After a summer recess of sorts, TBR returns, and this week I’m joined by Pat Sullivan from Northern Express.
It’s been a very somber couple of weeks in the news business. The whole region has been shocked by the tragedy in Benzie County, where a mother is accused of trying to take her own life and the life of her teenage, autistic daughter. The family is well-known in the community and their struggles with their autistic daughter have been well-publicized and often-documented. There are mixed emotions but much support for this family, despite the circumstances of the failed murder-suicide.
Another shocking story is the murder of Michigan State Police trooper Paul Butterfield, who was shot on a traffic stop. He was able to radio information about the driver and passenger before the incident, and that information helped law enforcement track down the husband and wife to a gas station, where a shootout ensued. This story, too, seems more full of questions than answers.
It’s also the Sept. 11th anniversary, and in addition to local events to mark the occasion, Pat and I discuss where we were as young(er) journalists on that tragic day.
It’s a “heavy” show this week but I hope you’ll tune in for some thoughtful insight on the stories making headlines across the region.
Bill Froehlich, WTCM Radio News, Host of “The Briefing Room”