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Will ‘the flagship station’ have some competition soon?

Per Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea, those of us who would like to not be told that "no one wants to talk about hockey" on the FM dial may have a more sympathetic sports talk radio ear soon:

Radio industry scuttlebutt for months has been rife with speculation that Greater Media Inc.'s WMGC 105.1 FM will change formats next month from adult contemporary music to sports.

That would pit the soft rock station known for many years as "Magic 105" against market leader WXYT-FM 97.1 "The Ticket," owned by CBS Sports Radio Inc.

Sources familiar with the situation, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told Crain's that the switch could happen in August and that Greater Media has been in talks with potential show hosts -- including Drew Lane, formerly of the "Drew & Mike" morning show, which in May ended a 22-year run on Greater Media-owned WRIF 101.1 FM.

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Update: It will be an ESPN station:

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bezukov's avatar

It’s weird to me that I’m in Columbus, a place that is all about football, and yet nobody in the local media bad mouth’s hockey.  Yet Wings fans in Detroit who have to endure that Valenti guy.  Seems backwards to me.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 07/15/13 at 03:05 PM ET

Ajax19's avatar

Despite being both a Michigan fan and a hockey fan, I really don’t mind Mike Valenti at all.  I tend to enjoy him.  That said, the moment he starts talking hockey, I change the station.  It’s not a very welcoming environment for a NHL fan.

I’d love to see Drew Lane back on the air in a more sports-focused format.

All that being said, since I just recently got a car with XM/Sirius and now have access to NHL and NFL Radio, my time listening to local sports talk radio has declined significantly.

Posted by Ajax19 on 07/15/13 at 03:09 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

For that station (97.1) to proclaim itself to be a sports station is a Joke.

I haven’t listened to that station (97.1) in a long time. Only as a last resort to hear the wings games when I can’t find the game on Sirius or elsewhere.

About a year and half ago I bought a internet streaming radio ( I know you can do this on computers) and I have both Toronto Sports stations as my first 2 presets. I can get actual hockey talk year round on the Fan 590 & TSN 1050.

Hell, I can even hear Mike Babcock, Kenny Holland, Jimmy D, Kris Draper….etc. interviewed several times a year on those stations. Unless some really big news happens, 97.1 NEVER has Kenny Holland or Babcock on the station. It’s the FLAGSHIP station of the Wings for petes sake!!

Hopefully this new station brings a fresh approach and competition to town.

Posted by Down River Dan on 07/15/13 at 05:27 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

I never thought I’d be an NPR person, but since WDFN went south…I don’t even try to listen to 97.1 anymore. I find my interviews online and I don’t need to deal with the crap.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 07/15/13 at 10:28 PM ET

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