West Michigan: Newsmakers Oct 9-14, 2006




Grand Rapids Press:

"Barnaby here" is a phrase familiar to many West Michigan TV viewers. Gerry Barnaby -- who goes by just "Barnaby" -- is an experienced television storyteller who presents human-interest pieces for WOTV-TV (Channel 41). You can catch him four times a day, weekdays -- 6:36 a.m., 12:20, 5:46 and 7:10 p.m. He also is adding the WOTV-4 Hotlist to his responsibilities... Barnaby branches out (Wed 10/11)

Another round of debates begins Sunday night. This time, it's the Michigan senatorial debate with Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Republican candidate Mike Bouchard, who will discuss the issues facing the state. The debate will air at 8 p.m. Sunday on public television stations across Michigan, including WGVU-TV (Channel 35)... WGVU to air senatorial debate (Sat 10/14)

Battle Creek Enquirer:

Two Battle Creek-area television stations do not plan to broadcast Monday's debate between Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Republican challenger Dick DeVos, as reality shows and sitcoms instead go on the air. Battle Creek's ABC affiliate, WOTV Channel 4, and Kalamazoo's CBS affiliate, WWMT Channel 3, will instead run programs such as the reality show "Wife Swap" and the sitcom "How I Met Your Mother." The third governor's debate of this election season is being broadcast live from WXYZ-TV in Detroit, an ABC affiliate. It's being made available live to all ABC and CBS affiliates in Michigan... B.C.-area affiliates won't air gov. debate (Sat 10/14)


WJQK/Grand Rapids Goes To Biloxi, Hires Bateman For Weekends: Contemporary Christian WJQK (99.3)/GRAND RAPIDS will take 80 listeners to BILOXI, MS from NOVEMBER 5-10 to help continue the rebuilding efforts after last year's hurricane season. WJQK will work closely with URBAN LIFE MINISTRIES, a non-profit Christian organization dedicated to helping the residents of BILOXI rebuild their homes. The station will air “THE MORNING SHOW WITH MANDY AND BRIAN” and the midday show with CECI LABARGE live from BILOXI. WJQK also recently hired BOB BATEMAN to cover weekends and vacations for full-time announcers. BATEMAN comes to WJQK from CLEAR CHANNEL Country WMIL (106.1)/MILWAUKEE. BATEMAN is a 30-year veteran broadcaster who has also worked at Classic Rock WMGK (102.9), WJJZ and WEAZ/PHILADELPHIA, and Talk WLS-A (890)/CHICAGO. (Fri 10/13)

WJQK To Serve Seven African Countries In '07: In other WJQK news, the station announced that it would send 14 “JESUS IS LIFE” mission teams to AFRICA in 2007. WJQK and WORLD MISSION in GRAND RAPIDS have sent 17 “JESUS IS LIFE” teams to CENTRAL and EASTERN AFRICA over the last two years. In 2007, teams will minister in CONGO, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, UGANDA, GHANA, SUDAN, KENYA and MOZABMIQUE. Each team will include 10 to 12 listeners who will have a building project, minister to AIDS orphans and prostitutes, and distribute hundreds of "Talking Bibles" recorded in the countries' native languages. Each team will be in AFRICA for 10 days. Currently, the station has its 10th of 12 teams for the year in TANZANIA. Ten men are doing "pioneer evangelism" on an island in LAKE VICTORIA, and 10 women are testing women and children for the AIDS virus and setting up medical care for those who have it. The 11th team will leave in three weeks. (Fri 10/13)







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