And that means Liz Copeland and "Alternate Take," her overnight music program, has gotten the ax, too, not to mention the eclectic Sunday night jazz program of Metro Times' own Kim Heron.
The station is beefing up its menu of national programming (Marketplace, etc.)and adding a local public affairs program on weekday mornings. Liz's show gets replaced by the always scintillating BBC News.
From the Free Press article:
"Asked about how much the station's sagging finances --fund-raising has been difficult since the station moved from heavy music programming in late 2005 -- had to do with the changes, [station assistant general manager and programmer] Alan Mazurek said it was more pursuing the 'goal to make WDET the public affairs and information voice for the Detroit area.'"
Yeah, well. Besides Liz's show being totally, consistently awesome -- especially for we insomniac music geeks -- the DJ-driven, exploratory, and wide-open format of "Alternate Take" represented the last shred of freeform radio in Detroit, at least in the center bandwith of FM. And that's a damn shame.
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