Detroit

WCAR Detroit Shifts To Yahoo! Sports

Birach Broadcasting’s 1090 WCAR Livonia/Detroit is switching to its third Sports network in less than a year. Last July WCAR dropped ESPN Radio in favor of NBC Sports Radio as the ESPN affiliation was pulled to move to Greater Media’s 105.1 WMGC. Now the station will drop NBC on Monday, May 12 to shift to Gow Communications’ Yahoo! Sports Radio. The station will broadcast the Yahoo! lineup around the clock. We have been experiencing tremendous growth in 2014, adding affiliates in a number of strategic markets, such as St. Louis, Las Vegas and Reno, said David Gow, CEO of Yahoo! Sports Radio. We are delighted to announce today our newest affiliate in Detroit. We are excited to convert WCAR to Yahoo! Sports Radio, and to build a connection with the passionate sports fans of...Read More

America’s Morning Show Begins National Rollout

Following the addition of eleven more Nash-FM branded stations this week, Cumulus is beginning the national roll-out of the Blair Garner led “America’s Morning Show”. As first reported by Fybush.com, America’s Morning Show will begin airing on 19 additional Nash branded stations on Monday, February 10. The stations adding the program are: 92.3 WRKN New Orleans 92.9 WLXX Lexington 93.1 WDRQ Detroit 94.1 WNNF Cincinnati 94.5 WTNR Grand Rapids 94.9 WKOR-FM Columbus MS 95.1 WFBE Flint 96.9 WIWF Charleston 97.9 KQFC Boise 97.9 WXTA Erie 101.1 KRMD-FM Shreveport 102.7 WHKR Melbourne FL 102.7 WXBM Pensacola 103.3 WKDF Nashville 104.9 WKOS Johnson City 105.5 WNZB Fort Walton Beach 106.5 WLFF Myrtle Beach 106.7 WZCY Harrisburg 107.1 WPSK Pulaski, VA The nineteen stations joi...Read More

CBS Expands HD Programming

While many companies have given up on launching unique programming on HD subchannels, CBS Radio has launched two new subchannels this week. 104.3 WOMC-HD3 Detroit is now “The Blvd. Detroit” replacing Psychic Talk “The Sky“. The new format focuses on musicians from Detroit including current bands like Mayor Hawthorn, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., The Ready Set, Blue October, Mike Posner as well as Kid Rock, Eminem, Madonna, Jack White, Marvin Gaye, and new unsigned artists. The Blvd. can be streamed here. Over in Las Vegas, 107.5 KXTE-HD2 is dropping 80’s hits “Rewind” for Electronic Dance Music as “Sin 107.5“. Featuring artists like Avicii, Calvin Harris, and Tiesto, the station will target the throngs of nightclub goers on the Strip as well ...Read More

Nash Comes To Detroit

At 9:31am, Cumulus flipped Variety Hits “93.1 Doug-FM” WDRQ Detroit to Country “Nash-FM 93.1“. Currently playing non-stop Country Christmas music, the long rumored move gives direct format competition to CBS’ 99.5 WYCD. The station will play Christmas music through the holidays before launching its Country format. WDRQ ranked 18th in the Detroit market with a 2.5 share in the November Nielsen PPM ratings. WYCD led the Detroit market with a 7.9 share.

WNIC Detroit Is Less Fresh

As it segued to Christmas music this morning, Clear Channel AC 100.3 WNIC Detroit is no longer branding itself as “Fresh“. Once again going by just its frequency and call letters, 100.3 WNIC had begun using the “Fresh 100” in December 2010. With Greater Media’s 105.1 WMGC no longer in the AC format, WNIC is returning to its heritage branding. Following the demise of “Magic 105.1“, WNIC rose from a 3.1 share in the August PPM’s to 4.2 in September. That number held steady in the October ratings.

Michael Savage To Move To Afternoons In January

Cumulus Media Networks has announced that Michael Savage’s “Savage Nation” will shift into the afternoon timeslot in January. Savage will take the 3-6pm Eastern/12-3pm Pacific spot opened up on Cumulus owned stations by Sean Hannity not resigning with the company earlier this month. Cumulus claims that Savage will launch in afternoons on 200+ stations including 60 Cumulus owned stations. Among the affiliates that will be carrying Savage live are 770 WABC New York, 890 WLS Chicago, 820/96.7 WBAP Dallas, 630/105.9 WMAL Washington, 760 WJR Detroit, and 710/103.7 KCMO Kansas City. Of those stations all currently air Hannity live except for WLS, which carries him from 6-9pm following their local afternoon show hosted by Roe Conn and Richard Roeper. The full press release follo...Read More

Sean Hannity Confirms Cumulus Departure

While it has been an unstated fact for the past several weeks, Premiere Radio Networks and Sean Hannity have confirmed they will not be reupping with their current Cumulus owned affiliates at the end of the year. Telling InsideRadio that, “We fired them weeks ago,” the move coincides with Cumulus resigning Rush Limbaugh for all their affiliates except in New York. Hannity will make the move to Clear Channel’s 710 WOR along with Limbaugh and could easily make the same move to 910 KKSF San Francisco from Cumulus’ 560 KSFO that Rush made in January 2012. Among the other stations that will be losing Hannity are 790 KABC Los Angeles, 890 WLS Chicago, 820/96.7 WBAP Dallas, 630/105.9 WMAL Washington, 760 WJR Detroit, and 710/103.7 KCMO Kansas City. Michael Savage has comme...Read More

Report: Cumulus To Drop Limbaugh & Hannity

Update 8/16:On his program Thursday night, Michael Savage told his listeners that he is the heir apparent to Hannity’s timeslot on Cumulus’ stations and predicted he will move to afternoons by the end of the year. Politico.com claims that while Cumulus is likely to drop Sean Hannity from its stations, it was likely to come to terms to continue airing Rush Limbaugh on “virtually” all of his current affiliates. Update 7/29: Mediaite.com has followed up on the original Politico report stating that Premiere has “48 hours to stop Cumulus from dropping them.” There’s no word if the end of July drop-dead date for negotiations comes from Cumulus, Premiere, or both. Limbaugh commented on the reports on his show today. I want to get something out of the way ...Read More

Detroit Sports 105.1 To Launch On Monday

Update 8/12: Greater Media has confirmed “Detroit Sports 105.1” will launch at 3pm this afternoon with Drew Lane. The station’s lineup will feature ESPN’s Mike & Mike in mornings and Colin Cowherd from 10am to 12pm. Rico Beard and WJBK-TV reporter Ryan Ermanni will host a local show from 12pm to 3pm until a permanent show is named leading into Lane from 3 to 7. ESPN Radio programming will air at night. Listen to the launch of Detroit Sports 105.1 at FormatChange.com. The full Press Release from Greater Media follows: Greater Media unveiled the brand new Detroit Sports 105.1 in the Motor City with new afternoon drive personality Drew Lane at 3pm today. Powered by ESPN, the new station will feature America’s top sports morning show, “Mike & Mike” each weekda...Read More

105.1 Detroit Sports Rumors Heating Up

Update 7/13: With the growing expectation that Greater Media will flip 105.1 WMGC to Sports with an ESPN affiliation, one of the first shoes has dropped. Birach Broadcasting’s “ESPN Detroit” 1090 WCAR has given up the affiliation with the Worldwide Leader and signed on with NBC Sports Radio as of 10pm last night. That will clear the way for WMGC to pick up the ESPN affiliation. Original Report 7/7: With CBS Sports “97.1 The Ticket” WXYT-FM regularly leading the market’s overall ratings, it has been a question of when but not if the station would gain an additional FM competitor in the format. It appeared Greater Media was about to make the move back in 2011 when Brian Figula registered 1051Sports.com for use on WMGC, but CBS locked up the rights to the U...Read More

Drew & Mike Out; Dave & Chuck In At WRIF

Update 5/20: WRIF has officially announced that Dave & Chuck The Freak will debut on the station on Tuesday, May 28 at 6:00am. The duo will be joined by their CIMX co-host Lisa Way. Original Report 5/8: A morning show change is about to take place at Greater Media Rock 101.1 WRIF Detroit. As first reported on Twitter by Crain’s Detroit Business reporter Bill Shea, Drew Lane and Mike Clark will depart the station on Friday, May 17 and reportedly be replaced by former “89X” 88.7 CIMX morning hosts Dave Hunter and Chuck “The Freak” Urquhart. Drew Lane joined WRIF for mornings in 1991 and with the exception of a break from September 2007 to June 2009 as been there since. Mike Clark joined him in 1994. Co-host Trudi Daniels will depart the station with them. D...Read More

FCC Report 4/5

As the FCC prepares to clear out the frozen 2003 Translator applications and open up the LPFM filing window later this year, many existing translators are hurrying to get their upgrades into the system. The past two weeks have been filled with dozens of upgrades applications. Starting in New York where 106.3 W292DV is trying once again to get relocated into the city. After discarding its hopes to operate in the city last year following interference claims the translator was unable to build out its CP on the Queens/Nassau county border. The translator has now applied for an STA to return to Long Island City, Queens with 4 watts to keep the license alive. EMF Broadcasting is seeking to move 100.7 K264AF Guasti, CA into parts of Los Angeles. The translator will operate with 235 watts from the...Read More

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