The rumors of a possible return to WRIF by Drew Lane are probably the most exciting topic in Detroit radio these days. But what if these rumors are merely a smokescreen / negotiating ploy and we'll be hearing about Lane landing on a different station sometime soon? Stay tuned I guess.
WDTK waves goodbye to Laura, says good morning to Mike
With the breakup between conservative talker Laura Ingraham and Salem Broadcasting, she's was taken off the lineup at Salem's WDTK AM 1400 after Friday's show. In the 9am - noon timeslot as of today was Salem's own Mike Gallagher, whose program had previously been heard on tape delay on WDTK.
The station's press release says that Gallagher's program is now in its 11th year of national syndication featuring the combination of solid conservative values, a fast-paced, fun delivery each day, and Mike's first-name relationship with leading newsmakers coast-to-coast.
"Mike Gallagher connects with his audience in a very personal way by creating compelling programming targeted at the issues men and women all over America really care about", according to Tom Tradup, Vice President of Programming, Salem Radio Networks. "Mike has used his program to shine the white hot light of scrutiny on extremist groups and political charlatans. His one-on-one interviews with U.S. Senator John McCain, Vice President Dick Cheney, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani and other leading conservatives regularly generate national headlines. Mike continues to be a leading contributor to the top-rated FOX News Channel, as well as the leading conservative website, Townhall.com."
No new Detroit affiliate has been announced for Ingraham.
WJR to help celebrate GM's 100th anniversary
Newstalker WJR will broadcast live from its Wintergarden studio in the RenCen tomorrow to help cover the 100th anniversary of General Motors. Paul W. Smith (6-9 am), Frank Beckmann (9-11:30 am), and Mitch Albom (5-7 pm) will all host their shows as part of the celebration.
Other programming highlights this week: On Friday, Smith will be on the road and broadcast live from the West Michigan Regional Policy Conference in Grand Rapids and on Saturday WJR's Steve Courtney will broadcast another MSU tailgate program live from East Lansing starting at 12:30pm. The Michigan State - Notre Dame football game will follow beginning at 3:30pm.
WDET to welcome Bob Schieffer & Cheech Marin this week
WDET's "The Back Story" with Quinn Klinefelter (weekdays 3-4pm) has scheduled special guests Bob Schieffer of CBS News and comedian/actor Cheech Marin this week. Klinefelter will be talking with Bob Schieffer on Tuesday, September 16, about Schieffer's new book "Bob Schieffer's America" and other topics. Then on Friday Klinefelter will talk with Cheech Marin about politics, political correctness and his upcoming appearance September 20th in Detroit with Tommy Chong for the Cheech & Chong "Light Up America" tour.
"The Back Story" with Quinn Klinefelter airs weekdays from 3pm to 4pm on WDET 101.9FM and wdet.org.