Arbitron has dropped the the Detroit radio market to the 10th largest in the country, down from 9th, as Atlanta moves ahead of the Motor City into 9th place. The Detroit market population was estimated by arbitron to be 3,880,300 people, nearly 200,000 behind Atlanta.
Grand Rapids is now considered the 67th largest market, Ann Arbor 147, Battle Creek 261, Flint 127, Kalamazoo 184, Lansing 122, Muskegon 233, Saginaw 131, South Bend IN 178, Toledo OH 87, and Traverse City 192.
Hideki Matsui stood at home plate in Friday night's second inning, watching Kenny Rogers' called third strike. Then the voice -- the only voice most Tigers fans recall with a playoff team -- followed with a catchphrase dearly missed: "He stood there like the house by the side of the road and watched that one go by." Ernie Harwell, whose statue greets visitors at Comerica Park, was back in the broadcast booth at times during Game 3, his first extensive play-by-play since retiring in 2002... An old friend returns to booth (Sat 10/7)
It seems like a sick practical joke, or maybe a question on a standardized test for fans. If a Tigers playoff game starts in Detroit at 4:30 p.m., and the Michigan-Michigan State football game kicks off in Ann Arbor at 4:30 p.m., and you are on a train from Saginaw with a top speed of 72 m.p.h., and you jump off the train so that you can run to the nearest TV, which game do you watch? And for that matter, who ever heard of a big-time sporting event starting at 4:30 p.m., let alone TWO? Somebody must really hate you, right? Alas, this is real life, and it is the most serious question being asked by Michigan citizens this morning. I mean, except for little issues like the gubernatorial race and saving the economy and stuff... What to watch? Impossible to choose (Sat 10/7)
ESPN and Major League Baseball took a strictly business approach when airing Game 3 Friday night. The game aired on Detroit's Fox affiliate, WKBD-TV Channel 2. If commentators Joe Morgan and Jon Miller hadn't had the voice of the Tigers, Hall of Famer Ernie Harwell, in the booth with them, the generic coverage could have been construed for Any City, USA... Nation gets generic look at Detroit (Sat 10/7)
Eminem was in the house at Comerica Park Friday night -- but in song only. The Detroit rapper's "Welcome 2 Detroit" pumped up fans when it was played over the stadium's loud speakers in the middle of the third inning. The paparazzi flashbulbs weren't exactly burning at Game 3 of the American League Division Series, the first Major League Baseball playoff game held in Detroit in 19 years... Game produces sparse celeb spotting (Sat 10/7)
Dan Dickerson figured it was worth asking. With the Detroit Tigers in the playoffs for the first time in 19 years, Dickerson wanted Ernie Harwell to join him in the broadcast booth and do an inning of play-by-play. But the first time Dickerson asked, back on Labor Day weekend, the answer wasn't encouraging... Harwell behind the mike again -- briefly (Sat 10/7)
It's been 19 years since Detroit Tigers fans saw their baseball team in the playoffs. Even so, many Bay Cityans say the annual University of Michigan-Michigan State University football showdown trumps the baseball playoffs any day of the week. ''The Tigers are the commercial break for the guys I know,'' said Elechia Bolda of Essexville, who's not a big sports fan herself. In a twist of fate whose odds are almost eclipsian in nature, today at 4:30 p.m. the Tigers host the New York Yankees in Game 4 of the American League division series, and the 99th annual Michigan-Michigan State game kicks off in Ann Arbor... A day to flip channels: Tigers, football showdown on at same time (Sat 10/7)