"Recapture the magic" says a promo (below) for "Detroit Remember When: The History of Detroit TV," a one-hour documentary airing at 8 p.m. Monday on Detroit Public Television.
The donor pledge period special examines local TV from the late 1940s to the 1990s. The station's online blurb says:
Highlights include rare footage, including an amazing vocal performance by 14-year-old Ursula Walker, who today is a Detroit jazz legend; profiles of Soupy Sales, Sonny Elliot, Bill Kennedy and other local celebrities; the story behind one of the longest-running TV series in America, Detroit’s "American Black Journal"; recollections from Mitch Ryder and others.
Legendary news anchorman Bill Bonds will join DPTV’s Fred Nahhat live in the studio during the broadcast.
Julie Hinds of the Free Press calls it "must-see TV" with "a treasure trove of vintage clips."
There also are rare clips of Motown greats like the Supremes on a local music show and contemporary interviews with Mitch Ryder, Amyre Makeupson and others with television memories to share.
The four producers include veteran Detroit journalist Tim Kiska, author of a 2005 book titled "From Soupy to Nuts! A History of Detroit Television" and co-author with Ed Golick (a fellow producer) of "Detroit Television," a 2010 paperback in the "Images of America" series from Arcadia Publishing.
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