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NPR sued over programming changes

December 28, 2005

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— Hell hath no fury like that of a scorned National Public Radio fan - especially in Detroit, where listeners angry at recent programming changes have gone to court, charging the city's NPR station with fraud.

The fury in Detroit over program changes at WDET-FM has listeners claiming they were tricked into contributing money to the station during a pledge drive while station operators were secretly planning to junk locally produced programming and replace it with national talk and public affairs shows.

"This is a public radio station, and their decision just completely disregarded the public and the community that is loyal to the station and financially supports it," said Kevin Ernst, the lawyer representing a group of listeners.

Louis Lessem, vice president and general counsel at Wayne State University, which owns WDET, said he has "no interest in litigating this in the press. ... We're sorry the plaintiffs choose to do that."

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