There are changes in store for some of CBS Radio's properties in Detroit. Rich Homberg, vice president and general manager of CBS stations WWJ-AM (950), WKRK-FM (97.1) and WXYT-AM (1270), will probably be giving up the g.m. job over WKRK and WXYT to focus on the Detroit cluster's cash cow, all-news WWJ. CBS has an ad on InsideRadio.com for a v.p./general manager, a "great strategist," to oversee both its ratings-challenged FM talker WKRK and the signal-challenged sports station WXYT... CBS Radio will beef up management at 3 of its Detroit stations (Tue 9/19)
Final details are being worked out on a deal that will allow Michigan voters to take their measure of the candidates during a trio of televised debates between Gov. Jennifer Granholm and her Republican challenger, Dick DeVos. Debates likely will be held Oct. 2 at WKAR-TV in East Lansing, Oct. 10 at WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids and Oct. 16 at WXYZ-TV in Southfield. Another debate is likely Oct. 12 before the Detroit Economic Club. The election is in seven weeks... DeVos, governor to debate on TV (Tue 9/19)
Rover, you're over. The host of "Rover's Morning Glory" has now lost his Detroit affiliate, WKRK-FM (97.1), less than two months after his home station, Chicago's WCKG-FM, dumped his show in favor of the "Opie and Anthony Show." Rover, whose real name is Shane French, was plucked out of his Cleveland radio station last winter by CBS in an attempt to plug the hole left by the departing Howard Stern when he fled skyward, to Sirius Satellite Radio... 'Opie & Anthony' to replace Rover on WKRK (Tue 9/19)
WXYT 1270 is again shuffling its show lineup, adding a popular syndicated show and eliminating a local program. ESPN's national "Mike and Mike in the Morning" will air 6-10 a.m., starting Tuesday. The station's former morning drive occupant, "Opie and Anthony," moves to WKRK 97.1 to replace "Rover." WXYT ended the "Wetzel and Gator" show, which aired 1-3 p.m... Sports talk WXYT shuffles lineup (Mon 9/18)
Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Grand Rapids businessman Dick DeVos have agreed to appear in three televised debates in the first weeks of October, representatives of their campaigns said Monday. Details on the events in Grand Rapids, East Lansing and Southfield were still being finalized... Granholm, DeVos to face off on TV (Tue 9/19)
The Rover era on Detroit radio -- all eight months or so of it -- ended Monday when Detroit's CBS Radio announced that syndicated, New York-based talk show "Opie and Anthony" -- until today on sports talker WXYT-AM (1270) -- will shift to WKRK-FM (97.1) to replace Cleveland-based Shane (Rover) French and his cast of morning accomplices. Replacing O&A on 1270 this morning will be ESPN Radio's syndicated show "Mike & Mike"... It's all over for Rover at WKRK (Tue 9/19)
Top 5 stations age 12+ in the second summer trend for Detroit: Adult Urban WMXD-FM, Urban WJLB-FM, News/Talk WJR-AM, Rock WRIF-FM, and Top 40 WKQI-FM.
Detroit ratings chart (Tue 9/19)