Miss First Nighter
Special to The Jewish News
or Valerie Hilsen, "Miss First
Nighter," every night is like
Her claim to fame is linked with
the stars — of the entertainment
world. For the past 25 years, Hilsen
has interviewed stars of the theater,
music and the art world, and anyone
else who seems to have an interesting
story to tell.
She can be seen interviewing
stars on opening nights at the Fisher
Theater and the Masonic Temple. She
can be heard talking in a sultry, in-
timate voice on radio station WPON,
playing those interviews, dispensing
advice to her listeners and having a
Hilsen, who openly admits to tur-
ning 64 soon, has been on Detroit
radio for the past 25 years, which she
says is longer than any other female
talk show host in the country. WPON
is the fifth station at which she has
worked, and she now has two shows.
One airs on Wednesdays from 11 a.m.
to noon. The second, which only
recently began, is on Thursday even-
ings at 9 p.m.
She likes the way smaller stations
are run, turning down offers to work
at the major stations in the area
because she's uncomfortable with the
idea of being cooped up indoors at a
station for a good part of the day. Hav-
ing elbow-room and independence are
tantamount to this lady's lifestyle.
Her love of the theater and the
entertainment world began around
the age of 4 or 5 when she saw Porgy
and Bess on Broadway. About a year
later, she says, "My mother, who was
a concert pianist, wanted me to be an
actress, but going on a children's pro-
gram and forgetting the whole thing
I was supposed to say, I decided that
this wasn't for me."
Hilsen used to design clothes,
after majoring in art at school. At one
stage she modeled for John
Fredericks, and for some cosmetics
products. She is still intrigued by
clothes designers, and loves to inter-
view those with Paris showings. Her
own style of dress could be called dif-
WEEK OF JULY 10-16
Meadow Brook, Dvorak
concert, 8 p.m. Sunday,
Mozart concert, 8 p.m.
PINE KNOB MUSIC
Clarkston, Kool And The
Gang, 8 p.m. today,
Thompson Twins 7:30 p.m.
MUSIC IN THE PARK
Shepherd Park, Oak Park,
Austin Moro And D.A.
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, free,
"IN THE PARK"
ShaM Park, Birmingham,
From Gershwin To
Strauss,7:30 p.m. Thursday,
Meadow Brook, Baldwin
Pavillion, James Galway
With The Chieftains, 8 p.m.
today, Spyro Gyra, 8 p.m.
Monday, Boston Pops on
Tour, 8 p.m. Wednesday,
THE 1987 STROH'S
Chene Park, Detroit, Roy
Ayers, 8 p.m. Saturday,
Prudential Town Center,
101/2 and Evergreen,
Southfield, Joe Vitale And
His Orchestra, 7 p.m.
Southfield Civic Center
Plaza, 26000 Evergreen,
The Marcus Belgrave Jazz
Ensemble, 11:45 a.m.-1:15
Henry Ford Medical Center,
West Bloomfield, the
Band, 7:30 p.m. Sunday
Center, 24705 Farmington,
Ann Arbor Dance Focus
performs Cinderella, 7:30
p.m. Thursday, admission,
26000 Evergreen, special
children's program, 2:30
p.m. each Wednesday,
through Aug. 19, 354-5342
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