ICYMI: An Interview with Jason Benetti & Other Top Stories

Read some of Hour Detroit’s top stories of the week including a sit-down with the Tigers’ new announcer, the year’s James Beard finalists, and more.
Benetti’s instantly recongizable voice can also be heard calling college football, basketball, and NFL games for Fox Sports. // Photograph courtesy of the Detroit Tigers

Meet Jason Benetti, the New Voice of the Tigers

For the last eight years, Jason Benetti was the TV play-by-play announcer for the Chicago White Sox, but this year, he’s got a new gig as the new announcer for the Detroit Tigers, and it’s a move the Chicago Sun-Times called Chicago’s No. 1 sports media story of last year. In our April issue, we talked with Benetti to find out why he left his home for the Motor City.

James Beard Announces 2024 Restaurant and Chef Finalists

The James Beard Foundation, a nonprofit organization that celebrates and supports the talented people behind America’s food industry, announced the finalists for this year’s Restaurant and Chef awards — and two metro Detroit restaurants made the cut.

City Guide 2024: A Guide to Detroit’s Skyscrapers

We Detroiters like to think of our skyline as the most beautiful in the world — any why wouldn’t we? It’s filled with historic art deco beauties, sleek and modern towers, quaint smaller structures, and much in between. In this handy guide, we take a closer look at some of the stand-out skyscrapers in our city.

Ferndale’s Patchwork Culinary Project to Serve Food, Community

A new Ferndale nonprofit restaurant and education program from the former owners of Rock City Eatery aims to serve great food and serve local immigrant communities. With just a dozen seats, Patchwork Culinary Project will provide a New York bodega-style dining experience with grab-and-go items like sandwiches, pastries, and coffee, along with small groceries.

Things to Do in Detroit on the Tigers’ Opening Day

Baseball fans around the state are gearing up for the Tiger’s home opener against the Oakland Athletics on April 5. Celebrate Opening Day with these Detroit tailgates and parking lot festivities!

Michigan Activist John Sinclair Dies at 82

Iconic Detroit writer and activist John Sinclair died on Tuesday morning at the age of 82 after spending two weeks at DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital for declining health. His cause of death was congestive heart failure, his publicist told the Detroit News. Sinclair, who was a founding member of the anti-racist White Panther Party, was well-known for his support of the Civil Rights movement and working toward legalizing marijuana in the state.

1984 World Series Street Portraits by Photographer Carlos Diaz on Display at Detroit Historical Museum

Photographer Carlos Diaz caught crystal-clear black-and-white portraits of unique individuals he randomly found outside of Tigers Stadium at Michigan and Trumbull during the 1984 World Series. You can see those photos at a new exhibit at the Detroit Historical Museum through Nov. 17, 2024.

City Guide 2024: Detroit, You’ve Been Drafted!

The largest and most impactful event in Detroit since the city hosted Super Bowl XL in 2006 is taking place this month, when the National Football League draft is held downtown April 25-27. With free admission, hundreds of thousands are expected to gather in 2 million square feet of space from Campus Martius Park to Hart Plaza. Find out how the Motor City scored the Draft and what to expect during the festivities.

A Look at Three Historic Detroit Baseball Bars

Once upon a time, sports bars didn’t exist. Certainly, people gathered at 19th-century bars, and inevitably sports were discussed, sometimes hotly. Today, the modern sports bar is ubiquitous, with its giant flat screens and autographed jerseys covering every surface. Somewhere between these two, the murky origins of the sports bar might very easily be traced to one of these beloved Detroit baseball bars.

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