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Date: November 15, 2013

Independent News Service LLC is saddened to make this announcement.  A little more than forty-eight hours ago, former CNN Bureau-Chief in Detroit and Rome, Italy.....Former WDIV-Channel 4 (WWJ-Detroit) Investigative Reporter Robert Vito died Wednesday night, November 13, 2013 at his son's home in Singapore after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.  Vito, known as 'The Doctor' to the broadcast  community in Detroit, has won the Emmy Award both local and national for numerous stories, among them, 'The Children of Cass Corridor' for WDIV-TV in 1979.  He was the last media person to speak to Jimmy Hoffa before his disappearance. Mr. Vito's investigative and storytelling abilities set him above the rest in the broadcast community.

Robert Vito lent his talents to Independent News Service also.  He was Host to the PBS broadcast: 'The J. W. Westcott Story' and 'The Sheik-Wrestling's Greatest Villain'.  Robert Vito's talent and professionalism along with his integrity and class will be greatly missed by many.  

Robert Vito is survived by his son John, John's wife Thanita, and his grandson, Anthony.   Special thanks to Mr. Paul Caron, CNN.

Condolences can be posted at: http://robertvitoreporter.webs.com/ also at: http://robertvitoreporter.com/

FURTHER INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE

CONTACT: MARK NOWOTARSKI

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: January 13, 2013

Independent News Service LLC announces The Broadcast Industry recognition given to Robert Vito for over forty-five years of dedication to Investigative Journalism.  Robert Vito.....former WWJ-TV Channel 4 Detroit Investigative Reporter, CNN Detroit Bureau-Chief, CNN Rome, Italy Bureau-Chief and so much more.....bringing attention to Sickle Cell Anemia to the General Public.....He was the last media person to interview Jimmy Hoffa, before his disappearance.  And, Host of the Documentaries on The World's Floating ZipCode, The J W Westcott and Wrestling's Greatest Villain, The Sheik.  He has a new website,   http://robertvitoreporter.webs.com/

FURTHER INFORMATION IS AVAILABE

CONTACT: MARK NOWOTARSKI

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: October 22, 2012

Independent News Service LLC announces by special arrangement with Professional wrestler Dr. Jerry Graham Jr. : INS will now offer to the public the story of Professional Wrestling as seen by Professional wrestler Dr. Jerry Graham Jr. : Confessions of a Big Time Wrestler.  This item is a 4 CD audio book with an additional Bonus DVD, available to the masses.  This is over six hours of professional wrestling information. Program is hosted by Micheal Drew Shaw. This item is available in The United States and Canada.

FURTHER INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE

CONTACT: MARK NOWOTARSKI

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date:  April 30, 2012


Award-winning Producer Mark Nowotarski announces his latest Production: “PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING IN DETROIT: OVER 50 YEARS OF BATTLES, BRAWLS and BOUTS.”


The Detroit area has always been a hotbed of action in the Professional Wrestling World. Going back to the 1950's, wrestling greats such as Leaping Larry Chene, Dick the Bruiser, Argentina Rocca, Bruno Sammartino, The Sheik, Fritz von Erich, Angelo Poffo, Brute Bernard and Crusher Cortez graced the rings of the Detroit area. In the 1960's and 1970's, there was a wrestling 'Promotions' war between two of Detroit's Wrestling Promoters, Dick the Bruiser and The Sheik. The Bruiser lost that war to The Sheik, and The Sheik closed his Promotion in 1980. Other Promotions continued in Detroit, among them George 'Crybaby' Cannon, Jerry Jaffee and Malcolm Monroe. Then, in 1987 WrestleMania III came to the Detroit area and Pro Wrestling had returned in a big way.

Independent promotions continue to thrive in the Metro Detroit Area. Among them, the sons of The Sheik and a second generation Promotion led by Malcolm Monroe II. His Father, Malcolm Monroe headed the Mid-West Championship Wrestling Promotion.

No matter where Pro Wrestling takes place in the Detroit area, be it Cobo Arena, Fairgrounds, Community Centers, taverns or a local school gym or hall, Professional wrestling is fun, exciting and strong in Detroit today.

Mark Nowotarski is the Producer of the award winning documentary, "The J. W. Westcott Story--Serving The Great Lakes Waterways and The World--48222" He has also produced documentaries on Michigan's own Professional Wrestling Legend, The Sheik and other programs. Currently working on a program on the changing face of Detroit and its surrounding areas.

FURTHER INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE

CONTACT: MARK NOWOTARSKI

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Date: November 11, 2011

Independent News Service announces a Holiday gift to the public. For a limited time only customers will be able to purchase - through this website only - The Award-Winning documentaries -  The J.W. Westcott Story and The Sheik - Wrestling's Greatest Villain at substantially lower pricing.
The J.W. Westcott Story has been aired on PBS stations to critical acclaim. Purchase now for only $20 which includes all postage, handling and delivery verification numbers (in USA only).
The Sheik - Wrestling's Greatest Villain has taken the professional wrestling world by storm. Purchase this 2-DVD disc set for only $25 which includes all postage, handling and delivery verification numbers (in USA only).
This is a one-time offer expiring on December 31st of 2011.

FURTHER INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE ;

CONTACT: MARK NOWOTARSKI

MARKNOWO@AOL.COM


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: September 28, 2011

Independent News Service continues bringing stories that need to be told to a broad viewing audience. Several productions are in various stages of development or production.


 Following are a few of these productions:

The San Diego Comic Con 2012 -- an ever-changing Pop Culture Event

"America's Greatest Detective" - Dick Tracy....80 years and more

Professional Roller Derby in the 20th and 21st Centuries

Detroit Entertainment Personalities - Then and Now

The Sheik - Part 2






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Location: Oakland County

Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 - 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Mark Nowotarski

Independent News Service LLC

Detroit, MI

www.insent.net

PHOTO AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

Premiere showings of the documentary The Sheik: Wrestling's Greatest Villain at Motor City Comic Con and Main Art Theatre.

DETROIT, MI - April 26, 2010 - Independent News Service announces the release of the first-ever documentary on infamous Detroit pro-wrestler, The Sheik: Wrestling's Greatest Villain.

The Sheik program will be premiered at The Motor City Comic Con, May 14-16, at Rock Financial Showplace in Novi, MI. The Comic Con has evolved into a popular culture event in the Midwest, with attendance reaching 10,000 over the course of the weekend.

On Tuesday, May 18, for one night only at the Main Art Theatre in Royal Oak, there will be a showing of THE SHEIK: WRESTLING'S GREATEST VILLAIN, along with the award winning documentary, The J.W. Westcott Story: Serving the Great Lakes Waterways - 48222. The celebration of the documentaries will begin at 7 p.m. and will include a performance by the legendary Detroit band Cinecyde; and a live performance from the Princess of the East, Lana of Detroit Bellydance. The Main Art Theatre is located at 118 N. Main Street in Royal Oak.

Many metro Detroiters will remember, "From Syria, weighing in at 242 pounds, the United States Heavyweight Wrestling Champion, THE SHEIK!" These words opened many pro-wrestling bouts at Detroit's Cobo Arena over the decades. The Sheik appeared on the wrestling scene in the late 1940s. He was a part of television's Golden Age, appearing in wrestling programs around the country. During the 1950s, The Sheik honed his craft, learning ways to generate 'heat' in the wrestling fans. The fans "loved to hate" The Sheik, "the wild man from Syria."

This documentary examines the character's start, his rise in hated popularity, and covers a span of 40 years. Also, the program examines the affect his character had on the general public around the world. It examines his impact during the Civil Rights era in the heated 1960s and 1970s. It also examines The Sheik's impact on popular culture, as he represented the musical culture of disco music as opposed to traditional rock-and-roll. Learn about his impact from the fans themselves, the last manager of The Sheik, his bodyguard and professional wrestling historians and writers from through-out North America.

This program is hosted by award-winning reporter, Robert Vito, who has traveled all over the world and opened Cable News Network Bureaus (CNN) in Detroit and in Rome, Italy. He was also bureau-chief correspondent for those bureaus, as well as in the CNN Bureaus in Los Angeles and Miami.

Independent News Service's Mark Nowotarski has been involved in the news and broadcasting profession since 1981. His previous documentary films include: Detroit Television Memories; and the Telly Award-winning The J.W. Westcott Story: Serving the Great Lakes Waterways - 48222.

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November 24, 2009

INS is pleased to present the television premiere of The J.W. Westcott Story.

Tune in to WTVS Channel 56 Detroit at 9pm est. to view this fine documentary. WTVS is a PBS Superstation, and the show will be broadcast throughout Metro Detroit as well as in 1200 cities in Canada and in several international countries as well. Again the program will air on November 24th at 9pm est.

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June 20 and 21: Detroit

See the premiere of the new documentary, The J. W. Westcott Story: Serving the Great Lakes Waterways 48222. The J. W. Westcott is known as the world's floating zip code. The documentary will be shown at the Renaissance Center approximately every 90 minutes during Detroit River Days. The documentary was produced by HISTORICAL SOCIETY of MICHIGAN member Mark Nowotarski and it is hosted by Robert Vito. Vito opened and was the Bureau chief of CNN's Detroit and Rome Bureaus. He was an on-air reporter for many years on WWJ- channel 4 here in Detroit.


THIS PROGRAM IS THE DEFINITIVE STORY OF THE J. W. WESTCOTT COMPANY.

SINCE 1874, THE J. W. WESTCOTT CO. HAS SERVED THE GREAT LAKES WATERWAYS. IN THIS COMPREHENSIVE HISTORY OF THE COMPANY YOU'LL SEE HOW THIS AMAZING COMPANY WAS FOUNDED, HOW THEY ENDURED THROUGH GOOD AND BAD TIMES, AND INCREDIBLE FOOTAGE OF MODERN DAY DELIVERIES WITH THE WORLD'S ONLY FLOATING POSTAL ZIP CODE------48222.

WITH PHOTOS, ARCHIVAL FILM FOOTAGE AND INFORMATIVE INTERVIEWS, YOU'LL GET A FIRST-HAND LOOK AT WHAT MAKES THE J. W. WESTCOTT A HISTORICAL TREASURE.

THIS PRODUCTION WILL BE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC FOR THE FIRST TIME AT DETROIT RIVER DAYS ON JUNE 20 AND 21.


PROGRAM HOSTED BY ROBERT VITO
PRODUCED, DRIECTED AND WRITTEN BY MARK NOWOTARSKI
PRODUCTION FACILITIES PROVIDED BY BURKE VIDEO COMPANY

AT DETROIT RIVER DAYS, THE JW WESTCOTT II WILL BE ON SITE:


J. W. Westcott II

On Saturday and Sunday at River Days, the J. W. Westcott II will visit River Days and showcase its mail delivery service to ships on the Detroit River. The J. W. Westcott II is a boat that serves to deliver mail to other vessels, and also provides a pilot boat service to ferry pilots to and from other vessels. The ship operates out of Detroit, Michigan and is regarded as the only ship in the U.S.A. that delivers mail to other ships, as they are underway.

Located in Detroit at the foot of 24th street just west of the Ambassador Bridge, the J. W. Westcott Company was originally formed in 1874 by Captain J. W. Westcott to inform passing vessels of changes in orders. The Westcott Company's role has changed to include a wide range of services. June 1895 marked the first mid-river mail delivery by a Westcott mail boat beginning more than 100 years of "mail-by-the-pail". All deliveries are carried out by the 45-foot J. W. Westcott II, with the Joseph J. Hogan standing by as a back up boat. J. W. Westcott Company Web site

Today the Company's duties include: U.S. mail delivery; freight delivery, storage, forwarding; message service; passenger service to and from vessels; pilot boat services for the Port of Detroit; the sale of nautical charts, postcards, books, candy and cigarettes, and even the occasional mid-river pizza delivery.



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CONTACT: MARK NOWOTARSKI

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