Long before the end of the Drew and Mike show was known, Mike had been building a home studio. The idea was to continue doing the Drew and Mike show and on the weekends put together a podcast that would not have any FCC regulations. It was a new and promising medium for broadcasters who were being handcuffed around the country. At that time, it seemed as though weekly, big powerful shows were being torn down for ‘offending’ small groups of people; groups that had no history of listening to such shows in the first place. After the announcement was made that the Drew and Mike show would be ending, it seemed like the perfect time to start the podcast.
The DrewCast launched, hosted by Drew Lane , Marc Fellhauer and Mike Wolters. Episode 1, simply called the “D, M & M Show”, was posted online and within 24 hours, Tim Krukowski, former bassist from the rock band Sponge, called and was on board to fine tune the audio for the show. Sure to his promise, Tim got the show up and running with a more professional sound and web presence. Tim, serving as engineer, brought stability for many months to come. The DrewCast was never intended to be a long-term show, but it was a start. After only 17 episodes, Drew and Marc were off to Detroit Sports 105.1 FM, and it was decision time for Mike. Should he join Drew and Marc back on terrestrial radio, or bet his entire career on a long-shot with podcasting, without a partner or a team? The decision was a terrifying one – Drew is the best at what he does, as was Marc. The logical choice would be to go along with them to continue the legacy and make things easy. So much for logical thinking. Mike decided ‘Fuck it!’ On with The Detroit Cast!
The Detroit Cast started with a call to Mike Clark. Would he like to do a little show out of Mike Wolters’ basement? Clark was in and The Detroit Cast began. The problem was that there was no money in doing it this way – no sponsors, no advertisers. It’s easy to get on board with a project when people are getting paid for what they do, but at this time it just wasn’t an option. So the show started as 3 days per week, and it was anything but easy. Let’s be honest, Mike and Mike aren’t quite ‘start-a-business’ kind of guys. After some fun and funny shows, Mike Clark needed to tend to some family issues and had to do what was best for him and part ways with the podcast, which was understandable. By this time there was a new engineer in the mix, Jay Timko. Mike then convinced former Drew and Mike show intern Eric Fadie into quitting his job in radio on the other side of the state, move BACK into his parents’ basement and become part of a show that paid nothing. Good Boy, Eric!
The Detroit Cast re-born, and at this point there was no looking back…all chips in! An engineer, a producer (sort of!) and a host. Would it be a three person team? Would they find a veteran radio guy to co-host? Would they look for a comedian to come sit in? A few weeks went by and no matter what ideas were tossed around, one name kept popping into Mike’s head: Jay, a long-time buddy! But it just didn’t make sense. Jay was married with 3 kids and was a partner in a prestigious law firm. But Mike knew that Jay wasn’t happy being a LAWYER. In fact, Jay was closer to being miserable as a lawyer than to being happy in that field. So Mike made the call and, wouldn’t you know it, the son-of-a-bitch had just quit his job a few days earlier! That might not sound like a big deal to some of you, but having known Jay since high school like Mike, Jay doesn’t do anything without a plan! Jay doesn’t leave much to chance. He wouldn’t gamble his family’s livelihood! Now with Mike, that’s another story…but not Jay! The conversation was pretty simple:
Mike: “Hey, Buddy. So, what are you gonna do now?”
Jay: “No idea…but I’m open to trying something different and new. Hell, I might go do construction work.”
Mike: “Well, I’m doing a show out of my house now and I keep thinking you’d be good at it…and you might really like it.”
Jay: “Well, I promised myself I’d be open to anything … why not?”
Jay came over the following Monday.
The Detroit Cast was set at that point. The team felt right and after a few bumps and bruises, things sort of fell into place. Before long, the team decided that in order to really make the show work, it would have to become a 5-day-per-week operation. So it did. To try and give the show a better chance at survival, a KickStarter campaign was set up with what felt like an unattainable goal: raise $20,000 in 30 days. Instead, thanks to hundreds of incredibly loyal and generous listeners, the campaign raised $45,000! The audience who listen to The Detroit Cast will never fully understand how important that was! In no way does that guarantee any success, but it gives the show a chance! Fingers crossed!