West Michigan: Newsmakers April 14-16




Grand Rapids Press:

The NFL has been flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters following a recent league ruling prohibiting local television cameras from returning to the sidelines in the fall. It's no laughing matter. "I don't think you're going to find anybody in TV who's a fan of this," WOOD-TV 8 sports director Jack Doles said... NFL boots local TV cameras from sidelines (Fri 4/14)

If you were tuned to WOOD-AM (1300) from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, you might have thought you were caught in a time warp, because local-radio legend Bruce Grant was behind the microphone. Grant, 84, who was a fixture on WOOD for 32 years, primarily in the 5-9 a.m. slot, was back to do a guest spot on "The Rick and Scott Show" with Rick Beckett and Scott Winters ... Viewership lead continues: February 2006 Nielsen ratings show 24 Hour News 8 was watched by more West Michigan television viewers for local news and weather than any other local station. Results show 24 Hour News 8 ranked No. 1 in all newscasts ... Broadway Billy's back: What's the buzz at B-93? Some personnel changes. Dave Taft, who was doing middays while music director and assistant program director, has transferred to Muskegon to oversee programming for Clear Channel stations WMUS-FM (106.9), WMRR (101.7) and WSHZ (107.9). Tony Brooks, who has been with B-93 on and off since 1993, has moved from the night show to middays. Broadway Billy Macc, who, until last year, when he left to do nights at Top 40 KSLZ in St. Louis, was previously a highly rated night host on WSNX, will come back to Grand Rapids to do nights for B-93... Broadcast Notes (Sun 4/16)

Michael Walenta waved toward the corridor lined with auction merchandise: skylights, end tables, DVDs, garage door openers, a Radio Flyer, bird feeders and, yes, even the kitchen sink. "It's quite a pile of stuff," the general manager for WGVU-TV (Channels 35 and 52) conceded as employees of the public television station scrambled to prepare for Monday's annual fund-raising auction. Welcome to the season of fund drives for public TV and radio. In addition to WGVU's upcoming auction, sister radio station WGVU-FM (88.5) recently wrapped up a spring membership drive and community radio station WYCE-FM (88.1) kicks off its 10-day, on-air fundraiser later this month... Public broadcasters scramble (Sun 4/16)

Bidders can snag anything from a $50 surfing lesson to a "silver membership" at a golf and ski resort valued at $9,000, with hundreds of alluring and unusual things in between... Station's auction items range from offbeat to opulent (Sun 4/16)

Dennis Sutton has had a long-running relationship with all kinds of marathon events. During 25 years as a local radio personality, Sutton once lived on a billboard platform for 10 consecutive days at the start of the 1984 Major League Baseball season until the Detroit Tigers lost a game... Former radio personality Dennis Sutton takes on Boston Marathon (Sun 4/16)

Muskegon Chronicle

Grand Haven radio station WGHN recently received three awards from the Michigan Associated Press. For the fifth year in a row, the station was named in the "Top 10" for the amount of news it contributed to the Michigan Associated Press... WGHN's news, sports honored (Fri 4/14)







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