Insomnia leads us to an early morning update that really doesn't have much to do with Ohio, especially if you are an Ohio State Buckeyes fan, but it clarifies an earlier item of ours.
We had learned that Michigan Wolverines football broadcasts were headed off of long-time flagship WJR/760 Detroit, and wondered if that's what paved the way for Cumulus Toledo talker WTOD/1560 to pick up the games starting this fall.
As it turns out, it appears Northern Ohio will still be blanketed by a Detroit-area AM powerhouse's signal for Michigan games in the fall...just a different signal.
Detroit News writer Angelique S. Chengelis reports that the AM flagship for Wolverines football is expected to be announced soon, and it'll likely be in another country. Canada, that is, on 50,000 watt blowtorch CKLW/800 Windsor ON. CKLW focuses mainly on the Windsor area with its news/talk format these days, but has a rich history serving both sides of the international border. CKLW also runs a handful of U.S.-based syndicated talk programs, such as Dr. Joy Browne, Dave Ramsey, and Premiere's "Coast to Coast AM" overnight show.
The football team also ends up on FM via CBS Radio oldies WOMC/104.3, and Wolverines basketball and hockey get split among two Detroit CBS Radio AM stations, news WWJ/950 and sports WXYT/1270.
We don't feel TOO bad for Chuck Matthews and the gang at Toledo's WTOD, though. Even with a big signal like CKLW blowing down I-75 and across Lake Erie, they'll still be able to sell the local call of the Michigan games in Toledo with no problem...