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Posted on Mon, Jan 16, 2012 : 3:33 p.m.

Public TV's 'Under the Radar Michigan' showcases Ypsilanti

By Bob Needham

"Under the Radar Michigan," a public-television show that showcases interesting, cool and offbeat attractions around the Mitten State, visited Ypsilanti recently.

In an episode first broadcast over the weekend, the show's episode guide says, "we start things off in Ypsilanti at a restaurant that took us so far back in time, lunch was only 40 cents. We also discover some very cool places to live right downtown, and show you a classic tavern that the famous frequent." The restaurant in question is Haab's, and the tavern is the Tap Room.

In each episode of the show, host Tom Daldin travels to two or three cities; the Ypsilanti episode also includes a visit to Leland. The show, now in its second season, has featured Ann Arbor twice, most recently in September.

The Ypsilanti / Leland episode is scheduled to be rebroadcast on WTVS, channel 56 in Detroit, Tuesday at 9:30 p.m., Wednesday at 3:30 a.m., and Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Here is the first couple minutes of the Ypsilanti segment:

For more information on "Under the Radar Michigan," see the show's website or its Facebook page.

Bob Needham is director of entertainment content for Reach him at or 734-623-2541, and follow him on Twitter @bobneedham.



Tue, Jan 17, 2012 : 9:17 a.m.

I've seen this show when they featured a restaurant in Ann Arbor. I think it was Afternoon Delight but I'm not 100% sure. Regardless, I find the show entertaining and it is definitely worth watching.

Buster W.

Tue, Jan 17, 2012 : 4:47 a.m.

We need more programs like this!


Tue, Jan 17, 2012 : 4:44 a.m.

Under The Radar Michigan is such a rare and quality show--interesting, pretty, and *entertaining.* Liked seeing Major League Dreidel champ Alan Black on this episode, as well. Ypsilanti is a treasure chest of interesting and nice.

Ryan Munson

Tue, Jan 17, 2012 : 1:24 a.m.

I have always been surprised at how professional this program is as well as how good the host contributes to the interesting places of Michigan.


Tue, Jan 17, 2012 : 12:46 a.m.

I think people like Ypsi so much is because we're the underdog. Everyone LOVES Ann Arbor and we get over looked so much. Sure there are bad elements, but what city doesn't have them? Ypsi is growing and changing. And I think it's for the good.


Tue, Jan 17, 2012 : 12:22 a.m.

I can't wait to see it! I've watched the program a lot and always enjoy it. There's always a new adventure and discovery on it.

Jim Pryce

Mon, Jan 16, 2012 : 11:19 p.m.

It is a neat program. I've seen it a few times when flipping the channel. To bad it isn't on as often as the programs with all the dead folks on them(Lawrence Welk, Victor Borge, John Denver, etc.) PBS needs more programs like this one.

Chip Reed

Mon, Jan 16, 2012 : 9 p.m.

I remember when Tom played drums for the "Dick the Bruiser" as recently as the 80's.