Yesterday, I tuned into WTCM NewsTalk 580 at 3 p.m. for my daily dose of “The Afternoon Drive,” the radio show that aired from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., with Norm Jones and Bill Froehlich at the microphones. Imagine my dismay when I heard Sean Hannity in that time slot instead.
I called the radio station this morning to get the scoop, and learned that they’ve made a programming change. “Afternoon Drive” is out; Sean Hannity is in. Of course, I made it known that I wasn’t happy with the change.
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WTCM airs other local news programs in the morning. “The Ron Jolly Show” runs from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., and “The Christal Frost Show” runs from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. But because of my work schedule – I’m self-employed and generally work into the night – I don’t listen to those morning shows.
But afternoons are when my husband Tim and I are out running errands in town, so we always tuned in for “The Afternoon Drive” to hear about local issues. That’s what we need – info on what’s happening right here in Traverse City and Northern Michigan. What we don’t need is another national radio show with yet more political commentary that we can get everywhere else.
And I loved the banter between Norm Jones and Bill Froehlich. They’re really fun and seemed more easygoing and easier-to-call than the morning shows. Like if you called them, you’d be talking to your fun-loving brother-in-law instead of a radio host.
We also loved the other hosts that filled in – Wendy Nienhouse, who has the best radio voice ever, Diane DeHaven, who’s not afraid to speak her mind about anything, and longtime radio host Colleen Wares.
Without “The Afternoon Drive,” how will we find out what’s going on with the Eighth Street debacle? The status of new nine-story buildings in Traverse City? Or what the Traverse City Commission is covering at their meetings? How will we know what’s going on without Tracy Kurtz’ movie and events roundup every Friday?
Tim and I were on “The Afternoon Drive” last August talking about “The 81” development out here on the Old Mission Peninsula, and we had a great time and hoped to go back and talk about other Old Mission issues.
Bring back “The Afternoon Drive,” WTCM! Please reconsider your programming decision to have yet another political commentary show on the air. We want local news and issues in that time slot!
I don’t see a general email for the station on their contact page, but call them and voice your concerns at the main office phone number, (231) 947-7675.