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Monday Friday 9:30 am The Morning Party; entertainment and varlety. 10:30 Monday - Teil Terry-, "Dear Aoby" of the airwavffi. Tuesday - Green Thumb; gardening show. Wednesday - Soul-O-Scope; astrological forecasts. Thursday -Consumer Spotlight; issues and tips. Friday - Creative Cooking; "a Httle soul." 11.00 Countdown; oame show hosted by Conrad Patrlck. 11:30 BIG CITY NEWS 12:00 pm A Time To Live; soap opera with local actors and actresses. 12:30 Galaxy Theatre; feature length movie hosted by Riek Hamiiton. 3:00 Candy Store; cartoon. 3:30 Kimba; cartoon. 4:00 Abbot and Costello Get Smart 5:00 The Scène; dance party featuring hwe acts, tnclúding local artists and records, hosted by WGPR-FM disc jockeys Ray Henderson and Ray Morris. 6:00 I Spy with Bill Cosby. 7:00 Monday - Speaking of Sports. Tuesday - Corners of Black History; hosted by Reginatd Larrie. wednesday - Have Gun, Vtfill Travel. Thursday - Kresktn. Friday - Speaking of Sports with Bitl Humpnrtes. 7:30 BIG CITY NEWS EVENING EDITION. 800 A Time To Live; rebroadcast soap opera frorn Ihe atternoon. 8:30 Rawhide 9:30 Showcase Theatre ; movies. Saturday 9:30 am Candy Store; children's show. 10:00 Cartoons 10:30 Felix the Cat 11:00 Serial Theatre: westerns and science fictton. 11:30 The Lone Ranger 12:00 pm Abbott and Costello 12:30 Action Showcase; movies. 3:00 Countdown-, game show. 3:30 Black Belt In Focus; karate. 4:00 Motor City Wrestling 5.00 The Scène-, dance party. 6:00 Teen Profile; high school students deal wïth corvtemporary issues, 6:30 Rolling Funk dance show on ice skates. 7:00 Victory at Sea 7:30 Fashion Fanfare 8:00 That's Showtoiz; entertainment column of the air. 8:30 Rawhide 9:30 Detroit Open Line; call-in interview show hosted by Reverend John Smettler. 11:00 Terror Theatre; horror fticks hosted by Jiam Desiardms. student of the occult. Sunday 7:00 am til 1:00 pm Retigious programming 1:00 pm Movle 3:30 Gospel Song Fest 4:00 Motor City Wrestling 5:00 The Scène; dance party hosted by WGPR fm iocks. 6:00 Rawhide 7:00 Outdoort; with Ken Cailaway. 7:30 Movie of the Week 9:00 Movie Classics Perhaps the most significant, and certainly the most thrilling. aspect of the biith of WGPR-TV is the twiee-daily "Big City News." It may be a week yol uniil the resi of the locally-originated programming gets off the ground but the WGPR-TV News Department is already deep into it every day. Unlike the area's seven otlier televisión stations, which are whhe-owned and operated, WGPR doem'1 have to play lo the suburbs, to the entire nicounty area. News Director Jcrry Blocker explained, "Our target area liasically is the city of Detroit. There are many stoiies, botli negative and positivo, that are nol getting told. and lluu's what we're trying to gel into.1 Anna Booker, the program's producer, told us "Most of what we do is comiiHinity-oriented. Not necessarily black, bul in most instances minority alïaus." U's no secret that in the Motor City, 1975, 'minority affairs" are in fact majority affairs. The "Big City News" will thus be concentrating on and representing a reality which the other stations neither have much time for nor, indeed, mueh knowledge of. Blocker also points out that the other stations "lo a very gieal degree, don't feel too cotnfortabte over bere [in Detroit) . People can be nasty it' they wam to be. And ifyou don't look as ifyou belong, they don't have to relate to you 01 your TV camera. I wouldn't think that we '11 have that kind of problem. We'll be ablc to relate just because of ihe black thing itseif. If we can't do that.then we're not doing the job." Of course, all of this specialied coverage is in addition to the mujoi stories that all the stations will carry- the 5-alarm fïres, the goings-on at ('iiy Hall, weekly presidential assassination attempts. etc. During these first few weeks of operation, especial by, the (ll'R news team plans to emphasie the many positivo, flourishing aspects ot Detroit and not. as Blocker put it. m a "goodytwo-shoes" way. "We've been trying to show a lot of the things that are actually happening in the city where people are trying to do something either in their community or in the citj as a whole." The "Big City News" will demónstrate that. contrary to all the press and talk about urban blight and onsafe streets, "Everybody in Detroit just hasn't lolled up in a bag ;nid said. 'Oh my god. aren't we a terrible city!' " Obviously nut. ConsJdertamongother chest-swelling facts, tliat the entire GPR-TV news Stiff of thirteen is liome-grown. Blóckér himself is formerly a weekend ancliorman with WWJ-TV, Channel 4, and was one of the first black newspersons on Detroit televisión. The dynamic Anna Booker worked with him there producing his sliow foi two years. Blocker's co-host on the evening edition of the "Big City News," Dong Morison, is a Wayne State gradúate who's worked for WGPR-FM and for WEXL. Terry Jones, one of the two full-time street reporters, also has had considerable experience at GPR radio including her own "Woman's World." Terry is a gradúate of WSU in niass comrhunicktion, appropriately enough Investigative reporter Richard Morris was a radio reporter at WJLB and the City Editor, at different times, for several black weeklies in various parts of the country. Channel 62's (and the area's first) all-woman anchor team (they co-host the morning edition of the news) consists of Amyre Porter and Pal D'Que. Pal, a danccr in addition to her olher talents, is a WSU grad. Amyre has had TV experience in Washington and Nashville and is a gradúate of Fisk University. . Meteorologist Sharon Crews personifies the type of no-waste energy necessary at a newhorn tv station, and isa former professional model and a gradúate of North Carolina A.andT. Senior Camera Operator Paul Jeffries is a University of Detroit gradúate in mass comm. He's since worked with Allied Film, Wilding Film, and others. And speaking of cameras, we come to the Big City News' major technical innovation. They are the Detroit area's first televisión station to use portable mini-cameras. These use video cassette tape, not film. The tape is far cheaper (it's erasable and reusable up to 1 50 times, unlike film which is a one-shot deal) and quicker-it can be instantly edited or even put on the air immediately. What the Channel 62 portables can't do is transmit live. At this point there are still bugs in the equipment to be worked out and the technical staff likewise needs to become thoroughly familiari.ed with the gleaming new cameras. As a consequence there is the occasional rougli spot during a telecast. Howevcr, the same spirit which prompts a fledglingenterprise Iike WGPR-TV to take a chance on a new technical system, communicates itself, through its air staff, as a warmth, a naturalness, one rarely finds on TV and which, in our opinión, transcends the moment ary distraction of equipment malfunction. But check out Channel 62's "Big City News" at 1 1 :30 and 7:30 every day of the week and decide for vourself.