Detroit Public Radio WDET-FM has announced a new program schedule that begins tomorrow, Tuesday, December 13th. Gone from the weekday lineup are music programs hosted by Judy Adams and Chuck Horn as the station moves to primarily an all-Talk format. Former weekday music host Martin Bandyke exited the station last week. The new lineup of talk-based shows mark the end, at least for now, of the station's focus on Adult Alternative music- a format for which the station won numerous industry awards and developed a fiercely loyal following. No doubt the fans of WDET's music programs will feel abandonded by today's changes.
The new offerings on WDET include the return of many steadfast public radio programs such as Car Talk, Fresh Air, This American Life, Afropop Worldwide and The Tavis Smiley Show. WDET is also bringing some new programs to Detroit listeners such as News & Notes with Ed Gordon, Democracy Now!, Day To Day, BBC's World Have Your Say, Here & Now, Studio 360 and On The Media. WDET also welcomes back three of its heritage music programs with Folks Like Us with Matt Watroba, Arkansas Traveler with Larry McDaniel and Deep River with Robert Jones. Longtime music host Chuck Horn stays with the station and will host an electronic-based music program called Seventh Journey from Midnight til 5 AM Sunday nights/early Monday mornings.
"I believe these program additions will help give Detroit the kind of premier public radio service it deserves," said Michael Coleman, WDET General Manager. "Our entire community needs access to intelligent, thoughtful and diverse voices about the issues and challenges facing all of us. I'm also delighted to welcome back Matt Watroba, Larry McDaniel and Robert Jones who hosted enormously popular programs on WDET for many years."
Many NPR and specialty music programs were discontinued at WDET in September 2004. Those changes did not meet listener's expectations and posed challenges for station fundraising and audience growth. The new schedule reinstates many of the programs previously discontinued and adds eight programs never available on WDET. "WDET now offers the kind of programming one expects from a public radio service," said Allen Mazurek, interim WDET Program Director. "Programs like Fresh Air, Car Talk and NPR news define public radio for millions of listeners nationwide."
"NPR is thrilled that our programs are extending their national reach with WDET, a great radio station that has a long and distinguished history of service to the Detroit community," said Jay Kernis, NPR's Senior vice President for Programming. "We hope that WDET listeners find them valuable and enjoyable and, if they cause listeners to remain in their cars a little longer, we'll be happy and sorry at the same time."
The new weekday WDET lineup:
5-10 AM: Morning Edition
10-11 AM: News and Notes with Ed Gordon (new)
11 AM - Noon: Democracy Now (new)
Noon - 1 PM: Here and Now (new)
1-2 PM: World, Have Your Say (new)
2-3 PM: Day to Day (new)
3-4 PM: Fresh Air (new) / This American Life (Fridays)
4-7 PM: All Things Considered
7 PM - Midnight: Destination Jazz with Ed Love (new time)
Midnight - 5 AM: Music Overnight with Liz Copeland (new time)
Changes to WDET's weekend schedule include the departure of hosts Willy Wilson and John Penney.
5-5:30 AM: The Treatment (new day/time)
5:30-6 AM: The Business (new)
6-7 AM: On the Media (new)
7-8 AM: The Motley Fool (new day)
8-10 AM: Weekend Edition
10-11 AM: Car Talk (new)
11 AM - 2 PM: Folks Like Us with Matt Watroba (new)
2-4 PM: Arkansas Traveler with Larry McDaniels (new)
4-5 PM: Fresh Air Weekend (new)
5-6 PM: All Things Considered
6-9 PM: The Gene Elzy Program (new time)
9 PM - Midnight: The Jon Moshier Program (new time)
Midnight - 5 AM: Music Overnight with Michael Julien
5-6 AM: Infinite Mind (new time)
6-7 AM: Living on Earth (new time)
7-8 AM: Car Talk (new)
8-10 AM: Weekend Edition
10-11 AM: This American Life (new time)
11 AM - 1 PM: Detroit Symphony Orchestra (new time)
1-3 PM: Deep River With Robert Jones (new)
3-5 PM: The Tavis Smiley Show (new time)
5-6 PM: All Things Considered
6-7 PM: Studio 360 (new)
7-8 PM: AfroPop Worldwide (new)
8-10 PM: The W. Kim Heron Program (new time)
10 PM - Midnight: The Ralph Valdez Program
Midnight - 5 AM: Seventh Journey with Chuck Horn (new)
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