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TDC is a daily talk show started by Mike Wolters...formerly of Detroit's #1 rated Drew & Mike Show.  No FCC!  No political correctness!
TDC is a daily talk show started by Mike Wolters...formerly of Detroit's #1 rated Drew & Mike Show. No FCC! No political correctness!
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THANK YOU everybody for your support so far!  With your help, we met our initial goal and now have a solid base of funds to start promoting The Detroit Cast.

But we are FAR from finished!  We’ve set a new goal of $40,000 and are asking for you to consider helping us meet it.  We have a generous donor that is willing to match funds above $25,000, up to $3,000.  This is a HUGE opportunity for your donations to count double!

Here’s how we will use the additional funds:

Equipment upgrades, including:

  • two new laptops (Big E put so much porn on the old ones that they barely move)

  • phone system (allowing you, the listeners, to call in and join the fray will add a huge dynamic to the show)

  • server/systems (ensuring that we have systems in place to handle the boatload of new traffic we are about to see is critical)

Insurances and administrative support costs

Additional funds for consistent, further promotion of the show

Studio roof repair (two leaking skylights threaten equipment damage and, added to the cat-piss smell, make for a particularly nasty stank)

Just as with our initial goal, NONE of these additional donations will go to pay ourselves.  It will ALL go into the business.  We are committed to first ensuring that this business is on solid ground and moving forward before we pay ourselves a dime.  We want The Detroit Cast to continue to bring quality shows, grow its audience, and ultimately take over the universe.

Please help us meet our NEW GOAL of $40,000.

The Detroit Cast was started with the goal of doing a talk show like we were able to do many years ago … just be entertaining!  Believe it or not, there was a day when we could go to the studio each morning and put on a show and the thought of getting in trouble for something you said that might’ve offended a person NEVER crossed your mind.  As long as you avoided George Carlin’s infamous 7 dirty words, you were good to go.  Then Janet Jackson exposed a breast (sort of) during the Super Bowl Halftime Show and everything changed.  Since then, things have gone from bad to worse to almost impossible!  The penalties and fines for infractions imposed by the Federal Communications Commission are in the hundreds of thousands of dollars per infraction.  Self interest groups, who’ve never listened to a moment of your show, can and do claim to be offended at any time for any reason.  They demand apologies and threaten to boycott sponsors of your show, etc.  This is about the time you see some poor radio personality spewing his best heart-felt and sincere apology with the promise of being a changed man, who will never let such hatred come out of his mouth again!  Of course, we all know that almost never satisfies the "offended" party. 

And before you know it the host has been fired!  It’s happening to good talk shows all over the country all the time.  I’ve sat through countless meetings with expensive, big-shot lawyers and all but begged them to explain what it is you can’t say on the air…and NONE can give you an answer!  What is “offensive” is a very gray area.  Because nobody can definitively explain when you’ve entered the “gray area”, it’s on the talent to figure out.  Basically, we find ourselves tiptoeing through a field of land mines, never knowing when something said in the heat of the moment is going to obliterate a career you’ve worked hard to create.  When you take all of this into account, you get what we have today…a watered down, boring, EXTREMELY SAFE, shell of what once was a truly great art form. Terrestrial radio as we knew and loved it is all but dead!

I was offered a well-compensated radio position, but turned it down mostly because of this handcuffing change to the industry.  I loved my over 18 years’ work on morning radio, and I worked with people I think are some of the most talented to ever do it.  Most of my peers thought I was beyond crazy to walk away from a good salary for something so unknown.  And with that decision, The Detroit Cast was born!  I spent my life savings building a studio in my house…A studio that is capable of delivering a level of quality that listeners have grown to expect.  And I think we’ve accomplished that. The support from listeners has been overwhelming, to say the least.  And the team assembled here at Radio For One Studios wants nothing more than to make this not just our full time career but also one of the finest shows out there!

Risks and challenges

The risk that comes with our project is simply TIME! The bills won't pay themselves and our supporters will only be there to help us keep going for so long. With the right head start we believe we can make this work! The show is there, the audience base is there, and now its time to grow!

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    The Detroit Cast autographed picture.

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    Autographed box of show-USED smelling salts! We'll leave ONE un-sniffed one for you to make your cat puke with!

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    Create your own personal "drop" that The Detroit Cast will prominently feature on the show. It can be whatever you want, we'll work it into the show. And if it's good, who knows, maybe it becomes a classic that we play for years.

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    PHOTOCOPY of one page of Big E's diary, autographed by Big E himself. Page chosen at random by The Detroit Cast. (Don't worry, we're sure you'll get a 'cuppel' of good words on each!) "Good buy!"

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    Take Big E to lunch! You buy lunch, he'll bring the Big E! TRUST US....This will pay for itself before waters arrive at the table!

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    The Detroit Cast autographed T-shirt (or hat), plus an autographed sticker.

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    Play "virtual producer" for a day. You decide the topic(s) for The Detroit Cast to discuss during one show segment (one-third of one episode). It could be anything ... you are in complete control!

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    Custom voicemail - a personalized and probably "tasteless" message left just for you from The Detroit Cast.

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    On-air shout-out ... for an individual, a business, a group of friends, a birthday, an anniversary, etc. Plus, an autographed CD copy of that episode.

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    Comedy road trip with Big E. Big E will take you in his car to Grand Rapids for his next stand-up show. Hotel room included (with Big E.)

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    Join us on one billboard displayed somewhere in Metro Detroit! Your name or likeness (your choice) will appear with The Detroit Cast on a billboard.

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    In-studio visit. You and up to three of your closest friends are invited to Radio For One Studios to watch a live-taping of The Detroit Cast. Keep in mind, this is Wolters’ house – so let’s leave that one douche bag friend at home (Big E is enough!)

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    Bar night with The Detroit Cast! 3 couples join TDC and their "bitches" for a night out! Limo will pick you up at your doors and pour you back in your doors at the night's conclusion. TDC picks up limo and bar tab. Metro Detroit area ONLY!

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    The Detroit Cast (Timko) will load up our entire operation and bring it to your house (bar, hall, business etc.) for a full show recording. Invite your friends and make a bash out of it!!!

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    We’ll prominently display your company logo on our homepage for one week, PLUS provide a 30-second live-read opening each episode of The Detroit Cast that week to promote your business.

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    We’ll prominently display your company logo on our homepage for two weeks, PLUS provide a 30-second live-read opening each episode of The Detroit Cast during those two weeks to promote your business.

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