WDET to Cut More Music Programs
March 23, 2007
WDET to cut more music programs
Michael H. Hodges / The Detroit News
T he ongoing churn at WDET-FM (101.9) continues as the station announced Thursday it’s revamping its lineup for the third time in three years.
Gone come April 2 will be the following local music hosts and their WDET programs — Liz Copeland and “Alternate Take,” Mick Collins and “Night Train,” the “W. Kim Heron Program,” “The Ralph Valdez Program,” and “Seventh Journey” with Chuck Horn.
Also vanishing is “The Best of the DSO.”
“Destination Jazz” with Ed Love will be cut back from five to three hours weeknights.
New programming being added includes overnight broadcast of the BBC “World Service,” as well as creation of a new public-affairs show, “Detroit Today,” that will run from 10 a.m. to noon weekdays, and will invite listener call-ins.
The sudden changes call to mind the 2004 bloodletting, when hosts Matt Watroba (“Folks Like Us”) and Larry McDaniel (“The Arkansas Traveler”), among others, got the boot, only to be brought back a year later. (They’re still there, though their time slots are shifting.)
The upheaval also comes just three weeks before WDET’s spring pledge drive — and on the heels of a disappointing drive last fall.
The station is also searching for a new general manager, which further calls into question the timing of these changes.
But assistant general manager Allen Mazurek says, “Bottom line –we didn’t have a choice to wait. Things needed to be done to move us in the right direction.
“And I think,” he adds, “that it would be an advantage for an incoming general manager to have that direction established, and the groundwork laid.”
You can reach Michael H. Hodges at (313) 222-6021 or mhodges@det news.com.