Metro Detroit: Newsmakers April 20, 2008




Detroit Free Press:

Why can't Justin Verlander get past the sixth inning? Should Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick resign? How far will the Red Wings go in the playoffs? In the aftermath of New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's philandering, should prostitution be legalized? Will the Lions get a first-round draft choice who has staying power? What's your favorite slang name for a woman's breasts? This is sports talk radio? Sounds like it these days. Detroit's WDFN-AM (1130) and the merged-last-fall WXYT-AM/FM (1270/97.1) have veered away from sports more regularly and jumped on breaking nonsports topics more often in 2008's first quarter. Open-line segments -- once unheard-of on sports-talk stations -- are now regular parts of the broadcast day. WXYT even promotes them just before commercial breaks... Sports talk and a lot more (Sun, 4/20)


So, if sports-talk stations are mixing in other topics, what are news-talk stations talking about? And are they feeling threatened? News-talk WJR-AM (760) is the market's dominant news-talk station, both in ratings and revenue. Is operations manager Steve Stewart worried about erosion of his audience?... News-talk WJR touts its depth of coverage (Sun, 4/20)



Ann Arbor News:

Local public radio stations have wrapped up their spring membership drives ... WEMU, Eastern Michigan University's public radio station, surpassed its spring pledge drive goal of $125,000 by more than $1,800 for a total of $126,846 raised over eight and a half days, marketing and development director Molly Motherwell said. "Our focus this spring was on community radio and building community, and the listeners really responded to that,'' said Motherwell... On the Air: Michigan Radio, WEMU conclude spring fund drives (Sun, 4/20)







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