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CBS Drops Two More FM-Talkers


Dan Mason’s reboot of the changes made during Joel Hollander’s reign as CBS Radio President continues to pick up steam as two more FM Talk stations went by the wayside today.

In Detroit, 97.1 WKRK changes its calls to WXYT-FM and began a full simulcast with “1270 Sports” under the name “Detroit’s Sports Powerhouse”. The new lineup features former WKRK afternoon drive hosts Jeff Deminski & Bill Doyle in mornings, Scott Anderson & Doug Karsch 10am-2pm, Mike Valenti & Terry Foster 2-6pm, Pat Caputo 6-10pm, and Dennis Fithian 10pm-2am in addition to live broadcast rights for Tigers Baseball, Lions Football, Red Wings Hockey, and University of Michigan sports.

Dropped as part of the changes are ESPN’s Mike & Mike, and most of WKRK’s lineup including Opie & Anthony, Johnny D, Motor City Middays with Jay Towers, Bill McAllister, and Shila, and Loveline. More information at

In Pittsburgh, “93.7 The Zone” and its “The Man Station” moniker are gone after six short months. The station is stunting with Christmas Music and promoting a new format to launch Friday, October 5th at 5:00pm. In addition, a website located at has launched asking what is missing in the market. What’s missing in the name is “B” as in longtime CHR “B94” that occupied that frequency until 2004. As we go into Net Gnome mode, both and are STILL registered to CBS Radio as they never let the domains expire. Unfortunately the WBZZ calls have since been acquired by Regent Comunications 105.7 The Buzz in Albany, NY. More info at

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Lance Venta is the Owner and Publisher of and a consultant for RadioBB Networks specializing in integration of radio and the internet. Lance has two decades of experience tracking the audio industry and its use of digital platforms.

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