Crain's Detroit Business reports today that John Mason might be close to returning to the Detroit airwaves on Adult Urban/Jazz WGPR-FM 107.5. The move would mark a return to morning radio for Mason, a timeslot he held for years on WJLB-FM 97.9 and then later WDMK when it was located at 102.7 FM. WDMK changed frequency to 105.9 when the station landed Tom Joyner in June 2005; Mason stayed with WDMK at 105.9 but moved to afternoon drive. His contract with WDMK expired earlier this summer.
Final details on the plan are still being worked out, but according to the article Mason could return to the air as soon as September 12th.
The Crain's piece also states Mason has constructed a $600,000 studio in downtown Detroit using his own funding and will attempt to market his show nationwide via a syndication deal with a twist- he'll be willing to pay for his air time. He's already close to reaching a deal to land a morning slot in the Flint market on WOWE-FM 98.9.
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Detroit Public Radio, WDET-FM 101.9, will present Amy Goodman in Detroit on Friday, September 22 at 7pm at the Hilberry Theatre on the campus of Wayne State University. Popular host of "Democracy Now!," heard on WDET weekdays at 11am, Goodman comes to Detroit with her new book co-written by her brother, David Goodman, titled, "Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and the People Who Fight Back" (published by Hyperion and released September 5).
The event is also a fundraiser for Detroit Public Radio. For a gift of $150, donors receive a pair of Gold Circle Seats (first few rows), a copy of her new book and will attend a private catered reception with Goodman. Seating is very limited for this special opportunity. General admission seats are also available for $12.
All tickets are available only through WDET and may be purchased by calling 1-800-959-WDET or online at wdetfm.org.