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Pistons announcer John Mason, who spent decades on Detroit's airwaves before coining "Deee-troit Baaaaas-ketball!", is back in radio.

Mason's show debuted Wednesday on Flint adult R&B station WOWE-FM (98.9). It airs from 6-10 a.m. weekdays.

"A lot of people know of John in this area," station owner Michael Shumpert said of the Motor City radio veteran. "Even before the Pistons, he was somewhat of a legend down there."

Mason said he's been getting to know the Flint area and his audience on frequent trips through the area. He hopes to syndicate the show national eventually, but is happy to be back on the air now.

"The show is geared toward women and their well-being," he said. "It will be lively, upbeat and informative."

Mason said he doesn't expect any problems working Pistons games at night - including Wednesday's season opener at The Palace of Auburn Hills - and hosting the show in the morning.

"There's no juggling," he said. "It's what I love to do."

The new gig will get easier once his Detroit studio is completed and he can broadcast from there. Currently, he's commuting to WOWE's studio on Kearsley Street in downtown Flint.

There was actual a bit of a legal battle with Mason's former employer Radio One (which owns Detroit radio station WDMK) before Mason won the right to get back on the air -- read the full article for all of the details.

Now introducing John M-M-M-M-Mason: Voice of Pistons brings show to Flint [Flint Journal]