Stories of Resiliency and Purpose

The War Memorial takes to the airwaves in a monthly, one-hour radio program airing at 4pm on WJR-AM NewsTalk 760 — Inspired Heroes.

Join hosts Marie Osborne and Ted Everingham as they share The War Memorial's unique mission and commitment to being a patriotic, cultural, and community leader while placing a thoughtful spotlight on Michigan heroes, leaders, and their inspirational stories and experiences.

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May 11, 2019
May's episode takes an in-depth look at all things Memorial Week! We cover everything from Our Community Salutes, to the remarkable lakefront service on Memorial Day. Hosts Ted and Marie chat with Major General (Ret.) Gregory Vadnais, who will be receiving the Spirit of Service Award at An Evening of Red, White, and Blue this year.  You'll also get a chance to hear from our gala co-chairs, the masterminds behind this remarkable event, as they share all that went into planning this evening! For an added element of fun, Ben Seidmen joins to share secrets of his upcoming show with friend Marcus Monroe, The Optical Delusions, premiering at The War Memorial on May 30. 

April 13, 2019
Our second episode of Inspired Heroes takes an in-depth look at the exciting lineup of spring programming scheduled for April and May. Hosts Marie and Ted chat with Steve Bryne, executive director of the Freep Film Festival, on the festival’s impact on the city of Detroit (as well as the The Patriot Theater’s involvement this year)! Marie and Ted then have a very honest and moving conversation with Kevin Sadaj, founder of the Marine Somalia Veterans Association, which helps fellow Marine veterans support each other and raises awareness of the unique impact the Somalia conflict had upon those that served. Dave Curley of One for the Foxes joins to talk about the trio’s return to The War Memorial stage this spring. The episode will end with an exclusive interview with Barbara Pierce Bush, as she walks Marie through how she came to found Global Health Corps and shares a bit of what guests can expect to hear on April 25 when she delivers her keynote address at The War Memorial.

March 9, 2019
In our inaugural episode of Inspired Heroes, hosts Marie Osborne and Ted Everingham chat with War Memorial President and CEO, Charles Burke, about all things War Memorial; it’s mission, purpose, and unwavering commitment to the community and patriotism. Marie and Ted are then joined by Suzy Berschback, author of Grosse Pointe War Memorial, Images of America, who gives an in-depth look at the unique history of The War Memorial from it’s beginning as a family home, to the community institution it is today (and not to mention, a unique connection to The Wright Brothers and a secret door related to Prohibition)! Lastly, War Memorial board director, Alicia Nicholson, joins to share the exciting lineup of arts, culture, film, and culinary events scheduled for this spring.

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Our Hosts

Marie Osborne


Marie Osborne is an Anchor and Reporter for WJR Radio Detroit. She has been named one of the most influential women in Detroit radio and her work has been heard on the ABC and CBS radio networks. She has reported from China and Europe and her work has been heard internationally on the BBC and Voice of America. She is a graduate of the University of Detroit, a three time winner of the national Edward R. Murrow award, and the winner of a national Headliner Award. Marie has been honored numerous times by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and Associated Press.

Ted Everingham


Ted Everingham has made a career of advising businesses and business people, who know and appreciate him as a creative, results-oriented attorney with a strong background in general corporate law, securities regulation, complex negotiations and mergers, acquisitions and other major business transactions. Since 1998, Everingham and Associates has been a successful law practice advising businesses and business people about business organization, capital formation, business finance, joint ventures and mergers, acquisitions and other complex commercial transactions. Clients include manufacturers, retailers, hospitals, medical practice groups and other healthcare providers, investment banking firms and professional and other service businesses.