Cel­e­brate fi­nal year of win­ter auto show

The Detroit News - - OPINIONS -

T“Outta’ My Mind on a Mon­day Moanin’” his morn­ing I broad­cast my ra­dio show “live” from the 2019 North Amer­i­can In­ter­na­tional Auto Show at Cobo Cen­ter Press Day. To get in to­day and Tues­day, you must be a “work­ing” mem­ber of the me­dia. (Don’t worry, I have a front-row press pass over the ra­dio with your name on it at 760 AM, WJR, from 5:30-9 a.m.).

You will be in good com­pany with thou­sands of me­dia folks from around the world. And the good news is that none of them cover pol­i­tics (other than auto pol­i­tics)!

As a note, we will be there Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day for In­dus­try Pre­view Days as well. We will have our spe­cial Char­ity Pre­view broad­cast Fri­day from 6-8 p.m., right after I han­dle the host/em­cee du­ties for the of­fi­cial rib­bon-cut­ting for the last win­ter-time auto show.

As you know by now, it moves to a sum­mer set­ting in June of 2020, after 30 years of be­ing the first auto show of the year, no mat­ter how bad the snow and cold would be. Ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the DADA and NAIAS, Rod Al­berts, is mak­ing tough but nec­es­sary changes that make for a very ex­cit­ing fu­ture for the most im­por­tant in­ter­na­tional auto show in a dwin­dling uni­verse of them.

Go to de­troit­news.com and read the ex­cel­lent re­cent col­umn by The De­troit News’ Daniel Howes, un­der the head­line “As auto show era ends, next chap­ter be­gins.”

By the way, Howes will host a very spe­cial con­ver­sa­tion about the his­tory and com­ing changes of the show with Bill Ford, called “The Fi­nal Word,” this Thurs­day at 4:30 p.m. at Cobo. Free and open to the pub­lic.

PAUL W. SMITH

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