WXYT Pulls D&D Off Air In Contract Spat
December 7, 2007 at 12:23 PM (PT)
No contract extension, no show for JEFF DEMINSKI and BILL DOYLE at CBS Sports WXYT-A-F (97.1 THE TICKET)/DETROIT, who were told after FRIDAY's show by GM KEVIN MURPHY that their popular morning show will be pulled off the air for next week (their last scheduled work week of the year) and to the end of the year. ALL ACCESS hears that the reason given to the hosts for the move was that they have not agreed to the station's terms for a new multi-year deal with the company. DEMINSKI and DOYLE have been the ratings leaders at the station for over eight years since arriving from Talk WKXW (NEW JERSEY 101.5)/TRENTON.
D&D's agent, MIKE NOVAK, told ALL ACCESS that the hosts, "in the short time they've been on in mornings (since the format flip to Sports), they've made a major impact in the market... we're disappointed that CBS is trying to bully them into a deal. It's the second time they've done it, and that kind of negotiation tactic doesn't fly with me." NOVAK said that "it appears that they will be seeking greener pastures by the end of this calendar year."
MURPHY told the DETROIT FREE PRESS that the show will be in "best-of" mode next week while the parties try to negotiate a deal. D&D have a one-year non-compete affecting the DETROIT market but the restriction does not apply outside the DETROIT market.