Detroit Sports 105.1 Hires a New Program Director


By Jeff Moss
February 25, 2015

Struggling FM sports talk station Detroit Sports 105.1 has found their replacement for outgoing program director Jason Dixon and it would appear the new hire is not familiar with the Detroit sports market either.

The DSR has learned that Dave Shore — the current operations manager at AM710 in Los Angeles — will be replacing the dismissed and clueless Dixon.

According to Shore’s Twitter bio, his experience also includes hosting the Lakers pregame radio program.

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The following is Shore’s LinkeIn page which displays the rest of his work background.

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It is a tad surprising that Greater Media once again chose to hire an outsider for the extremely provincial Detroit market, but that sort of puzzling decision is par for the course since 105.1 went sports in August of 2013.

This link will direct you to Greater Media’s announcement of the hire.

I have requested an interview with Shore about his plan for 105.1 but as of this posting I have not heard back from him. I am not holding my breath. I am guessing a Greater Media security clearance comes with a warning about this website.

In the early stages of the process, I had heard a rumor that 105.1 was talking to Ryan Maguire who is the current PD at 93.7 in Pittsburgh. That move would have made a ton of sense since Maguire has a Michigan background and has already programmed an FM sports station.

But it wasn’t to be and there also was no indication that fellow Pittsburgh sports talk PD Gregg Henson — formerly of both WDFN and WXYT — was given any consideration at all.

It would appear 3-G has napalmed all of the same bridges as Poor Joff Mess.

It will be an interesting few months for the new PD in town as major decisions will have to be made about the future of the ratings challenged channel. Drew Lane’s Bobby Higginson-esque contract comes up in August and GM will have to make a big decision about re-upping the disappointing former ratings king of Detroit’s contract.

I wonder if he knows who Willie Horton and Stephen Tulloch are yet ….

And not the dude who cost Michael Dukakis the 1988 Presidential election.