The Return Of WLLZ, And District Detroit WTF?

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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.

Elsewhere:

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.

Woodstock Apartments on Peterboro.

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.

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