Doug kicks 'DRQ to the curb

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Top 40 WDRQ-FM 93.1 Detroit has ditched the format in favor of a Jack FM clone named "Doug FM" as of this afternoon. Most of the station's air staff, with the exception of morning show host Jay Towers, has been released along with program director Alex Tear and music director Keith Curry. Station general manager Steve Kosbau commented, “We chose the unusual name ‘DOUG-FM’ for the express purpose of letting Southeast Michigan listeners know how different we intend to be from other radio stations in the market. We have developed a new mega-playlist that is unlike anything Southeast Michigan has experienced – more like a packed MP3 player in shuffle mode than a traditional format with fewer tunes, frequently repeated.”

Claiming "We Play Everything", station’s new format aims to provide one-stop listening with pop songs that previously could only be heard only by searching many different stations in Detroit. Core artists, spanning different popular musical genres across the past four decades, will include The Beatles, U2, Matchbox 20, Fleetwood Mac, Prince, The Police, Madonna, Bob Seger, Tom Petty, Sheryl Crow, Dave Matthews Band, Stevie Wonder, The Rolling Stones, Steely Dan, and a vast array of others. Many of these artists have received spins in the first 3 hours of the new station's existance, which has featured tons of liners, few stop sets, and a jockless presentation.

This is the first full signal Detroit FM to make a big move since 106.7 changed from Country to Rock 4 1/2 years ago.

WDRQ has a long legacy in town- the past 9 years the station has been primarily focused on various subsets of Contemporary Hit radio after moving to the format with a dance lean in 1996. WDRQ first arrived on the 93.1 frequency in 1972 when Detroit's first FM talk station was launched. The station then moved to a Top 40 format, followed by forays into Disco and Urban. In 1985, the WDRQ calls were set aside for a run as Soft Adult Contemporary WLTI 'The Light'. If this is indeed the next chapter in 93.1's history, it'll be interesting to see if they can make the WDRQ calls work with 'Doug'.

The Adult Hits / eclectic "Jack-FM" type formats have been finding new homes in many large cities across the USA in recent months with launches in Los Angeles, Dallas, Philadelphia, and Indianapolis among others. Sure looks like this is radio's 'next big thing'... now we'll find out if works here.

 

100 Comments

Wow! I had heard rumblings about DRQ changing formats, but I guess I didn't see this one coming.

Enjoy your new radio station, Detroiters! It's been a long time since any commercial broadcasters have given you a fresh new sound.

hahahahaha.

look at the date!

How can this be??? WDRQ was a continually top performer in this radio market. Could this be a long April fool's prank????

I WILL NEVER LISTEN TO RADIO STATION AGAIN. THIS NEW FORMAT REALLY SUCKS. WHAT YOU DID WAS VERY SHADY. YOU PLAYED THE BEST OF JAY AND RACHEL ALL WEEK LONG TO MAKE EVERYONE BELIEVE THAT THEY WERE ON VACATION, THEN YOU PULLED THIS STUPID MOVE. THEY WERE GREAT TO LISTEN TO IN THE MORNING, THEY MADE YOU LAUGH WITH THE STUFF THEY DID. I HOPE THIS STATION DOESN'T LAST A YEAR, THEN YOU WILL WISH YOU HAD THEM BACK

I don't understand. This was the top radio station in detroit. I'm with mpayne on this one I hope they fall into the ground, now we have to listen to 95.5, and all of the DJ's are retarted. I could be wrong, but why did they get rid of Rachel Hunter? Thank god Jay Towers is still there. My mornings will never be the same again. I'm going to go cry now.

Probably the stupidest thing I have ever seen. All of your listeners have been lost and now they will have 2 find new ones 2 listen 2 the crap thats being played on that station now. BRING DRQ back! The sudden format change was a huge mistake, and I hope this new idea falls in the toilet. Now 955 is gonna have a monopoly and all the music being played in detroit is going 2 suck.

I was shocked to learn of this "new format" along with the abrupt firing of a crew that was fantastic on the radio! I would not want to work in the radio industry; a place where you are doing great and then come to work the next day and get fired - very unprofessional! I know those that were released will find a better organization to work for.

I am just blown away at this ****** still can't speak on it but that is just messed up i can't believe they would just fired everyone and change the music format like that, ummm can't believed this happened, for those that remember, with 96.3 and now with drq i will never listen too the new station and i hope it falls and the owners go broke...pce

the new doug fm is awesome. I've always been sick of the same top 40 stations. Half the time u surf through only to find that 955 and 931 were both playing the same song. All you stale conformists needed something new. GREAT MOVE. No annoying jockeys: GREAT MOVE
Completely randomized play: GREAT MOVE

It's time for a change in this Market...WDRQ was never going to beat WKQI...they weren't spicy and sassy enough!!...I think the DOUG FM is nice change to the typical same ol songs you here on 95.5 & 93.1....these stations were just a lighter version of WJLB & WDTJ. There is tooo Much Urban music in this Market. I Wish 96.3 WHYT would have stayed around with the Dance/Party music format years ago.

I absolutely loved Jay and Grunwald in the morning! Those two were absolutely hilarious! My mornings will not be the same at all now!

I too was deceived by the reruns of Jay and Rachel. As soon as I turned on the radio in my car to hear them on my drive into work today, I surely thought I turned on the wrong station. Then I heard "you're listening to the new 93.1, DOUG FM." I ran to work, turned on the computer, and went to drqradio.com, only to have my fears confirmed. I like the change in music, I always beared with the old music while listening to my favorite show...but the show should have stayed. Getting rid of Rachel was a bad idea.

The new station sucks. I thought it was an April Fool's joke, unfortnatly not. No more Jay and Rachel, my mornings will never be the same. Bring back the reall DRQ!

Everyone where I work is switching to 95.5. We always listened to Jay and Rachel in the morning. They were a riot. The new format is really bad. It's the DJ's who make the station. What a shame. DRQ was great the way it was!

This new Doug station totally stinks. And it's total BS how the staff was let go. I have changed my presets and will never listen to this crappy Doug thing. Stupid, stupid, stupid to let this good radio station go to a boring playlist.

93.1 i think is a great station most of your big markets going to at least have one automated station so disney picked 93.1 i roam around when i listen to radio but if i hear a song on a station that its not in there own format then soon usually means that another station going to change i use to live in lansing and thats what i got use to hear. 93.1 just started and there audio going to change cause the music is not the type that has the drive like there other format but they need to work on it so they can make more clear there quality is down abit except there promos i like 93.1 cause they play the biggest variety and the 2 things i dont like on radio (REPEATS AND DJS THAT SPIT AT YA AND NOT TALK TO YA) THANKS

The new station is horrible - what were they thinking???? They say it is something new for Detroit but it sounds like the same stuff you would hear on 93.9 & 94.7 It will never last.

I completely agree.
the station was always about the disc jockeys as far as im concerned.
Now im stuck with 105.9, 97.9 & 95.5.
and none of them can hold a candle to what jay & rachel had in the mornings.

BRING BACK RACHEL!!!!

Seriously! This is obnoxious! My number one preset in my car has been changed. If I want 70's, 80's and 90's I can listen to the 10 other stations that offer the same crap! I want RACHEL BACK!!!!!!!!!!

I just got back from vacation the 4th of April. What the heck is going on! I am personally offended and feel like they all "walked out on me." Really, I have been listening to DRQ every since Jay and Rachel started. I feel betrayed. I will not listen to DRQ any more because that is the only way for me to express my disappointment with this station. EVERY morning I listened to the Morning Revolution. If we could have just been givin a chance to get used to the idea of change, it would not have been so offensive. I honestly thought it was a joke. I teach high school and I ask my students what in the world happened to DRQ. They all told me that it was permanently changed to Doug. I am still in disbelief. I actually bet my whole first hour class a ice cream party if they were right. I told them that it must be a joke. As of May 1st if DRQ remains Doug, I will have to buy ice cream for a class of 30 students. I told them that if it was a joke (which I truely hope it is) then they would all need to do something nice for me. Come on you guys!!!!!!!!!!! At least give your listeners the decentcy of an explaination. I want answers. The problem is that if it is a joke, I won't know right away because I'm so sad and angry I won't allow myself to listen any more. I felt like these guys were a part of a large group of good friends. I will miss you guys. For now --- Good Bye :( Cindy

I can only express my extreme disappointment with those whom made the decision to end the WDRQ as Detroit new and loved it. Jay and Rachelle in the morning will be truly missed. As far as Doug FM, I think it stinks. When it came to Top 40, WDRQ ruled. I am sure that there are many other Detroiter's with the same feeling and hope that you too will speak up! You definitely lost a loyal listener. Jay, if I was you I would quit and get your team together and propose to bring it to another station!

Personally, I know I'm one of the odd ones out but I am excited to see how this change goes. Obviously DRQ will lose its die-hard listeners because what they want is top 40 all the time, but I've always said I wanted less talk, more variety, and more of the songs we love and rarely hear. I like the way Planet 96.3 used to be, in that it really played ALL the hits. I do hope DOUG FM still plays some of the newer songs because soft rock or oldies stations already exist, but I am really excited about this less talk idea. Sorry if I'm on my own with this one. I will agree that the sudden change is unneccessary.

THE NEW DOUG RAIDIO SUCKS. I WANT MY OLD 93.1 BACK WITH JAY, RACHEL AND THE REST OF THE GANG. BAD MOVE. GOING TO LOOSE LISTENERS.

As if losing out fav station/personal was'nt bad enough, we've had for the last week now the staff of 95.5 talking as much S***, as possible kicking several people down who cant respond back,people that just lost their jobs. NUMBER #1 The only reason they have all these "new listeners" is because we have no choice, they are the only ones. NUMBER #2 I've never subscribed to the "dork radio" comments, has anybody seen the guys at 95.5? they are a bunch of weak-a** nerds I dont see how these people can call anybody dorks. You couple this with all of their immature comments and antics by their dj's & their morning show **NEWS FLASH** PHONE PRANKS ARE JACK-ASS as is calling up someone you dont know and talking s*** about them first thing in the morning( I see a trend here) 95.5 = ANGRY TEENAGER FM

I can't believe this!!!! I can understand changing the format of a radio station, every company goes through changes; but to nix the morning show is absurd!!! I loved listening to Jay and Rachel in the morning. I am now forced to flick between multiple stations in the morning because none are as good to listen to all morning as Jay and Rachel were. I am actually stuck flicking all day because I'm not really a big fan of this new "Doug FM". Such a dissappointment!

My whole family and co workers are disappointed in this change. We would talk about some of the things that were on the radio and laugh. I would have tears rolling down my face listening to Jay and Rachel in the morning and it just made my moring ride go much better. I guess 95.5 here I come. You think you only lost the die hards but there were many of us out there and how disappointing this is to us. Would never listen to "Doug" radio as I like the DJ's in the morning to make me laugh.

doug sucks! if i wanted to hear that crap id listion to the other 50 radio stations that already play it!bring back the real DRQ!

I thought something was wrong with my pre-sets at first. "If you don't like it stick around?" The format change that took away WDRQ is an insult to the people who have listened to it for years. Was the play list repetitive? Sure, it goes along with the format. My mornings will not be the same without Jay,Rachel, and the Morning Revolution. These were real people that you could relate to, not a bunch of idiotic pranksters holding the airwaves hostage. Sorry "Q" but I can't stomach that garbage in the morning. Please somebody, reunite this group. They deserve it, and frankly so do the listeners.

There has to be another Detroit station that can see the void here, people that can see the potential opening to create something big. Let's take some of the winning qualities of DRQ ie, The Morning Revolution, The personalities, The remote broadcasts from popular night spots/dance clubs, Top 40, "old-school" programs etc... and combine it with something new. A NEW BACKBONE. Maybee something catering to the Detriot Underground scene, Maybee something more upper class, more hollywood, how about a "Hardcore" station. I would like to see the first station in detroit that truly offers the Best of both worlds. DRQ has been around for several years and has a history with alot of people. Lets keep the formula alive and make it better.

The new Doug FM is too all over the place, how can you play AC/DC followed by Sinnead O' Connor. I like the concept, but it needs to be a little more uniformed. Just my opinion

I'M TRULY, TRULY DISAPPOINTED THAT JAY AND RACHEL ARE GONE. HOW CAN THIS BE? I TURNED THE RADIO ON IN MY CAR ON MY WAY TO WORK AND I HAD 93.1 ON AND ALL OF A SUDDEN I HEAR PRINCE AND U2 SONG'S FROM LIKE THE 80'S, I WAS LIKE THIS CANT BE HAPPENING, I'VE BEEN LISTENING TO 93.1 DRQ FOR YEAR'S NOW. I HOPE THAT THIS NEW SO CALLED "93.1 DOUG FM" HIT'S SOLID GROUND, WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT TO DETROITERS. WHO CARE'S IF THEY PLAYED THE SAME SONGS AS 95.5. 93.1 DRQ JAY AND RACHEL ARE PART OF OUR HOME TOWN DETROIT AND YOU GUYS HAVE TAKEN THAT AWAY FROM EVERYONE IN THIS STATE. WHAT A SHAME.... I HOPE EVERYONE CAN AGREE WITH ME. ALL WE HAVE LEFT NOW ARE 95.5, 97.9 AND 105.9 WITH SOME GOOD JAMS, GREAT DANCE, CLUB SONGS. TORONTO CANADA AND MIAMI, FLORIDA BEAT US OUT.

Doug FM sucks...what more need be said? Bring DRQ back!

if mr. t were in his prime and still blingin', i'd pay him to pitty the foo; doug.

I've never been a big fan of top-40 radio, but what the hell are they thinking? Fine, diversify the playlists, but why fire a bunch of popular and sucecssful LOCAL hosts for prerecorded clips of some annoying-ass guy between songs?

WHAT THE HECK HAPPENED???? JAY AND RACHEL WAS THE BEST!!!!! DOUG FM SUCKS!!!!!! I LIKE THE TOP 40. THE ONLY STATION THAT NOW PLAY THIS KIND OF MUISC IS 95.5 AND I CAN'T STAND THE DJ'S. I HOPE DOUG FM FAILS, YOU NEED TO BRING JAY AND RACHEL BACK...

To all of you at the top at ABC what a gigantic mistake you have made.Maybe back when Danny Bonaduce was with Q95,5 we wouldnt have won but this time you are wrong wrong wrong.Obviously you have never been to a DRQ Event such as the Putt Putt classic with Hillary Duff.There were thousands of people there and the police were directing traffic from the over flow.You Just lost all of those faithful listeners in one fal swoop. Jay and Rachel were Detroit's number one morning show hosts and Steve,Jason and stick just made them that much better.I hope that Jay picks up his hat and leaves for a full time position on fox 2 news and that the rest of the gang land on there feet after the blow you struck.I hope your new Doug FM falls flat on its face and you have to go back to a top 40 format....try to find the magic you had with Jay and rachel again ha ha ha not likely.everyone I know has switched the channel from 93.1 to Q95.5 so really they just won by default and you handed them the win. You guys are a bunch of losers now and it is your own fault........ROT IN PEACE

you people totally suck. i don't know what the hell you were thinking. i listened to you guys religiously because i hate tic tac and he's the dj on 95.5. i have ALWAYS listened to 93.1, so have all my friends. and now there's the station is so retarded and you guys are going to regret the change. stupid, stupid, stupid! i hope you lose every penny because the youth doesn't want to listen to this crap!!!! i'm boycotting "dougfm" and i want the old 93.1 back! :( :( :( :( :(

Agreed 100% Lisa/shootme, I've posted here three times now, and seeing this response from everybody should let us know that we're not alone on this, this IS the popular opinion - about a now un-popular station. My e-mails have been sent to radio stations. I guess after years of listening, and years of "experiences" with this station/people on in the background, you tend to feel strongly about this issue...

This is a great thing to happen! If you dont like it, go listen to 95.5. I understand you like the morning show, but try listening to a morning show that is actually good. Drew and Mike 101.1. THAT is a morning show. 93.1 never had anything. no good music or good speakers. they have made a change for the best!

I agree with 99% of everyone. The new station sucks. I have listened to Jay and Rachel for 4 years now. They made you feel like your part of the family. I was devistated when I got in my car that afternoon. I WILL NOT LISTEN TO DOUG OR 95.5 I REFUSE TO HELP EITHER ONES RATINGS. I think everyone else should be loyal as well DON'T LISTEN TO THEM!!!!!! Bring back Jay and Rachel.

DOUG SUCKS. ABC was very unprofessional. Why is it when the executives take control they do not think of the customers? Did they poll the listeners? I didn't hear about it. Why didn't anyone know? Obviously Jay knew, which means Rachel knew. But, why couldn't they let the listeners know before cutting everyone off. I agree DOUG should be boycotted. There are soooo many other stations playing "everything". And those of you at 95.5....you suck too. You think you are the Sh%@, but really now how many listeners do you think are switching to your crappy station? I'd rather listen to my cd's than the new station or any of the other stations. It's not even worth saying "good luck". Jay and Rachel, you should consider other options for your show on a different station, not 95.5.

I am rally angry right now, jay and rachel and the gang did a very good job, i cant believe this would happen, i hate it, does ne 1 kno fi some1 start a pertition to get them back holla.

Help!!! I must be in stuck in time---a time I would rather forget. The new Doug FM plays everything alright--songs that should have been left in the past. I was driving home from Easter break. As my family was driving from Ohio to Michigan, we decided to turn on 93.1. Immediately, we thought we were getting the wrong station. I had hope that my Monday morning would still be ok, that some type of sick joke was being played on the listeners. MY MONDAY MORNING SUCKED PEOPLE!!!!!! I can't tell you how disappointed I am. I'll admit, I have always listened to both 93.1 and 95.5. Now I am limited. I want to hear top 40 and MY dance music. Remember, there are young people in Detroit!!! Please change the format back and re-hire those DJ's.
Good luck to all of you other former DRQ listeners. If anyone hears what happened to Rachel, the other morning show people, Lisa Lisa, and all the other DJ's, please post.

WANTED:
#1-Any info on DRQ staff
#2-Any ideas on getting our message heard
#3-An outlet to aquire DRQ swag,banners,stickers
Many thanks to people who run this site

That was really wrong for you guys to cut off 93.1 DRQ. Nobody is going to listen to that crap you people call music.Good job you suck!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The new "Doug" is horrid! If I want to hear older music I will listen to 1067 The Drive because at least they play older stuff that rocks rather than older stuff that should be left in the past! Have fun competing with the rest of Detroits crap radio such as 93.9, 100.3, 105.1, and your own 96.3 dvd which is just as bad.

Love the new format. I just wish you had enough power to reach Jackson. I guarantee that I'll be listening once the webcast is available.

The Doug is fantastic. I love the format. They play deep cuts that you cant here anywhere. And no repeats. I love it!! Kepp up the great work and GO DOUG!!!

DOUG is awful! I can't honestly believe that DRQ is gone. I *STILL* flip over to the station to see if maybe they've changed the format back. It's when I hear a really crappy song that I realize it's still DOUG.

I am completely disappointed with the decision to change DRQ's format, and I have completely removed 93.1 from all of the radio stations in our vehicles. I want nothing to do with DOUG.

I emailed Steve to let him know I think it totally sucks what's happened and who can I complain to. He replied back with: "there is nothing anyone can do...A letter or complaint wont matter

it was out of left field. I don't get it they wont have any ratings now"

I hate the new format, but I feel even worse for the staff who lost their jobs. I hope some of the local stations will be adding to their staff and find them some employment ASAP!

93.1 was the ebst top 40 radio station...95.5 sucks, and the DJ's suck, and they never play good music. Jay and Rachel and the rest of the morning crew were awesome! That new station is horrible...I don't even know what to classify the music as, but it sucks!

HOW COULD U!!! HOW CAN THIS BE!!
I AM PISSED THE HELL OFF AND I WANT ANSWERS NOW!! I MEAN RIGHT NOW!@!!!! OR ELSE SOMEONE WILL HAVE TO ANSWER TOOOOOOOOOO ME.
I DON'T LIKE YOU DOUG DID U HEAR ME- YOU SUCK BIG BALL !!!
I LISTENED TO THIS STATION AND IT MAKE ME VOMIT. THIS IS A TWILIGHT ZONE, NO WORSE THAN A TWLIGHT ZONE RIGHT!!!! I FEEL LIKE DRINKING I CANT HANDLE THIS PRESSURE. PUT 93.1 BACK TO OLD FORMAT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!@!!!!!!@#$%!!!+$%@$+(%+!#

Way to ruin a perfectly good station. I loved 93.1 in the morning and now all i hear is crap. 95.5 plays the same music but won't ever have the same people as 93.1 WDRQ. Another great station for younger people bites the dust.... thank you.

how many times do i have to say doug sucks before they take it off the air....did a dog doodie and hey look theres the new station doug....id rather get a profootball kicker to tee off on my groin than listen to the senseless crap that comes out of my speakers if i were to put doug ever on again

I am very upset about the change to DOUG FM. What the heck is it? It's like a mish mosh of radio crap. People listen to certain radio stations because that is their style. This new station has no style. I will have to switch now to 95.5 and their DJ's aren't all that great. Thanks alot DRQ!

Sorry to say but I have been a DRQ listener for years. The new station is horrible and boring. There are plenty of slow rock stations in the area if you like elevator music. Unfortunately, from what I have found out all of my other friends and people in my age group (22-28) will never again listen to 93.1. The station just lost most of the younger listeners in Michigan. Good job, Doug FM. You really blew it.

Was Somebody There On Crack???????

Love the new station! Don't change a thing. Thank goodness for a station that plays EVERYTHING. Not the same old rap/dance crap.

Great job!!

This was a great move on behalf of 93.1. Its time to expand your mind with good music, instead of the pop trendy shit that use to play. Now all the trendy teenagers that listen to drq, will have to result to 95.5 the new rap station. Peace.

omgsh DRQ was awsome before the new ppl came, the new ppl are like stoned. they play the most random music and its really gay i wish the old one would come back!

I MISS THE OLD FORMAT,I WILL NOT LISTEN TO THE NEW STATION,I CERTANLY HOPE JAY GETS NEW FRIENDS CUZ IF I WERE ANY OF THE OLD DRQ CREW I WOULD NOT SPEAK TO HIM. WHY DID HE GET SAVED AND NO ONE ELSE. I MISS RACHEL AND GRUNWALD

I think DRQ was a joke.... They talked to much and played the same thing all the TIME. Both 95.5 and 93.1 DRQ did. I say that 93.1 and 95.5 are a wannabe of 105.9 and 97.9. I honestly think the d.j's were black wannabe whiteboys. I think the play list idea was great. They should do that with more radio stations but with a variety if music. LESS talk MORE music. Other than Jay and Rachel in the morning u can call the radio station and not get hunged up on when u try to make a request. 93.1 had a habit of doing that. Why would u do that to your listeners when the listeners make u keep your job???? I honstly don't blame them for firing the rejects that were on Friday and Saturday nights. Even if the did play good song on the radio(rarely happens) they would cut into the song by talking. So 2 thumbs up for booting DRQ LOSERS. MORE variety music playlists or simply find d.j's with real talent, not **** talking.

i hate the new station jay rachel grunwald jason ruled they were unique, i cant beleive they were taken over by a channel that plays what so many other channels play and with no personality like 99.5

105.9 and 97.9 are both a r&b/hip-hop station. 95.5 and 93.1 both are(was) a top 40 station. Cannot put the four in the same catergory, nor could they compete in that market. While it is true they played a repetitive playlist, A N Y station that plays pop or "new" music will shuffle from the list of the current hottest songs including 105.9 & 97.9. The notion that was all that they played however, is simply untrue. DRQ played lots of mix programs, old-school and dance as well as holiday music. I think 95.5 is "wannabe" too. But not DRQ, DRQ never tried to come across that way.

I can't say much more than what has already been said. I will truly miss Jay, Rachel, Steven and Jason every morning as will my 14 year old son. We are huge fans and always listened in the morning as we drove to school and work.

I had the pleasure of meeting Jay and Steve at Sixth Salon one Thursday night--two nicer guys you will never meet.

It is a shame that the executives at Disney did not decide to poll more of their listening audience before making such a DRASTIC change. A word of advice--when you try to please everyone, you end up pleasing no one. DOUG-FM is all over the board with its musical variety--I doubt even satellite radio listeners will find this station palatable.

I keep checking every morning to hear Jay's voice, hoping this is just a very bad dream. However, I think this is a nightmare that isn't going to end.

Yours very sincerely, A former DRQ listener.

I totally agree with all the people that dislike this new 93.1. I can honestly say that i hate the new format that they are playing. I work with over 200 people and i'd say half of us aren't listening to DOUG FM. I've switched stations and I can honestly say that no other radio station will be able to duplicate the awesome atmosphere that Jay and Rachel, Jason and Grunwald used to have. I hope the executives at 93.1 Doug fm see all the reviews that dislike this new format. I for one am sad to see the morning crew of drq go.

WHAT HAPPENED TO DRQ?? YOU KNOW THE G-UNIT KELLY CLARKSTON AND EMINEM STATION THAT WE ALL KNOW AND LOVE? i absoultly dispise the new drq. there are enoguh stations of that music. Now what are we supposesd to listen to? BRING HTE REAL DRQ BACK! until then, i refuse to listen to Doug F.M

PEACE OUT AND BRING BACK RACHEL!

I want to say, I realy DO NOT LIKE this new DOUG 93.1 I realy miss Jay and Rachel. listen to your listers WE WANT THEM BACK

I can't say enough good about DOUG FM. I love this new and improved format! It is about time someone in the market took the initiative to cut out all the garbage, chitter chatter, silly giveaways and give the listeners back the music!!! Thank you!!!! I am just sad that all the loyal listeners are going to turn to Channel.

I was truly disappointed to come back from vacation only to find that my friends on DRQ were no longer on the air. At first I believed I was still picking up some random Toledo station, but alas I was wrong. For the 22 hours I was in the car, I could not wait to get back to Detroit so I could tune into 93.1, imagine my heartbreak.

Every Friday on the way home from work, Lisa Lisa, pumped me up for my second wind with her mini-mix at 6. I listened and donated to Jethro's place because of her stories of abandoned and abused pets. Every morning I listened to Rachel's dish, and the antics of the morning crew. It helped me start the day with a smile. Now I nearly fall asleep as the light rock trails through my stereo.

How could this happen? I am surrounded by this same style of music, and lack luster radio personalities. I hardly need another. I can't see the station succeeding. DRQ was part of the new vitality of Detroit.

I strongly recommend that Detroiters reject this new station in favor of others. It may not bring back our station, but at least they will not profit from listeners.

I am very disappointed that Jay and Rachel is off the air. I listened to them every morning. I would always walk into work in the best mood. Jay and Rachel let you into their lives making you feel like you were part of them. Good luck to them all. They deserve better than walking into work one day and walking out with a pink slip. I've been in those shoes. Company's don't understand that all have family's and it's hard enough to survive in this world let alone company's thinking only about themselves. I have since turned to 95.5 and shot very impressed especially when I drive 40 minutes to work and I heard 2 songs. I like some old rock but not very impressed with the song selection from the new station. I will be more inclined to listen again if they bring Jay and Rachel BACK IN THE MORNINGS!!! If not I will keep searching.

I think the new format is great. How many times do you have to hear Chingy and 50 cent? Come on, really. 955 and DRQ played the same exact play list, there have been so many times where 955 and 931 were playing the same exact song. Thumbs down to top 40.

I am so lost I am not sure what radio staion to listen to 93.1 was programed as #1 in my car and there is no other radio staion even close to Jay and Rachel that I can replace it with. Please bring them back they make everyone laugh in the morning.

THANK GOD ANOTHER STUPID RAP STATION IS GONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ALL HAIL DOUG
P.SQUIT WHINING RAP WILL BE DEAD IN 5 YEARS

My mornings are not the same without Jay and Rachael! I have raved about their morning show for years, telling everyone I know how great it is. I have hardly listened to the radio at all since I found out that the entire DRQ staff was abruptly fired. I am just so disappointed! Jay, Rach, Grunwald, Jason, Bill, Gelman - we miss you so much!! Life isn't the same without your friendly voices in the morning. I hope you'll be on the air somewhere in Detroit...I don't care where it is, I'll follow you! Best wishes to all the DJs and staff who lost their jobs. What a horrible move by ABC Radio.

This message is to Erin:
DRQ did not just play rap. They played a variety of music. I would also like to say to Erin that rap has been around since the 80's, it's not going anywhere.

People are more upset that the DJ's are gone, because they can always listen to another station that plays the same music, but they won't get to hear most of their favorite DJ's.

The loss of the staff was probably the worst part of this. I think I speak for alot of the "DEVOTED" listeners in my age group when I say, it's simalar to the last episode of Friends, not that I was a huge fan of friends because I wasn't. But it was always on, and you had a tendency to grow with them alot of experences and growing went by with it on. Alot of bars&clubs were visited with DRQ there or on the speakers. And for it to suddenly be over sucks, especially in the cruel way it happend, both by ABC and the slams by 95.5

I can't believe DRQ is gone. Jay and Rachael were such an important part of my morning routine that I now feel empty without them. When I first heard the music on the new 93.1 I thought it was a joke or a mix up. When I discovered it had been permanently changed to Doug FM I was devastated. I just don't understand how this could happen to such a popular station. What can we do about this? I don't even feel like listening to the radio anymore without my Jay,Rachael,Grunwold,Stick,300, in the morning. There must be something we can do !!! Any suggestions of how we can get them back??

Doug FM is horrible. I'm sick of listening to that old, worthless hippy music. Their commercials suck. All you hear them say is..."we play.....10 second pause....everything" Then when they play advertisements they say "Don't act surprised" What kind of loser reverse psychology is this? DOUG FM? What kind of friggin name is that? Worthless.

This new radio station is horrible. I will never turn 93.1 on ever again!!!!

DOUG sucks!! Channel 95.5 is almost unbearable... but I now have them pre-set twice in my car so I don't accidentally go to 93.1. A little warning would have been nice.

I too agree with everyone else...the Doug-FM really sucks! I thought it was a April Fool's prank until the following week when 95.5 was talking about everyone at 93.1 getting fired. I refuse to listen to 93.1 anymore. There are 10 other stations out there that play the same sort of music. Very disappointing to the "true" and long time listeners of DRQ. Bring Jay and Rachelle back!!!

I don't mind the new music format...it's so much better than that hip-hop and rap-crap. But I really do miss Jay and Rachael and their morning crew. They were fun to listen to...they felt more like family (compared to the boring and arrogant people at Q95). Why couldn't they at least keep the morning show?? I thought it was horrible they way they switched formats and fired everyone without any warning (especially bad timing with BSB coming to town). I wouldn't fault Jay Towers though...I don't think he had a say in any of it. Good luck to the Morning Revolution gang...whatever your future may bring.

It's been a few weeks now, but im still waiting for the REAL 93.1 to come back!! Doug sucks and 95.5 is almost as bad, all the DJs are jackasses. I need DRQ back!!!

The new Doug FM is great. It is fianlly a radio station to cure us constant channel chasers. It doesn't play the stolen under the guise of "sampled" music Rap crap that 95.5 plays. It plays something for everyone plus some. Those who don't like go up the dial but I hope it sticks around!!!

I to still cant belive that this has happened. I want 93.1 WDRQ back to top 40, but more i want doug gone and Jay and Rachel back. I have to switched to 95.5, I dont listen or watch any abc tv or radio.

WELL "DOUG FANS" SO FAR, WHAT? LIKE, FIVE PEOPLE LIKE DOUG? OUT OF EIGHTY+ POSTS!!! NOT INCLUDING MINE. AND IT'S STILL GROWING. REMEMBER, THATS JUST ON THIS SITE, SEARCH AROUND IT'S AMAZING! MOSTLY EVERYBODY THINKS THAT DOUG CAN STICK-IT. EVEN THE PEOPLE THAT LISTENS TO THE TYPE OF MUSIC DOUG PLAYS LOOKS FOR IT SOMEWHERE ELSE. DOUG SUCKS

Doug is Fantastic!

If you are part of the majority, you are over the age of 12, appreciate the new format, and have better things to do than "look around" and see what other kids are "posting around town". Face it, if the old format worked, they wouldn't have stopped. As far as the disc jockeys go, most of us are tired of listening to the same old shtick being re-worked over and over again. If you have time to "look around", then follow through on your research. Phone scams were nothing new. Face it. Doug is fresh and new. It helps us get through the day. Keep up the good work.

I'm over the age of 12. Actually over the age of 30, and I like a variety of music, as well as the next person. Honestly, I've listened a total of MAYBE an hour to DOUG. That's only through flipping to the channel and then leaving it again. I still hate it. I don't like their definition of "everything". I would rather pay 99 cents per song at iTunes and pick out my own music, than to listen to the crap being played on DOUG.

My husband is 35 and a university graduate (so you can see that DRQ appealed to a variety of demographics), and he doesn't like DOUG either. We've listened to the JACK format while in Toronto and even at home on the 'net. DOUG is NOTHING like JACK. Not even close. And yes, I'd rather listen to JACK out of TO on my computer than tune my radio in to DOUG.

WOW I am college student at CMU and I was heart broken to come home from college to find out that DRQ has been changed to some BS radio station. I dont understand how someone can take a radio station that was so successful and just flush the whole futrue down the drain. It doesnt make sense even from a business point of view. If you knew what was good for you, you would bring back the old Format DRQ

DRQ never did "phone-scams" 95.5 does, please research.

I will miss the crew at DRQ. I hope they land together at a station I can tune in to

DOUG RADIO IS THE STUPEDIST RADIO STATION EVER!!!! PEOPLE DON'T NEED TO LISTEN TO EVERYTHING, THEY LIKE ONE KIND OF MUSIC, SO THEY LISTEN TO THE STATION WITH THAT KIND OF MUSIC!! DRQ NEEDS TO COME BACK RIGHT NOW!!!

all of my friends wish DRQ would come back on. they covered the night spots better than 955 and besides, We're tired of 955's "think we are cool" DJ'S they've been saying,"thanks for making us Number1". HELLO??!! YOUR THE ONLY STATION LEFT THATS WHY. NOBODY MADE YOU ANYTHING. PEOPLE OTHER THAN YOURSELVES WITH BIG MONEY MADE THIS HAPPEN NOT YOU.

You guys are gay.This kind of music sucks and Jay and Rachel need to come back because they are funny and you guys put me to sleep.Jay and Rachel is the only thing my mom listens to and now she is bummed.All my friends think the same thing,who ever likes this stupid crap is gay.

There are so many other stations that plays the same old stuff dumbass-doug plays. And better on top of that. I don't need to listen to a channel that plays what "THEY THINK" is a good mix/shuffle. I can get what I KNOW is a mix/shuffle, via satilite radio, ipod, cds,tapes, etc... If I want radio, I'll tune to a better station - other than "DOUG"

DOUG FM SUCKS!!! EVEN ALLL THE PEOPLE FROM CANADA HATE THE NEW DOUG FM!! I AM FROM WINDSOR AND MOSTLY EVERYONE HERE LOVED JAY AND RACHEL BRING THEM BACK!!!!! I HATE THE NEW STATION IT BLOWS NOW ILL JUST LISTEN TO 89X OR 95.5 .. U GUYS SUCK FOR CHANGING IT HOPE U ALL FAIL WITH THE NEW STATION!

I HOPE TO GOD THAT DOUG FM FAILS!!!!!!!!!!!!
I AM SO DISAPPOINTED IN THE CHANGE. I HOPE THAT THEY REALIZE WHAT TYPE OF MISTAKE THEY MADE AND BRING DRQ BACK!!!! MY MORNINGS WILL NEVER BE THE SAME.

AGREED. Why would someone want to listen to someone else's I-Pod?? PERIOD. I can stock mine up with all the songs that I WANT to listen to, as would anybody else. If that was all that people wanted then thats what everybody would do... buy an i-pod, and stock up on their CD collection. It's not however. We listen to radio for other more INTERACTIVE reasons, the hosting, the personalities, entertainment, etc. THUMBS DOWN DOUG.

>>>looking at all the comments, the only people who like the new doug FM is the people who dont like top 40....I think that was about 4 people because the rest of the people who want that format listen to 106.7.....I live in flint and always had my radio on DRQ i drove to the "D" everymorning with jay and rachael.....Now my ride sucks I just play cd's now..Its funny thats why they started doug fm to stop people from going to ipod or satallite..now they are forcing you tooo...oh yea 95.5 totally blows!!!!!

I LOVED DRQ, and always hated 95.5. I was nothing short of DEVASTATED that DRQ was dropped. Well, as I was channel surfing I started catching a couple of songs on DOUG. I like a variety of music, and I'm 21. On DOUG, it's more about the music and less about some jockey trying to sound cool. Plus, I hear a HUGE variety of music you rarely get to hear AND it's not at all repetitive. I actually LOVE the new format and really hope it lasts.

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