West Michigan: Newsmakers Apr 10 - 13




Grand Rapids Press:

Does an ex-morning guy get sleep? Tony Gates, ex-morning man at WLAV-FM (96.9), can now do what most of us always dream of-- get a good night's sleep. Or does he? Now that his on-air work schedule has shifted to weekdays 2-7 p.m. can he throw the alarm clock across the room in the early morning hours? "Hey, I was a 'morning person' long before I became a morning guy-- more than half of the battle of being a good morning personality is waking up in a good mood and I always have," he said ... Creative talents are needed for a chance to be a big time Hollywood producer or designer. If you have a creative idea for a: 30 second television commercial promoting B-93 radio put it together and send it in. The commercial needs to be: 30 seconds maximum and would be preferred on a non-returnable DVD... Former a.m. radio host is still an early bird (Tue 4/11)

West Michigan will soon be waking up without Dave Jagger and Geri Jarvis. The popular husband-and-wife team, which has been on the air for nearly 20 years, announced on the air this morning its last day will be April 21. The announcement ends speculation their contracts at WLHT-FM (95.7) would not be renewed. On the air, Dave and Geri thanked listeners for their loyalty and support, and said, "This is not a stunt." The market's longest consecutive running morning program, "The Dave and Geri Morning Show"has done well in ratings, especially in its target demographic of women ages 25-54... Radio station tunes out long-running a.m. duo (Thu 4/13)

A former Fifth Third Bank employee is expected to be arraigned in Grand Rapids District Court today on allegations he stole information from bank account records and stalked two local television reporters. The court appearance will be the second in two days for Marco Munoz, 39, of Evansville, Ind., after he was arraigned Wednesday in Wexford County District Court on identity theft and malicious phone use charges for allegedly harassing a Cadillac news anchor. Munoz faces four felony charges here and could be sentenced to five years in prison if convicted. Police say he stalked WXMI-TV's (Channel 17) Rachel Calderon and WOOD-TV's (Channel 8) Kristi Andersen during work-related visits to the area... Alleged stalker arraigned (Thu 4/13)


A man accused of taking advantage of his job to find personal information about female TV personalities and using it to stalk them appeared Thursday in a Grand Rapids courtroom. Marco Munoz, 39, was working as an executive at Fifth Third Bank in Indiana. Investigators say while on business trips he would access the personal information of his alleged victims, who banked with Fifth Third, and then stalk them and make obscene phone calls... Fifth Third employee arraigned on stalking charges (Thu 4/13)

Cadillac News:

A local television anchor and others throughout the Midwest were targets of a bank employee who used their personal information to make obscene phone calls. Marco Antonio Munoz, 39, was arrested earlier this week in Evansville, Ind. He was arraigned on charges of identity theft and malicious use of telecommunications. The former Fifth Third Bank employee accessed hundreds of bank accounts, mostly targeting women and news anchors... Identity theft case spans Midwest (Thu 4/13)

Muskegon Chronicle:

WOOD-TV plans to buy 17 acres of county-owned land adjacent to the Muskegon County Wastewater Management System in Egelston Township for installation of a 449-foot-tall communications tower. The tower would allow the station to upgrade its equipment and expand live coverage of events. Mike Laemers, WOOD-TV's director of engineering, said the station has agreed to pay $83,000 for the land. The tower and a building to house equipment are expected to cost close to $400,000, Laemers said... WOOD-TV plans to erect 449-foot tower (Mon 4/10)







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