West Michigan: February 2006 Archives

Grand Rapids Press:

They are rappers with a style that is in your face and raw. Their lyrics are powerful, emphatic and real -- with no swear words. With talents that are extreme and diverse, they tell the stories of their lives. Some are dental assistants, students and painters. Others have been released from prison and carry deep angst into their music. Their passion is rap and hip-hop music -- their outlet for creativity and opportunity is courtesy of radio station WMFN-AM. Every Saturday night, from 6 to midnight, 640-AM keeps it local and live during "Grand Rapids Own" -- featuring the best in local rap recording artists... Station showcases local rappers (Fri 2/3)

A tradition was coined unintentionally during WYCE's first Jammie Awards ceremony in 2000. "People just showed up in their jammies," said WYCE-FM (88.1) station manager Michael Packer, speculating the name of the awards led listeners to believe they were attending a pajama party. "We said, hey, that's a cool thing." Now, it's standard for pajama-clad fans to attend the best-in-local-music ceremony, where they are rewarded for their spirit... Bands prepare for annual awards show (Sun 2/5)

Muskegon Chronicle:

Long-time Muskegon radio personality William D. "Bill" Uecker died of an apparent heart attack on Friday. "He was just a lovable, teddy bear of a guy," said retired area radio executive Fred Tascone. Tim Achterhoff, once head of WMUS, added that Uecker was, "just a decent guy"... Muskegon radio host dies (Sun 2/5)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Feb 6 - 12



Grand Rapids Press:

Country music remains on top for West Michigan radio fans. According to recent Arbitron ratings, WBCT-FM (93.7) took another first-place win -- marking its 33rd consecutive top ranking for the station. It makes morning co-host Neal Dionne a happy man. "We never take it for granted. We love our listeners, and I'm not just saying that. They are in on every bit and are a big part of our show. Sometimes, they just call to say, 'Good Moynin.' We have so much fun everyday. I can't believe we get paid for this," he said. The Arbitron ratings fall book reflect another West Michigan sweep for Clear Channel Radio. In the Grand Rapids metro market, for listeners 12 and older, B-93 is first, with a 9.5 rating, WOOD-AM (1300) is second, scoring a 7.8 rating and WSNX-FM (104.5) is third, with a 7.6 rating... B-93 remains market leader in ratings (Mon 2/6)

Grammys? What Grammys? Who needs Mariah Carey, Diddy and U2 when you've got Organissimo, Sweet Japonic and Paucity? Who needs a tuxedo when you've got pajamas? The Jammie Awards, WYCE-FM's (88.1) annual show honoring the best in local and national music, didn't attempt the silly pageantry of the Grammy Awards (taking place tonight, incidentally), but Tuesday night's ceremony did offer plenty of live music, some friendly competition and a whole lotta love for a whole lotta local musicians... Jazz trio lands top Jammie (Wed 2/8)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Feb 13 - 19



Grand Rapids Press:

Though they got married on the radio, with members of the media and WGRD staff milling about a banquet room in Van Andel Arena, Dallas Meyers and Lauralee Girodat were in a world of their own as they spoke their wedding vows. The glowing twosome, winners of WGRD's Get Married at Nickelback contest, exchanged rings with a few friends and family members looking on. "You may now kiss the bride," the minister said after pronouncing them husband and wife. Dallas, 26, of Grand Rapids, planted a big one on his new missus... Valentines exchange vows at show (Tue 2/14)

Have you listened lately to WBFX-FM (101.3, The Fox)? On Wednesday, the classic-rock station made some adjustments in its format, hoping to attract some new listeners. According to Jack Lawson, program director at The Fox, the station made some "format enhancements" by adding songs from the 1980s and '90s as well as new releases from long-established music acts... Broadcast notes (Sun 2/19)

In local radio circles, he's known simply as WLAV morning show host Kevin Matthews' son. But in music industry circles, he's blazing a trail of his own as Trevor Menear. Could this 21-year-old Chicago guitarist be on the cusp of something big? With extraordinary guitar work and a voice that -- like one-time wunderkind Jonny Lang -- belies his age, Menear deftly straddles the lines between blues, rock and jazz on his invigorating and soulful original songs... Talented Menear has local-radio ties (Sun 2/19)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Feb 20 - 26



Grand Rapids Press:

In the country music industry, the Country Radio Seminar just can't be beat. Last week, the annual convention celebrated its 37th anniversary, drawing radio professionals from all over to the country-music capital for three days of business-related workshops and showcases by established acts and newcomers... Big names in country fire up radio convention (Tue 2/21)

The Funny Radio Book

The Radio Funny Book is a collection of hundreds of funny radio stories, on the air and behind the scenes. The nationally circulated "Inside Radio" fax by Tom Taylor described the book as containing decades of funny radio stories. The "Radio World" editor, Paul McLane, told his readers, "Bob Doll is droll. His book offers readers a pleasant read about the lighter side of radio. It includes an announcder test and 'man on the street' flashbacks. It's $13.95 plus $4.59 s/h from bbotw.com. Doll spent 10 yewars of his 55 year radio career is owner-operator of WAOP AM/FM Otsego, Michigan. He can be reached now at bobar@sbcglobal.net.







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