Fox 2 bids Carman adieu
You may have seen Fox 2 “The Nine” co-hosts Jason Carr, Deena Centafani and Lee Thomas give a goodbye tribute Wednesday morning to Kam Carman from the “big brown couch” (actually it’s a green sectional now). Carman, who started at the station doing weather in 1991, was a founding member of “The Nine,” but wasn’t on set to say goodbye to her Fox 2 audience in person.
When we asked if her contract wasn’t renewed, station vice president/news director Kevin Roseborough gave us a statement in which he thanked Kam for more than two decades of hard work and wished her good luck in future. Carman’s statement: “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.” Carman added a little more on her Facebook page, saying that she’ll still be on the radio airwaves with Jay Towers doing the morning show on WNIC (100.3 FM). This comes three months after Alan Lee left the morning news desk. Hmm ... it look as if contracts aren’t being renewed.
The godfather of the gospel musical
The sound of singing in the hallways of the Horatio Williams Foundation headquarters in downtown Detroit this week had nothing to do with the inner-city children that the charitable organization serves. Well, not directly. The joyful noise was from a rehearsal of the cast of the gospel stage play “Danger at My Door,” by Michael Matthews, that continues at the Detroit Opera House tonight through Sunday evening.
Matthews was just using the Horatio Williams Foundation’s space for rehearsals, but he was delighted when he found out the nonprofit’s mission. “I’m like the Horatio Williams Foundation,” Matthews said Wednesday. “I’m here to help our youth — get them involved in our shows, show them new, positive things to do with their lives, provide faith-based entertainment with life-changing messages. I want them to ... just come and enjoy the shows and absorb the positive messages.”
“Danger at My Door” offers a lesson in rewarding good and punishing evil, enacted by a company of top-notch singers and actors, including some well-known Hollywood types; Vivica A. Fox (“Independence Day,” “Sharknado”), Bern Nadette Stanis (yes, Thelma from “Good Times”) and Reginald Ballard (Bruh Man from “da fif flo” on “Martin”). Matthews, a native Detroiter who now lives in Flint, is known as the Godfather of the Gospel musical, with some 20 plays that have toured the U.S. Tickets to “Danger at My Door” are available at the Detroit Opera House box office and all Ticketmaster outlets.
Get along, little CEO doggies
There was lots of wild and crazy fun at the annual Cattle Barons’ Ball on Saturday at Cobo Center. Chevrolet chief marketing officer Tim Mahoney was at the helm as honorary chair, as entrepreneurs, CEOs and heads of industry ditched their corporate uniforms for jeans and plaid shirts. The 800 guests enjoyed mechanical bull rides, culinary fare from a couple dozen popular Metro Detroit restaurants, and a live performance by Grammy-nominated country artist Will Hoge. The outcome of all this Texas-themed fun: $1.5 million raised for the American Cancer Society.