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Detroit’s WJR Sees Revamp On-Air Lineup Ahead of 100th Year

Following the retirement of WJR’s News Director, Dick Haefner, last December, the February death of Rush Limbaugh and the retirement of Frank Beckmann in March have resulted in these upcoming changes. 

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WJR in Detroit is revamping its on-air lineup as the radio station prepares to celebrate its 100th year. 

Following the retirement of WJR’s News Director, Dick Haefner, last December, the February death of Rush Limbaugh and the retirement of Frank Beckmann in March have resulted in these upcoming changes. 

Since then, WJR has made a series of moves as the station announced several changes heading into 2022, including:

  • Ann Thomas has been promoted from Senior Executive Producer to Assistant Program Director of WJR. 
  • Paul W. Smith is joined by co-host Sean Baligian, who has spent most of his career in Detroit sports, including a pre-and post-game host of WJR’s Detroit Lions coverage. 
  • Frank Beckmann’s former late morning shift sees a rebrand as “All Talk with Tom Jordan and Kevin Dietz.”
  • Laura Hessen moves from the “Guy Gordon Show” to operate as Executive Producer of “All Talk with Tom Jordan and Kevin Dietz.”
  • In June, Westwood One’s Dan Bongino was added to the WJR lineup, replacing the late Rush Limbaugh.
  • Nick Roddy, a former Detroit Lions Broadcast Producer, takes the reins as Executive Producer of the 3 PM-5 PM “Guy Gordon Show.”
  • Blake Majchrzak joins WJR as Studio & Audio Engineer for the “Mitch Albom Show.” Albom, NY Times Best Selling Author, philanthropist, and newspaper columnist, also celebrated his 25th year with WJR – making his show the longest-running afternoon show in Detroit – from 5 PM-7 PM.
  • FOX News Radio has been added as the WJR network news provider. WJR news reporter/anchor Marie Osborne, WJR producer Chris Renwick, and former WJR news reporter Lloyd Jackson have signed on as the first WJR Senior News Analysts. 
  • Ken Rogulski joins Dayna Clark to provide in-house coverage of WJR’s Traffic and Weather First.
  • WJR also announces significant upgrades on weekends by adding legendary Detroit Morning Show Host Jim Harper with his Great Michigan Weekend Show.

“We are extremely proud of this team, their credentials, their integrity, and their ability to represent WJR and Cumulus in the tradition expected by all Michiganders,” VP/Market Manager Steve Finateri said. 

“The new talent we’ve added around our longtime superstars Paul W. Smith, Guy Gordon, and Mitch Albom makes WJR one of the most powerful and trusted media outlets among all peers. Individually they each are ‘A’ players with big brands, and as a collective group of broadcasters, we feel we have the absolute strongest lineup in Michigan radio, maybe anywhere in the country.”

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KMOX’s Kevin Wheeler Moving Over to ‘Dave Glover Show’

Beginning Nov. 28, Wheeler will be moving from the late morning and afternoon slot to the 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. where he joins the “Dave Glover Show.”

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Changes are coming to St. Louis’ KMOX News/Talk as shuffling occurs in their weekday lineup. The station’s mid-day program “The Show” will see Kevin Wheeler exit. However, he’s not leaving KMOX nor the show, to some extent.

Beginning Nov. 28, Wheeler will be moving from the late morning and afternoon slot to the 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. where he joins the “Dave Glover Show.”

As for “The Show,” Amy Marxkor and Chris Rongey will remain on the program from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The two will stick around with Wheeler, Glover, Rachel Zimmerman, and Andrew Stolze for their 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. hour.

“Now I get to hang with ALL of my friends!” Wheeler said on Twitter. “The high school friends (DGS) and the college friends (@AmyMarxkors and @ChrisRongey), which is sometimes weird at first, but everyone gets used to it.”

So if any listener is a fan of the current version of “The Show,” they will at least get one hour of the trio being together each day. 

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SiriusXM Wants to Grow Reach With New App Features

SiriusXM wants to grow its reach outside the demographics of traditional satellite radio listeners.

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If you consume any news media content on SiriusXM on their app, there will be changes as the company shifts its focus to streaming, not only car satellite (h/t Inside Radio). 

The new features on the app are “a clean, colorful, and easy-to-use interface with expanded personalization features, simplified navigation, a richer dark display that puts the focus on content and other enhancements.” 

SiriusXM wants to grow its reach outside the demographics of traditional satellite radio listeners.

“It’s a different product. It’s a different market where it’s younger, it’s more diverse,” Executive VP/CFO Sean Sullivan said in September. “I think we need to really continue to invest and refine our content strategy to serve a different market of consumers.”

CEO Jennifer Witz teased the upgrades coming to the app earlier this month while reporting the enterprise’s third-quarter earnings.

“While our streaming business is still at an early stage, we are investing in building out the experience and our capabilities in anticipation that it will become a much more significant part of our subscriber mix in the near future,” Witz explained. 

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Buck Sexton: Politics Shouldn’t Influence Celebrating Musical Artists 

In some cases, tickets are reportedly going for $20,000 each.

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Ticketmaster is under fire for an outage that prevented millions of Taylor Swift fans from buying tickets to her upcoming tour. 

Clay Travis and Buck Sexton reacted to the issue during their nationally syndicated show Thursday. In some cases, tickets are reportedly going for $20,000 each. 

“She’s got a catalog of songs and she’s only 30 years old,” said Travis. “She might become the wealthiest musician in the history of music. She writes and controls much of her own catalog.”
Travis stated that Swift’s fans are still very young and they’re going to be watching her in concert for the next 30 years. 

“Almost half of our audience is female,” Sexton said. “What percentage of them like Taylor Swift? When I say like, I mean listen to Taylor Swift, I bet it’s high.” 

Sexton praised Swift for her “catchy” songs but said that he had never been to a Swift concert before. Sexton added that he would not let Swift’s politics, which are notoriously left-leaning, get in the way of enjoying her music. 

“I am willing to celebrate the artistry of somebody. If you’re not going to listen to somebody because of their politics, unfortunately, you’re going to miss out on 95 percent of what’s out there right now.”

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