The Grosse Pointe War Memorial has offered community television for more than two decades to Comcast, WOW and AT&T subscribers in the cities of Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe City, Grosse Pointe Farms, Grosse Pointe Woods, Grosse Pointe Shores and Harper Woods.
Previously known as Community Television Services, the station began an intense campaign in the fall of 2000 to revamp its look and line-up by promoting itself as WMTV as well as investing in new sets, a new logo and new shows. An upgrade to the equipment enabled WMTV to be on the air 24 hours and expand its technical capabilities. There are now fourteen 30 minute programs from talk to cooking with target audiences crossing every age group. Show hosts volunteer their time and on-air talent. The shows are produced in the Grosse Pointe War Memorial’s television studio by a full time operations manager and two full time video production assistants. Through consistent self-evaluation, WMTV continues its effort to be on the cutting edge of providing local programming to the communities of Grosse Pointe and Harper Woods.
John Suave’, Show Host
The mission of the Art & Design show is to highlight the cultural programming and artists that are making a difference in the community.
Daily at 3:30 p.m., 9:00 p.m., 3:00 a.m., and 6:30 a.m.
Anne Marie Gattari, Show Host
Every day 7,000 people in this country turn 65 according to AARP. Are we ready? Is America ready? There is an incredible amount of research, planning and preparing for this population going on around the world – and right here in our own community.
Daily 2:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 5:30 a.m., 1st and 3rd week each month.
Ted Everingham, Show Host
Engaging interviews about interesting people, places and activities on the Great Lakes including Lake St. Clair. Discussions of timely issues affecting the Great Lakes system and those who enjoy it.
Daily at 1:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m., 1:30 a.m. 4:30 a.m.
Liz Aiken, Dr. David Balle and Joan Morris Show Hosts
When Life changes, the first thing you know is… you need to know more. Medical information, health issues and breakthrough science technology are discussed with the specialists.
Daily at 8:00 a.m., 5:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m.
John Prost, Show Host
John interviews Detroit and Grosse Pointe celebrities and guests about timely topics.
Daily at 2:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m., 2:00 a.m., 4:00 a.m.
David Draper and Tim Dinan, Co Hosts
Attorneys Dave and Doug take an inside look at current legal issues.
Daily at 2:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 5:30 a.m., 2nd & 4th week of each month
The Merry Music Maker, Show Host (Paula Doak)
A fun, half-hour of music and stories for children.
Daily at 9:00 a.m., 4:30 p.m., and 7:30 a.m.
Robert and Pamela Taylor, Show Hosts
Robert presents an extraordinary half-hour of people, places and ideas from the metaphysical realm.
Daily at 11:00 a.m., 11:00 p.m., 5:00 a.m.
Mil Hurley, Show Host
Advanced Master Gardener Mil shares tips, gives advice and interviews local authorities on gardening.
Daily at 9:30 a.m., 9:30 p.m., 3:30 a.m.
Luncheon speaker for the Senior Men’s Club addresses timely business issues, senior topics and community affairs.
Airs the 1st & 3rd week of the month Daily at 1:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 1:00 a.m.
Chuck Kaess and Annie Rouleau-Scheriff Show Hosts
Tune in each week to see who is cooking with Chuck. Is it your neighbor? Your friend? Watch as delectable dishes are made from scratch by noted chefs and local celebrities.
Daily at 1 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 1 a.m.
Lauren Parrott, Show Host
Learn about what is going on at the War Memorial and meet the instructors who will give an overview of the classes they will be holding at the War Memorial.
Daily at 10:30 a.m., 3 p.m., 7:30 p.m. 6 a.m.
A half-hour of aerobics, step or kickboxing exercise
Daily at 8:30 a.m., 4:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 7:00 a.m.
The Art & Design Show was started 4 years ago by John Sauvé to address the lack of local arts programing. The mission of the Art & Design show is to highlight the cultural programming and artists that are making a difference in the community.
John Sauvé is an artist from Brighton Michigan working in large scale sculpture. He is also a curator for several large scale sculpture exhibits throughout the Midwest and as far away as Upstate New York. He has been hosting the multi-award winning Art & Design show for 4 years and has the opportunity to interview artists, musicians, arts administrators and politicians making a difference in today’s cultural programs. John Sauvé has a BA in Art History and Marketing and a Master’s in Art’s Administration from Michigan State University. John has also worked for the State of Michigan and Michigan Commission on Art in Public Places.
Anne Marie Gattari, a former Detroit journalist and Ford Motor Company public relations manager, is owner and operator of BrightStar of Grosse Pointe / Southeast Macomb. She learned the value of in-home care through personal experience. She cared for her 90-year-old father in his home the last months of his life and continues to care for her 89-year-old mother.
Nearly 15 percent of the residents of the Grosse Pointes and Macomb County are aged 65 or older and many have some form of mobility, sensory, cognitive and self-care limitations. “Like my own parents, they need help,” Anne Marie says.
BrightStar of Grosse Pointe / Southeast Macomb provides a full range of high quality medical and non-medical services delivered by compassionate, dependable and experienced nurses and caregivers.
Prior to BrightStar, Anne Marie spent her career in communications. She worked as a newspaper reporter for the Detroit News, Macomb Daily, Royal Oak Tribune in Michigan and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in Texas. Later, she made the transition to public relations for Ford Motor Company. In between, she spent 18 months in Florence, Italy, as a freelance journalist and English instructor.
Anne Marie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Michigan State University. She lives in Grosse Pointe Woods with her husband, Raymond. They have two daughters, a dog and a large extended Italian family – on both sides.
Ted Everingham began his life-long love of the Great Lakes as a youngster in Southwest Michigan, fishing on small inland lakes and frolicking on the beaches of Lake Michigan, and later in Jackson, Michigan. He came to the Detroit area after graduating from Albion College (1961) and The University of Michigan Law School (1964). Ted learned to sail at the Detroit Yacht Club in the late 1960s where he later taught sailing.
A busy business lawyer with offices in Grosse Pointe Park, Ted still finds time to sail and run and judge sailing races. He has covered the Bacardi Bayview Mackinac Race for WJR and lectures frequently about that classic race, the racing rules of sailing and a variety of related subjects. While sailing is Ted’s passion, he enjoys being on the water any way he can, whenever he can, and messing around in boats.
Ted hopes that Great Lakes Log will create a greater appreciation of the vast recreational and commercial resource available to us here on the “sixth Great Lake” and the enormous freshwater system of which it is a part.
Elizabeth Aiken (Liz) is now producing and hosting her third cable network show in the Grosse Pointe area. She brings to her new medical issues show her own off-beat style. With her professional background in critical care nursing, she knows the value of blending reality with a touch of humor.
For a few seasons, Liz could even be found on two cable networks simultaneously. While co-hosting “Positively Positive”, she was also creative producer and host of “Lizard’s Lounge,” a demented-style cooking show staffed by Grosse Pointe South High School students on WGPS, Channel 20. “I’ll work with kids any day! Whatever we think we are teaching them, we actually are learning tenfold from them.”
Dr. Balle is a board certified dermatologist in private practice at Grosse Pointe Dermatology. He received his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine and was chief resident at Henry Ford Hospital in the Department of Dermatology under Chairman Dr. Edward Krull and Chairman Emeritus, Dr. Clarence Livingood. Dr. Balle specializes in both general and cosmetic dermatology having a particular interest in the expanding practice of injectables and fillers. He has continued his studies in the field of cosmetic dermatology.
Dr. Balle is an exercise enthusiast and enjoys spending free time with his family, friends and his Rhodesian Ridgeback, Bacchus. Dr. Balle helps support Boys Hope Girls Hope, Michigan Opera Theater, The Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce, Special Dreams Farm, The Community Foundation and various other schools, community organizations and philanthropic causes.
John Prost is a 1958 graduate of Michigan State University and began his 42-year career in the life insurance business. For 20 years he was Branch Manager for The Dominion Life Assurance Co. In 1989 Prost started a new Life Insurance Branch Office for Pacific Life Insurance Company in Southfield, Michigan. In 1996, John was elected President of the largest private club in Michigan, the 4000 member Detroit Athletic Club. In 2001, he was inducted into the Michigan Insurance Hall of Fame. Prost has been President of the Detroit and Michigan Associations of Life Underwriters and past trustee of the National Association of Life Underwriters. He has been a frequent speaker at Life Underwriter Associations, the Rotary group and has appeared on television and radio representing the industry. He has also authored many articles for industry publications.
Throughout his career, he has focused on serving his community and he has received numerous awards for his leadership and dedication. Prost served on the Grosse Pointe Park city council and was elected Mayor Pro Tem. He is one of the longest running hosts for WMTV for which he interviews Detroit and other well-known community personalities. In his spare time, John sings with the vocal jazz group, “The Grunyons” and spends some time on his boat “The Office.” John recently was instrumental in organizing a fundraising effort to purchase a Defibrillator for the War Memorial and we thank him for his efforts.
David R. Draper was born in Garden City, Michigan in 1966 and was raised in St. Clair Shores, Michigan. Mr. Draper received his B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1987 and graduated from Indiana University School of Law in 1990. He also attended University College, Faculty of Laws, in London, England in 1988. Mr.Draper is licensed to practice law in the State of Michigan and has been admitted to practice law before the United States Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Mr. Draper is a member of numerous professional associations including the State Bar of Michigan, the First Amendment Lawyers Association, and serves as a case evaluator for the Wayne County Circuit Court, the Macomb County Circuit Court, and the 36th District Court. Mr. Draper is the host of “The Legal Insider” on WMTV and serves on the Board of Directors of Forgotten Harvest, a non-profit food rescue organization in Southfield, Michigan.
Paula Doak is a tremendously talented entertainer for children. She captivates as well as educates her audiences with her enthusiastic and interactive style of performance. Paula has built a successful business teaching music enrichment classes to preschoolers and her music CDs and videos are being used in day care centers across the country. Her message is sound, her passion is strong and her vision is clear: to use the magic of music to heal the world! Paula believes music is one of the greatest tools we have for learning and for healing. She has presented at education, child care and therapy conferences.
Lauren Parrott has always had a passion for working in television and has been on TV since the age of 10. She started on “Young View Pointes” here at the War Memorial, and that let to her co-hosting The Detroit National Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1994 with Chuck Gaidica. She continued hosting shows throughout high school and studied communication and media studies at Michigan State University. She hosted a television show at MSU and was also a reporter at a local news station in East Lansing. She was also fortunate enough to have an internship at ABC’s “Good Morning America” in New York City! She received her Bachelor’s Degree from MSU in 2006. Even though her dream of becoming the next Diane Sawyer changed after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2002, she is still very passionate about working in television and hosts a show, “Things To Do at the War Memorial”. In 2012, she received her Master’s Degree in Communication from Wayne State University. She loves working at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial and looks forward to what the future will bring!
Robert Taylor has been involved in the entertainment business since the 1970′s. In Britain he appeared on both the BBC and ITV networks as well as several radio shows. In 1983 he moved from the United Kingdom to work with ITV Los Angeles; writing, hosting and narrating documentaries for one year. From 1984 – 1990 he produced and hosted a metaphysical talk show “Spirits in the Material World”, on WCBN Ann Arbor, CJAM Windsor and United Cable Royal Oak. He also regularly appeared on a weekly basis as host of WPON AM Bloomfield Hills and W.O.W. 99.5 FM Detroit. From 1994 until the present he has hosted and produced “Out of the Ordinary…Into the Extraordinary” on WMTV Grosse Pointe.
Advanced Master Gardener, Mil Hurley shares tips, gives advice and conducts interviews on the topic of gardening.
Mil Hurley is the owner of A Southern Gardener, Inc., a gardening service based in the Grosse Pointes for 9 years. Her philosophy of the natural approach to gardening grew from her experiences on the family farm in North Carolina. She believes in less use of chemicals and more tolerance of imperfection with our gardens. Embracing the fun and exercise that digging in the dirt brings is a key element to Mil’s outlook
WMTV gratefully acknowledges the following sponsors.
The John Prost Show
Pointes of Horticulture
Great Lakes Log