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Detroit’s Iconic Anchor, Bill Bonds, Dies at 82

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In Detroit, there were news anchors, and then there was Bill Bonds. “People automatically thought Bonds when they thought news,” Amyre Makupson, a former anchor at WKBD, told the Detroit Free Press. “Whether you liked him or not, whether you liked his opinions or not, he made news not boring.”

Bonds, who anchored at WXYZ from the mid-1960′s through the 1990′s, died of a heart attack Saturday. The station aired extensive coverage of Bonds’ life and career Saturday night.

Former WXYZ general manager Jeanne Findlater told the Free Press managing Bonds was a “nonstop job…It was as frustrating an experience as I ever had. It was, in equal measure, a rewarding experience.” As the newspaper recalled, Bonds’ private life was as well-known as his work on TV:
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Charlie Langton Promoted to Weekend Morning Anchor at WJBK

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WJBK, the FOX owned station in Detroit, has named Charlie Langton weekend morning anchor. Langton will join Amy Andrews and Taryn Asher on the anchor desk.

Langton will continue to co-host the public affairs show, “Let It Rip,” and provide legal analysis on various weekday newscasts. Langton replaces Jay Towers, who now anchors weekdays from 6:00 to 9:00 a.m.

“Charlie brings a unique energy to his legal analysis, anchoring and street reporting. He has deep connections within this community and we are thrilled to bring him aboard as a full time member of the FOX 2 news team,” said vice president and news director Kevin Roseborough.

Langton joined WJBK in 2007 as a legal analyst and is a practicing lawyer. Prior to WJBK, he worked at WYUR-AM as a political-legal talk show host.

WILX Loses Two Anchors in Two Days

Over the weekend, viewers of Lansing, Mich. NBC affiliate WILX learned two anchors were leaving the station on back-to-back days.

Sunday morning, Anthony Sabella said goodbye on-air, telling viewers he was moving to Flint to work at ABC affiliate WJRT as a reporter.

Yesterday, WILX said Jason Colthorp was moving to Detroit to work as an anchor and reporter for NBC affiliate WDIV. Read more

WJBK Adds Amy Andrews to 11:00 a.m. Newscast

andrews WJBKAmy Andrews has been promoted to anchor of the WJBK 11:00 a.m. newscast. She will also anchor The Nine from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Thursdays and Fridays.

“Amy has proven to be a respected reporter, active member of the Detroit community and a team player,” WJBK VP and news director Kevin Roseborough said in a statement.

Andrews has been the 4:30 a.m. anchor and a contributor to The Nine on the Detroit FOX owned station. Before coming to WJBK, she anchored Better Mid-Michigan on WNEM in Saginaw, Mich. she has also worked at KSBY in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Jennifer Bisram Joins Detroit’s WXYZ

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Jennifer Bisram has joined Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ, making her first appearances as a reporter on the station’s early morning newscasts today.

Bisram, who has reported at WSVN in Miami and WOFL in Orlando, announced her somewhat less tropical home via Instagram. “From FOX’s 7News in Miami to ABC’S 7 Action News in Detroit! First set of liveshots in the new city in the can,” she wrote.

Before Florida, Bisram reported on Long Island and in Connecticut, so we assume she owns a winter coat.

FOX Detroit Anchor Leaving Station

Schwartz WJBK croppedRobin Schwartz is leaving Detroit FOX owned WJBK.

“We would like to thank Robin for her 18 years of distinguished reporting and anchoring at FOX 2,” WJBK VP and news director Kevin Roseborough said in a statement. “She has always been a top performer and we will miss her.”

Schwartz is moving on to be the the PR director for a real estate company in Detroit. Her last day is next Thursday.

Before coming to WJBK in January 1998, she worked at WTEN in Albany, NY.

WJBK Morning Anchor Leaving Station

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WJBK news director Kevin Roseborough said in a statement, “We want to thank Kam for her dedication and hard work during her tenure with WJBK. We appreciate all of her efforts over more than two decades and wish her the very best in all that is ahead of her.”

About her departure, Carman said, “I’m very sad to leave FOX 2. I have had a great 23 ½ -year career there, but it’s time for me to pursue other opportunities. I am very much looking forward to this next stage in my life – Kam 2.0.”

Before coming to WJBK in 1991, Carman was an on-camera meteorologist for The Weather Channel. She started her career at KNAZ in Flagstaff, Ariz.

The station said it plans to air a retrospective of Carman’s career during the 10:00 a.m. newscast tomorrow.

‘Oh, Flowers!’ Yes, The Word Was ‘Peonies’, Not ‘Panties’

When you really think about it, is there anything with more potential for disaster than anchor chat? Case in point, this moment from Fox-owned WJBK in Detroit. Anchors Anqunette Jamison and Jay Towers were chatting last month about a lovely bouquet of flowers, and Jamison noted that she is quite fond of peonies. Towers clearly thought his co-anchor was taking things into an entirely different area, but recovered about as well as one could expect.

Dave Rexroth, Returning to Work, Talks About the Fireworks Accident That Took His Eye

Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 10.15.01 AMDave Rexroth, the chief meteorologist at Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ, has a family tradition of lighting fireworks on the Fourth of July. This summer, being careful to keep the kids away, one of the fireworks exploded directly in front of his face. Rexroth tells the Detroit Free Press he knew immediately it was bad. “Oh no, you have just done something to destroy your family.”

Rexroth was badly injured, and ultimately lost his eye. He feared he might lose his career as well, but has returned to work with his sense of humor still fully operational:

“This is my new eye,” he said, pointing to the left side of his face. “I’ve had it for a week now. I’m still trying to figure out how to use it. … I’m telling you all this stuff because I don’t want you to be uncomfortable. I’ve come to grips with it. It’s been difficult at times, but most of the time, it’s been really, really nice to know that people care.”

His voice cracked, and he wiped his forehead.

“So,” he said, slapping his hands, pausing to set up the punch line. “Sorry. I’m crying my eyes out.”

WDIV Unveils Updated Look

Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV is showing off its new set and updated logo.

WDIV said a a couple of the set’s highlights are an 80-inch interactive touch screen and a 17-foot long monitor wall. It also has a multipurpose interview set and areas the station describes as “flexible” to be used in daily and weekend programming.

The set was designed by WDIV design director Jim Houff with the help of EWI Worldwide from Livonia, Mich.

“Detroit has some of the most talented fabricators in the entire world,” said Jamie Kaye Walters, WDIV creative services and programming director. “We were adamant about designing and building our set locally,”

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