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1gobluedem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-14-05 09:00 AM
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2. Talk, yes, but not exactly a clone
Their daytime talk lineup is much different that WUOM's; no Diane Rheam or Talk of the Nation. Democracy Now was a welcome surprise. And I think Ed Gordon will play well in Detroit.

I suspect this move was made to retake Oakland County. WDET was losing a significant amount of listeners and individual donations to WUOM in Oakland County and they want it back. Their last couple of pledge drives have considerably and consistently missed their goals.

I looked at the daytime Arbitron numbers for WDET, going back three years and SHARE, CUME, and, in some cases, AQH were all steadily dropping across those dayparts. Since, thanks to Newt and 104th Congress, CPB grants are now partially based on audience size (if listner money goes down your grant goes down), they had to do something to stop the bleeding and this is what they chose. Not surprising from a GM who comes from a news talk format that made huge financial gains when it switched from classical to talk.

My station, WEMU, remains committed to locally produced music during the day. If you're a jazz fan, I encourage you to try us out at 89.1 or online at (yes, a shameless plug) :-).
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  -What the hell happened to WDET? bif  Dec-14-05 07:37 AM   #0 
  - It's about time, as far as I'm concerned  SharonRB   Dec-14-05 08:01 AM   #1 
  - Talk, yes, but not exactly a clone  1gobluedem   Dec-14-05 09:00 AM   #2 
  - I love WEMU  bif   Dec-14-05 10:26 AM   #4 
  - Yes, that high school signal does interfere, unfortunately  1gobluedem   Dec-14-05 11:57 AM   #5 
  - What are the call station numbers and what time is...  butterfly77   Dec-15-05 01:23 PM   #11 
  - 101.9 FM  1gobluedem   Dec-15-05 01:45 PM   #12 
  - I am not employed  Dyedinthewoolliberal   Apr-12-07 03:11 PM   #23 
  - Looks like they kept Ed Love at least  Strawman   Dec-14-05 10:11 AM   #3 
  - I'm happy about it.  ajacobson   Dec-14-05 01:01 PM   #6 
  - I am thrilled about Democracy Now - but overall I am so sad  meganmonkey   Dec-14-05 04:25 PM   #7 
  - Me too  bif   Dec-14-05 09:51 PM   #9 
  - Democracy Now! Whooo Hooo!  CoCre8tor   Dec-15-05 04:17 PM   #13 
  - Welcome to DU, CoCre8tor!  meganmonkey   Dec-16-05 06:55 AM   #15 
     - Thanks!  CoCre8tor   Dec-16-05 10:21 AM   #16 
  - WDET  DemDeb   Dec-16-05 09:38 PM   #17 
     - Hi DemDeb  Mich Otter   Dec-17-05 11:32 AM   #18 
     - Hi DemDeb!!  newyawker99   Dec-23-05 11:00 AM   #20 
  - Something to do with some shady dealings between DJs and..  Mich Otter   Dec-14-05 05:32 PM   #8 
  - Improper use and disposal of label-supplied CDs and perks  1gobluedem   Dec-15-05 09:35 AM   #10 
     - Thanks for the info  bif   Dec-15-05 10:22 PM   #14 
  - thanks!  DemDeb   Dec-17-05 12:20 PM   #19 
  - OHHHH, THAT explains everything!  Montauk6   Jan-01-06 07:30 AM   #21 
  - I guess recent events merits a kick for this one. WTF???  Montauk6   Apr-12-07 01:10 PM   #22 
  - Well, I know my station has picked up some listeners  1gobluedem   Apr-16-07 11:29 AM   #24 
  - I just started listening and they changed it again  bif   Apr-25-07 04:18 PM   #26 
     - Yeah, they cut even more music  JustABozoOnThisBus   Apr-30-07 09:11 AM   #27 
        - That was Liz Copeland  1gobluedem   Apr-30-07 11:05 AM   #28 
           - Thanks for the name ...  JustABozoOnThisBus   Apr-30-07 11:58 AM   #29 
              - If you're west of Telegraph  1gobluedem   Apr-30-07 02:16 PM   #30 
                 - Maybe I got a new favorite station ...  JustABozoOnThisBus   May-01-07 08:58 AM   #31 
                    - Directional antenna works wonders  1gobluedem   May-01-07 09:34 AM   #32 
  - could care less, listen to 91.7FM when not listening to 1310am  gasperc   Apr-16-07 01:25 PM   #25 

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