|Chuck, Dave, Lisa|
No one in
radio seems to know where "Dave and Chuck the Freak" will end up, or
isn't talking publicly about it. But Bill Shea at crainsdetroit.com writes radio insiders are speculating heavily
that the hosts will remain in this market.
89X's management publicly acknowledged that another station offered the hosts a better deal than its owner, Toronto-based Bell Media Radio, was willing to match.
"We're sad to lose them, but we wish them well. It's business. We'll grow something new again," said Eric Proksch, vice president and general manager for Bell Media Radio. Other than to say the hosts didn't disclose to him what station they were going to, Proksch declined to discuss any details.
"Dave and Chuck the Freak" went on the air in April 2001 and consistently has been first or second in its targeted demographic: men 18-34.
The show's talent -- Dave Hunter, Charles Urquhart and
Lisa Way -- is
believed to have a six-month noncompete contract clause that will keep it off
the local airwaves until April or May.
The station's morning drive-time program is "Stoney and Bill," hosted by Mike Stone, Bill McAllister and Sara Fouracre.
The Ticket's 6-10 a.m. rating for September through November was 1.6, and 89X was second at 1.5, according to data from Arbitron.