4 things to watch for -- Thursday, July 18th


From Rhonda Walker: 

Wow! As I sit here a day away from returning to the job I love after being off for 2 months I’m filled with a variety of emotions that range from joy and excitement to a bit of fear and anxiety. Fearless is part of the motto of my charity for teen girls, the Rhonda Walker Foundation- the F also stands for fearless so I hesitate sharing that.

But the truth is, if you stop doing anything for that long, returning to it comes with a little self doubt. Especially when you get to return and do it on live TV in front of thousands of people that expect you to be exactly the same as you were 2 months ago. YIKES!

At the same time I am incredibly excited to return to the career I’ve had in the city I love for the past 20 years! And let’s talk about love, because I have received so much of it from all of you while I have been on medical leave. Wow I am so filled with gratitude. It is truly overwhelming to know that many people, many I’ve never personally met, care about me, I mean truly care about my wellbeing enough to call and email WDIV literally daily, send me letters, cards, flowers, books, meals, emails, social media messages, texts, home visits and prayers for my full recovery. THANK YOU ALL SO VERY VERY MUCH!!! I love you back, I truly do and if our paths ever cross I have a hug of gratitude for you, yes I am a hugger:)

I still have a bit more healing to do over the next few months but I’m thankful the tough part is behind me and I’m well enough to return to work and to most of my normal daily activities with a few exceptions like heavy lifting and strenuous exercise. Which I’m not exactly complaining about (wink). So my next Fitness Friday segments I’ll be calling on you to do the heavy lifting for me for a while:) We are looking to shoot some new segments so please comment with suggestions for new gym concepts and unique approaches to exercise that we should check out around town and feature.

And speaking of exercise you know health and fitness is a big part of my life and I’m hosting my 9th annual Give and Get Fit Health and Fitness event on the Detroit Riverfront Sunday, July 28 at 8 a.m. Please register for our 5K run/walk, 10K or free fitness classes and take advantage of free health screenings and awesome health, fitness and wellness exhibitors. It’s a family friendly event for all ages benefitting Detroit kids and we have race medals for all age groups from 1-100 and beyond and I’ll be there at the finished to high five you and place it around your neck!

Sign-up for Give and Get Fit here

Lastly, I’m blessed to have an amazing work family who I have missed seeing everyday like crazy. I cannot wait to reunite with them and get back in the saddle delivering your morning news where I belong!

So later today tune in to Local 4 News at 5pm to see my candid conversation with the morning team about my time away.

And then I’ll see you LIVE on Local 4 News Today Thursday morning! Seriously I cannot wait:)

Watch beginning at 4:30 a.m.

Here's what's coming up Thursday, July 18th, 2019 on Local 4 News Today.

All Morning -- Rhonda's Back!

After 2 long months away from the anchor desk, Rhonda Walker makes her triumphant return! We cannot wait to have her back!

All Morning -- Here Comes the Heat!

The heat wave will begin in earnest Thursday. Highs will reach 90 degrees, with a heat index in the mid-90s. A late afternoon thunderstorm is likely in spots. Come Friday, Mother Nature really turns up the heat as feels-like temps hit near 110 degrees. Oof.

  • You can get the full forecast here.

Also, our Kim DeGiulio will help you get around any potential trouble on the roads all morning.

  • Check traffic conditions in your neighborhood here.

5:55 a.m. -- Back to Basics: Tent Camping

With tons of families gearing up for a summer camping trip, Kim DeGiulio teams up with an expert outdoorsman to help make your camping experience hassle free! Check out Kim's other Back to Basics segments below:


6:45 a.m. -- Help Me Hank: Hidden Home Danger

There's a hidden danger lurking in many older homes and it's putting many at risk of fire. Help Me Hank has important information from safety experts to help keep your home and family safe.


Today's Trivia Retake 

Every morning at 6 a.m., we ask you a trivia question on Local 4 for a chance to win a prize.

  • TuesdayQuestion: Which country did the emoji originate in?
  • Answer: Japan
  • Be sure to watch daily at 6 a.m. and click this link to enter for a chance to win.

Today's Quiz 

National Days: July 18th

  • National Caviar Day
  • Get To Know Your Customers Day
  • National Sour Candy Day 

A Look Back at History: July 18th

  • In 1918, South African anti-apartheid leader and president Nelson Mandela was born in the village of Mvezo.
  • In 1932, the United States and Canada signed a treaty to develop the St. Lawrence Seaway.
  • In 1944, Hideki Tojo was removed as Japanese premier and war minister because of setbacks suffered by his country in World War II. American forces in France captured the Normandy town of St. Lo.
  • In 1947, President Harry S. Truman signed a Presidential Succession Act which placed the speaker of the House and the Senate president pro tempore next in the line of succession after the vice president.
  • In 1955, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Soviet Premier Nikolai Bulganin, British Prime Minister Anthony Eden and French Premier Edgar Faure held a summit in Geneva.
  • In 1969, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., left a party on Chappaquiddick Island near Martha’s Vineyard with Mary Jo Kopechne, 28; some time later, Kennedy’s car went off a bridge into the water. Kennedy was able to escape, but Kopechne drowned.

Celebrity Birthdays: July 18th 

Celebrating a birthday Thursday? Submit a Sunshine Award here and we could say your name on Local 4 News Today during our 5 a.m. show.

Here's who you're sharing a birthday with -- 

  • Actor Vin Diesel is 51. 
  • Actress Priyanka Chopra is 36. 
  • Nelson Mandela 
  • Actress Kristen Bell is 38.
  • TV Show Host Wendy Williams is 54. 
  • Billionaire Richard Branson is 68. 
  • Astronaut John Glenn

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