Future uncertain for new WXYT-FM morning hosts
During today's broadcast, new WXYT-FM 97.1 morning hosts Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle revealed that they have not signed a new contract with CBS Radio/Detroit and that they are still negotiating for a new agreement. Their current contract with the company runs through the end of 2007.
Deminski and Doyle had been the afternoon drive hosts for what was hot talk WKRK-FM on 97.1 for eight years prior to the station changing to sports yesterday. The duo found out about their move to mornings on Friday after management announced that they would not be going on the air that day and instead aired a 'best of' program. The show that aired this morning was a 'normal' D&D program, not at all focused on sports which is the direction the station has taken with yesterday's changes.
WYCD Promotes Mike Scott To APD/MD
CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT has promoted long-time midday personality MIKE SCOTT to APD/MD. In addition to his new duties, MIKE will continue hosting his midday shift. The appointment will take effect immediately. SCOTT has been with WYCD for eight years. (Mon, 10/1)
The demise of CBS Radio's "Free FM" talk format continued with Monday's announcement that WKRK-FM (97.1) was dumping Free FM to become "Detroit's Sports Powerhouse," simulcasting WXYT-AM (1270) sports programming. WXYT-FM will carry the Detroit Lions, as well as the Red Wings, Tigers and University of Michigan sports (except for U-M football, which will continue to air on CBS-owned WOMC-FM, 104.3) to be simulcast on the AM station. The WKRK call letters are history and the station is now known as WXYT-FM... New WXYT-FM goes to all-sports programming (Tue, 10/2)
Grace Gilchrist, who has guided WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) as the station's vice president and general manager for more than a decade, plans to retire by the end of the year. Gilchrist's retirement, which she announced to the staff late last week, will cap a long and successful career in television station management and advertising sales. The Detroit native has served as WXYZ's vice president and general manager for 13 years, earning the distinction as the station's longest-serving chief executive... WXYZ-TV general manager to retire (Tue, 10/2)
Detroit Free Press:
Two CBS-owned radio stations merged Monday, simulcasting sports talk. WXYT-AM (1270) and WKRK-FM (97.1) became WXYT-AM and FM at 3 p.m. There will be one basic exception to the otherwise all-sports lineup. The new morning show on both stations will be WKRK's successful non-sports talk afternoon drive show with Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle. The other WKRK voices -- syndicated morning show Opie & Anthony, talker Johnny D., longtime Detroit radio voice Jay Towers, Lila and Bill McAllister billed as "Motor City Middays" and syndicated pundit Bill O'Reilly -- were not retained. The station's vice-president and general manager Kevin Murphy said he could not be specific about their fates because it was a personnel matter. Some could be placed with other CBS stations... WKRK and WXYT merge to simulcast sports talk (Tue, 10/2)
Local talk radio station to amp up sports content
By Art Vuolo
As more sports programming and play-by-play action swings from AM radio over to the FM band, CBS Radio has done exactly that with changes that kicked off this week when talk radio WKRK-FM (97.1) became “Detroit’s Sports Powerhouse” ... Insiders reported that popular afternoon duo Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle — D&D — already had cleaned out their office when they reportedly could not come to terms over money and their contract with the station. Yet, in last minute talks, something was agreed upon in the eleventh hour as on Monday morning, D&D showed up, replacing the syndicated Opie & Anthony Show from New York.