WDFN to reintroduce some local programming; Matt Shepard returning for mornings
Sports Radio 1130 WDFN has announced that Matt Shepard will be back as the station's morning host beginning on Monday April 6th at 7am. "Shep, Shower and Shave" makes it way back to The Motor City, just in time for Tigers Opening Day and The National Title Game at Ford Field. WDFN will promote itself as the only station in Detroit for local sports talk in the morning. Shep will be live with local athletes and coaches from The Detroit Sports Scene each day from 7 - 9 am, bringing with him a complete knowledge of the Detroit sports scene and a reputation as one of the best in the business.
A month after returning to the Detroit Public Radio WDET-FM (101.9) airwaves with her "Essential Music" program, Ann Delisi now feels comfortable running the board in the station's spacious studio. She never got to use the new board or studio during her earlier stint on the station, from 1983-95. "I was sort of in on the blueprints, but I never made it into the actual studio. I had gone to the River (CIDR-FM, 93.9) by the time they opened it," Delisi said. After the River, Delisi was on the air at pop station WDVD-FM (96.3) and classical/jazz WRCJ-FM (90.9), so she knows how different commercial radio stations are from public radio. "When you see how the other half lives, public broadcasting in this form is really amazing, from a freedom standpoint and a musical standpoint," Delisi says. "I have a greater appreciation for it" ... In the February, morning show Arbitron PPM ratings, Purtan's show didn't do badly in the overall persons in the 12-plus age group, ranking fourth (Paul W. Smith/WJR-AM was No. 1, Mike in the Morning/WRIF-FM No. 2 and Joe Donovan/Roberta Jasina/WWJ-AM No. 3); although in the coveted 25-54 age group, the Purtan show didn't do as well, coming in at No. 12. That's still better than the Deminski & Doyle morning show on WCSX-FM (94.7), which came in at No. 15 for persons age 12-plus, and just slightly better, No. 14, in persons age 25-54. As for the Purtan show, look for a new sidekick to be introduced... soon... WDET-FM host Ann Delisi thankful for public broadcasting (Thu, 4/2)