Joe Donovan

Gov. Rick Snyder speaks to reporters on election night. (credit: Beth Fisher, File)

Snyder Says Prop 1 Defeat Means ‘Best Tool’ To Help Cities Is Gone

“As a practical matter it does make it more difficult for the eight communities that are in emergency, we were on a very positive path, hopefully to start transitioning (them out of it.)”

CBS Detroit–11/07/2012


Detroit History: The Imperiled UAW’s 1937 Best Friend

As the Flint GM sit down strike neared its moment of truth 75 years ago, coal miners’ union founder John L. Lewis filled the leadership vacuum at the top of the UAW.

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/01/2012


Detroit History: As Genuine As A $3 Bill

Gold and silver coins were scarce during Michigan’s early statehood days, so local banks were allowed to print paper money to lubricate the wheels of commerce.

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/09/2011

(Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Detroit History: “Mind-Rotting Repulsive Filth!”

… that’s how some local Pillars of Society described the crime comic books many Detroit kids loved to read 60 years ago.

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/09/2011

Indianapolis 500 Centennial is celebrated on a Forever Stamp. (credit: USPS)

Detroit History: From Indy 500 Champion To Detroit Automaker

The man who invented the rear view mirror built a popular car at his factory on Michigan Avenue until the economic crash following World War I.

WWJ Newsradio 950–05/27/2011

credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Detroit History: Segregation’s Ticket To Ride

One hundred fifteen years ago, the infamous “Plessy vs. Ferguson” Supreme Court decision made “Separate But Equal” an excuse for generations of racial injustice, thanks to one Detroiter’s judicial manifesto.

WWJ Newsradio 950–05/21/2011


Detroit History: ‘Your Serve, Chairman Mao!’

Forty years ago, the world gasped when a Detroit auto executive, moonlighting as head of the U.S. Table Tennis Association, crossed the Bamboo Curtain.

WWJ Newsradio 950–05/15/2011

Detroit History: They Lit Up Our Lives!

One hundred twenty-five years ago, Detroit rode the cutting edge of technology when the “Edison Illuminating Company” was formed.

WWJ Newsradio 950–05/01/2011


Joe Donovan’s Detroit History: Tigers Baseball Is Born!

The Tigers’ first game ever foreshadowed the wild swings of the next 110 years, maddening blunders followed by never-say-die heroics.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/13/2011

1888 Detroit Wolverines team photo, either taken in Boston or using the Boston grandstand as a backdrop - credit: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division (Hastings, George H., fl. 1885-1896, photographer).

Before The Tigers’ Birth, The Wolverines Made Detroit A Big League City

WWJ’s Joe Donovan takes a look back in his Detroit History report.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/09/2011