SC: WJR nabs WWJ talent; Bridges an 'ageless beauty'

Susan Whitall & Chuck Bennett

News radio changes

News radio WWJ-AM is losing some talent to its crosstown rival, WJR. Veteran anchor Marie Osborne recently moved from the news/radio station after 11 years to anchor middays on WJR (where she worked previously). Now Erica Murphy, a reporter/producer at WWJ, has gone to WJR, as well. Murphy insists she loved working at WWJ and is making the move because she'll get to be a reporter/anchor, "it's definitely a move up." Before WWJ, Murphy was a producer at Radio One's WCHB. Murphy will be reporting in the field a couple days a week, and anchoring 5 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturdays, and 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Sundays.

Horne a 'Legendary Lady'

Our town's Kimmie Horne recently picked up a sweet honor in Atlanta. The Detroit native was awarded the National Black Women in Jazz and the Arts' "Legendary Lady of Jazz Award."

We know Kimmie's jazzy singing style, honed over her 30-year career, recalls many of the sophisticated jazz ladies of the past, but we didn't know she's related to the great Lena Horne. The singer who made "Stormy Weather" famous is Kimmie's great-aunt. And making the Detroit R&B connection, her uncle, Cleveland Horne, was a member of the Fantastic Four ("The Whole World Is a Stage"). Horne is always on the road, it seems, performing in Las Vegas, Japan and elsewhere, but she will be back home performing for casino high rollers at the Greektown Casino May 8 and 9, and will share the stage at Detroit River Days June 20 with another legendary diva, Gladys Knight.

A local 'ageless beauty' is featured in Essence

The gorgeous Janice Cosby Bridges, 58, a Metro Detroit home girl (whom we recently saw at the Detroit Jazzfest preview, as she's on the board of trustees), is featured in the May issue of Essence Magazine as an "ageless beauty." Cosby Bridges, known for her stunning good looks and snow white crop of natural hair, is chief marketing officer at Ascension Health, and was one of a handful of women from across the country whom the magazine's editors felt best represent their particular age group. Cosby Bridges has been featured in other magazines, including a national beauty search in More Magazine. Essence has run the "Ageless Beauties" feature for many years, sharing secrets about how mature beauties maintain their youthful good looks.

"I feed my soul by being grateful for the life God has given me," Cosby Bridges told Essence. The 45th anniversary issue featuring her is currently available on newsstands.

When doctors and artists meet

Entertainment guru Amir Daiza, who owns Elektricity in Pontiac and the record label Obsession Detroit, is excited about a charity event he's hosting May 12 at his newest club, Populux, which opened in Detroit a few weeks ago. "We're so proud to have 7 Stone host "Cures Are an Art Form,' " said Daiza, who DJs as "DJ A Guy Called Amir."

"It's a benefit for the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute, and Ethan Davidson and his band are going to perform." The event will highlight the mind-bending art created by eminent physician-researchers partnered with leading contemporary artists. OK, we're intrigued. Tickets are $50.