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Detroit Sports 105.1 fills midday, drive-time spots

Tony Paul
The Detroit News

On Monday, Detroit Sports 105.1 (WMGC) parted ways with its flagship host, Drew Lane.

By week's end, 105.1 already had begun plugging in the new pieces.

Sean Baligian, a longtime sports-talk host in Metro Detroit and Grand Rapids, will take over the noon-3 p.m. slot, The News confirmed Friday. He officially starts Nov. 2.

Matt Dery

The station's longtime noon-3 p.m. host, Matt Dery, is filling in from 3-7 p.m. and is a candidate to be the full-time replacement for Lane and Marc Fellhauer, whose show was pulled Monday.

Drew Lane leaves 105.1: 'It was not about the money'

Lane left the show amid a contract dispute; 105.1 was pushing to add a third person — a "sports" guy — to the show, and Lane wanted no part of that, telling The News in an interview Tuesday it threatened the chemistry of the show.

It's unclear if Fellhauer will remain at 105.1. He has not commented to The News. It's believed the sides are trying to see if there's a fit for him to stay on in some capacity.

Baligian is a familiar voice to Detroit sports fans, especially for his work on WDFN 1130, where he hosted several shows — including a highly rated show with Tom "Killer" Kowalski.

Kowalski, the longtime Lions beat writer for what now is MLive, passed away suddenly, in August 2011, and Baligian decided he didn't want to continue without him.

Instead, Baligian began doing a show out of his Metro Detroit home for 96.1 in Grand Rapids.
Baligian has been filling in on 105.1 this week, a sign of things to come.

It's believed he will do his show solo, with an expanded sidekick role for Tom Mazawey. Jake Chapman could appear regularly on the show, on days he's not tied up with Pistons obligations.

tpaul@detroitnews.com

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