Sorry, but why do they keep murdering WDET? Flipping on the radio this morning, turns out that pretending nothing was going to happen didn't stop the changes from being made. Also, the changes, they are big.
Now, at 8:00 in the goddam morning, when you tune in to hear Morning Edition, you are subjected to that Marketplace-esque, ha ha ha, pointlessly flip and fast-paced version of a typical news show, called The Takeout, or Takeaway or whatever. It's terrible and self-conscious, middle-aged people pandering to younger listeners and I want it killed. Why, God, why, are they doing BBC News headlines at 8:30 am on an American news station?
It gets better. The show will be airing from 8:00 to 10:00. Two freaking hours, people. TWO HOURS.
Look at the show's markets on their site - Detroit is the only major market besides New York (the show's point of origin) to kill Morning Edition at 8:00. (In most markets, it runs until 9, sometimes longer.) New York may put this abortion on the air in prime time as well, but even there, it's on AM. AM, people.
Then, as if we hadn't suffered enough, after two hours of these Kai Ryssdal-aping motherfuckers, we get Tom Ashbrook.
Bitch, no. A pompous, tin-eared sonofabitch from Boston is how we make WDET more of a Detroit radio station? Really? I sort of blocked out the promos he did, where in true Ashbrook style, he was antagonizing his newest audience, asking why Detroit isn't part of the national conversation about Detroit. (This is the same thing that the new WDET boss was saying the other week - look around this region, sirs; we are too busy trying to survive. But thanks for stopping by!)
There I was, foolishly hoping that the latest attack on the station's programming would mean change for the good. Instead, things are worse. Maybe the afternoons and evenings will be better, but that doesn't help me. Maybe I am the only person that listens to the radio between 8:00 and noon, but it's when I listen, and now, this listener hears pretty much nothing about Detroit. On Detroit's public radio station. Awesome.