Morning Show Insider: The treasure of having great friends and coworkers


DETROITRhonda Walker: Sometimes it’s the little things that mean so much! Like the treasure of having great friends and coworkers.


If you watch our morning show, Local 4 News Today, on a daily basis you can probably gather that our work relationship extends far beyond the couple hours we spend together delivering the news every morning. We are dear friends on and off the air and truly take the time to nurture our work and personal relationship.


For the past decade, we have our “Morning Show Open Skate” on The Rink at Campus Martius Park, a 3 block walk from our Local 4 Studio in downtown Detroit. The outing is spearheaded by Kevin Berryman, our former technical director who retired last year. Despite his retirement, he still plans this special outing on a Friday afternoon in December every year.


We all look so forward to this day, to laugh, fall on the ice and enjoy our special and valued friendship.


A friendship that I am deeply grateful for as it extends into so many aspects of my life outside of work, whether its visiting me at home while I was recovering from surgery this summer...


...to the morning team and management being in the audience when I received a few special awards this fall for my service to the community and most recently and annually for adopting children as Secret Santas and providing gifts and attending my annual Christmas Party for Homeless families. My morning show family is ALWAYS there to support just like the truest of friends 😊

Here’s what we’re working on for Wednesday, December 11th on Local 4 News Today --

All Morning – Still Breezy

Paul Gross: Partly cloudy and still breezy on Wednesday, with another chance of snow showers…especially in the morning. Highs in the mid 20s (-3 degrees Celsius), but wind chills will be around 10 to 15 degrees (-12 to -9 degrees Celsius).

Becoming mostly clear Wednesday night, with lows in the low to mid teens (-12 to -9 degrees Celsius).

  • Get the full forecast here

Kim DeGiulio will also be keeping an eye on the roads all morning.

  • Check traffic conditions in your neighborhood here

All Morning - Free Pizza Scavenger Hunt

Buddy’s Pizza is set to open its much-anticipated downtown Detroit location Wednesday. To celebrate, the pizza chain is kicking off a city-wide scavenger hunt for free pizza!

All Morning -- Rhonda’s Brag Book

Do you know a young person who is really making a difference in our community? A standout student, volunteer, star athlete - or all around incredible person? We want you to submit their information on ClickOnDetroit and they could land in Rhonda Walker’s brag book! She’ll show off two incredible students Wednesday.

6:40 a.m. – Holiday Hangover

Trying to avoid a “holiday hangover”? Dr. Frank McGeorge says it’s not just how much you drink that matters. The science behind why people feel sick and how to ease or even prevent those unpleasant symptoms.


Today’s Trivia Retake

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

  • Tuesday Question: Who was the 1st American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize?
  • Answer: Jane Adams
  • Be sure to watch daily at 6 a.m. and click this link to enter for a chance to win.

National Days: December 11th

  • National App Day
  • National Noodle Ring Day

History Highlights: December 11th

  • In 1816, Indiana became the 19th state.
  • In 1917, British Gen. Edmund Allenby entered Jerusalem two days after his forces expelled the Ottoman Turks.
  • In 1941, Germany and Italy declared war on the United States; the U.S. responded in kind.
  • In 1972, Apollo 17’s lunar module landed on the moon with astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt aboard; they became the last two men to date to step onto the lunar surface.
  • In 1980, President Jimmy Carter signed legislation creating a $1.6 billion environmental “superfund” to pay for cleaning up chemical spills and toxic waste dumps.
  • In 1997, more than 150 countries agreed at a global warming conference in Kyoto, Japan, to control the Earth’s greenhouse gases.
  • In 2001, in the first criminal indictment stemming from 9/11, federal prosecutors charged Zacarias Moussaoui, a French citizen of Moroccan descent, with conspiring to murder thousands in the suicide hijackings. (Moussaoui pleaded guilty to conspiracy in 2005 and was sentenced to life in prison.)
  • In 2013, Time magazine selected Pope Francis as its Person of the Year, saying the Roman Catholic church’s new leader — the first from Latin America — had changed the perception of the 2,000-year-old institution in an extraordinary way in a short time.

Celebrity Birthdays: December 11th

Celebrating a birthday Wednesday? Submit a Sunshine Award here and we could say your name on Local 4 News Today during our 6 a.m. show.

Here’s who you’re sharing a birthday with –

  • Actress Donna Mills (“Knots Landing”) is 79.
  • Singer Brenda Lee is 75.
  • Singer Jermaine Jackson is 65.
  • Bassist Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue is 61.
  • Actress-comedian Mo’Nique is 52.
  • Rapper-actor Mos Def (Yasiin Bey) is 46.
  • Actor Rider Strong (“Boy Meets World”) is 40.
  • Actress-singer Hailee Steinfeld is 23.

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