West Michigan: March 2006 Archives

Grand Rapids Press:

The 2005 Broadcast Excellence Awards were announced recently by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. The winners are ... Special congratulations to the students at Rockford High School on winning their third Television Station of the Year award. GR Press columnist and Rockford High teacher Colleen Pierson wants to comment on how proud she is of her students at Rockford on taking more awards than any other school in the state of Michigan... Local stations win excellence awards (Sat 3/4)


Grand Rapids Press:

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters recently passed out awards in radio ... Who says there is no future in radio as a career? Certainly not Gary Allen, morning co-host at WOOD-AM (1300). He recently celebrated 25 continuous years at WOOD. Allen and John Matlak host the area's all-news and information morning program, "Grand Rapids Morning News" ... As one of the market's top television executives, Diane Kniowski of WOOD-TV (Channel 8) says she feels a need to help other aspiring women... Broadcast Notes: A time of awards, anniversaries (Sun 3/12)


Grand Rapids Press:

Local radio host Robert S testified Wednesday that robbery suspect Michael Jackson's violent rap lyrics don't make him guilty. Jurors viewed a videotape of Jackson singing, "I Am a Robber," when Robert S, a former New York recording artist and now program director for WJNZ-AM (1140), took the witness stand for the defense. He said Jackson's lyrics don't make him a robber any more than the Oscar-winning hip-hop song, "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp," put writers Three 6 Mafia on the street corner selling women for sex... Radio host defends robbery suspect's rap lyrics (Thu 3/16)

What's black and white and heard all over? A new weekly radio show about diversity on WTKG-AM (1230), debuting March 27. "Radio in Black and White" will air 8-9 a.m. Mondays and aims to be the most "integrated hour of the week," according to hosts Skot Welch and Rick Wilson. Their goal is to showcase diversity, giving the community a chance to take part in a positive dialogue about multiracial models in business, community life, law, health care, education and faith ... Syndicated in Maine: Want a little Free Beer and Hot Wings with your freshly caught lobster? On Monday, the popular, locally produced WGRD-FM (97.9) morning show of "Free Beer and Hot Wings" added classic rock stations WHXR/WHXQ (106.7 and 104.7 The Bone) in Portland, Maine, to its stable of stations airing the show... Diversity dialogue debuts March 27 on WTKG-AM (Sun 3/19)

When kids his age were learning to read, Red Kingman was into the spoken word. And no one sounded better to Kingman than Wolfman Jack, the howling disc jockey with his distinctive gravelly voice. "Ever since I heard Wolfman Jack as a 6-year-old, I knew what I wanted to do," explains Kingman, finishing a late breakfast at Holland's Windmill Restaurant after a recent broadcast. After a morning of entertaining listeners, he is subdued as he sips his coffee... Radio announcer finds his niche: WHTC personality enjoys banter with listeners (Sun 3/19)

Terry Ficorelli (“Fic” the voice of the Muskegon Fury) and game broadcast announcer/Vice President of Communications is in need of a broadcast engineer for the home games throughout the rest of the hockey season and playoffs. The former engineer passed away suddenly and his passing has left a big hole in the broadcasting of the Muskegon Fury home hockey games.

This is potentially 9 to 15 games total including playoffs. The Fury are trying to make it a “three-peat” and win their third in a row Colonial Cup. This feat has not ever been accomplished in all of Pro Hockey. At any rate, the position is volunteer, although there is all the pizza anyone could possibly eat at the games and a few other perks. Fic can/will negotiate these. If there is a person who is interested and willing to commit Friday and Saturday night games, please e-mail Diane who will forward your interest on to Fic.


Grand Rapids Press:

At the longtime newsman's retirement party, we all wore buttons proudly stating "Jack Hogan Gave Us Our Start In Broadcasting." Hogan, an anchorman and news director at WZZM-TV (Channel 13) from 1962-88, was a legend of West Michigan broadcast news. Everybody knew Jack and welcomed his humor, smart business sense, golf game, political knowledge, leadership skills and keen risk-taking sense when making local hires in the news industry. Hogan also worked as an administrative assistant to the Grand Rapids city manager, was a lobbyist for city funding and even worked at the Meijer store on East Beltline Avenue for a while after retiring... Retiree Hogan elects to be active (Tue 3/21)

Who says the proof is in the puddin'? Fans of radio station WSNX-FM (104.5) and new morning host Justin "Puddin" Barclay thought they were getting a scoop Thursday morning when the host interviewed a guest regarding the downtown development 'mystery project'. "My producer got an e-mail from someone who said they knew what was going on, and that it involved Donald Trump," Puddin said later. "I thought it was strange they e-mailed us because we're not a hard news station, but we'll put anybody on. If you say you've been abducted by aliens, we'll put you on"... Caller trumps radio show host (Fri 3/24)

It used to be Detroit Tigers fans throughout the state could look forward to watching all but a handful of the team's home and road contests from the comfort of their living rooms in the course of a 162-game schedule. No more. For the second straight season, the Tigers are withholding a large number of their games -- a total of 50 this season -- from being broadcast... FSN Detroit the only home for the Tigers (Fri 3/24)

The zany morning radio program, "Mancow's Morning Madhouse," debuted Monday on WZUU-FM (92.3) in Kalamazoo. Based in Chicago, the show airs weekdays from 6:30 to 11 a.m. For the past two months, the station played rock music with no on-air talent in the mornings. Now, song parodies, radio skits, prank phone calls, and a radio program that promotes the concept of free speech takes the air waves, all sent out by a host with the offbeat radio name Mancow. The moniker stems from his college days at Central Missouri State University, where he majored in theater and was fond of creating a half-man, half-cow character... Radio's Mancow 'disease' spreads to WZUU-FM (Sun 3/26)







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