do have 25 years in radio news, now, and I think I know a good story when I hear one. Each weekend, I put my head together with Producer Tim Kiska — who is no rookie at this, either — and we come up with a pretty good rundown of the “hard news” as well as the just plain interesting stories. That way listeners are sure to stay informed, without feeling beat over the head.

So tune in Sundays, Noon to 6 p.m., and give a listen. Then drop a line and let me know what you think, what we can do better, and what we shouldn’t do anymore. Don’t worry about offending; in this biz you either have thick skin or you get out. I haven’t left yet.

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Study Shows House Flipping On The Rebound In Detroit

House flipping in the city of Detroit is hot, up 13 percent from the national average a year ago.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/17/2013

A worker boards up the corner of Champps Restaurant after a car crashed through the window. (Credit: Mike Campbell/WWJ Newsradio 950)

Car Being Chased By Police Crashes Into Popular Restaurant

A police chase across several cities ended after the suspect crashed through the front of a popular Oakland County restaurant.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/17/2013

Steve Bahoura said he's been forced to sleep inside his east side Detroit liquor store with his shotgun to make sure he doesn't get robbed. (Credit: Mike Campbell/WWJ  Newsradio 950)

Detroiter Sleeps In Liquor Store With Shotgun To Prevent Robberies

“I don’t want to shoot him but if somebody comes here, sure I will shoot him. I’ll shoot him and I will kill him… these bullets will go all over his body.”

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/04/2013

(Credit: Mike Campbell/WWJ Newsradio 950)

Men With Sawed-Off Shotgun Threaten To Shoot Up Coney Island

Detroit police are looking for two men who apparently threatened to kill diners at a coney island restaurant, all over a missing cellphone.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/03/2013

(Credit: Mike Campbell/WWJ Newsradio 950)

Church Invites Detroiters To Place Bills, Burden At The Altar

During a time of economic uncertainty, one Detroit church is asking people to place their concerns at the altar.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/02/2013

Jamari Cook is reunited with family members after being abducted by a woman who stabbed his mother in the neck. (Credit: Mike Campbell/WWJ Newsradio 950)

3-Year-Old Reunited With Family After Abduction On Detroit’s East Side

At some point during the argument, one of the women stabbed the other and took off with the child.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/27/2013

Crews clean up the underpass at I-75 at Springwells. (credit: Mike Campbell/WWJ)

Trash Removed, Homeless Relocated In Underpass Cleanup Effort

MSP Lt. Mike Shaw says where the city’s homeless gather, you’ll find large piles of debris.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/25/2013

photo: Mike Campbell

Consumers In Metro Detroit Line Up For New iPhone

“I’m trying to find an iPhone in (the color) champagne,” Harris said animatedly. “The AT&T store had it in grey, but I’m a female, I want champagne.”

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/20/2013

Members of the New Baltimore Police Department stand outside of the charred Poncho's Mexican Restaurant as they announce that arrests have been made in the arson. (Credit: Mike Campbell/WWJ Newsradio 950)

Arrests Made In Arson At Poncho’s Mexican Restaurant

Police say they have at least two people in custody in connection with an arson at a popular restaurant in Macomb County.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/19/2013

(Photo: Mike Campbell/WWJ)

Man Broadsided In Detroit, Seatbelt Keeps Him Inside Flipped Car

He said he was worried about how long the safety belt would hold.

09/18/2013

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