Metro Detroit: Newsmakers June 7, 2008




Detroit Free Press:

WCHB-AM (1200) announced a format change, effective Monday, that eliminates its news and sports talk lineup except for its well-rated morning show, helmed by outspoken political commentator Mildred Gaddis. Among the weekday casualties are syndicated shows by Warren Ballentine and Rev. Al Sharpton and local chat fests featuring Detroit-based talkers Rob Parker and Mark Wilson, and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Angelo Henderson, who may be retained for a Sunday-only show, according to station marketing director Kathie Stonehouse. She said the station retained Gaddis -- the only nonmusic show on the station -- because "Mildred Gaddis is an institution. It's an award-winning show." Gaddis is also responsible for the best ratings of WCHB's broadcast day... WCHB trades its talk shows for gospel music (Sat, 6/7)



Detroit News:

There's more churn in Detroit's radio universe, as WCHB-AM "News Talk 1200" undergoes a programming change. Much-beloved morning host Mildred Gaddis will stay, but other local shows -- including the weekday Parker and the Man and Your Voice with Angelo Henderson -- will be eliminated as the station transitions from talk to a new gospel-music format. The station's new tagline will be "Mildred in the Morning and Inspiration All Day." Parker and the Man, a sports-talk program featuring Detroit News columnist Rob Parker and Real Detroit's Mark Wilson, will vanish starting Monday, when the changes take effect. Also disappearing will be the Rev. Al Sharpton's nationally syndicated show, Keeping It Real... Gaddis survives WCHB shakeup (Sat, 6/7)







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