West Michigan: Newsmakers Aug 21 - 27, 2006




Grand Rapids Press:

Clear Channel radio continues to be a dominant force in West Michigan. According to the Arbitron ratings spring book, WBCT-FM (93.7) took first, WOOD-AM (1300) was second and WSNX-FM (104.5) was third. Skip Essick, Clear Channel market manager, said the stations' success is due to employees and improved technology... Clear Channel scores in radio ratings (Mon 8/21)

In her Rockford High School yearbook only a few years back, she wrote: "It is my goal by 2010 to be on 'The Today Show.' " Quite a lofty ambition, for a 17-year-old from West Michigan to aspire to a big-market TV position. But now meteorologist Ginger Zee, of WOOD-TV (Channel 8), is one big step closer to her Big Apple aspirations. She's headed for the Windy City. On Tuesday, Zee signed with WMAQ-TV (Channel 5), the NBC-owned and -operated outlet in Chicago. She will be a weekend weathercaster there... TV8 weather talent heads to Chicago's WMAQ (Wed 8/23)

Imagine you are chief executive of a major retailer or cellular telephone company, and want to track the frequency and content of your competitor's radio advertisements. How do you do it? Until now, your options have been limited. You can have someone listen to the radio in each of the markets you want monitored... New company monitors radio spots (Thu 8/24)

It occurred to WOOD-TV 8 sports director Jack Doles he should consult with The Bos in preparation for the station's comprehensive coverage of high school football this fall. No, not that boss. He'll team up with preps reporter Jane Bos of The Grand Rapids Press to spotlight the top football matchups every Friday, beginning tonight, on the NBC affiliate's 6 p.m. sportscast. Bos, who has guided The Press' high school sports coverage for the past 18 years, will appear live with Doles, sharing her insights from the site of one of the biggest games in the area each week... Press' preps editor joins WOOD-TV coverage (Fri 8/25)

'The prompter is perfectly timed," television news anchor Amy Turner said. "I think we may want to change to a weather bumper at this time," meteorologist John Shaner added. "We're coming out on camera two," floor director Jason Hutton instructed during a rehearsal last week for the new morning show at WXMI-TV (Channel 17). Excitement is high at the Fox affiliate, which will debut the show at 6 a.m. Monday with Turner, a longtime reporter and weekend anchor, and Shaner, a meteorologist who joined the station last week... TV shows light up the morning in West Michigan, The morning lineup on TV in West Michigan, WOOD-TV dominates GR-area news ratings (Sun 8/27)







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