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March 19, 2009

WWWJ TV and Dr. Phil Invite Detroiters to Free Events Focused on Living in Hope When Times are Hard

WWJ TV AND DR. PHIL MCGRAW INVITE DETROITERS TO A PAIR OF FREE EVENTS FOCUSED ON LIVING IN HOPE WHEN TIMES ARE HARD, APRIL 1 - 2

Community Invited to Participate at Two Detroit Venues – the Music Hall and
I Am My Brother’s Keeper Ministry

Los Angeles ( March 19, 2009) -- Dr. Phil McGraw, life strategist and host of DR. PHIL, will make two free appearances in Detroit to discuss how to meet the challenges of living with purpose when times are tough. The events will take place in the evening on April 1 at the Music Hall, and in the afternoon of April 2 at I Am My Brother’s Keeper Ministry. Both appearances will be filmed in part for future broadcast on DR. PHIL and WWJ TV.

Members of the community are invited to both events, sponsored by the Dr. Phil Foundation. The Music Hall speaking engagement will be ticketed, and more information is available through the WWJ TV Web site (wwjtv.com). The discussion at I Am My Brother’s Keeper is an unticketed town hall format (only those who arrive early are guaranteed admittance), and will be moderated by bestselling author, columnist and Detroit radio personality Mitch Albom (“For One More Day” and “Tuesdays with Morrie”). More information will be available through the Ministry.

WWJ TV issued the invitation to Dr. Phil to visit Detroit in support of the community and the station several months ago. This will mark a return appearance in Detroit for Dr. Phil. He spent time in the Motor City in 2006, with visits to the Detroit Youth Foundation, in which the Dr. Phil Foundation partnered with local business people to donate musical instruments, as well as a talk for concerned Daimler Chrysler employees, even then facing an uncertain future.

Explained McGraw: “It is the spirit of the people who live in this city, who are trying to keep Detroit alive, that really moves me. I want to thank WWJ TV for inviting me back into the community. I think that Detroit is really every city. If we can keep a dialogue going about what we can do to beat the odds in this economic crisis, we will beat it.”

Trey Fabacher, WWJ TV’s Vice President and General Manager, said: “This partnership visit by Dr. Phil has been in the planning stages for quite a while, but we feel the timing of his appearances could not be better. We hope that Dr. Phil’s message will make a difference when many of us need it most.”

The venerable Music Hall, the last remaining legitimate stage theater and only Detroit venue built for the primary purpose of presenting live performances, will host the April 1 event, which begins at 7:30 pm. Dr. Phil will speak about the realities of the economic downturn, how families have been affected and how they can cope. In addition, he will answer questions submitted in advance on the WWJ TV Web site.

On April 2, at 2 pm, Dr. Phil will be joined by Albom, who will moderate the event. Dr. Phil first heard about Pastor Henry Covington and the Ministry when he read a recent Sports Illustrated article written by Albom called “The Courage of Detroit.” Albom opens and closes the Sports Illustrated piece by spotlighting the work of Pastor Henry Covington to house the homeless. Albom also addresses the resiliency of the people who live in Detroit, even as their sports teams find news ways to flounder, and their livelihoods are taken away.

I Am My Brother’s Keeper Ministry is formerly home to the largest Presbyterian congregation in the upper Midwest. Currently, the church is struggling to deal with broken windows, a hole in the roof, and heating bills so astronomical because of that hole, they go without.

Dr. Phil said: “I am honored to meet members of Pastor Covington’s congregation, and welcome a chance to hear what’s on the minds of community members. None of us have all the answers, but together, we can try to find them.”

The Music Hall is located at 350 Madison Street, Detroit, MI 48226. I Am My Brother’s Keeper Ministry is located at 1435 Brainard Street, Detroit, MI 48208, 313-974-9227.

About The DR. PHIL Show: The syndicated series, DR. PHIL, was created by Harpo Productions, and is produced by Peteski Productions in association with CBS Television Distribution. It is broadcast on over 214 stations representing 100% of the country. Since its debut in September 2002, the series has been ranked second among all daytime talk shows and consistently ranks among the Top Ten of all syndicated strips (Source: NSS Ranking Report)

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