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1130 "The Fan" to disappear- iHeart launching new network

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1130 "The Fan" to disappear- iHeart launching new network

Post by SolarMax » Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:29 pm

From radioINSIGHT:
iHeartMedia is preparing to launch a new network on at least fifteen of its stations, all of which are currently stunting with speeches targeting African American audiences. ... announcement on Tuesday, June 30 at 12pm ET

On the see-ya list is Detroit's 1130 "The Fan" WDFN

https://radioinsight.com/alert/189803/f ... rk-launch/



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Re: 1130 "The Fan" to disappear- iHeart launching new network

Post by Deleted User 15342 » Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:40 pm

Another waste of programming. Definitely not on my presets on the car radio, IHeart should sell 1130.



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Re: 1130 "The Fan" to disappear- iHeart launching new network

Post by rizzman87 » Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:49 pm

If we’re being honest Sports Radio on DFN died in 2009. Still sad to see and what an embarrassment for a great sports city like Detroit to have one mediocre sports station that I for one haven’t listened to in 2 years. I’m curious if we will ever get a decent sports station here but either way I’m fine with my great podcasts I listen to.



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Re: 1130 "The Fan" to disappear- iHeart launching new network

Post by MWmetalhead » Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:04 pm

It will be interesting to see what happens here. My guess is a slate of podcasters currently carried on the iHeart platform will serve as the backbone for this new Urban Talk format.

Don't be shocked if Fox Sports Radio programming shows up soon on (an otherwise useless) HD2 or HD3 channel.


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Re: 1130 "The Fan" to disappear- iHeart launching new network

Post by Deleted User 15342 » Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:23 am

That’s what Detroit needs another low budget urban talk station. Now WFDF has competition.



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Re: 1130 "The Fan" to disappear- iHeart launching new network

Post by rugratsonline » Tue Jun 30, 2020 3:19 pm

On a side note, quite a few that will be flipping are sports stations -- I wonder if the lack of sports action during the coronavirus crisis is part of the reason for the switch?



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Re: 1130 "The Fan" to disappear- iHeart launching new network

Post by lidoshuffle » Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:47 pm

rizzman87 wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:49 pm
If we’re being honest Sports Radio on DFN died in 2009. Still sad to see and what an embarrassment for a great sports city like Detroit to have one mediocre sports station that I for one haven’t listened to in 2 years. I’m curious if we will ever get a decent sports station here but either way I’m fine with my great podcasts I listen to.
What makes a "Great Sports Station" you seek, why is 97.1 sub-standard?



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Re: 1130 "The Fan" to disappear- iHeart launching new network

Post by Deleted User 15342 » Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:08 pm

When sports became political is where it started to lose fans and radio audience. The virus didn’t help the situation. Now how long before we see a for sale sign on Entercom’s AM 1270?



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Re: 1130 "The Fan" to disappear- iHeart launching new network

Post by Gertner » Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:21 pm

Did anyone on 97.1 like Stoney/Jamie etc mentioned the station flip on air?



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Post by Deleted User 15342 » Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:26 pm

Gertner wrote:
Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:21 pm
Did anyone on 97.1 like Stoney/Jamie etc mentioned the station flip on air?
Probably not, it really doesn’t matter WDFN might have had a few hundred listeners if that.



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Re: 1130 "The Fan" to disappear- iHeart launching new network

Post by SBaxley » Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:36 pm

A quick review of the debut of IHeartRadio's Black information Network: some sound problems that are fixable, it reminded me a bit too much of the 1975 NBC Radio News and Information Service [which if memory serves me correctly then WCAR 1130 was an affiliate of] the anchors are solid, but the website..not enough information. I know its a "Work in progress" but with some tweaks here and there, they got something that could last for many years to come, IHR should give some $$$$$ to affiliates to build up local news departments. beyond that , 5.3 Microphones out of ten. just my opinion.



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Re: 1130 "The Fan" to disappear- iHeart launching new network

Post by MWmetalhead » Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:51 pm

The content is pathetically flimsy. This is a novelty station. The headlines are mostly old news stories, and the one dimensional nature of the content gets very tiresome.

If this evolves into more of a talk/call-in format, it may survive. Otherwise, I highly doubt BIN makes it to 2021.


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Re: 1130 "The Fan" to disappear- iHeart launching new network

Post by thatonedude » Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:01 pm

I listened to it for a bit. There needs to be a hell of a lot more effort put into this if iHeart wants this to last...


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Re: 1130 "The Fan" to disappear- iHeart launching new network

Post by MWmetalhead » Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:06 pm

I noticed 1160 WCXI was airing conservative talk programming from Fox News Talk this afternoon. No locally inserted promos, no local ads, nothing. Just straight content from the bird, adhering to the modus operandi of sister station 1090 WCAR.


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Re: 1130 "The Fan" to disappear- iHeart launching new network

Post by radioandtventhusiast » Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:40 pm

The website Awful Announcing had an article about the format flip. Mentioning how 1130 used to be the leader of sports talk in Detroit, but had its slow downfall starting on Obama's Inauguration day in 2009 when most of the local hosts were fired. I'll have to stream it on the internet to see what I think of the new format.



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