Detroit Public Radio, WDET-FM (101.9), will launch a tweaked program schedule Dec. 26, shuffling air shifts, adding new shows and dumping some old standbys. J. Mikel Ellcessor, the station's general manager, says he's positioning the station as a news and information destination during the week, with music emphasized on the weekend. "During the week, there's a hole for news and information, on the weekend, people want to have fun. I don't think there's any big mystery to this," Ellcessor says. Ed Love's nightly jazz program will go from airing five nights a week, Monday through Friday, to two days, Saturday and Sunday. The daily news/talk show "Detroit Today" will be rebranded "The Craig Fahle Show" after its host, and moves to a more prominent slot at 10 a.m. weekdays (repeated nightly at 7 p.m.). On the weekends, "Car Talk" will be gone, as well as the music programs "Arkansas Traveler with Larry McDaniel," "Deep River with Robert Jones" and "Folks Like Us" with Matt Watroba. Trying to keep listeners tuned in longer on weekends, Ellcessor has steered the music programming into a more progressive vein... WDET to add weekday news, weekend music (Fri, 12/18)
AM 580 serves up A Christmas Gift for The Motor City
It's considered one of the greatest Rock & Roll Christmas albums of all-time and this weekend CKWW AM 580 Motor City Favorites will take a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this musical milestone. As a holiday gift to listeners, AM 580 will air the one-hour radio special: "A Christmas Gift For You" this Sunday at 11 AM.
Produced with the legendary Spector "wall of sound" technique, "A Christmas Gift For You" was originally released in 1963 and features Christmas classics by the Crystals, the Ronettes, Darlene Love and Bob B. Soxx and The Blue Jeans. It just wouldn't be the holidays without hearing Darlene Love's "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)", the Crystals' "Santa Claus is Coming to Town", or "Sleigh Ride" by the Ronettes on the radio.
AM 580 will air an encore presentation of "A Christmas Gift For You" on Christmas Day at 6 PM.