West Michigan: Newsmakers April 24 - 30




Citadel preserves Classic Country format

In the wake of the coming relaunch of FM 105.3 as WHTS 'Hot FM', the station's previous Classic Country format has shifted to FM 92.5 WKOQ, Newaygo. That station had previously been airing a simulcast of Active Rocker WKLQ-FM 107.3 Greenville. There will be some listeners disappointed with the frequency shift - 105.3's old facility was located north of where FM 92.5 broadcasts, leaving some without a reliable signal. And, fans of the Active Rock sounds of KLQ in places like Muskegon now will have to struggle to receive the station on it's 107.3 frequency.

Back at 105.3, the station is still using its WCXT call sign and has been stunting throughout the weekend with construction sounds and teaser announcements that a new radio station is under construction. A 'reality radio' stunt will launch on Monday in advance of a musical format targeted toward women that is scheduled to start on Wednesday.

Grand Rapids Press:

It seems like an odd couple for a baseball broadcast. Bill Simonson and local sports legend Jim Shorts teaming up in the radio booth for a special West Michigan Whitecaps' broadcast live from Fifth Third Ballpark at 3 p.m. this afternoon. The contest between the Whitecaps and Kane County Cougars features Simonson on play-by-play and Shorts providing color commentary on flagship station WBBL-AM (1340)... Caps hand mike to interesting pair (Fri 4/28)

A broadcasting company is enlisting a big man for a big change on West Michigan's radio dial. Citadel Broadcasting next week will use a reality-radio experiment to launch its new FM frequency, 105.3. Starting at 6 a.m. Monday, listeners can follow Bill "Huge" Simonson, a host at sister station WBBL-AM (1340), in real time for the entire day... FM station tries reality on for size (Sat 4/29)

Plenty is going on behind the scenes at WLHT-FM (95.7), and now, the launch of a new player in the Grand Rapids radio market. First, at WLHT: Gone is morning-show meteorologist Dennis Hodges, who worked for the station on and off for many years, most recently doing a stint that started in 2004 on the Dave and Geri morning show ... As for the future of Dave Jagger and Geri Jarvis, the couple is expected to land in late July at Citadel station WCXT-FM (105.3) which is changing this week from classic country to a format targeted toward women ... Stations all over the country -- including WWMT-TV (Channel 3) -- are signing exclusive long-term affiliation agreements with CW, a new television network set to launch for the 2006-07 season. Programming on CW comes from both UPN and WB networks, which will cease to exist this fall, said Tom Long, vice president and general manager of WWMT-TV ... A new deal just inked by Lin TV gives My Network TV a local presence and increases its coverage to 68 percent of U.S. television audience. Effective Sept. 5, Channel 15, WXSP-TV will air My Network TV programming from 8 to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The selection of shows will include drama, variety, talk, magazine, sports and movies. WXSP will continue airing local and regional sports... Meteorologist leaves WLHT (Sun 4/30)


Comstock Park - A special event at Monday's Whitecaps game at Fifth Third Ballpark gave thanks to leaders in the community. Regent Broadcasting, which owns five local radio stations, hosted a community leader appreciation night.... Regent Broadcasting Thanks Community Leaders At Whitecaps Game (Mon 4/24)

Traverse City Record-Eagle

A former bank employee in Indiana, accused of using customers' personal information to make obscene phone calls to television news anchors, has pleaded no contest to a charge of attempted identity theft... Alleged prankster pleads (Wed 4/26)







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