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Radio One Detroit Sells AM Station to Crawford Broadcasting


Things are shaking up in the world of radio in Detroit.  On Wednesday it was announced that Radio One Detroit has agreed to sell its WCHB AM 1200 NewsTalk station to Birmingham, Ala.-based Co. for an undisclosed amount.

The deal, expected to close within 90 days, includes the dial signal and radio tower in Romulus. NewsTalk 1200 airs simultaneously on .9 FM, which is owned by Radio One Detroit.

Terms of the deal have not been released at this time but a statement was released by Radio One Detroit. 

“To get what you’ve never had, you have to do what you’ve never done,” Radio One Detroit Vice President and General Manager Kathy Stinehour said in a news release. “We have sold our AM talk radio facility and are proud of the heritage role the station has held in Detroit. We view this as an opportunity to move the WCHB voice to a larger FM platform and intend to super-serve our listeners with urban music, community engagement and inspiration — what we do best!”

When the deal closes, “The Mildred Gaddis Show,” which currently airs 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on WCHB AM and 99.9 FM, will move to urban gospel station WPZR 102.7 10 a.m.-noon, the station said. The move will give Gaddis, who is celebrating a 40-year career in radio, access to a stronger FM frequency and larger audience. She will also provide news cut-ins on the “Mason and Coco in the Morning Show” on KISS 105.9 FM, the release said.

The “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” which is simulcast on AM 1200, will continue to air 6-10 a.m. Monday-Friday on 99.9 FM.

The station is working on how to fill the open 10 a.m. slot on 99.9 FM, spokeswoman Wendy Cyrus-Herndon said.

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