Grapevine: Jason Carr hired at Local 4

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Jason Carr hired at Local 4

WDIV-TV (Channel 4) announced on Monday that Jason Carr has been added to their team as a digital anchor and reporter. Carr announced that he would be working at Local 4 via a 20-minute Facebook live session after his last day at Fox 2 Detroit on Monday morning. More than 11,000 viewers watched Carr film himself as a passenger being driven from the Fox 2 studios in Southfield to a new job. Hundreds of viewers wished Carr well during the livestream and were totally surprised when he arrived at the NBC affiliate in downtown Detroit. According to the station, Carr will contribute to and will join the “Local 4 News Today” team. He will also be a part of the “Live in the D” mid-morning show. He begins his new duties June 20. An interesting twist, Carr didn’t have a no-compete clause, so his move from Fox 2 to Local 4 was seamless. In March, Fox 2 annouced Carr, Murray Feldman and Lee Thomas would depart the station due to staff reductions across Fox’s television properties.

‘American Pickers’ looking for junk in Michigan

The History Channel show “American Pickers” is scouting for shooting locations in Michigan. According to reports, producers are looking for local spots to send their junk-finders, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz. Those who have a large collection of antiques and collectibles should email or leave a message at (855) OLD-RUST. They’re looking specifically for automotive and music related items, as well as vintage bikes, toys, folk art and military items. The show has been through town before; they did a Motor City-themed episode in 2011.

‘Mister Ed’ star Alan Young dead

Best known for his role as co-star to a talking horse, actor Alan Young died last week at age 96. He played Wilbur Post in the 1960s sitcom “Mister Ed.” Young did voice over work, including the squawks for Scrooge McDuck in 65 episodes of Disney’s “DuckTales” TV series.

Benton Harbor teens recreate ‘Coming to America’ for prom

They weren’t even born when the Eddie Murphy comedy “Coming to America” was released, but for prom, a group of Benton Harbor High School students recreated the “she’s your queen to be” scene from the 1988 comedy. The star of the video is a student decked out in an amazing replica of the golden dress worn by Murphy’s arranged bride in the film. A video of the re-enactment ( posted to Facebook on Saturday and already has nearly 800,000 shares.

Compiled by Melody Baetens

Tuesday’s birthdays

Tommy Chong, 78

Bob Dylan, 75

Patti LaBelle, 72

Priscilla Presley, 71

John C. Reilly, 51

Mark Ballas, 30