Neal Rubin The Detroit News Published 10:32 PM EDT May 28, 2019 Ferndale — An Econo Lodge in Battle Creek had 475 police calls in 13 months, and Drew Lane wants to talk to a guest to see just how godawful the place is. That’s Drew Lane as in “The Drew & Mike Show,” as in the first two names in Detroit FM radio for most of the 1990s and 2000s. The microphones are live last week as producer Brandon McAfee dials the front desk, multiple times, but he can’t get past a recorded message. Instead, Lane and his team launch into dramatic readings of the motel’s one-star online reviews — “They treat you like garbage, and it smells like garbage” — and a podcast segment that should be a disaster turns raucously funny instead. Ultimately, more than 150,000 people will download the show and share the mirth, putting it well within the top 1% of podcast popularity. Depending on how you tweak the numbers, Lane might have more daily listeners than he did when he was on the radio. Basically, he might have tumbled onto the future of broadcasting — and at least for him, it sounds a lot like… Read full this story
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