Sports about to disappear from AM 1130 Detroit?
In what could signs that Clear Channel is preparing to flip the format of its WDFN AM 1130 Detroit from sports to talk, it's been announced that the non-sports talk Jonathon Kinloch Show will be added to the lineup on WDFN starting January 7th. Kinloch is currently heard weeknights from 9 - 10 p.m. on WDTK AM 1400 Detroit.
Other indicators of a possible wholesale format change include the shifting of the midday Jim Rome Show off WDFN to WXYT AM 1270 after the first of the year, the firing of WDFN's afternoon show last week, and pending donation of sister station WDTW AM 1310.
Combine all that info with two relatively new AM sports talkers in WCAR AM 1090 and (soon to be) WXYT AM 1270 and it appears that having 3 full-time AM sports talkers along with the ratings leader in the format on FM (WXYT-FM 97.1) might be too many.
WDFN was Detroit's original all-sports radio station when it hit the air in July, 1994. The station enjoyed a good deal of success among male listeners during the 1990s and into the 2000s. The station initially fared well when faced with serious competition from WXYT AM 1270 after a flip to sports but eventually lost the ratings and revenue battle when WXYT shifted to FM ... and when parent company Clear Channel opted to move on from a number of popular on-air personalities.
CLEAR CHANNEL is donating another AM station to the MINORITY MEDIA AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS COUNCIL, this time Talk WDTW-A/DETROIT. The 5,000-watt progressive talk station will be given to the MMTC under the MMTC-CLEAR CHANNEL Ownership Diversity Initiative.
Full story: Clear Channel Donates WDTW-A/Detroit To MMTC (Tue, 12/11)