Metro Detroit: Newsmakers May 22, 2006

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106.7 becomes the Fox

Newly launched country station 106.7 Detroit has taken the name 'The Fox' to identify itself, rejecting the conventional wisdom that suggested a reborn W4 Country at 106.7. Interestingly, 'The Fox' was the name of the last music format on 99.5 before that station switched to news/talk and then to country WYCD-FM in 1993. The person that 'killed the fox' on 99.5 during its stunting in December 1992? Dr. Don Carpenter as 'Cowboy Hugh' . Dr. Don currently holds down mornings on 'YCD and will now have his chance to kill yet another "fox".

DetroitRadioFlashbacks.net has preserved an aircheck of the end of the 'Fox' on 99.5 --
Click here to listen

Before 'The Fox' on 99.5, there was another attempt at a radio station named 'The Fox'. This one was at 93.9 FM in the 1980s when that station attempted to move its Top 40 format from AM 800 but was not allowed to do so by Canadian broadcast authorities. The Fox on 93.9 lasted only a few short weeks, and for only 4 hours each day- 2 each in morning and afternoon drive.

One has to wonder if Clear Channel Detroit has 'outfoxed' itself with this name selection....



Detroit News:

That 1067needshelp.com campaign to pick a new format for the struggling rock station at 106.7 FM ended at 3 p.m. Friday as the station segued from a line of Big & Rich's "Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy" into "Hell Yeah (Turn it Up)" by Montgomery Gentry. A voice intoned, "Now the mission is to name your station. Vote to name your new country radio station." Since the Drive used to be country station WWWW-FM years ago, one has to wonder will the Drive's owner, Clear Channel, try to borrow back those call letters from its Ann Arbor station?... WDTW-FM 'The Drive' changes format to country (Mon 5/22)



Detroit Free Press:

Helping out: WDIV-TV Local 4 morning coanchor Rhonda Walker. Walker, who has also established her own program for girls -- Girls into Women through her charity, the Rhonda Walker Foundation ... Moving: Beginning June 3, Lou Perry to Ann Arbor's AirAmerica Liberal Radio Station WLBY-AM (1290) from crosstown WAAM-AM (1600)... Names and Faces (Mon 5/22)



Ann Arbor News:

Sister Ann Shields adjusts a wireless headset and arranges a Bible and a set of notes on a table in front of her. In the next 75 minutes, she'll record five "Food for the Journey'' programs at WDEO (990 AM), the Catholic radio station at Domino's Farms. In late April, Shields recorded program number 3,000. As a Catholic evangelist, she's also traveled around the world, invited to speak at conference after conference. But Shields, 67, calls herself a reluctant evangelist... Radio show part of sister's gentle Catholic evangelism (Mon 5/22)

 

1 Comments

I am glad that you are back to a country station. More of the old country music would be great. With so much selection, do we have to hear repeats every other hour? I sure hope not. I have noticed that you play some like that. If you want your station to be different, replays should be avoided. I will listen to this station if I don't have to hear the same song over and over. As far as I am concerned, all the old country music would suit me just fine.

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This page contains a single entry by Mike Austerman published on May 22, 2006 12:30 PM.

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