West Michigan: Newsmakers Oct 23-29, 2006




Grand Rapids Press:

Country music radio personalities Darren Wilhite and Tim Wall of WTNR-FM (94.5) were off the airwaves Monday after a breakdown in contract negotiations, according to station management. They had vacated the premises Friday, the station said. "The two parties just couldn't agree. The contract negotiations broke down, and we agreed to disagree," said Bud Ford, program director and on-air personality at the station known as Thunder ... Longtime air personality Gabriella de la Vega, of WNWZ-AM (1410), has decided to leave the station after seven years of pioneering one of West Michigan's first full-time Spanish- language stations. De la Vega said it was time to move on, and that station management still was trying to get her to reconsider... Thunder gone for duo; de la Vega leaves air (Tue 10/24)

Diane Rehm, host of National Public Radio's popular "The Diane Rehm Show," spoke Tuesday to a standing-room-only audience of about 500 people at Aquinas College's Fine Arts Center. She also signed books and was the guest speaker at an evening fundraiser for Aquinas' Jane Hibbard Idema Women's Studies Center... Diane Rehm: A popular draw (Wed 10/25)

Dan Dickerson had the greatest moment of his professional broadcasting career when he called Magglio Ordonez's three-run, walk-off homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series to send the Detroit Tigers to the World Series. He's hoping for one last great postseason moment. Dickerson, following in Hall of Famer Ernie Harwell's footsteps as the radio play-by-play voice of the Tigers, is keeping his fingers crossed that Tiger fans will get a chance to hear him call a World Series championship this weekend... Dickerson hoping for another big call (Fri 10/27)

If Jordon Lambert of West Olive someday finds himself in a television booth, calling the shots on "Monday Night Football," he can point to the day when he got his start. "Well, sort of," Lambert said, when asked if he wants to grow up to be a big-time football broadcaster like John Madden or Al Michaels. Lambert, 10, got a taste of what it's like to be a broadcaster last week. The Quincy Elementary School fifth grader was selected to participate in Tuesday's 3-A-Day of Dairy/Lions Junior Broadcaster Tryout... Fifth-grader wins spot in broadcasting contest (Sun 10/29)

Michele DeSelms is used to telling the news, not being the news. But there she was, her picture flashed on the TV screen last week while her co-anchor, Christian Frank, told WXMI (Channel 17) viewers why DeSelms had been off the air for two weeks. She was with her 17-year-old son, Brandon, who underwent brain surgery in late September to remove a golf ball-sized mass from the back of his skull... Being news, not telling it, 'surreal' for anchor (Sun 10/29)

Former morning WKLQ-FM radio man Justice, of the "Justice and Jim show," says, "I am very excited to say that I will be working with WOOD-AM after a long three months off air. I will be doing fill-in work for Rick and Scott, starting in late November ... She has been a fixture in West Michigan television and theater, but Molly Kelly is ready to head back to her hometown of Chicago. "I've taken a job in Chicago at WCIU and MeTV, working in the marketing department," she said. "It has been a difficult decision leaving my adopted home town and theater family of 18 years"... WOOD-AM getting Justice (Sun 10/29)

Calvin/Hope Sign New Deal with WGVU

The live telecasts of the Calvin/Hope men's basketball games on public broadcasting station WGVU in Grand Rapids will continue through the 2008-09 season, officials of the station and colleges have announced. The popular NCAA Division III rivalry has been televised by WGVU since the 1997-98 season and the 2006-2007 broadcasts will mark 10 years of Calvin/Hope basketball on WGVU television... Calvin College Press Release


WTNR Looks For A New Morning Show & APD:
CITADEL Country WTNR (THUNDER 94.5)/GRAND RAPIDS, MI PD BUD FORD is on the prowl for a new morning show to replace WILHOITE and WHITE, who exited the station last week. FORD states that established teams as well as individuals are welcome to apply. THUNDER 94.5 is a growing station so there are a lot of work hours involved, so those wishing to work only four hours a day need not apply. FORD is also on the lookout for a new APD since current APD/afternooner MATT STRYKER is leaving to follow his wife as she starts a new job. The right person will be able to do an air shift as well as some imaging work and light website maintenance. (Fri 10/27)

Radio and Records:

Top 5 stations in the 2006 summer ratings for Grand Rapids were country WBCT, contemporary hits WSNX, news-talk WOOD-AM, modern rock WGRD, and classic rock WLAV... Grand Rapids summer radio ratings (ages 12+) (Thu 10/26)







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This page contains a single entry by Mike Austerman published on October 29, 2006 2:02 PM.

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