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Mike Valenti Update!

Wow, WXYT Afternoon Host Mike Valenti’s face was burned at a Birmingham restaurant last weekend.  The guy is extremely lucky to have only burned his face superficially, this could have been much worse.  He’s already got an attorney so a nice payday will soon follow.


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Also, Radio Ink Magazine has come out with their list of the top 30 sports talk hosts in American.  The list is so wrong, it has Stoney & Bill at #23 but Valenti is omitted from the list.  All credibility is out the window on this list if Valenti isn’t on it.  Not sure how Stoney and Bill managed to get on the list, but they shouldn’t be on the list if Valenti is not.  Here is the complete list.

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Does 105.1 Need A Sports Team To Be Successful?

todayslogoAbsolutely not and anyone who suggests that is does has no clue about Sports Radio.

The only thing a sports station needs to win is talented on-air personalities, that is where it begins and that is where it ends.  Sports Radio is built on larger than life personalities, guys who are passionate and emotional about the teams they cover for a living.  That is precisely why the flash point for this sports radio battle will be in Afternoon Drive.  It will pit the two best Air Personalities against one another….Drew Lane vs. Mike Valenti.

Before we discuss that battle, let’s address the play-by-play question.

I’ll let you in on a little secret, play-by-play for the most part is a money losing proposition.  Many of the stations around the country ONLY sign teams as an ego trip.  Some play-by-play can get you ratings, but you rarely get both….most station do not make a dime on play-by-play.

In Detroit, 97.1 could do without the Lions, Tigers, Red Wings and Pistons and be just fine.  The teams that move the needle in Detroit are the Lions, Tigers and Michigan Football.  WXYT just got a 2 share point bump from Tiger baseball, but they were still at a very healthy 4.5 without baseball.

105.1 won’t have a team, at least not in the beginning stages, but they will have TALENT in PM Drive to compete against Valenti, Drew Lane is the X-factor in all this, NOT play-by-play.

If Drew does what Drew has always done, he will make an impact.  I’m not sure he will beat Mike Valenti, but he will take a sizable chunk of the ratings in PM Drive.  For all the complaints about Mike, he has tremendous sports knowledge and is entertaining, even if it’s angry sounding.  There will be a distinct difference in the two shows.  Drew’s will be way more light-hearted and entertaining, while Valenti’s will be more sports and more anger.

Valenti wins on sports knowledge, but Drew can always fill that void with guests and “experts,” this hurts Valenti because he can’t have guests on his show.  Mike’s handicapped by calls from Bob in Roseville.  I think the “caller driven,” format will get some tweaking as soon as the competition announces its intentions to flip to sports.

I personally think this PM Drive battle will be a riot to watch, will Detroit choose the angry young man or the cool laid back dude?


What’s Next For Matt Dery?

DeryI’m getting conflicting stories on what happened to Matt Dery and where he is heading. Some  sources tell me they he has a job lined up already and some say he doesn’t, I have no clue….although I’d like to think he would call me as a member of his network…..if he was looking for work.

Matt isn’t talking so I’ll do my best to tell you what I think is happening.

In my estimation, Matt just got tired of his job at WXYT, he’s been doing it a long time and everybody has a burn factor.

He’s a talented broadcasters and won’t have trouble getting a gig, but I think he’s going to wait a while and try to land a gig that is “a career” and not a job.  He’s long coveted an NBA or college play-by-play position, but there are only so many available and the timing hasn’t worked out for him thus far.

As for him programming the new 105.1 in Detroit, I guess it’s possible but if memory serves me, Matt didn’t really like being “management.”  I could be mistaken, but that is my recollection.

I don’t know Matt’s situation, or what his “emergency fund” looks like, but I’m suspecting he is waiting for a play-by-play gig or at the very least a job that provides him an actual future in the business.  I’m of the opinion the job at WXYT was dead end for him.