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Posted on Wed, Feb 6, 2013 : 9:59 a.m.

SUV crashes into downtown Ypsilanti radio station

By Kody Klein


The SUV crashed into 33 1/3 N. Washington early Wednesday.

Photo courtesy of Katherine de Fuccio

Editor's note: this story was updated at 11:10 a.m. with information from the Ypsilanti Police Department.

A two-car accident did extensive damage to the AM 1700 storefront at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to Lt. Mike Kouba of the Ypsilanti Fire Department.


Photo courtesy Katherine de Fuccio

“The whole storefront is gone--it’s pretty intense,” said Brian Robb, a city council member and operator of the station. “...Everything that was in the window is now in the back of the room.”

Kouba said the crash involved a Ford Escape and a Ford Fusion.

Sgt. Brent Yuchasz of the Ypsilanti Police Department said one of the drivers was arrested for drunken driving, but was unable to specify which driver.

Robb said he arrived on the scene about 20 minutes after the collision, but saw what happened on the surveillance footage.

According to Robb, both cars may have run through stop signs at the intersection of Pearl and North Washington. The Fusion was heading south on North Washington and pushed the Escape, which was heading west on Pearl, into the station's storefront.

No estimate of the building damage was immediately available, and Kouba said no injuries were reported.

"It took a long time to board up and clean up all of the broken glass," said Robb, who leases the space.

This is the second time in the last two months that an automobile has crashed into a storefront along this block. A truck crashed into the storefront of Bona Sera Cafe in early December.

AM 1700 is a community radio station that plays music.

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Steve Pierce

Thu, Feb 7, 2013 : 3:37 p.m.

You can stream AM1700 on-line 24 hours a day. AM1700 is listed in most every streaming service, it is a really great station, listen to it all the time.


Thu, Feb 7, 2013 : 7:40 a.m.

Can Anyone Post a decent AM station? Most of the time I am on NPR FM 91.7. Good, but they trash it with the BBC feed at Midnight. How about the Hooners on AM 160? The "host" dude is a Genuine "Little Head."


Thu, Feb 7, 2013 : 2:02 p.m.

This isn't an AM station, but if you're looking for great music 'round midnight, check out "Undercurrents" on WEMU--89.1. A very eclectic mix of old and extremely new. Kind of the way FM radio was when it began, when playlists weren't interrupted with commercials every five minutes.

Jim Pryce

Thu, Feb 7, 2013 : 1:30 a.m.

That used to be Sid's Barbershop.

C. Montgomery Burns

Wed, Feb 6, 2013 : 9:49 p.m.

The entire ruckus outside, just about caused my stripper to fall off my lap! Good thing the young gal who just happened to be "working her way through college" was equipped with front airbags, or else I may have been injured.


Wed, Feb 6, 2013 : 9:35 p.m.

WKRP in with more rock, and Les Nessman!


Thu, Feb 7, 2013 : 3:07 a.m.

BTW: turkeys can't fly.


Thu, Feb 7, 2013 : 2:38 a.m.

I loved that show. Wonder HULU live streams that one.

ypsi to go

Wed, Feb 6, 2013 : 9:18 p.m.

The Fusion pushed the Escape? My money's on that one being drunk.


Wed, Feb 6, 2013 : 6:57 p.m.

Kudos to the drunken knuckleheads who wrecked this nicely-decorated, historic storefront. I used to walk by this station on my way to the bus, and admired the pictures, antique turntable, and music playing outside the doorway. The drivers around Ypsi these days are just crazy stupid, and one less thing of beauty is lost for it.


Thu, Feb 7, 2013 : 3:31 p.m.

yeah chowderheads, nice going!

Julie Baker

Wed, Feb 6, 2013 : 6:34 p.m.

I heard the cleanup of the crash this morning from my apartment, but somehow managed to sleep through the actual crash. So unfortunate that this happened to another business on the same block! I'm glad that no one was injured, especially since there's always a lot of pedestrians around that intersection.


Thu, Feb 7, 2013 : 2:37 a.m.

Must have teenage idis. They can sleep thru WW III and then some.

dading dont delete me bro

Wed, Feb 6, 2013 : 6:12 p.m.

a.m. ? my radio doesn't get a.m.

An Arborigine

Wed, Feb 6, 2013 : 6:21 p.m.

I have that issue too, particularly in tunnels

dading dont delete me bro

Wed, Feb 6, 2013 : 6:11 p.m.

the old Sid's Barber Shop! i wish Sid still cut hair!

dading dont delete me bro

Wed, Feb 6, 2013 : 8:54 p.m.

thanks tdw.


Wed, Feb 6, 2013 : 7:42 p.m.

Didn't think you were old enough to remember Sids

Jon Wax

Wed, Feb 6, 2013 : 6:02 p.m.

not surprised... these days news radio is "all spin, no traction." Peace Wax


Wed, Feb 6, 2013 : 5:54 p.m.

Too bad they weren't on the air live at the time. Then they could report "live breaking(the window) news". Any radio dj's dream.


Wed, Feb 6, 2013 : 5:28 p.m.

Hmmm - perhaps a 'drive-thru at the Vu' concept has been born...

Nicholas Urfe

Wed, Feb 6, 2013 : 5:12 p.m.

AM 1700... Where the hits just keep on comin'!

An Arborigine

Wed, Feb 6, 2013 : 5:11 p.m.

Two Fords, two building collisions, this is DejaVu all over again!


Wed, Feb 6, 2013 : 4:50 p.m.

I've gone by that station numerous times and have never actually seen anyone working there.Is that just a historic model of a Radio Station?


Thu, Feb 7, 2013 : 2:35 a.m.

I wonder if it is an irony that it is parked next to De Ja Vue? I have driven by there a dozen times and I agree, never knew a radio station existed there. Wow. Who knew. Guess I'll have to tune in to see who or what it does.


Wed, Feb 6, 2013 : 9:08 p.m.

From the 1700 AM website: "AM1700 is a non-commercial, community radio station located in Historic Downtown Ypsilanti, Michigan. AM1700 operates under Title 47, Part 15 (47 CFR 15) in the Code of Federal Regulations governing the Federal Comminication Commission (FCC) regarding unlicensed transmissions. "AM1700 is dedicated to filling a void in radio programming that has been created as the result of mega conglomerates owning much of the airwaves across America. The station's is committed to providing an outlet to viewpoints — whether the be musical or otherwise — not found elsewhere on the radio dial." Sounds like a low-power, community kind of station.

harry b

Wed, Feb 6, 2013 : 5:31 p.m.

1700 am?

Ricardo Queso

Wed, Feb 6, 2013 : 4:13 p.m.

"Hey, let's crash the party that never ends"

ms 2013

Wed, Feb 6, 2013 : 3:32 p.m.

hope he or she was not drunk plz keep us updated

Kody Klein

Wed, Feb 6, 2013 : 4:13 p.m.

Just got off the phone with Sgt. Brent Yuchasz of the Ypsilanti Police Department, who said one of the drivers was arrested for drunken driving, but could not specify which.


Wed, Feb 6, 2013 : 3:24 p.m.

wow, if you don't like the station then don't listen to it.......good that no one was injured though!