By: Mike Austerman
Either there is something big brewing at talk WKRK-FM (97.1) or they intend on burning out hosts Jay Towers and Bill McAllister with their current time slot of 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Six hours is a long time to host a free-flowing talk program like “Motor City Middays,” not to mention all the time that must go in to preparing for such a long show. Even the top stars of talk radio are usually only asked to host three or four hours each day — how much can be expected over the long haul for Towers and McAllister? I honestly don’t know how Towers does it with his additional responsibilities as a weekend features reporter for Fox 2.
Now with the removal of Michelle McKormick from the Live 97.1 Free FM midday show has to have made it that much harder on both remaining hosts. With her departure, WKRK no longer has any female hosts during weekdays — and without any female perspective, aside from occasional callers, it seems that WKRK is fighting even harder for the same male-dominated audience as sister station sports WXYT-AM (1270). And both stations have passed out more than their share of pink slips in the past few weeks.