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Changes afoot at Radio One
Radio One notified advertisers about some programming changes Tuesday, including at least two bombshells — the syndicated Tom Joyner morning show will take over Mildred Gaddis’ longtime morning slot on NewsTalk AM 1200 (WCHB-AM) from 6-10 a.m. Monday through Friday. Gaddis’ show, renamed “The Mildred Gaddis Show,” moves to 4-7 p.m. weekday afternoons on WCHB. It will still feature local issues but will add national content as well. Detroit radio legend John Mason will fill the Joyner show’s morning shift on Radio One’s Kiss 105.9 (WDMK-FM). Mason will broadcast “Detroit’s Real Morning Show” live 5:30-10 a.m. Monday through Friday. Those changes take effect Monday. There’s no word yet on what program will fill the 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. slot of “Your Voice with Angelo Henderson” after the Pulitzer Prize winner’s death Feb. 15.
Brittany Snow and William H. Macy tapped for Michigan-made film
William H. Macy and “Pitch Perfect” actress Brittany Snow may be cast in the indie film “Dial a Prayer,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. In July, the drama, which will begin filming in Michigan in March, was approved for a $243,002 tax incentive on $850,160 of projected in-state expenditures. Seventy-one Michiganians are expected to be hired to work on “Dial a Prayer,” which is being produced by Detroit native Jason Potash.
No plea deal in Bieber's DUI case; heads to trial
Miami Beach prosecutors offered Justin Bieber a no contest plea deal in his DUI case, which would bump down the charges to reckless driving, but TMZ reports the pop star won’t accept any deal that has probationary terms or drug testing. The gossip site says Bieber could be tried for driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving on an expired license. If convicted, he could do two and a half years in jail.
Ramis fans mourn actor and director's death
In honor of comedy film legend Harold Ramis, who passed away Monday, fans created a shrine (including candles, flowers, photos and Twinkies) outside the iconic firehouse in New York City where “Ghostbusters” was filmed. In a statement, President Barack Obama called Ramis “one of America’s greatest satirists, and like so many other comedic geniuses, a proud product of Chicago’s Second City.” The president even made a “Caddyshack” joke: “Our thoughts and prayers are with Harold’s wife, Erica, his children and grandchildren, and all those who loved him, who quote his work with abandon, and who hope that he received total consciousness.”
Compiled by Melody Baetens
Susan Whitall contributed