4 things to watch for -- Thursday, July 25th

Jason Carr WDIV-TV Local 4
Jason Carr WDIV-TV Local 4

From DJ Jason Carr:  The July Madness Classic Rock tournament is down to its Final 4 on ClickOnDetroit.com and it’s a doozy thanks to YOUR voting!

After taking down Aerosmith the Rolling Stones now face a formidable challenger in Led Zeppelin, who beat The Who last week. And on the other side of the bracket, the Beatles are poised to dispatch Van Halen after beating Queen in the previous round.

The Beatles, The Stones and Zeppelin were all #1 seeds who figured to make it this far. Van Halen, on the other hand, came out of a weak region in which I gave Boston a #1 seed and caused outrage across the land.

A newsroom conversation about Boston’s merits (so bad they’re good?) and saturation airplay on classic rock stations is what led to all of this in the first place. So I had to make them a top seed to get the arguing started. But back to Van Halen—they beat Journey, KISS and Skynyrd only to likely get crushed by the Fab Four, who, it should be noted, are themselves the center of an argument: are they really Classic Rock? Well, obviously not the Ed Sullivan-era Beatles but absolutely late-stage Beatles.

If 94.7 WCSX has them in rotation, that’s your answer right there. So go vote! YOU get to decide the Final Showdown! Will it be Beatles vs. Rolling Stones? Beatles vs. Led Zeppelin? Van Halen in a stunning upset? Bwahahaha!

Watch beginning at 4:30 a.m.

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Local 4 News Today Team WDIV-TV
Local 4 News Today Team WDIV-TV

Here's what's coming up Thursday, July 25th, 2019 on Local 4 News Today.

All Morning -- Wall-to-Wall Sunshine

Thursday and Friday look ideal for SE Lower Michigan and Southern Ontario with sunshine and a gentle rise in temps toward the end of this work week. We will see highs well into the mid 80s Thursday under mostly sunny skies and light winds WSW 5-10 mph, and a very similar set up for your Finally Friday. The humidity will slowly become ‘the air you can wear’ through the weekend ahead.

  • 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 2 Basics: Camping

One of the key parts of camping is camp fires! You've got the sticks, twigs and leaves...but do you know what to do next? Our Kim DeGiulio heads out with the experts to show you the right and wrong way to start a fire on your next camping trip.

6:45 a.m. -- Help Me Hank: Retirement

Ready to retire but worried your bank account isn't? Consumer Investigator Hank Winchester has expert advice to get your finances on track before you call it quits from working.

6:50 a.m. -- Vote 4 The Best 

All week on Local 4 News Today, we're revealing your picks for the best things across Metro Detroit in our Vote 4 the Best competition. Wednesday, we'll reveal the best bridal shop in our area.


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.

  • Wednesday Question: What birthday did Detroit celebrate Wednesday?
  • Answer: 318
  • 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 25th

  • National Merry-Go-Round Day
  • National Hot Fudge Sundae Day
  • National Threading the Needle Day
  • National Hire a Veteran Day
  • National Wine and Cheese Day 
  • National Refreshment Day – Fourth Thursday in July
  • National Chili Dog Day 

A Look Back at History: July 25th

  • In 1866, Ulysses S. Grant was named General of the Army of the United States, the first officer to hold the rank.
  • In 1917, Nikon Corp. had its beginnings with the merger of three optical manufacturers in Japan.
  • In 1946, the United States detonated an atomic bomb near Bikini Atoll in the Pacific in the first underwater test of the device.
  • In 1952, Puerto Rico became a self-governing commonwealth of the United States.
  • In 1961, in a televised address on the Berlin Crisis, President John F. Kennedy announced a series of steps aimed at bolstering the military in the face of Soviet demands that Western powers withdraw from the German city’s western sector.
  • In 1984, Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to walk in space as she carried out more than three hours of experiments outside the orbiting space station Salyut 7.
  • In 2002, Zacarias Moussaoui declared he was guilty of conspiracy in the September 11 attacks, then dramatically withdrew his plea at his arraignment in Alexandria, Va.

Celebrity Birthdays: July 25th 

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 -- 

  • Supermodel Iman is 64. 
  • Cartoonist Ray Billingsley (“Curtis”) is 62. 
  • Country singer Marty Brown is 54. 
  • Actress Illeana Douglas is 54. 
  • Actor Matt LeBlanc (“Joey,” ″Friends”) is 52. 
  • Actress Wendy Raquel Robinson (TV’s “Grand Hotel,” ″The Steve Harvey Show”) is 52. 
  • Actor David Denman (“Parenthood,” ″The Office”) is 46. 
  • Actor Jay R. Ferguson (“Mad Men”) is 45. 
  • Actor Michael Welch (“Twilight” films, TV’s “Joan of Arcadia”) is 32. 

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