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Mr. Jerry Blocker

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WWJ-TV
45300 Hayes Road
Macomb Township, Michigan 48042
United States

 
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SOUTHFIELD -- Veteran television newsman Jerry Blocker , who opened the doors for black television journalists in Metro Detroit when he joined WWJ-TV in 1967 , died on Wednesday in his Southfield home.He was 70.He was a very affable guy with a deep voice , said Bob Bennett , a former Channel 4 reporter who had known Blocker since 1963.
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Blocker was Detroit's first African-American television reporter.A Detroit native and 1949 graduate of Northwestern High School , Blocker had always wanted to get into broadcasting -- even as a child.But his mother warned him , he said in later years , about trying to make it in the white-folks field..After graduation from Wayne State University in 1953 , he found his mother was right.At one Detroit radio audition , Blocker recalled that they put scripts in front of me that included nothing but classical music terms.Unless you know a lot about classical music , it's like reading in a foreign language.So I didn't do well..Instead , Blocker taught school in Detroit and continued knocking on doors.He finally landed a job in 1960 at WCHD-FM.Blocker was hired by Channel 4 , which was owned then by The Detroit News , in 1967 Detroit and then moved to Channel 62 in 1975 to become news director.He retired from the news business in the 1990s , but still did consulting work.Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
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SOUTHFIELD -- Veteran television newsman Jerry Blocker , who opened the doors for black television journalists in Metro Detroit when he joined WWJ-TV in 1967 , died on Wednesday in his Southfield home.He was 70.He was a very affable guy with a deep voice , said Bob Bennett , a former Channel 4 reporter who had known Blocker since 1963.
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Blocker was Detroit's first African-American television reporter.A Detroit native and 1949 graduate of Northwestern High School , Blocker had always wanted to get into broadcasting -- even as a child.But his mother warned him , he said in later years , about trying to make it in the white-folks field..After graduation from Wayne State University in 1953 , he found his mother was right.At one Detroit radio audition , Blocker recalled that they put scripts in front of me that included nothing but classical music terms.Unless you know a lot about classical music , it's like reading in a foreign language.So I didn't do well..Instead , Blocker taught school in Detroit and continued knocking on doors.He finally landed a job in 1960 at WCHD-FM.Blocker was hired by Channel 4 , which was owned then by The Detroit News , in 1967 Detroit and then moved to Channel 62 in 1975 to become news director.He retired from the news business in the 1990s , but still did consulting work.Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
TV, radio pioneer Jerry Blocker dies - 11/01/01
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SOUTHFIELD -- Veteran television newsman Jerry Blocker , who opened the doors for black television journalists in Metro Detroit when he joined WWJ TV in 1967 , died on Wednesday , Oct. 31 , in his Southfield home.He was 70.He was a very affable guy with a deep voice , said Bob Bennett , a former Channel 4 reporter who had known Mr. Blocker since 1963.
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Mr. Blocker was Detroit's first African-American television reporter.A Detroit native and 1949 graduate of Northwestern High School , Mr. Blocker had always wanted to get into broadcasting -- even as a child.But his mother warned him , he said in later years , about trying to make in in the white-folks field..After graduation from Wayne State University in 1953 , he found his mother was right.At one Detroit radio audition , Mr. Blocker recalled that they put scripts in front of me that included nothing but classical music terms.Unless you know a lot about classical music , it's like reading in a foreign language.So I didn't do well..Instead , Mr. Blocker taught at an elementary school in Detroit and continued knocking on doors.He finally landed a job in 1960 at WCHD-FM.Mr. Blocker was hired by Channel 4 a few weeks after the 1967 Detroit riots.Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
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