It appears that today was a tough day at the Clear Channel/Detroit Farmington Hills operations, which houses top-40 WKQI-FM 95.5, soft rock WNIC-FM 100.3, country WDTW-FM 106.7, sports WDFN AM 1130, and talk WDTW AM 1310. Several on-air personalities have been let go along with others that worked behind the scenes at the stations.
Exiting WDFN were the morning duo of Jamie Samuelsen and Greg Brady along with update reporter Matt Shepard, voice talent Darrin Brege, and promotions director Drew Nichol.
There has not been any announcement of what program will take the 6-8am slot on WDFN, but the 8-9am hour has been shifted to mid-morning host Sean Baligian, according to the station's web site. The profiles for Sameulsen and Brady have been removed from the site as of late this morning.
Samuelsen has been with WDFN since the station signed on in July 1994. His first role as a sports update reporter then after about one year was moved into middays with co-host Gregg Henson. Jamie and Gregg moved to morning drive in 1999 and Brady then replaced Henson in 2002. Brady was hired by WDFN in January 1999. Shepard has worked with WDFN for many years in addition to his duties as a reporter/play-by-play host with Fox Sports Net Detroit.
In an e-mail, Samuelsen commented, "I know that I've loved talking sports in Detroit for the last 13 years. The people I have worked with like Stoney and Wojo, Sean and Rona have been the best. And Brady and Shep have become two of my very closest friends. I admire them both a great deal. Hopefully we'll all be back on the air in Detroit sometime soon."
Samuelsen's exit leaves afternoon drive's 'Stoney', Mike Stone, as the lone host that is part of the original on-air team from when WDFN first took to the air with Detroit's first all-sports radio format on July 11th, 1994.
On the FM side, country WDTW has apparently removed two programs from its lineup as that station's web site reflects that the midday show that was hosted by Ericka Lynn and the evening offering hosted by Rob Gramm have been dropped. Gramm has moved over to WKQI where he has rejoined the Mojo in the Morning crew. Evenings on WDTW-FM are now hosted by 'Broadway', who also continues in the same role at cross-state Clear Channel country outlet WBCT-FM 93.7. A midday program was not listed as of Monday evening. And, long-time cluster employee Marc Mitchell, who had been with WKQI, was also released in today's cutbacks.
Detroit Free Press:
Sports-talk WDFN-AM (1130) and its morning show duo of Jamie Samuelson and Matt Brady, along with with sportscaster Matt Shepard, parted company today after their 6-9 a.m. broadcast. The station’s Web site indicated their slot will henceforth be filled with Fox Sports Radio network programming weekdays from 6-8 a.m... WDFN axes morning team; WCHB moves up Parker, Wilson (Mon, 11/5)