Radio station revives ex-officials with issues

Detroit News staff

Superstation 910 AM normally deals in ministerial radio programming, so perhaps recent high-profile show host additions seem to deal with redemption since they all were either legally or politically humiliated.

The Southfield-based radio station, known as the “Word Network,” this month has added Saturday shows for former Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano, former Detroit mayoral chief of staff Christine Beatty and now former Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Wade McCree.

Ficano is the former longtime sheriff and county executive who ran Michigan’s largest county government into the financial ground before he finished a distant fifth in the August 2014 Democratic primary, getting trounced by former county Sheriff Warren Evans. His shows airs 1-2 p.m. Saturdays “live and unplugged,” according to the station’s statement, leading Insider to wonder what Ficano has been holding back so long.

Beatty is best known as former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s second-in-command and mistress, who resigned in 2008 after text messages she traded with Kilpatrick emerged showing she and Kilpatrick lied about their affair. She served 69 days of a four-month jail sentence in 2009 and was on probation for about four years.

Beatty will broadcast her Saturday 5-7 p.m. show from Atlanta, and it “will take on all subjects including what it has taken to rebuild her life and how she is helping others do the same,” according to a radio station press release, referring also to her declaration of bankruptcy after relocating to Georgia.

McCree was kicked off the bench in March 2014 by the Michigan Supreme Court for misconduct in office that began in 2012. His antics included having a six-month extramarital affair with a participant in a child support case before him and then lying “repeatedly” about it under oath as well as sending a shirtless photo of himself to a court employee.

McCree’s show airs 9-11 p.m. starting this Saturday and covers “a wide range of issues facing African Americans in addition to life after the bench,” the station said. None of the radio station’s press releases covered the hosts’ falls from grace.

To borrow a legendary McCree observation, the Saturday program moves appear to show there is no shame in 910 AM’s game.

Levin says N.H., Iowa have ‘stranglehold’

Former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Detroit, weighed in this week on whether Iowa and New Hampshire should have so much early influence in the presidential primary contests.

“No state or states should have a perpetual right to go first and have a disproportionate impact on the nomination of the next president,” Levin told the Columbus Dispatch. “Iowa and New Hampshire have a stranglehold on the process.”

In 2008, Levin and Debbie Dingell – then one of Michigan’s representatives on the Democratic National Committee – worked to have Michigan hold its presidential primary on Jan. 15. The DNC initially responded by refusing to seat Michigan’s delegates at the party’s convention that year.

Contributors: Jonathan Oosting, Richard Burr, Chad Livengood and Melissa Nann Burke