WADL steps up in the Motor City

After years of crummy programming (infomercials, home shopping, etc.), Adelll-owned WADL-TV in Detroit is making a serious bid to compete for those TV advertising dollars with the other stations in town – by targeting the market’s African-American population. The station, which signed on in 1985, had been airing mostly paid religious fare and infomericals. At one time, the station was […]

Britney joke backfires

Desperate star meets desperate medium… Clear Channel owned WKQI-FM in Detroit DJ Big Boy started a “Britney suicide watch” and was taking calls on from listeners on when Britney will kick the bucket. The only question now is, when Big Boy’s employment at WKQI will kick the bucket… Mojo, the station’s morning DJ, ripped the stunt on the air this […]

Fraud FM is dead

Free FM is almost officially done with the next-to-last Fraud FM station, WKRK-FM in Detroit flipping to sports and simulcasting WXYT-AM. This means that the Opie and Anthony Morning Show is gone from that station, too. Meanwhile, CBS’ Pittsburgh FM Talk outlet is toast as well. The last Free FM station remaining is KLSX-FM, Los Angeles.

WJBK, WDIV duke it out on Web

In this corner, it’s Fox-owned WJBK-TV – in the other corner, it’s Post-Newsweek’s NBC affiliate WDIV – and they are boxing to see who will come out on top in the ultimate battle to become Detroit’s ultimate website champion… (don’t count out the spoiler, either – ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV.) Both stations are upping the ante, including streaming their newscasts (WDIV […]

WJBK back in the news game at 11

We have The Ten, they will have The Edge. WJBK-TV, the Fox-owned station in Detroit, is returning to the 11 p.m. newscast race effective on September 24 named The Edge. WJBK had news in the 11 p.m. slot when it was a CBS affiliate, but was moved to 10 p.m. when the station was switched to Fox by then-owner New […]

Are Detroit advertisers getting ripped off by TV?

A ratings decline of 24 percent for local newscasts over the last ten years on Detroit’s television stations haven’t stopped ad rates for those newscasts from escalating, according to Crain’s Detroit Business. Ratings are down for the early-fringe and 11 p.m. newscasts on the market’s three stations that does late news: Fox owned-WJBK-TV, Post-Newsweek’s NBC affiliate WDIV, and Scripps’ ABC […]

The craziness ends here

Robert Feder in today’s Sun-Times is reporting that “Crazy” Howard McGee will be dropped as morning host at Clear Channel urban contemporary station WGCI-FM and being replaced by Steve Harvey’s syndicated morning show. The move is expected to take place sometime around August 1. Harvey’s program had been airing on Crawford’s Urban AC outlet WSRB-FM, but Premiere Radio Networks, a […]

Burns lawsuit nearing end

WBBM-TV anchor Diann Burns’ lawsuit against an contractor may be nearing an end. The anchor and her husband, Marc Watts, sued the contractor for shoddy work done to their $3 million home in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood – and because they were African-American. The contractor contersued for the racism allegations. The parties will meet with a Cook County judge on […]

Sweeping up

We’re back, and we’re sweeping up from the recent February ratings period in local markets (All ratings are measured by Nielsen): New York: WABC-TV dominated the ratings and in all local news time periods as usual, but it was WCBS-TV that surged to second place overall. A bad book for WNBC-TV, which fell to third, but it was an even […]

Goofy Greg is Gone

Sony Pictures Television has axed first-year talk show The Greg Behrendt Show because of poor ratings. The death blow came when Tribune, a partner in the talk show, dropped it on its stations in favor of the new Jerry Springer-spinoff talk show, hosted by Steve Wilkos. The program was axed by other stations as well, including WDIV in Detroit. The […]

Megan axed in Detroit

It looks like the beginning of the end for NBC Universal’s The Megan Mulually Show as NBC affiliate WDIV in Detroit has canceled the show and is being replaced by Ellen, which moves from 4p.m. to 10a.m. WDIV is launching a new newscast at 4p.m. that will go up against Oprah and will return King World’s Inside Edition to the […]

Former college football coach dies at TV station

The legendary University of Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler collapsed this morning while preparing to tape a program at WXYZ-TV in Detroit. He died later at a Southfield, Mich. hospital. Mr. Schembechler was 77. This comes a day before one of the biggest football games in the school’s history: #1 Ohio State vs. #2 Michigan in Columbus, Ohio. I saw […]

Geraldo and the Big Apple

Geraldo At Large, Twentieth Television’s syndicated news magazine, is making a big splash in New York City on WNYW, beating Katie Couric in the adult 25-54 demo at 6:30pm. for the month of October. He also beat Couric at 6:30pm in Detroit on WJBK in that same demo (it helps to note that Couric’s news show airs on a station […]

Rover Is Over in Detroit

He Gone! (From the Motor City) Rover drops dead in Detroit — Cleveland’s Morning Glory, who bombed here in Chicago on WCKG-FM earlier this year, is now as done in the Motor City as the Lions are: http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060918/UPDATE/609180424Opie & Anthony replaces him immediately.