WDET to Cut More Music Programs

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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.

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~ by Keith A. Owens on March 26, 2007.

2 Responses to “WDET to Cut More Music Programs”

  1. All man, WDET was one of my favorite stations, actually the only that I have listened to for the last several years. The deeper cuts are making them a horse of another color & will only drive away potential pledges of support.

    I volunteer for them off & on & I will tell you that it is not as fun as it used to be.

    So basically, all they will really have in the way of music is Destination Jazz & I wonder how long they will hold on to Ed.

    I also wonder what is next for Liz, she is really cool!!!

    Bygbaby

  2. I’m so pissed about this I can barely evne hold my mouth right. Did you read the other piece I did about that? If you haven’t, check it when you get a spare minute. I just hope I didn’t spill too much venom, but it really burned me up. In the town that has produced so much music and so many musicians, they go and do some ignorant shit like this. Just about pushes me over the edge, man, it really does.

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