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CHUCK BENNETT

SC: The D has fan in actor, restauranteur Mark Wahlberg

Chuck Bennett

The D has a fan in Mark Wahlberg

Actor Mark Wahlberg confirmed his passion for Detroit when we caught up with him at Wahlburger’s in Greektown the other day. “Detroit is an amazing city. I’ve got nothing but love for Detroit,” he insisted. “We want to do movies here. We want to do business here. And we’ve got so many friends here.” Mark spent his day in the D on Wednesday with his friend and business partner Nino Cutraro while the two made inroads to opening a few more Wahlburger’s in the area. “We had a meeting in Grand Rapids, we did some site surveys, I played golf and we had lunch at Nino’s restaurant, Bella Piatti,” he continued. “Get ready for some new Wahlburger’s.” Mark and Nino would only confirm a location in Taylor for one of the new stores. We’re pretty sure we overheard Mark say something about one coming on Woodward and 13 Mile Road, but that was not confirmed. But he did say there will be more than one, and that they’re coming “real soon. We’re excited. Any chance I can get an excuse or reason to come back to Detroit, I’m here.”

‘Dinner in the D’ podcast stars Chef Bobby Nahra

Celebrity chef Bobby Nahra invited about 50 of his buds to a studio in the Penobscot building Wednesday night for a swanky launch of his new podcast called, “Dinner in the D.” Chef Bobby, who owns Lakeland Banquet Center, has cooked at the Oscars, collaborated with celebs such as Maria Sharapova, and is a regular contributor on Fox 2 News. The show, which will air and livestream on Wednesday at 7 p.m. on Podcast Detroit, will take guests on a journey around Metro Detroit, including food, fashion and art. Among the guests for the kickoff show were singer Keely Ferguson, chef Rick Hussey from the soon-to-open Caucus Club, and Terry Olson, owner of Zim’s Vodka.

Henry Baskin inducted into TV academy’s Gold Circle

Birmingham attorney Henry Baskin, known for handling high-profile divorces and contract negotiations for local media personalities, is being honored Sunday for 50 years of service to the TV business. The award is an induction into the Gold Circle by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. They’re the group that gives out the Emmy Awards. Henry started representing TV personalities in the late ’60s, including Detroit TV legends John Kelly, Jerry Hodak, Jac LeGoff and many others. He also represented Motown stars such as Marvin Gaye.

“Fifty years ago, Detroit was a destination TV market for newspeople, the seventh-largest in the country,” Baskin recalls. “Then, technology first started to chip away at the audience. First, it was cable, reaching 75 percent of homes by 1984. Then, the big one was the internet and social media. The 18-29 demographic avoids broadcast delivery and instead uses iPads and phones for personal delivery. Television as we now know it is still a changing art in motion.” Congrats, to you, Mr. Baskin, for a half a century of dedicated service.

Chuck Bennett is the creator of TheSocialMetro.com and is the Fox 2 News Style Ambassador.