Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 10, 2008




Detroit News:

Say goodbye to Comcast Local, effective in March. The channel, owned by cable giant Comcast, has been dedicated to showing local high school sports in Indiana and Michigan since 2004. Comcast has decided to take Local off the air in both states, due to business considerations. "In this competitive marketplace, Comcast continues to evaluate its programming lineup," said Patrick Paterno, director of communications for Comcast's Michigan region. "Over the past three years, there have been numerous changes in the sports programming environment, from national to regional to local sport coverage. Comcast is committed to sports programming and continues to be the best source for local, regional and national sports programming." John Johnson, communications director for the Michigan High School Athletic Association, is monitoring the situation. "It's just a shame that Comcast is taking away a venue that showed grass-roots sports," Johnson said... Comcast Local leaving the air (Thu, 1/10)

More change at 97.1 The Ticket , WXYT (1270 AM and 97.1 FM ), as Tom Bigby comes in to run things as operations manager, effective Monday. Bigby was program director at the legendary Philadelphia sports station WIP-AM from the '80s through 2004, and will definitely bring a sharp edge to the station. More recently, Bigby was operations manager at WYSP-FM, a CBS Free FM station in Philly. Dan Zampillo remains as WXYT program director. "Now that 'XYT is in on the FM dial, CBS is investing in the station and getting it right, coaching the talent and putting the best possible talent out there," said CBS Detroit market manager Kevin Murphy... Bigby brings edge to The Ticket (Thu, 1/10)

Former WDFN, WXYT, WKRK host Henson out in Austin, TX

Gregg Henson has been released from his gig as program director and afternoon co-host at Clear Channel owned sports outlet KVET AM in Austin, Texas. Henson claims on his blog at that, "I don't really know why just yet, but I will find out in short order. I didn't get many answers today."

Henson states that he and his wife will now focus on opening a new business in Austin outside of radio.

A native of metro Detroit, Henson's highest profile jobs locally were at sports WDFN AM, sports WXYT AM, and then talk WKRK-FM before leaving town over two years ago for radio gigs in Austin and Philadelphia.

Top 5 stations in Detroit among all listeners during the fall ratings period were WJR AM, WMXD-FM, WNIC-FM, WJLB-FM, and WWJ AM... Detroit 12+ radio ratings, Fall 2007 (Thu, 1/10)







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