Quick Click … From the William Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History
One of the recent top stories for Detroit’s Jewish community was the announcement of a donor stepping forward to recreate the Jimmy Prentis Morris Building in Oak Park into a Jewish communal center. Scott Kaufman, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, appeared on Rabbi Herschel Finman’s radio show, The Jewish Hour, last week to discuss this good news.
Billed as Michigan’s only Jewish radio show, Finman’s show is the last of a long line of Jewish on-air media.
While cruising the William Davidson Digital Archives, one can find numerous references to Jewish shows on television and radio over the years. Indeed, the JN used to publish an item called “Jewry on the Air,” to alert readers to the weekly Jewish programming in Detroit.
In May 1979, on Sundays, one could listen to Rabbi Yitschak Kagan moderate the Jewish Sound on WMJC FM or WXOX AM, or watch Dr. Irving Edgar from the Jewish Historical Society of Michigan discuss topics of interest regarding the history of Jews in the state, to name just two. That month, there were 11 Jewish shows of varying size and contact.
Here’s to Rabbi Finman for continuing a long tradition in Detroit of “Jewry on the Air.”
Want to learn more? Go to the DJN Foundation archives, available for free at www.djnfoundation.org.
By Mike Smith, Detroit Jewish News Foundation Archivist