Be a Friend, Bring a Friend

WDET is usually a hot topic here, so I am wondering what you think of WDET’s Be a friend, bring a friend campaign? I am barely listening to WDET right now since the fund drives drive me batty.

There may be more listeners but why then aren’t they contributing?

9 Comments so far

  1. Johnny (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2006 @ 10:00 am

    I meant to bring this up a while ago. This campaign has made me laugh every time since I first heard it.

    Since you didn’t give us money a few months ago, could you maybe to it now? Oh and convince a friend to pay up, too. Yeah, and possibly run your own mini drive, you know like those people who ask for money to walk in the March of Dimes?

    Is the title supposed to make it sound any better than that? And there’s nothing to support the title; nothing different about this drive from others, except now they’re asking for a “2-fer.”


  2. Tom (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2006 @ 1:39 pm

    Things seem to get be getting ugly at WDET – they’re losing donations left and right because nobody wants to support a station that has the image of going down the tube. They’ve kind of got themselves into a catch-22. It’ll be interesting to see if they can get themselves out of this.

    Noneless, I’d hate to see Detroit lose Ed Love.


  3. LUCA (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2006 @ 4:13 pm

    I guess it’s safe to say that Be a friend…bring a friend didn’t work. Back to the drawing board. We’ve seen many companies fall apart in the last five years, and we have observed radio stations change their formats, but when something works as WDET DID, it’s really sad to see that all of the changes are resulting in a rapid burial.

    So, if the station can not afford to pay for the expensive NPR programming, will they go back to music during the daytime. If they go back to music, will the listeners return….I guess we can wait and see or simply invest in satellite radio.


  4. Bill (unregistered) on June 23rd, 2006 @ 4:11 pm

    Pfffffffffffffffffffft.


  5. Mark P. (unregistered) on June 25th, 2006 @ 10:27 pm

    whatever… I just saw ex-WDETer Jon Mosier at the Bohemian Home- he said that he’s going to be doing a freeform show from his house for CJAM. It’ll air Thursday afternoons at 2:30 starting in a week or so. For those that don’t know CJAM is the U of Windsor Community station and comes in all through Detroit and into the suburbs (91.5 FM and http://www.uwindsor.ca/cjam). Although he didn’t offer any dirt, I got the impression that Coleman and Co. really screwed him in the end. too bad, his shows were always great

    I’ll be tuned in to CJAM for sure…


  6. TF (unregistered) on June 26th, 2006 @ 12:48 pm

    It wont be long.. Till the Mar – June radio listeners # will be out agin.. Well let’s see what they have now… Maybe I’m the one that’s got it all wrong and maybe there are droves and droves of folks that like the current set up… Looks like MC got Two Years of Probation and a fine.. Anyone know how much they raised and how much of a hole the station is in ?? I tuned it in once to see what it was like and Ed Love was making reference that J Vaughn wil be traveling for a while .. “BUT he’ll be back” Whats that about ??

    Take Care


  7. Alan (unregistered) on June 27th, 2006 @ 11:14 am

    It seemes as though this fundraiser failed almost before it started. They stopped breaking into the programming on the second day, and they ran promos about matching funds from businesses throughout the whole period since that was obviously pre-arranged.

    Although I was not pleased with many of the changes, and I am stunned that WSU has stood by Coleman in the wake of his now-settled charges, I continued to contribute during the Spring Fundraiser.

    But a failure of WDET serves nobody, including the city/region.

    So what is next?


  8. Phil (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2006 @ 7:57 am

    The current problems at WDET begin and end with the station manager. Reasonable minds can differ on the extent to which format changes were needed, but it was utter hubris to broom out long term on-air hosts who accounted for the bulk of the station’s listener donations and community contact. Unless he could be sure that the generic NPR programming would immediately replace those funds, and more, he was destined to fail. It is sad to see a once great station so hopelessly mismanaged. And I am appalled that WSU has apparently hitched their wagon to someone of demonstrated incompetence saddled with a criminal record that is relelvant to his current work duties. Shameful.


  9. joan (unregistered) on July 9th, 2006 @ 11:43 am

    Did Michael Coleman’s jail house friends become members of the WDET family?



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