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To the Editor:

The article "WDET: Just another pop radio station?" by Mr. Goodell, which appeared in the Oct. 21 opinion section of the Grosse Pointe News, is yet another example of the author's off-base opinion.

Perhaps he enjoys commercial radio for the ads, since you get more of them than regular programs. On commercial radio you only get short snippets of news, which are usually one-sided, depending on which media monopoly's station you listen to.

In regard to his mention about WDET reverting back to "9/10 programming" it seems he would rather hear news that keeps us scared and on edge, like the FOX news reports carried by many local commercial radio stations.

I have been a listener and contributor to WDET for many years and I prefer their programming to that of any other radio station. This is not only because of the wide range of musical styles they continue to play on the station but also for the fair and in-depth news coverage they offer.

It is true that they have had to eliminate some programs (even ones that I miss) however this is probably due to economic reasons, such as cutbacks in funding to the arts.

WDET receives most of their funding from listeners and has, thankfully, been able to raise over half a million dollars during their recent pledge drive in order to keep this Detroit treasure on the air, which proves that people are indeed still contributing. I would even rather listen to the station during fundraising (which is interspersed with regular programming) than switch stations.

I think the Grosse Pointe News should find another freelance writer because this one is all wet.

Bill Koerber

Grosse Pointe Woods

Bill Koerber
Grosse Pointe Woods
November 10, 2004

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