WDET to revise program lineup beginning April 2

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WDETPublic WDET-FM 101.9 today announced a new program schedule that will take effect on Monday, April 2, 2007. The station hopes to provide metropolitan Detroiters with the best local and national programming that public radio has to offer with the changes.

In addition to adding nationally renowned public radio programs such as Marketplace, Talk of the Nation, Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me! and the BBC World Service to the broadcast schedule, the station will also introduce a local two-hour weekday public affairs program, Detroit Today.

“The new program schedule reflects WDET’s commitment to be a public radio service that is uniquely designed for metropolitan Detroit,” said Allen Mazurek, Assistant General Manager and Program Director. “Our new local program will give the station the opportunity to interact with the community in unprecedented ways and will further establish WDET as a leader in news and information programming.” Detroit Today will air weekdays from 10am to noon and feature reports, interviews and discussions on issues and events important to metro Detroiters. Subjects will include local government and politics, business and industry, education, history, health, sports, cultural affairs, technology, lifestyle issues and much more. Detroit Today will
also engage listeners to participate in the conversations via phone and email. The new two-hour local program will be produced by the WDET news staff.

As a public service of Wayne State University, the station’s new program schedule supports the University’s mission to provide Detroit with a premier public radio station. WDET’s new line up includes such signature public radio programs as Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Car Talk, Marketplace, Fresh Air, This American Life, Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me!, Talk of the Nation, News & Notes, BBC News, The Tavis Smiley Show, Democracy Now! in addition to local programming such as Detroit Today, Destination Jazz: The Ed Love Program, Folks Like Us with Matt Watroba, Arkansas Traveler with Larry McDaniel, Deep River with Robert Jones, and Jay’s Place with Jay Butler.

Coming off the weekday schedule with the changes announced today are Liz Copeland's local 'Alternative Take' overnight music show along with NPR's 'Day to Day'. Weekend shows that will be ending include offerings from hosts Ralph Valdez, W. Kim Heron, Mick Collins, and Chuck Horn.



New WDET program schedule effective April 2, 2007

Monday - Friday
5-10AM Morning Edition (including Marketplace Morning Reports at 5:50,
7:50 and 9:50am)
10AM-12PM Detroit Today
12-1PM Here And Now
1-2PM BBC World Have Your Say
2-3PM Talk of the Nation
3-4PM Fresh Air
4-7PM All Things Considered & Marketplace
7-8PM News & Notes
8-9PM Democracy Now!
9PM-12AM Destination Jazz: The Ed Love Program
12-5AM BBC World Service

5-5:30AM The Treatment
5:30-6AM The Business
6-7AM On The Media
7-8AM Best of Detroit Today
8-10AM Weekend Edition
Including WDET Local News
10-11AM Car Talk
11AM-12PM Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me!
12-1PM This American Life
1-4PM Folks Like Us with Matt Watroba
4-6PM The Arkansas Traveler with Larry McDaniel
6-7PM All Things Considered
7-10PM Jay’s Place with Jay Butler
10PM-12AM Michael Julien’s Global Mix
12-5AM BBC World Service

5-6AM The Infinite Mind
6-8AM Deep River with Robert Jones
8-10AM Weekend Edition
Including WDET Local News
10-11AM Best of Detroit Today
11AM-12PM This American Life
12-1PM Car Talk
1-2PM Marketplace Money
2-3PM Studio 360
3-5PM The Tavis Smiley Show
5-6PM All Things Considered
6-7PM Living On Earth
7-8PM Afropop Worldwide
8PM-9PM The Changing World/Special Programming
9-10PM Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me!
10PM-5AM BBC World Service

Detroit Free Press:

WDET adds more news and info; overnight music gone (Thu, 3/22)

Detroit News:

WDET to cut more music programs (Fri, 3/23)



For years I've enjoyed and supported WDET because they were unique. Morning Edition and Prairie Home Companion were pretty much the only shows I could catch elsewhere on the dial. (Oh, and Fresh Air, but in a different timeslot.)

Their previous schedule change brought a lot more similarity to Michigan Radio (WUOM/WFUM/WVGR), at the expense of some unique programs. And WRCJ's addition of evening jazz increased the overlap. But at least they kept Liz Copeland's "late night overnight" show, IMHO the most unique thing on the Detroit dial.

Now they've decided to copy Michigan Radio's format right down to the five-hour "we don't have anything better to fill this space" marathon of BBC World Service overnight! They should be embarassed. Good luck with the upcoming pledge drive, WDET, because you've just alienated lots of long-time supporters.

Doesn't anybody over there get it? I have been listening since 1982. I haven't pledged since 1994. This may sound strange but this last program change has prompted me to put my east side Detroit home on the market.

Good luck with your changes WDET

WDET might as well just play the same feed as Michigan Radio (WUOM etc.), as they seem bound and determined to duplicate its format. With Liz Copeland gone, there is absolutely no reason to have WDET set on my car's radio.

While I understand that losing $300,000 a year can force a station to undergo format changes, I question how bringing in a bunch of NPR shows that are ALREADY available in the area on other stations is a good way to spend money. Instead of "different" programming, maybe they need more "public" programming. Set aside a few hours a week of programming to listener-driven shows.

Liz Copeland was enough in and of herself for me to contribute to WDET. I enjoy NPR news programs, don't get me wrong, I also contribute to WUOM. But if WDET is going to duplicate WUOM, I'm not contributing (or listening) to both.

Alternate Take is being replaced with BBC World News. I used to live near another public radio station that did five hours of BBC World News in a row - it's the most unimaginative, useless programming decision an NPR affiliate can make - an hour would do just fine. After five hours, however, the stories have been repeated and re-hashed more frequently than just watching CNN Headline News for five hours. I love international news, but BBC World News is dry, tedious, and excruciating - I simply do NOT need any sports scores in my international news. If I cared about baseball, football, basketball or hockey, I'd simply WATCH THE GAMES. The BBC World News, however, assumes I want match highlights of soccer, cricket and rugby. This is not "international news" in the sense that I have any use for. BBC World News could easily be condensed into a much more interesting one hour show, leaving four hours for Liz Copeland's Alternate Take.

Well, here goes another chapter in WDET's alienation game. I don't care who they say is listening to their current lineup, doesn't anyone understand that this station was the last bastion for new & interesting music, mixed with classics from all genres? How many people were listening to them then? What kind of presence did they have in the community then, as opposed to what they think they'll have now and in the future? I'm a music lover, not a news lover. If I want news I can read the paper or watch TV. Music is primarily an aural experience, that's why I want to hear it on the radio. So what are we left with, poor Ed Love who they'll probably work to death, or old soul-jock has-beens like Jay Butler? This is pathetic, another toll of the bell for Detroit culture & arts. No wonder Jack White moved to Memphis.






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