Viewers across the country will be able to watch the classic car special Woodward Dream Cruise on 75 stations with 70% U.S. coverage. It’s being syndicated by Sewee Entertainment.
This year, as the Woodward Dream Cruise Presented by Chevrolet marks its 20th anniversary, viewers in cities from New York to Los Angeles will be able to watch the classic car action.
Scripps-owned ABC affiliate WXYZ Detroit (DMA 11) will syndicate a one-hour Woodward Dream Cruise show to 75 stations across the country, including stations owned and operated by ABC and Scripps Broadcasting. The show, which will air in late August and early September, will reach approximately 70% of U.S. viewers.
The program will include interviews with car enthusiasts; features that capture the passion of the country’s love affair with the automobile; and a look at how a new generation of car collectors is carrying on the cruising tradition. IndyCar driver Helio Castroneves will also join WXYZ to test his driving skills on Detroit'[s Woodward Avenue.
“The passion for cars extends around the globe and we’re excited to be able to bring the energy of this unique event to audiences across the country,” said Ed Fernandez, E.W. Scripps divisional VP and GM of WXYZ.
“Thanks to the Woodward Dream Cruise committee, the Cruise communities on Woodward Avenue and our partners at Chevrolet, we can now share Detroit’s great classic car love affair with a whole new group of automotive enthusiasts,” said Mike Murri, WXYZ station manager.
WXYZ anchors Stephen Clark and Carolyn Clifford will host the show from a street-side stage in Birmingham. 7 Action News anchors JoAnne Purtan, Jeff Vaughn, Alicia Smith, Vic Faust, Glenda Lewis and Malcolm Maddox will provide coverage from along historic Woodward Avenue.
Sports anchor Brad Galli will be cruising in a classic Chevy convertible with coverage from the heart of the action, and 7 First Alert Meteorologist Keenan Smith will bring viewers a bird’s-eye view from Chopper 7.
The one-hour special will air on WXYZ at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 31. The Woodward Dream Cruise special is being syndicated through Tim Voit and Sewee Entertainment.
WXYZ will broadcast local live coverage of the Woodward Dream Cruise presented by Chevrolet on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. An encore broadcast will air Sunday, Aug. 17, from 8 to 10 a.m.
WXYZ will also provide bumper-to-bumper coverage from Ferndale to Pontiac, on Thursday, Aug. 14, and Friday, Aug. 15, with live reports on 7 Action News at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. and 7 Action News on TV20 at 10 p.m.
Car enthusiasts can share pictures of their cruising classics in Channel 7’s Chevrolet Classic Car Garage on wxyz.com/dreamcruise. Viewers can also share their favorite stories and cruising memories with WXYZ’s social media community through Facebook, Twitter (#dreamcruise), and Instagram. All day Saturday, a camera along Woodward Avenue will stream live video of the Cruise on wxyz.com and to WXYZ mobile apps.