In yet another case of rumors becoming reality, sports WDFN 1130 Detroit appears locally to have taken the brunt of cuts implemented today by owner Clear Channel. Fired were afternoon drive hosts Mike Stone and Bob Wojnowksi, and mid-morning host Sean Baligian. Morning host Matt Shepard loses his program but remains with the station as a reporter. Once coverage of the Presidential Inauguration ended this afternoon, WDFN essentially became an outlet of the syndicated Fox Sports Radio network with the only local programming being Detroit Pistons basketball and sports updates from Shepard and fellow reporters Matt Dery and Rob Otto.
Also exiting Clear Channel/Detroit in the cutbacks are Jamillah Muhammad who had been the operations manager for adult urban WMXD-FM 92.3 and also used to produce "The Keith Sweat Hotel" syndicated night show for Clear Channel's Premiere Radio. Muhammad had been with the company for 19 years.
The parent company of WDFN 1130 made sweeping cuts and a major programming change to the Detroit sports talk radio station Tuesday, eliminating local shows such as "Stoney and Wojo" and Sean Baligian's midday program. Clear Channel now will air nationally-syndicated Fox Sports Radio programs... Local sports shows cut at WDFN (Tue, 1/20)
Detroit Free Press:
Mike Stone, half of the popular Detroit sports radio drive-time team of "Stoney and Wojo," got word of his future from WDFN-AM (1130) management around noon today. Like the news for other on-air talent at the station, it wasn't good. Stone, his on-air partner Bob Wojnowski and morning host Sean Baligian were among those laid off yesterday as part of parent company Clear Channel's decision to drop most local programming at the Farmington Hills-based station, with the exception of Pistons games and sports updates. WDFN likely will move to a nationally syndicated programming format in the future, although its Web page message today said it was "remodeling" and to check back soon. Calls to the station's management were not immediately returned... Mike Stone, others from WDFN react to layoffs (Tue, 1/20)
In the wake of the Inauguration Day massacre at WDFN I thought I would give you a few more nuggets of information regarding whats left of the radio station and why this happened. The reason for the death of Detroit's original sports station- WDFN has been mismanaged for a really long time. I'm not here to blow my own horn, but Peter Connolly the GM who presided over WDFN in it hey-day really understood the product and what needed to be done to compete and win the sports battle. He left me alone and let me do what needed to be done to get the station noticed and to get ratings. I haven't had that luxury with any of the stations I worked with after leaving WDFN, it was one clueless GM after another. That is part of the reason I left the business, Programmers weren't Programming any longer... Some thoughts about WDFN and Clear Channel, Stoney and Wojo's next move? (Tue, 1/20)