Reading this article is giving me mixed messages, because during the whole BS that happened with 97.1 Mike Novak was always the one that was speaking the truth. Turning a staple radio station like WCSX into a talker just doesn't make sense to me. In a selfish way I hope this article would be true!!! I think it would be succesful with Drew Lane mornings, and D&D afternoons, or Vice versa. But this is the article from the Detroit Free Press March 11th.
D&D, Greater Media talk -- about what?
This much we know: A representative for Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle -- formerly of 97.1 FM -- has spoken with radio chain Greater Media about job opportunities.
But was it about replacing morning duo Jim Johnson and Lynne Woodison at Greater Media-owned WCSX-FM (94.7)? Or was it about taking a job at one of Greater Media's East Coast properties?
Depends on who you talk to.
D&D's attorney, Mike Novak, said he discussed WCSX and D&D with Greater Media. But Detroit Greater Media boss Tom Bender counters: "The conversations with D&D on behalf of Greater Media that I am aware of concerned one of our other stations in another market. I am still in charge of Detroit and have spoken to neither Novak nor D&D about WCSX."
If you love a conspiracy theory, chew on this: Woodison's and Johnson's pacts expire in March. D&D can't work in Detroit until January because of a non-compete clause. WCSX's classic rock format has been hurt by several other stations that nibble on the core music 'CSX plays. Might a format switch to talk -- no more expensive royalty payments to BMI and ASCAP! -- in a move that could include adding current WRIF-FM (101.1) talk absentee Drew Lane, be in the works for the new year? Then again, WCSX is one of Detroit's more stable performers over the last 20 years -- and why risk losing that in today's fickle radio world?