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Category: WXYZ Latest Alumni News and Information
Alphabetical List of Personnel with the Category

Alt, Larry -

Program director.

Lee Alan on WXYZ's Club 1270 -

Club 1270Lee Alan Facebook Posting, "OTHER DAYS - NEW YEARS EVE 1963 - Thanks to Jim Feliciano for posting this of (L to R) me. Brenda Lee, brother Joel Sebastian on the pilot for Club 1270. Notice the Brenda is holding "Thee Lee Alan Fined Toned Horn" At the opening of the show I was dressed as the New Year. Joel; introduced me wearing a DIAPER Ha! . We had a 49.6 percent share of audience watching television - 1.49 million people"

Rosa Ybarra and Gary Westbrook - One of many after hours gatherings -

Gary Westbrook and Rosa YbarraThe camaraderie of co-workers was always evident at work and after-hour gatherings.

Smith, Matthew -

Reporter.

Rich Fisher and Mort Meisner -

Rich Fisher and Mort MeisnerLIsa Porter wedding reception after marrying Terry Mills in 1997.

Rich Fiisher, Corinne Aguilar, Bill Bonds -

Rich Fisher, Corinne Aguilar, Bill BondsWXYZ-TV was a place to make great friends and co-worker relationships.

Rich Fisher, Wanda Doerner, Bill Bonds, Shelly Greenberg -

Rich Fisher, Wanda Doerner, Bill Bonds, Shelly GreenbergAt one of the many parties held on the front lawn of WXYZ.A

Silver/Gold Circle Awards for 2017 -

Silver/Gold Circle AwardsThe Michigan Chapter is pleased to announce this 2017 Silver Circle® class:

  • Bill Becker (BECKER INFORMATION GROUP LLC)
  • Jay Lowe  (WGVU-TV)
  • Jerry Rimmer (former WXYZ-TV)
  • William Anthony Stevenson (former WWJ/WKBD-TV)
  • Donald Thompson  (DETROIT PUBLIC TELEVISION)

Gold Circle Class:

  • Henry Baskin (BASKIN LAW FIRM)

Bill Becker Silver Circle Award Video - Bill BeckerBill becker video produced by Hec Heath.

Jerry Rimmer Silver Circle Video - Jerry RimmerJerry Rimmer video produced by Hec Heath.

Chun, Jee-in -

News producer.

Childers, Shelley -

Reporter.

Mike Holfeld and Bob Kuszynski at the WXYZ Assignment Desk -

Mike Holfeld and Bob KuszynskiOne of the busiest places in the newsroom.

May, Gary -

Producer/Production Supervisor & Marketing Consultant

Diana Lewis and Herman McKalpain - Christmas -

Diana Lewis and Herman MackalpainDiana Lewis and Herman Mackalpain

Rose, Amanda -

News producer.

Assignment Desk Women - Assignment Desk Women

Ashton, Cecily -

Editor

Criag Weiland and Wes Heath in the Microwave Control Center - Craig Weiland and Wes HeathThe microwave room at WXYZ-TV was the control center for all satellite and microwave communications between news outlets throughout the United States and from field crews throughout the Detroit metro area.

Bill Bonds Pondering The World -

Bill BondsBill Bonds, one of the most influential broadcasters in the Detroit metropolitan area.

Fiolek, Diane -

Design Director, WXYZ-TV, 1984 - 1994

Doyle, Catherine (nee Leahan) - 'Katie' -

Catherine LeahanReporter.

Bob Baker and Cheryl Chodun Editing -

Bob Baker and Cheryl Chodun Editing at WXYZ-TVTeamwork always the scene when working at WXYZ-TV.

WXYZ Softball Team -

WXYZ SoftballAlways fun at the WXYZ softball games.

John Kelly at the WXYZ Cafeteria -

John KellyAlways with a friendly smile, John Kelly sneaks a bit more food from the WXYZ cafeteria.

Jerry Tarrien with his Camera ready to shoot -

Jerry TarrienJerry with his camera at his side.

Marie, Kristin -

Reporter.

Amann, Whitney -

News intern.

Zaremba, Syma -

Reporter/Fill-in Anchor.

Maddox, Malcom -

Videographer, multimedia producer.

Federspiel, Scott -

Freelance photographer and editor.

Lee, Derrick -

Content coordinator.

Krapohl, Phillip -

WXYZ-TV

Dying To Be Happy: Discovering the Truth About Life -

Dying to be Happy - Chris Stepien

A few days before Thanksgiving 2014, author Chris Stepien found himself in an oncologist s office. But he wasn't the patient. Stepien's wife, Ellen, was just beginning her battle with aggressive breast cancer. That day, while listening to the oncologist's treatment strategy, Stepien began writing Dying to Be Happy: Discovering the Truth About Life.

In the pages of this book, a brush with a life-threatening disease sparks a frank discussion on mortality. The author explores the prospects of embracing death on a daily basis versus denying it. He encourages readers to follow the advice of Jesus Christ: always be ready for the end of life. Along the way, Stepien highlights a spectrum of short, true stories where people rise above the fear of death, including the harrowing account of a child who survived the Holocaust -- Stepien's own mother.

But Dying to Be Happy is more than an anthology of grim tales and close calls. It beckons readers to admit the inescapability of death in order to find true joy in this life and the next.

Bill Bonds with Mina Schultz-Pochert -

Bill Bonds with Mina Schultz-PochertBill Bonds speaking at a conference of senior citizens in Macomb County on September 10, 1991.  While there, Bill met Mina Schultz-Pochert, mother of WXYZ Editing Supervisor, Terry Pochert.

Al Ackerman - Sketch by Bob Cox -

Al AckermanArtist Bob Cox at WXYZ made many "over the shoulder" graphics during his lifetime.  This one captures a great image of Al Ackerman.  This sketch was retrieved from circular file and now remains with Corinne Aguilar.

LaVelle, Rhonda Errer -

News Director.

Geoff Pekarek with Mohammad Ali - Olympics 1984 -

Mohammad Ali with Geoff PekarekGeoff Pekarek said, "...one of the top moments of my career was meeting The Greatest at gold's gym in LA during the 84 olympics."

Rhoades, Jimmy -

Detroit bureau host of Scripps Howard's The List. Deal of the Day, Healthy Living, It's Michigan Made.

WXYZ Sponsors Railroad Day -

Railroad DayWXYZ sponsors Railroad Days

Campbell, Michael -

Director.

Baskerville, Aaron -

Reporter.

Parrott, Bob -

WXYZ Engineering

Yonick, Kim -

Producer.

Wert, Jack -

WXYZ

Silk, Sue -

Writer, producer.

Bickley, Dorine -

WRIF sales.

Ashton, Elizabeth -

Traffic manager, circa 1958.

Christian, Harold -

Vice President in charge of Merchandising and Research, circa 1958.

Cassel, Joseph C. -

Comptroller, circa 1958.

Dawson, Ralph -

Television sales manager, circa 1958.

Gordon, Hal -

Musical director, circa 1958.

Baldrica, Robert -

Advertising, promotion, publicity director.

Bushart, Julie -

Integrated Account Executive

Chyron Operator Dave Riley circa 1980s -

Dave Riley - Chyron OperatorThe "Chryon" was used to generate the lower-third graphics used during most local TV broadcast primarily for news.  This particular version used 8" floppy disk for storing the data.

Nicol, Melissa -

Producer.

Mullins, Jenn -

Account Executive

Rideout, Aletha -

Promotions Producer.

LeShore, Chuk -

Producer.

Chowdhry, Syma -

Anchor/Reporter.

Clark, Daniel -

Local Sales Manager, Account Executive

Camaiani, Katie -

New Business Account Manager

Thieda, Stephanie -

Sales Associate

Weiss, Pat - Mark Scott's radio producer.

Peck, Jan - Graphic arts manager.

Berg, Bob -

Bob Berg - WXYZEditor/producer for "From the Heart", 1997-2002.

Bob Berg Reacts to Bill Bonds Death -

Bob Berg Reacts to Bill Bonds Death

Moore, Jeff -

Jeff MooreTV news editor, 1998-.

Johnson, Denise -

Traffic Manager

High Flying Perks - WXYZ Investigative Report -

As automakers took more financial hits in 2006 that led to layoffs and cost-cutting, company executives asserted that they too would cut down on their personal budgets. But WXYZ-TV found out that the executives did nothing to reduce their use of corporate jets and fuel in trips costing in the tens of thousands of dollars. The eight-month investigation uncovered situations like that of Ford CEO BIll Ford, Jr. He accepted a yearly salary of only a dollar, and used company planes for personal trips to the tune of $297,201 in a single year. Ford president Mark Fields is tasked with cutting costs in the company, yet used the planes on many weekends to take trips from Detroit to his mansion in Florida at a cost of between $50,000 and $70,000 each weekend.

Miller, Kristen (nee Brooks) -

TV special projects editor, 2002-2007.

Blohm, Jeffrey -

Jeffrey BlohmTV engineering, 1985-1990 (WXYZ).

Nakamine, Brenden -

Producer.

Chyron Operators - Clyde Adler and Nick Wetherby -

Clyde Adler and Nick WetherbyAlthough there has been tons of improvements on how graphics are displayed, back in the 1980s much input was done by operators working with Chyron graphic equipment.

Bowersock, Michael G. -

Michael BowersockReporter.

Good Morning Detroit - The Kelly & Company Story -

Good Morning DetroitJohn Kelly and Marilyn Turner, Detroit's first couple of television, give us a rare glimpse into their private lives. Here you'll peek beneath the facade of the local celebrities and read their personal account, a story that is sometimes shocking, sometimes poignant, always honest and revealing. They speak of their early lives, their broken marriages, the ratings battles of the 60s and early 70s , the inside story of one of the most talked about Detroit romances as it blossomed between one of the city's hottest news anchors and its well-known weather girl.

Wark, Bob -

TV news assignment desk.

Czeizler, Shelley -

Shelley CzeizlerProduction assistant, 1978-1979 (WXYZ).

DiPonio, Dave -

Account executive.

Schroeder, Anjana -

Producer.

Wilson, Jennifer Ann - Jennifer WilsonTV host, reporter.

Amiri, Camille -

Reporter.

Reid, Allison -

Jackson, Curtis -

Reporter.

Gidell, Jake -

Photojournalist.

Kang, Jane -

Reporter.

Wade, Roy -

TV sales.

Roy Wade and Ed Outland - Ed Outland and Roy Wade - Broadcasting, September 13, 1976 - Page 70

Another Amazing Team - Anita, Mark, Eddie and Karen -

Anita Shiplett, Eddie Dorfman, Mark Noble, Karen NicholsonOf the thousands of employees that have passed through WXYZ-TV, Southfield, Michigan, long lasting friendships were made.


Foss, Mike -

Mike FossSports producer.

Palmerini, Breanne -

Breanne PalmeriniReporter/anchor.

Horowitz, Seymour -

Seymour HorowitzProgram director.

Patrick, Don -

Radio news.

Duncan, Bob -

Robert Duncan, Foreign Desk Operations, NPR News Robert Duncan currently handles remote operations for National Public Radio News. He previously served as Editor for Europe & Russia for NPR News. He has also spent 25 years in television news, working for NBC, Satellite News Channel, New Jersey Public Television and WXYZ.

Curtain Time with Johnny Ginger and The 3 Stoogies -

Johnny Ginger and the Three StoogiesThere was never a dull moment with Johnny Ginger's Curtin Time.  A big hit in the Detroit metro area.

Bryant, Damon -

Damon BryantCreative Services, Engineering, Producing.

Claggs, Estella -

TV news writer.

Antoniotti, Steve -

Special projects executive producer.

2014 Local Emmy Awards - Detroit Market -

WXYZ takes home 14 Emmys from MI chapter of National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences 

Janukaitis, Reimont - Rei J - Reimont JanukaitisSports producer, assignment editor.


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