Budget cuts claim local sports-talk program 'Ann Arbor's Big Show'
Fans of sports-talk station WTKA’s locally produced “Ann Arbor’s Big Show” may have been dismayed Monday to find out it had been replaced by “The Huge Show,” a program that originates in west Michigan.
“Ann Arbor’s Big Show” aired Monday-Friday from 3-6 p.m. in the so-called drive-time slot.
Bill Simonson from Grand Rapids station WBBL hosts the "The Huge Show" now filling the 3-6 p.m. slot.
“I know at times it sounds like Sparty radio has invaded Ann Arbor in the afternoons, but we’re working on that,” said Weintraub. “We are going to make a concerted effort to cover (the University of) Michigan in a favorable way to give the show more of an Ann Arbor flavor.”
He also said that "there will always be opportunities for special live events and shows in the afternoons" that would be Ann Arbor or U-M themed.
Weintraub said the station is not making any other lineup changes at this time. He hopes to continue to work with two of “Ann Arbor’s Big Show” hosts, Jeff Defran and Ben Holden, on future projects.
“We want them to have a role at the station. We just have to find it,” Weintraub added.
WTKA (1050 AM) came on the air in 1945 as WPAG. It was sold to pizza magnate Tom Monaghan in 1987 and he renamed it WPZA. It became WTKA in 1992, and is owned by media conglomerate Cumulus Radio.