LIFE SECTIoN / TOP STORY: 910 AM RADIO FIRES NOLAN FINLEY

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Detroit News columnist's morning show dumped without notice by owner Kevin Adell

DETROIT (CCN) — Detroit News columnist Nolan Finley is no longer the morning man on the radio show lineup of 910 AM Superstation. Deadline Detroit reported Thursday that station owner Kevin Adell fired Finley without telling him about the decision. Finley said he found out about the firing when reached by Deadline Detroit for a comment.


Finley has been hosting a morning show from 7 o'clock until 9 o'clock every weekday for two years on the station.


Deadline Detroit reported that Adell wouldn't say why Finley was let go unceremoniously, but said his show suffered from low ratings and that he was unwilling to make adjustments. "If you piss off the owner, he’s going to let you go and he can do it the nice way or the hard way and I chose the hard way," Adell told Deadline Detroit. “I have no intention of elaborating. Nolan knows what he did wrong. Just because you’re a great writer doesn't mean you’re gonna be great on the air. So when we try to give you constructive criticism and you can’t take it — I’m not a psychologist, I don’t know why he didn’t take it.” Adell later told Metro TImes that Finley had a "bad attitude" after his pay was cut over poor ratings.


A press release by 910 AM Superstation indicated that Finley will be replaced by Detroit radio personality Coco who worked previously for hip-hop station WJLB in Detroit. She will start on Sept. 9. 


“I find that amusing and have no clue what he’s talking about,” Finley told Deadline Detroit about Adell's comments to Metro Times. “We’ve never had a disagreement," he added. "I gave it a shot and the show didn’t catch on. No hard feelings on my end, I’m now looking forward to sleeping in.”


Finley will be replaced in the morning drive time slot by Detroit radio personality Coco, who was previously with hip-hop station WJLB. Her show starts Sept. 9. “Coco speaks to the community,“ Adell said in the press release.


Detroit Youth Choir Director Anthony T. White yells 'Detroit! Detroit! Detroit!' as viewers send his kids to semifinals

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HOLLYWOOD (CCN) — “I’m so happy,” yelled choir director Anthony T. White after learning that his group of Detroit students are headed to the semifinals of NBC's hit TV talent show America's Got Talent. He then yelled, “Detroit! Detroit! Detroit! Detroit! Detroit!" as the crowd in the Hollywood audience began chanting it with him.


“You all are bloody fantastic and actually better tonight than your first audition,” said judge Simon Cowell about White's youngsters who range in age from 8 to 18. “Every time you guys come on stage, it’s just amazing," Cowell added. "I could not be happier for you ."


Judge Gabrielle Union added, “Thank you for coming out here and killing it and inspiring a nation.” Judge Howie Mandel said, “You were wonderful and you are champions and you deserve to be here and it’s inspiring.


The choir’s performance in the semifinals will be on Tuesday, September 10 at 8:00 p.m. on NBC with the results show airing the next night. A second group of semifinalists will perform one week later. Making it to the finals would send the Detroit students into the show's two-night season finale on Sept. 17 and Sept. 18.


Host Alex Trebek reveals on tweet that he's 'on the mend' and already back to work toward 36th season Jeopardy!

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LOS ANGELES (CCN) — Alex Trebek has returned to work as the host of Jeopardy! He let fans learn the news by posting a video on Twitter Thursday. He revealed that he actually started work on his birthday, which was on July 22. New episodes of the upcoming season 36 are scheduled to begin airing on Sept. 9. The program is preparing for its 36th season on CBS.


 Trebek announced his diagnosis last March of stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He vowed to beat the disease's low survival rate with the love and support of family and friends and with prayers from viewers.  The 79-year-old said on Thursday's video that he's "on the mend."



40th annual Hamtramck Labor Day Festival on top from Saturday through Monday with carnival, polka and food

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HAMTRAMCK (CCN) — The 40th annual Hamtramck Labor Day Festival is on tap for this weekend with pierogi, polka, shawarma, wrestling and kebab mixed with rock and roll music. The festival is free with live music on two stages. Carnival rides are available and the event will feature local and regional food vendors.


The City of Hamtramck's biggest event every year will kick off on Saturday and conclude on Monday.