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Just learned of a micropower FM station operating out of Richmond, Michigan (which is maybe forty miles northeast of downtown Detroit) called Echo 98.3. It's focusing on Detroit-based performers, with a few national acts thrown in to round things out. If you happen to be within shouting distance of the town clock in Richmond, you can probably pick it up over the air. But if you're from the rest of the world, they're streaming on the Internet at http://www.playmysong.net/index.html.

The tip to this for me came from an article in today's Detroit Free Press, LOCAL MUSIC: Local stations showcasing area musicians need help. Stations WDET and WHFR are raising funds and hosting local music shows to help do this.

Speaking of WDET, their general manager is embroiled in a scandal involving keeping freebies given by sponsors of Michigan Public Radio, where he used to work. That sort of thing is called embezzlement, since radio folks aren't supposed to keep such gifts. Here's the article in today's Free Press: Scandal shakes public radio: Men kept freebies meant for station, prosecutors allege. WDET is already in hot water over the programming changes they instituted last year, dropping the eclectic music for more NPR-like programming.



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Mar. 17th, 2006 06:42 pm (UTC)
Richmond in the hizz-ouse!
Mar. 17th, 2006 07:07 pm (UTC)
Finally, Richmond is cooler than New Haven! <ducking>
Mar. 18th, 2006 12:42 am (UTC)
Now the WDET changes make sense...he simply made it more like the familiar territory of Michigan Public Radio. TV news mentioned the sudden departure last week of the director or Mich Public Radio (not one of the names in the article you linked).
Mar. 18th, 2006 05:39 pm (UTC)
Yes, the director who left, Donovan Reynolds, wasn't involved in the scandal except to bring it to the attention of the university, according to news reports.

I'm not sure exactly why Coleman made the programming changes when he got to WDET. Maybe it was because it's familiar territory. News reports were that the station wasn't bringing in enough money, and maybe going back to NPR programming will help that. But then, back when they dropped the NPR programming, they said it cost too much money. Who knows. I'm actually still pretty turned off public radio in Detroit. Too bad we can't really get WGTE Toledo or WCMU Mt. Pleasant here -- now THOSE are good public radio stations.
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