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760 WJR’s Top 10 Stories of 2023

Photos: Sandy Hooper, Jack Gruber, Stephen Law, and Matthew Dae Smith ~ USA TODAY NETWORK

Dec. 20, 2023 ~ As 2023 is nearing its end, it’s time to sit back and reflect on the significant events that occurred throughout the action-packed year. 

It was a memorable year for football in our state, as both the Detroit Lions and the University of Michigan turned in some of their best records to date. It was also a year of victories for labor, with the UAW, casino workers, Hollywood writers, and more returning to work under new contracts. 

2023 also brought a year of tragedies, including the ongoing IsraelHamas war, the Michigan State University shootings, the fires in Maui, and more.

From Taylor Swift to Trump’s ongoing troubles, 760 WJR has a selection of it all right here for you!


1. The Historic UAW Strike

Oct. 18, 2023 ~ Marick Masters, business professor at Mike Illitch School of Business at Wayne State University, talks with Chris Renwick about the ongoing UAW strike, and how this one stands out in comparison to past strikes. Photo: Mandi Wright ~ USA TODAY NETWORK

2. February 13: Active Shooter at Michigan State University

Feb. 17, 2023 ~ Michigan State Head Basketball Coach Tom Izzo talks to Paul W. Smith, Steve Courtney, and Sean Baligian about the mass shooting at MSU, stating it’s been a tough week for the East Lansing community. Coach Izzo also talks about Saturday’s game against the Michigan Wolverines in Ann Arbor. Photo: Nick King ~ USA TODAY NETWORK

3. Outrage in Gaza: The Violent Israel-Hamas War

Nov. 8, 2023 ~ Roshini Rajkumar, political strategist and attorney, joins Paul W. Smith to discuss the victims and hostages speaking out on the one-month anniversary of the IsraelHamas war. They question how the conflict will shape politics here in the United States.

4. One Pride: The Year for the Detroit Lions

Dec. 18, 2023 ~ The Detroit Lions dominated the Denver Broncos 42-17 on Saturday night at Ford Field. Guy Gordon and Jamie Edmonds talk with Lomas Brown, “SportsWrap” host and Detroit Lions Radio Network analyst, about Detroit inching closer to a playoff berth. Photo: Junfu Han ~ USA Today Network

5. Mayhem in Maui: The Destructive Wildfires

Aug. 15, 2023 ~ FOX News Radio Correspondents Tonya J. Powers and Ryan Schmelz talk with Guy Gordon and Lloyd Jackson about the latest from the wildfire cleanup in Maui. Photo: Sandy Hooper ~ USA TODAY NETWORK

6. Undefeated Michigan Wolverines: Triumph and Turmoil

Dec. 4, 2023 ~ University of Michigan Beat Reporter Angelique Chengelis from The Detroit News talks with Chris Renwick about the Michigan Wolverines becoming the Big Ten Champion and moving to the College Football Playoff against Alabama. Photo: Junfu Han ~ USA TODAY NETWORK

7. Republican Kevin McCarthy Ousted as House Speaker

Oct. 4, 2023 ~ Bill Huizenga (R-Zeeland), U.S. Congressman in Michigan’s 4th District, talks with Guy Gordon, Lloyd Jackson, and Jamie Edmonds about the vote to remove House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, and how this might impact upcoming elections. Photo: Megan Smith ~ USA TODAY NETWORK

8. Tragic Titan Submarine Explosion

June 23, 2023 ~ Henry Payne, automotive critic for The Detroit News, talks with Guy Gordon and Lloyd Jackson about his relationship with OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush, who passed away in the implosion of the Titan submersible.

9. Continued Trump Troubles and Controversy

April 5, 2023 ~ Mark Chutkow, leader of government investigations and corporate compliance practice for Dykema, talks with Guy Gordon about the historic 34 charges against former President Donald Trump. Photo: Thomas P. Costello ~ USA Today Network

10. Taylor Swift: TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year

June 9, 2023 ~ Marie Osborne, WJR senior news analyst, talks with Guy Gordon about Taylor Swift coming to Detroit for two concerts at Ford Field, and the economic impact on the city. Photo: Alexander Lewis ~ USA Today Network