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Posted on Wed, Jan 19, 2011 : 11:54 a.m.

Public TV show 'Under the Radar Michigan' showcases Ann Arbor

By Bob Needham


Note: Broadcast information has been updated.

A statewide public television series called "Under the Radar Michigan" showcases Ann Arbor in an episode showing this week.

The show, hosted by Tom Daldin, generally features two or three communities each week and highlights some of the local attractions. The current episode features Munising as well as Ann Arbor. Local stops include Afternoon Delight, the Hands-On Museum and the decidedly on-the-radar Zingerman's Deli.

The full Munising / Ann Arbor episode is available online. It has already aired on broadcast TV. The program airs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday on WTVS, channel 56 in Detroit, but the station's schedule does not currently specify which episode will be shown.

The guide to the episode includes this description:

"Ann Arbor is a very comfortable and intellectual place, where people are passionate about learning, and independent thought; and boy, do they love good food, In Ann Arbor, Tom discovers why a meal at the restaurant, Afternoon Delight, is totally worth the wait; and where Bo Schembechler always went to make sure he looked good for game-day. Then, you'll see how Zingerman's Deli has created a food culture that's become almost a way of life for a lot of people, and find out about a wonderful place you can take the kids, where they can touch everything."

The show airs on a number of public TV stations across Michigan.

Following are a couple of brief clips from the Ann Arbor episode.

Show open:

Brief segment on fairy doors:

More local clips, including the Zingerman's and Hands-On Museum segments, as well as clips from other episodes, are available on the show's YouTube channel.



Fri, Jan 21, 2011 : 9:36 p.m.

The urban-fairy fairy doors (and spin offs) have brought quite a number of visitors to Ann Arbor. I reckon there may be a nut or two in the clusters, but over all I think they are people enjoying a fun and imaginative adventure,


Thu, Jan 20, 2011 : 2:35 p.m.

I worry when a TV show alerts the rest of the world that Ann Arbor caters to Fairys by having fairy doors located through out the city. Next, we will have some real nuts coming here to look for Elvis, Santa Claus, The Easter Bunny and Al Gore.

David Briegel

Mon, Jan 24, 2011 : 1:57 a.m.

Actually, they are looking for that promised "trickle down". One of the biggest Fairy Tales of all time!!


Thu, Jan 20, 2011 : 1:51 p.m.

@Tru2Blu76 Don't be to concerned about Ann Arbor losing it's edge over good publicity. Back when I was a kid we were one of the first "Model Cities". Alot of folks thought that it would be the downfall of a great small town. 50 years later we are even a better small city. It doesn't take too long of a drive out of the city limits and a good look around to see that we still have what many cities have been trying to achieve for many years.


Thu, Jan 20, 2011 : 7:03 a.m.

Thanks for the reminder about Ann Arbor's special place in the world. Be careful though: I worry that Ann Arbor's appeal will be its undoing.


Wed, Jan 19, 2011 : 9:19 p.m.

Is that a packet of sweetener? If not, there's a new marketing campaign.