West Michigan: Newsmakers July 3 - 11




Grand Rapids Press:

The weather team went into red alert in the Forecast Center last week when storms hit St. Joseph County and a tornado warning was issued. According to Molly Kelly of WOOD-TV (Channel 8), the station's usual procedure is to go on the air immediately after a tornado warning is issued in the station's 14-county coverage area and to stay on the air as long as it seems warranted and there are life-threatening situations ... Healthy Woman' campaign- Holland Hospital and WZZM-TV (Channel 13) are launching this week a women's health awareness campaign, "13 Healthy Woman" ... Liberal voice on radio- Dr. Laura Schlesinger is out, and Randi Rhodes is in. Rhodes -- a progressive talk-show host who has been on the air for two decades in various markets -- can be heard from 8-10 p.m. weeknights and 2-5 p.m. Saturdays on WTKG radio (AM 1230)... Broadcast Notes (Sun 7/9)

Paul Mayhue's voice has been heard by radio officials with WJNZ-AM 1140, and now fans of the rhythm and blues station will have the chance to hear the politician, who is locked in a re-election battle with former talk-show host Robert Womack. The radio station and Mayhue have reached an agreement that will put campaign spots from the incumbent Kent County commissioner on the air for about six hours through the Aug. 8 primary election... (Sat 7/8)

Tom Van Howe is steering a new course as captain of his own charter boat business. Van Howe last weekend launched his career as charter captain of the 42-foot sailboat Ragtime. The Holland native takes passengers on sailing trips on Lake Michigan from Saugatuck... Former TV anchorman sets sail on new career (Thu 7/6)

New morning news show- WZZM-TV 13 is expanding their programming by launching a weekend morning news show beginning Sept. 9. The show will air 6-8 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tim Geraghty, news director at TV-13, said the anchor person is yet to be decided ... The Tonight Show- Former WWMT-TV (Channel 3) Meteorologist Amy Sweezey got her 15 seconds of fame during "The Tonight Show" starring Jay Leno. Sweezey works for the NBC affiliate in Orlando and is on maternity leave ... Maranda has 'wow' factor- She's rocking the parks in West Michigan with free food, activities and fun. Almost 6,000 friends showed up to celebrate the first WOTV 4 Park Party with Maranda ... And the Emmy goes to... Broadcast Notes (Tue 7/4)

Kent County Commissioner Paul Mayhue, locked in a tough re-election battle, figures he has 16 hours of free air time coming on local radio station WJNZ-AM 1140 -- and he wants every minute of it... (Tue 7/4)

I tuned into the Detroit Tigers' radio pregame show Wednesday expecting to hear West Michigan Whitecaps play-by-play announcer Dave Skoczen. He had been booked as a guest for a pregame interview, asked to opine on the progress of teenage slugging sensation Cameron Maybin and other prospects on the Class A Midwest League affiliate that captured a first-half Eastern Division championship. It seemed like a nice gesture... Radio snafu another example of Tigers' disrespect toward Whitecaps (Fri 6/30)


Jim Davis Exits WKLQ Morning Show:
CITADEL Active Rocker WKLQ/GRAND RAPIDS morning guy JIM DAVIS exits the "JUSTICE AND JIM SHOW." JUSTICE continues hosting mornings as the show is re-tooled into "JUSTICE IN THE MORNING." (Wed 7/5)

TV Week:

The Radio-Television News Directors Association said ABC News, WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, Mich., and KTUU-TV in Anchorage, Alaska, are the TV winners of this year's annual RTNDA/UNITY Awards, which honor commitment to covering cultural diversity... Honors for ABC News, WOOD-TV, KTUU-TV (Fri 7/7)







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