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Paul W. Smith on Moving to Middays: I’ll Get Used to Waking Up at 8:00 AM

Last week, WJR host Paul W. Smith departed the morning drive timeslot and moved to a newly created 12:00-2:00 PM window on the station.

In his debut show, Smith joked that the change will certainly take some getting used to, but it ultimately was better for his family.

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“I hope you woke up with Guy Gordon this morning. I did not. I slept in till 8:00 AM,” Smith joked. “For the first time in 50 years! 27 of them waking up early here at WJR. Many of them at WABC in New York, WWDB-FM in Philadelphia, and even going back to Toledo with Mike Wheeler back in the old days of WSPD and WCWA.

“Mornings were what I did. And I loved every bit of it. I missed my morning family — my morning audience — this morning, but I am going to get used to getting up at 8:00 AM instead of 4:00 AM. My wife, Kim, is clapping because she will get a rested me rather than what she has gotten for years a very tired me.”

With Smith’s move to middays, Guy Gordon took over the morning show on the Detroit news/talk station. Smith had hosted the program since legendary host J.P. McCarthy’s exit in 1996.

The debut of Smith’s new program was a remote broadcast from a newly-renovated restaurant in a Detroit suburb. Guests included Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan (D), among others.

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