Guy Gordon to leave WDIV to host WJR radio show

The Channel 4 reporter’s last day is Wednesday. His new show is expected to start in January.

Stephanie Steinberg
The Detroit News

WDIV-TV (Channel 4) reporter and former anchor Guy Gordon is leaving the station to host his own radio show on WJR-AM (760). Gordon’s last day will be Wednesday.

Gordon spent 30 years in Detroit television, including over a decade at Local 4, where he covered the North American International Auto Show, the bankruptcies of General Motors and Fiat Chrysler, and Detroit’s sports stadiums. The 58-year-old also was an anchor at WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) before joining WDIV in 2004.

He’ll join WJR on Jan. 2. to host a talk show from 3-5 p.m. weekdays.

“Whatever the big story of the day is, we’re going to take a big bite out of it,” Gordon says. “The stories that Paul W. and Frank (Beckmann) have kickstarted in the morning, we’ll be keeping you up to date on in the afternoon.”

It won’t be easy leaving Channel 4, says Gordon, who’s last broadcasts will be around 6 p.m. Wednesday.

“It is so hard,” he says. “You have no idea how much I love these people and love working with them everyday, and I would have stayed forever had this unexpected gift not fallen in my lap.”

Some of Gordon’s colleagues reacted to the announcement Tuesday on social media.

Longtime Channel 4 anchor Devin Scillian tweeted, “Happy for @newsGuy4 heading to his own show on @WJR but I’m going to miss him terribly.”

Once Gordon confirmed his departure, he said the first call he made Monday night was to Scillian.

“He’s such a good friend, and he’s the reason I came to Channel 4,” Gordon says. “He’s the one who extended the offer. It wasn’t a news director. It was Devin who called me and said what do you think about (joining us), and that’s what got the ball rolling.”

During his time at Channel 4, Gordon says he’s most proud of the team’s coverage of the auto show.

“We just took the coverage to a whole new level in terms of making it a huge celebration about what we do as creators and innovators in this industry,” he says, “and every year was going to bring something new and fresh and exciting.”

Laughing, he adds he’s had an “ongoing love affair” with the event for almost 20 years, and he plans to continue covering it for WJR.

Gordon says WDIV is always looking for “bring, young talent,” but he doesn’t expect anyone new will be hired to fill his absence.

“We have the strongest team of reporters there that I’ve ever seen in my tenure, so they won't have any trouble replacing me,” he says.

This is the second major departure for WDIV. In November, Carmen Harlan, retired after nearly four decades in broadcasting.

While sad to leave his Channel 4 family, Gordon says he’s looking forward to the future and the opportunity to dabble more in radio. (He’s previously filled in for Smith.)

“The notion of being able to be able to try something new at this stage at my life is why I’m going to head to WJR,” he says, adding, “I invite anyone who’s valued my coverage for the past 32 years in Detroit in TV to follow me to radio.”

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