WDET killing more good programming

I learned today that WDET is changing some of their overnight programming. They’re canceling Liz Copeland’s show outright and pushing Ed Love from 9 to midnight rather than from 7 to midnight.

I don’t really know what is going on in the management at WDET (I know there were some shake-ups) but it appears they are slowly changing format to more news/talk oriented programming. In fact, over the past two years, their programming has gone from music and creative programming to almost an exact duplicate of what is aired on Michigan Radio (91.7), which is based out of Ann Arbor but reaches all of Metro Detroit.

This sucks. I’ve gotten attached to listening to Ed Love on my drive home from work (usually around 7ish) – his musical tastes are way more eclectic than the jazz programming on 90.7. Why is WDET trying to duplicate Michigan Radio? I know that Michigan Radio has been successful but isn’t Public Radio supposed to be about programming and not ratings? Shouldn’t public radio target niche audiences that commercial radio doesn’t program for because it’s commericially impossible to get enough listeners, like jazz, classical, independent radio, and so on? I can get news programming on about a dozen stations, why is WDET trying to be yet another boring news station? Is broadcasting syndicated PRI programming from Washington DC really that much cheaper than producing new and unique content?

4 Comments so far

  1. Tess (unregistered) on March 24th, 2007 @ 8:32 am

    I can’t believe someone at Wayne State isn’t standing up against this. We need to donate more money to CJAM in Windsor. They can build up a stronger signal and spread the music love.

  2. girl.in.the.d (unregistered) on March 25th, 2007 @ 11:10 pm

    I just read about this in the Free Press. WTF??!! Liz Copeland gone????? Chuck Horn gone? And cutting Ed Love down?! What are these people thinking?

  3. Keith (unregistered) on March 26th, 2007 @ 9:58 am

    I can’t believe this. I just cannot believe this. In a city known worldwide for the power of its music – and for the range of its musical power – this happens. If this kind of activity isn’t protested loudly – and for as long as it takes – then we can forget it. When cultural historians ask “Who stole the soul?”, don’t move from in front of your mirror. We let it happen.

  4. Det (not wdet) Fan (unregistered) on April 4th, 2007 @ 8:19 pm

    if you live in or near the motor city, you must always be ready for heart break. it’s that time again but we must always be strong – support the good in this fine city and stop supporting and listening to wdet. ignore it and it too will go away.

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