West Michigan: May 2006 Archives

WHTSThis evening Citadel-Grand Rapids launched market move-in WHTS, Hot 105.3 FM, featuring an upbeat Hot Adult Contemporary sound with the station that spent years as a Soft Rock station as WXCT, licensed to Hart. The relaunched station will eventually be the new home of long-time Grand Rapids morning hosts Dave (Jagger) & Geri (Jarvis). Dave and Geri exited crosstown WLHT-FM (95.7) last month after 19 years and must sit out a 3-month non-compete agreement before taking to the WHTS airwaves. Hot 105.3 FM will begin with 10,000 songs in a row, which gives the station about a month to attract a following for a station that not many are used to tuning to in Grand Rapids.

Citadel acquired 105.3 from Waters Broadcasting for $4.1 million in January 2005. The FCC approved the deal last September and since then the station has been going through the process of building new facilities for the move-in. WHTS' new community of license is Coopersville.

WCXT first signed on the air in the 1980's with a rock format and eventually shifted to the heavy rock format syndicated from ABC Radio titled 'Z-Rock'. After that service ended, the station switched to a soft rock format. In 1999, Waters Broadcasting reached a deal to sell the station to Harbor Pointe Entertainment, which immediately began a local marketing agreement with a switch to a Rhythmic Hits format with the moniker 'The Whip'. The sale eventually fell through and Waters restored the soft rock format after about 2 months of 'The Whip'. It was during the brief 'Whip' experiment that the plans for a Grand Rapids move-in were first mentioned. Now nearly 7 years later, that indeed has become reality.

After Citadel took control of the station late in 2005, the format was changed to Classic Country, which ran commercial free over the past 4+ months before the changes this week. The country format has since moved to FM 92.5 Newaygo, which dropped its simulcast of Active Rock WKLQ-FM (107.3).

Grand Rapids Press:
Is it any surprise Dave and Geri wanted to keep doing radio in Grand Rapids? The morning duo, whose WLHT-FM (95.7) morning show just wrapped up a nearly 20-year run, will return to the airwaves July 21 on 105.3, Citadel Broadcasting company's new "hot adult-contemporary" station. "It's almost like destiny," said Geri Jarvis. "Because what are the chances that a 20-year morning show suddenly doesn't know what the next move is, and a brand new station comes into this market?"... Dave, Geri head to 105.3 FM, 'hot adult-contemporary' (Tue 5/2)

All Access:
Citadel's WCXT/Grand Rapids To Launch As Top 40 Outlet- CITADEL is launching Top 40 WCXT (105.3 HOT FM)/GRAND RAPIDS, MI later this afternoon following stunting as "REALITY RADIO" (NET NEWS 4/28). The station will program contemporary music and feature veteran morning duo "DAVE AND GERI," who have worked as a top ranked morning show in WEST MICHIGAN for almost 20 years. The duo left crosstown REGENT AC WLHT (95.7 LITE FM) two weeks ago and will begin their morning broadcast on 105.3 HOT-FM in JULY. "We're grateful to the entire CITADEL BROADCASTING team for making us feel so welcome at 105.3 HOT-FM. We look forward to waking up with our listeners for the next phase of our career in our hometown of GRAND RAPIDS," stated GERI JARVIS.

105.3 Hot-FM will launch with 10,000 songs in a row. Core artists include DANIEL POWTER, RIHANNA, ROB THOMAS, KELLY CLARKSON, MAROON5, NICKELBACK, JAMES BLUNT, etc. "We're thrilled to provide WEST MICHIGAN with another option for listening entertainment. This station anchored by ‘DAVE AND GERI' continues our commitment to providing WEST MICHIGAN with locally driven content combined with popular personalities," said CITADEL Midwest Regional Pres. MATT HANLON. (Tue 5/2)

Radio & Records:
Citadel launched WCXT today as a CHR/Pop station named "105.3 Hot-FM" following a six-month run as Classic Country and then a daylong stunt as "Reality Radio." Market vets Dave & Geri, who had been doing mornings at crosstown WLHT, come over to do mornings on Hot... Pop Blooms in Grand Rapids (Tue 5/2)



A group of radio stations in Kalamazoo are undergoing some behind the scenes changes beginning today. Midwest Communications took control of WKZO, WQLR and WQSN and combined staffs with WFAT and WNWN. "Listeners will hear very little change," said Midwest Communications Market Manager Peter Tanz, who added local personalities will remain on-air... New ownership takes control of Kalamazoo radio stations (Mon 5/1)

Kalamazoo Gazette

When the sale of the Fairfield Broadcasting Co. to Wisconsin-based Midwest Communication was completed Monday, it marked the end of an era for two local veteran broadcasters, Stephen Trivers and William Wertz. It also marked the end of locally owned commercial radio stations in Kalamazoo County. The area still has Forum Communication Inc., a group of local stations in Allegan County, owned by Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners Chairman Robert Brink and heard in Kalamazoo... End of an era for Kalamazoo radio (Tue 5/2)

With the sale of Fairfield Broadcasting to Midwest Communications, of Wausau, Wis., Kalamazoo County no longer has a locally owned radio station. On Monday the Federal Communications Commission formally approved the sale of Fairfield Broadcasting to Midwest Communications, said Peter Tanz, market manager for Midwest Communications' Kalamazoo operations. Fairfield has been the owner of WQLR 106.5 FM, WKZO 590 AM and WQSN 1660 AM... Last locally owned radio stations sold (Wed 5/3)

Grand Rapids Press:

Fox News' Sean Hannity is coming to Grand Rapids on May 17 to help raise funds for Republican Dick DeVos' gubernatorial campaign... Sean Hannity to speak (Fri 5/5)

Bob Kaser is keeping his fingers crossed. He has been behind the microphone for Grand Rapids Griffins' broadcasts on local radio during the past six years, but he admits he's beginning to think this season's club might end up being the most special of them all... Playoff time fun for Griffins announcers (Fri 5/5)

Fourteen years and counting: Wednesday night's Blues on the Mall concert series returns for summer 2006 with talented blues guitarists, including Kenny Neal, Larry McCray, Nick Moss and Bernard Allison. WLAV-FM (96.9) finalized its Blues on the Mall lineup last week, with the first show slated for June 14 in downtown's Rosa Parks Circle... Popular Blues series set to rock downtown (Sun 5/7)


Grand Rapids Press:

Gary Allen, popular morning man veteran at WOOD-AM (1300), has been off the air for three weeks. He was in the hospital for nine days at Lacks Cancer Center after an open lung biopsy. It all started with a chronic dry cough last spring that got worse and worse ... Pennies for charity- Did you see the crazy guy camped high atop the roof at the McDonald's restaurant on Plainfield Avenue last week? Don't worry -- he was up there for a worthy cause. JT (Jerry Tarrants), program director and mid-day personality from WGRD-FM (97.9), wouldn't leave his perch until he collected 1 million pennies for The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Outstate Michigan... Gary Allen will return to airwaves after illness (Sun 5/14)

Radio & Records:

Clear Channel / Grand Rapids swept the top 3 spots in the Winter 12+ ratings book with Country WBCT-FM, CHR WSNX-FM, and News/Talk WOOD-AM. Classic Rock WLAV-FM and Modern Rock WGRD-FM rounded out the top 5 stations. Radio & Records has the ratings list on their web site. (Mon 5/8)

Kalamazoo Gazette:

For the third year in a row, ``KFR Morning Show'' co-host Glen was on a roof in Portage raising money to help victims of child abuse. And for the third year in a row, he got rained on. ``I grew up with loving parents. The least I can do is pay back the universe by doing this,'' said Shelly, the other half of Kalamazoo radio station WKFR's morning team, after wrapping up a broadcast segment from atop a South Westnedge Avenue building Wednesday night. ``If this can help raise money and raise awareness, then put me on a roof''... Fund-raising event in Portage continues through Saturday (Thu 5/11)


Grand Rapids Press:

The Detroit Tigers are getting respect on a national level. Fox Sports president and executive producer Ed Goren said Wednesday the Tigers likely will make an appearance on the "MLB on Fox" Saturday baseball game of the week national telecast lineup later this summer. All due to their fast start under new skipper Jim Leyland... Tigers move into spotlight (Fri 5/19)

Is Ginger Zee set to leave her post as one of the meteorologists at WOOD-TV (Channel 8) in favor of the Windy City? According to reports in the Chicago media, Zee is up for a high-profile position at WFLD-TV. But if that's true, she's keeping quiet about it... Watch is on for Ginger Zee's next move (Sat 5/20)

The attorney for Kevin Grady Sr. wanted out of his lawsuit against radio host Tyrone Bynum over on-air comments. Stephen Grimm and Grady "reached a fundamental and irreparable disagreement as to the prosecution of the case," Grimm wrote, in a motion denied Friday by Kent County Circuit Judge George Buth. But Grady, 42, has support: Bynum's radio rival, Robert S., whose real name is Robert Womack, offered to testify for Grady... (Sat 5/20)


All Access:

Breaking The Ice With WaYfm: CORNERSTONE UNVERISTY Christian WAYG/GRAND RAPIDS and WAYK/KALAMAZOO (WaYfm) partnered with the DAN WOOD COMPANY and ICE SCULPTURES LIMITED to give away a new central air conditioning system to the first WaYfm listener to break through to the middle of a half ton block of ice freeing a key to the grand prize. Four WaYfm listeners were given four tools: a bottle opener, a cheese grater, a hair brush, and a frozen chicken; however, KRISTIE PRESTON of BATTLE CREEK was the first to accomplish the task in just 25 minutes.(Fri 5/26)

Grand Rapids Press:

The Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences gave out its nominations for local television excellence last week. And West Michigan television is represented well in its quest for an Emmy. WOOD-TV (Channel 8), WWMT-TV (Channel 3), WXMI-TV (Channel 17), WZZM-TV (Channel 13) and WGVU-TV (Channel 35) all garnered nominations in a variety of categories, including Best Newscast, Breaking News, Investigative Reporting, Business, Human Interest and Historic programming... Local stations garner Emmy nominations (Sun 5/28)

One of the more innocuous explanations given to the Dixie Chicks as to why country radio hasn't been playing their new single, "Not Ready to Make Nice," is because the defiant song doesn't fit in with everything else that's playing on the dial. Upon hearing that, the Dixie Chicks have only two words to say: "Thank you"... Local radio avoids playing Dixie Chicks (Sun 5/28)







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