105.1 FM adds more local programming, tweaks time slots

Tony Paul
The Detroit News

Detroit Sports 105.1 on Wednesday announced upcoming changes to its broadcast schedule.

For the first time since WMGC-FM switched from adult contemporary to a sports-talk format in August 2013, it will feature completely local programming for the 12 key hours of daily airtime.

WMGC, an ESPN-affiliated station, is cutting out the nationallly syndicated “Mike & Mike” program in the mornings, and will air Sean Baligian, Marc Fellhauer and Tom Mazawey from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., starting Tuesday, Feb. 16.

The trio is moving from its current noon-to-3 p.m. slot.

That move will shift current morning hosts, Ryan Ermanni and Rico Beard, to 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., from their current time slot from 8 a.m. to noon.

Matt Dery and Drew Sharp will work an extra hour, moving up their show to run from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

“We feel this new lineup will give our dedicated Motor City sports fans a more local sports experience,” said Dave Shore, Detroit Sports 105.1 program director.

“We are very grateful to ESPN’s Mike & Mike for their contributions to the station.”

The new times will put Detroit Sports 105.1’s host in direct competition with their peers at 97.1 The Ticket (WXYT-FM), which has its morning show from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., its midday show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and its drive-time show from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

When 105.1 originally switched formats, part of the deal was short-term contracts to run Colin Cowherd’s program (before he left), and Mike & Mike.

Cowherd was first out of the picture when 105.1 extended Ermanni and Beard to four hours from two.