Morning Show Insider: Back to School!


Brandon Roux: 

The highlight of my summer was the vacation I just returned from in the Colorado Rockies. We went fishing, rafting, and hiking all while relaxing in the great outdoors. But all of that took a back seat to the true treasure of the trip. I met up with all my old high school buddies from St. Viator in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Several of these guys ended up living out in the Denver area after college and I imagine you have a friend or two who has done the same thing. It is a city on its way up and there is so much to do out there. 


 These friends are true friends for life. The kind of friends I may not talk to for years as everyone is busy with this little thing called life, but we can pick it up as if we never lost touch. These are men who helped shape me into the person I am and I may have had some impact on them too. Sorry guys! We sat by a fire every night and discussed the good old days, music, and the struggles of being a human, a husband, a dad, an employee etc… We know each other well, so the comfort level is there, and that led to deep discussions about the trials of life that seem so dark and desperate sometimes at home, alone. When you hear that others struggle just as you do, and they aren't any closer to an answer than I am, there is a calming feeling of ‘oh, ok… I'm not the only one.' We six men born in 1972 know that we can lean on each other for anything, any time. What a great feeling that is. I am so thankful for these men, these friends, these shoulders to cry on because we all need somebody to lean on.


So, if you are struggling with anything in your life, reach out to those men and women who know you or knew you. You might be surprised at just how much you still share in common… good and bad. Take a leap of faith every once in a while and see if you don't like what it could do or mean for you. The kids are going to be making friends and building memories as they head back to school soon. And all this week Local 4 News Today is giving you the results of our back to school product tests from frozen lunch boxes to charging backpacks and more.

Here's what's coming up Monday, August 26th 2019 on Local 4 News Today.

All Morning -- 🚌 Bus Stop Forecast

As school gets back in session for many in Metro Detroit, Brandon is bringing back the Bus Stop Forecast to make sure students are prepared as they head out the door for their first day of school.
How does Monday look so far? We should start on the dry side and in the 60s but clouds will be filling in through the late afternoon and evening ahead of some showers. Highs Monday will hit the upper 70s to maybe low 80s.

  • Get the full forecast here

Kim DeGiulio will also be tracking traffic conditions.

  • Check traffic conditions in your neighborhood here


5:40 a.m. -- 🏫 Back-to-School: Learning Life's Lessons

Experts reveal why disappointment in the classroom can actually help your child be more successful later in life.

5:45 a.m. -- 🌳 Taking Off: TreeRunner

Ready for adventure among the treetops? Kim DeGiulio spotlights an adventure park that's only a hop and a skip away. But it's not for the faint of heart.

6:45 a.m. -- 🥪 Back To School: Product Test

All week, we're testing out products that claim to make the school year easier. On Monday, Brandon tries out a lunch bag aimed at keeping food fresher, longer. No one likes a moldy sandwich. Also, are reusable sandwich bags worth the money & hassle?




❓ 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.

  • Friday Question: Who invented the taco, according to the Smithsonian?
  • Answer: Mexican silver miners
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📅 National Days: August 26th

  • National Webmistress Day
  • National Cherry Popsicle Day
  • National Dog Day


📜 History Highlights: August 26th

  • In 1910, Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Macedonia
  • In 1939, Major league baseball was televised for the first time when experimental station W2XBS broadcast a doubleheader between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field.
  • In 1961, The Hockey Hall of Fame opened in Toronto.
  • In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson was nominated for a term of office in his own right at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, N.J.
  • In 1974, Aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh died at age 72.
  • In 1978, Cardinal Albino Luciani of Venice was elected the 264th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church and took the name John Paul I
  • In 2003, Investigators concluded that NASA's overconfident management and inattention to safety doomed the space shuttle Columbia as much as damage to the craft did.

🎂 Celebrity Birthdays: August 26th

Celebrating a birthday Monday? 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 Dylan O'Brien turns 27
  • NBA basketball star James Harden turns 29
  • Actor Chris Pine turns 38
  • Actor Macaulay Culkin turns 38
  • Actress Melissa McCarthy turns 48 

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