On today’s show, we have some fun discussing the return of the WLLZ call letters to Detroit’s FM airwaves, and by listener request we talk about the elephant in the room, the so-called District Detroit, in the wake of the big story that ran over the weekend in Crain’s.
First up is a new Patronicity campaign to help restore Hamtramck Stadium, which hosted Detroit’s various Negro Leagues baseball teams during the 1930s. Hometown rock star Jack White ponied up $10,000 to jump-start the campaign, which seeks to raise $50,000 to restore the playing field and install signage.
Former Detroit Red Wing and NHL Hall-of-Famer Ted Lindsay has died at the age of 93. In addition to winning four Stanley Cups with Detroit, he played a big role in helping players to form a labor union.
Detroit’s Wheels is back after IHeartMedia converted 106.7 over to the revered call letters WLLZ, giving it a classic rock format that frankly sounds different than the old classic-rock format of old.
The Detroit Economic Development Corp. is looking for a developer for three buildings in the old Rivertown District.
And we unleash many months worth of thoughts and observations about the District Detroit, the Ilitch family’s planned mixed-use, walkable and vibrant urban neighborhood surrounding the Little Caesars Arena. Do yourselves a favor and read the Crain’s package, which does a great job shedding light on a project that has so far delivered little other than a new arena and ample, overpriced parking.