Will Our Point To WDET Be Made? Will It Matter?

From past discussions on here, its assumed that the majority of metrobloggers and it’s readers are against the WDET changes made earlier this year. WDET is currently 10 days into the spring pledge drive. This is about a day longer than last fall’s. Will our point be made fiscally that we are unsatisfied with the decision to cut all midday music? Sadly whether our point is made or not, we will never see the old WDET again. Martin Bandyke has found a new home — along with former 96.3 fm’s Mark ‘Copey’ Copeland — on Ann Arbors 107one. According to a Free Press Article, Judy Adams is in talks with satellite radio.

The point is these two pillars of the old WDET will probably never return. So what we can look forward to is a new WDET. But the only way this will happen is if our opinions are heard.

If you are unsatisfied with the stations current format, let them know why you are not donating this time around.

4 Comments so far

  1. max (unregistered) on April 10th, 2006 @ 2:52 pm


    this “article” isn’t too far off base which is what’s really scary. and when the public has to argue to keep “public radio” the way they like it just adds to the hopeless feeling sometime. maybe i’m just venting because i’m at work instead of “the game”

  2. Johnny (unregistered) on April 10th, 2006 @ 3:17 pm

    I didn’t even have to click on the link to realize what Onion article you were talking about. Of course the Onion is nothing but made up stories, but they always grow from a little piece of truth.

    I find it harder and harder to wear my WDET hoodie out. However, it always sparks a conversation with a stranger at the bar and some people have called it my trademark.

  3. MGal (unregistered) on April 11th, 2006 @ 9:20 am

    I still made a pledge. To be honest, I have to agree with someone who recently stated “If there ever is a time when Americans need to better informed, it is now.”

    The programs on WDET really do provide a strong alternative source to obtaining news and understanding issues. If I want music, I have an iPod. I really don’t miss the old programming as much as I thought I would. Then again I am a news junkie.

  4. Johnny (unregistered) on April 11th, 2006 @ 10:47 am

    I do like having more news programs, but I disagree with the thought that news programs should completely overtake the station. Maybe having music from 9-4 was too big of a block for some listeners, but there was no need to take that out completely.

    Some of the shows they’ve chosen are horrible news sources. I enjoy Here and Now and World Have Your Say, but the 10-noon programs usually force me to switch to something else.

    As for missing the old format, I just miss having a source for new and eclectic music. I pledged under the motto, “Credible News, Incredible Music”.

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