Major changes start tomorrow at WDET

It appears that Martin Bandyke’s show on WDET is not the only one that’s gone; the shows of Judy Adams and Chuck Horn as we know them are no more, either.

Bandyke, who resigned after WSU station managers accused him of breaking university policy by accepting free concert tickets, may actually find that his resignation was a blessing in disguise. (Bandyke has denied all charges).

That’s because WDET announced today that, starting tomorrow, it is replacing its weekday music-centered shows with all news and talk. No more Adams and Horn in the weekday rotation.

Instead, listeners will hear expanded versions of Morning Edition, News & Notes and other NPR shows. I don’t see a spot on the new schedule for Judy Adams, but Chuck Horn will host Seventh Journey on Sunday nights from midnight – 5 am.

Luckily, the show of my main WDET-man, Ed Love, will remain at the 7 o’clock slot and, as an added bonus, will run 2 hours longer than usual. Liz Copeland’s show will still run five hours, but will now begin at midnight.

The FREEP’s report on the subject said that Saturday’s programming will feature a comeback of a local music series that was cancelled in September 2004.

This same article had quotes from Michael Coleman, station general manager, saying that the lineup changes were prompted by declining donations for the current lineup and changing audience demands.

9 Comments so far

  1. MGal (unregistered) on December 12th, 2005 @ 9:32 pm

    As much as I like jazz and blues, I am not thrilled about two more hours of Ed Love. He drives me batty so no more WDET for me except on my morning drive in. I’ll miss Liz Copland though – not staying up till midnight…

  2. John Bartkowicz (unregistered) on December 12th, 2005 @ 11:37 pm

    I don’t understand it. Two years ago, all the syndicated shows were cut, because they weren’t receiving enough donations (BTW, I am a contributor, even with my lower than low income). Now they go and add the syndicated shows back for the same reason they cut them?

    Also, if their donations are decreasing, then why do they continue to shorten the pledge drives? I swear this Fall drive was only a week long and not even for the whole day.

    I think any members who don’t agree with this change should voice out to the GM.

  3. Girl in the D (unregistered) on December 13th, 2005 @ 9:15 am

    I am with you, Johnny; I don’t understand it, either. WDET was one of the only radio stations that offered music I could actually listen to throughout the day.

    As far as voicing your opinions on the subject to the station, there is a spot to do that right on WDET’s home page (on the right side).

  4. Mary Baumgartner (unregistered) on December 15th, 2005 @ 7:10 am

    Does anyone know what time the protest meeting on Sunday is? Today, the Freep says there is a public meeting to protest the changes…it’s on Sunday at the Magic Stick but no time was mentioned. They hope to get 5000 folks there, so let’s get out and let them know what we think about these changes…give us back our weekday music!

  5. oz (unregistered) on December 15th, 2005 @ 8:40 am

    Hey, I don’t think it’s about the money, I think it’s about the new GM’s idea of what a public radio station should sound like. He’s got his own agenda and to heck with the contributing listeners. Any one who’s listened to WDET for any length of time can testify to the fact that as the music increased so did the pledges. Those syndicated shows cost big bucks and historicaly never produced any revenue and I can painfuly recall some very quiet phones during the shows that are back in the Saturday afternoon lineup. The new GM is financing his coup with dollars donated to a AAA format station and when those dollars are gone all those blah-blah shows won’t produce the contributions to replace them. C’mon Coleman fess up. Which pledge premium brought in more $$, an evening with Los Lobos or an evening with Terri Gross? C’mon listeners. Take back the station.

  6. MGal (unregistered) on December 15th, 2005 @ 10:53 am

    From what I have heard, pledges were down significantly after the station changed to more local programs. So money could be a problem..

  7. Greg (unregistered) on December 16th, 2005 @ 9:41 pm

    I have never understood why Terri Gross is considered a great interviewer. To this listener, she is lacking in interview skills. And look at all of these new shows that are now being broadcast on WDET. Some of these shows sound as if they are being produced by a High School Freshmen radio class in September. Does the station manager think these shows are going to generate donations? I don’t think so.

  8. Grumpy (unregistered) on December 17th, 2005 @ 11:06 am

    The new programing stinks plain and simple. Shows like Studio A and Willies Sat morn show are missed to the points of not knowing what to do with that time.

    Coleman clearly has a political agenda that is being rammed down SE Michigan’s throat.

  9. Mike (unregistered) on December 29th, 2005 @ 8:10 am

    This new GM would be better served to fire everyone that works at the station and just be a regen for U of M. I believe that as long as the current GM is in place lister money would be better recived at WEMU or Windsor.

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