Today's Grand Rapids Press reports that Detroit Tigers broadcasts have returned to WMFN-AM 640 as of yesterday's game. The station dropped the team's radio play-by-play 10 days ago when it changed its format from talk to adult urban. Commenting at the time of the format change and decision to drop the Tigers, the station's new general manager, Tyrone Bynum, told the Press that he wouldn't air the games if the station had to pay for them and that there wasn't much advertiser or listener support for the broadcasts. In today's story, Bynum now claims "the Tigers' return to the station is based upon a groundswell of support from local baseball fans and advertisers in the West Michigan community." "I'm not paying," Bynum said. "I wanted to put them on in the first place, but I'm trying not to go broke. This is a business. We've got sponsors who are deferring that cost, and we've got more sponsors coming on board."
One thing seems certain... the Tigers flagship station, Infinity-owned WYXT-AM 1270 Detroit, plans on holding its affiliates to its contracts.