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Detroit Media

As the world's traditional automotive centre, Detroit, Michigan is an important source for news. The Detroit media are active in the community through such efforts as the Detroit Free Press high school journalism program and the Old Newsboys' Goodfellow Fund of Detroit. Wayne State University offers a widely respected journalism program.

The daily newspapers serving Detroit are The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News, both broadsheet publications that are published together under a joint operating agreement. The Detroit Free Press is the third largest circulating daily newspaper owned by the Gannett Company, after USA Today and The Arizona Republic. The Detroit News is owned by MediaNews Group. Other publications include weekly tabloids The Metro Times and Crain's Detroit Business, the weekly Michigan Chronicle (the state's largest African American owned newspaper) and the Michigan Citizen. Crain Communications is headquartered in Detroit. Thomson Gale, headquartered in the Detroit area, publishes Hour Detroit monthly magazine as well as Detroit Home and DBusiness magazines. Other newspapers include the Detroit Independent and the Detroit Monitor.

Michigan In Play! magazine serves as Southeast Michigan's most read sports publication covering the four professional sports teams as well as the University of Michigan and Michigan State athletics.

The Detroit television market is the 11th largest in the United States; and additional viewers from Ontario, Canada (Windsor and its surrounding area on broadcast and cable).

Broadcast channels in Detroit include WJBK (Fox), WDIV-TV (NBC), WXYZ-TV (ABC), and WWJ-TV (CBS). Other Metro Detroit television stations include WMYD (My Network TV), WUDT-CA (Univision), WKBD (The CW), WPXD (ION Television) and WADL-TV. WTVS is the city's PBS station. Detroiters receive broadcasts from CBET, the CBC Television affiliate in Windsor. Some viewers can receive Canadian networks such as TVOntario, CTV, Global, A-Channel and SRC. Discover Detroit TV which airs every Monday at 5:30 am on Detroit's PBS affiliate is sponsored by the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau. The metro Detroit suburb of Southfield is the broadcast media centre for several television stations including WXYZ-TV, WJBK, WKBD and WWJ-TV.

Detroit has the ninth largest radio market in the US, this ranking does not take into account Canadian audiences. The primary AM stations are WWJ 950 (news, CBS radio), the clear channel WJR 760 (news-talk), WDFN 1130 (sports), WXYT-"The Ticket" 1270 (sports-talk, similucast on 97.1 FM, CBS radio), WCHB 1200 (urban gospel music and talk, Radio One) and WDTW 1310 (Air America). Radio Disney broadcasts in Detroit on AM 910. Religious station "The Word" WRDT broadcasts from Monroe/Detroit on 560 AM; WDTK 1400, owned by Salem Communications broadcasts Conservative talk, and its sister station WLQV 1500 broadcasts Christian talk and teaching.

WDET 101.9 FM is the city's NPR station and broadcasts from Wayne State University. WUOM 91.7 from Ann Arbor is the founding member of Michigan Radio network; WEMU 89.1 broadcasts from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti area.

Many Windsor radio stations such as CIMX 88.7, CIDR 93.9, CKLW AM 800, CKWW AM 580 and CBC 89.9 can be heard in the Detroit area. In fact, CKLW broadcasts University of Michigan football games. For much of the 1960s and 1970s, CKLW was known as "The Big 8" and was the most popular Top 40 radio station in Detroit, and one of the most popular in North America, until the Canadian federal government passed cancon laws in the 1970s, mandating a percentage of Canadian content broadcasting. CTVglobemedia (owners of CIMX, CIDR, CKWW and CKLW) maintains a sales office in suburban Detroit in addition to the chief studios in Windsor.

Detroit's FM stations are highly segmented. The musical styles range from Country to Hip hop to smooth jazz; the diversity reflect the city's musical history and culture. WRCJ-FM 90.9 is a recent addition, providing the only local fulltime source of fine-arts programming (classical and jazz). Classical music can also be heard on some smaller high-school and college-owned stations with limited coverage. CBC Radio Two (89.9 FM in Windsor) plays classical music besides offering news and talk-radio programming, as do out-of-town NPR affiliates in East Lansing (WKAR-FM 90.5) and Toledo (WGTE-FM 91.3) which can be heard in parts of the area.

Among commercial radio stations, the popular stations with regular or occasional Top 10 showings in the Arbitron ratings include WMXD-FM (urban adult contemporary), WJR-AM (news/talk), WWJ-AM (all news), WDVD-FM (hot adult contemporary), WJLB-FM (urban/hip hop), WKQI-FM (contemporary hit radio), WOMC-FM (oldies), WVMV-FM (smooth jazz), WRIF-FM (album rock), WYCD-FM (country), WDRQ-FM (variety hits), and WNIC-FM and WMGC-FM (adult contemporary).

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