Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan. 23, 2009




Detroit Free Press:

About 7.5 million homes in the United States -- or 5.7% of all homes -- are still not ready for the Feb. 17 transition to digital TV, according to the Nielsen TV survey company. On the list of the 56 top TV markets nationwide, Detroit ranks 35th, with about 4.4% of the homes unprepared. In Detroit, 83% of all homes are ready, while another 12.4% are partially ready, usually meaning that some of the TVs in the house are set for digital reception. The company doesn't say what actual numbers the percentages represent. In early December, the Federal Communications Commission said as many as 100,000 people in metro Detroit may be unprepared for the Feb. 17 cutoff of traditional analog broadcasts... Detroit ranks 35th in digital TV readiness (Fri, 1/23)



Former WDFN host Greg Brady blogs on demise of station

WDFN -- 1994-2008; I've worked for four radio stations in my professional life. What do you mean I'm not very professional?? Hey - you're reading this! Something got you here. An accident? Oh sorry, our website can be unpredictable. But if you actually arrived here with a reason, sit back and I'll tell you a story that had a lot of happy moments but kind of a sad ending. Of the four stations, I've been at AM640 for about 14 months now. I was working in Windsor for a year when I got out of Fanshawe College before my classmates performed some kind of scene right out of the "Saw" movies on me. Jealousy. Must have been that. The voice. Those stylish clothes. Who knows. Anyway, and I had the pleasure of being able to say I worked for my hometown station of CFPL, now known as AM980 in London, Ontario. That was a cool thing. But I was at WDFN in Detroit for nine years. I arrived when I was 27, left when I was 36, and now that I'm 37, the station doesn't exist anymore. Yesterday (Tuesday, January 20th), the powers that be blew it up. All local programming is gone except the odd sports update, and Detroit Pistons basketball until the end of the NBA season. The station went on the air in 1994, when there was still lots of doubt as to whether the format itself could succeed and make a dent in what was then the sixth biggest radio market in the United States. When I arrived in 1998, it was the ninth biggest... Who Says You Can't Go Home? Clear Channel, That's Who (Thu, 1/22)







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