WDET readies launch of HD2 service
Public WDET-FM (101.9) plans on launching secondary HD2 programming later this month. According to interim general manager Allen Mazurek, "The balance between news and music on WDET is one that has shaped listener opinion and perception about the station for years. Now, we’re pleased to announce the initial launch of WDET-HD2."
"WDET2 will begin as a music service that draws on WDET’s history as a leader in presenting diverse and progressive music from across the spectrum, with a specific emphasis on Detroit artists. It will be available later this month to all listeners equipped with an HD receiver. Internet broadcast of this service through wdet.org is also under investigation."
Muzurek continues, "From an admittedly modest launch, we hope this service will grow over time to include live programming, provide volunteer and training opportunities for budding radio producers and hosts, and provide a new platform for the exciting and diverse music and experimental programming enjoyed by many WDET listeners through the years. In the coming weeks, we’ll provide additional information about WDET-HD2."
On the analog side, the station is also making some lineup changes effective September 15th:
Beginning Monday September 17, the station adds "Tell Me More" with Michel Martin from NPR News, weekdays at 1pm. Host Michel Martin joined NPR from ABC News, where she worked as a correspondent for Nightline. This program will replace "World Have Your Say" from the BBC.
Also taking effect the weekend of September 15-16:
- "Michael Julien's Global Mix" runs an additional hour on Saturday evenings, from 10pm-1am.
- The sacred music program "Deep River with Robert Jones" moves to Sunday afternoons from 3pm to 5pm.
-"The Tavis Smiley Show" will now be heard twice each weekend, Friday evenings from 7pm to 9pm, and Sunday mornings from 6pm to 8am.
-Sunday evenings at 8pm, WDET will present "The Evolution of Jazz" - Revisited. This nationally distributed program on the history of jazz was hosted by Ed Love in the late 80's and early 90's, and was heard on 125 stations around the country and in Puerto Rico. As we begin a conversion process to preserve this part of the station's history, we're pleased to be able to share it with listeners once again.
-Sunday evenings at 10pm will now be a dedicated hour for the many high-quality specials and limited-run series available to public radio stations, providing an outlet for the best that public radio has to offer on a weekly basis. First off will be the latest installment of "America Abroad", and then a new 5-part series from Jay Allison called "Stories From the Heart of the Land."