West Michigan: June 2006 Archives

Grand Rapids Press:

A former Fifth Third Bank employee who stole the personal information of a Cadillac television reporter by accessing financial information will spend a year in jail, a Wexford County judge ordered Tuesday... ID thief gets year in jail (Wed 5/31)

West Michigan country music fans have come to know the phrase "Passion' for Bashin'" very well. The annual B-93 Birthday Bash consistently attracts more than 50,000 fans each year, making it one of the area's most anticipated music events. Now that's passion. Celebrating its 14th year, the WBCT-FM (93.7) party is adding a new wrinkle: For the first time, the event has been expanded to two full days with twice as many acts. Sister station WBFX-FM (101.3), meanwhile, is bringing back its one-day classic-rock Fox Fest. That means the home of the Ionia Free Fair is bracing for three days of passion, Friday through June 11... Birthday Bash to run two full days (Sun 6/4)

The Children's Miracle Network will be broadcast live on WOTV-TV (Channel 4) from DeVos Children's Hospital from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today. This year's hosts will be Maranda and Barnaby from WOTV, Bill Steffen, Terri Deboer and Eva Aguiree Cooper from WOOD-TV (Channel 8). They will be joined by Gary Allen of News Radio WOOD-AM (1300) and Steve and Sabrina of Star (105.7). Children's Miracle Network is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids by raising funds for 170 children's hospitals across North America... WOTV 4 to air Children's Miracle Network (Sun 6/4)

For nearly four decades, PBS-TV's "Sesame Street" has taken imaginative children to a friendly street in New York City. Soon, TV may give children a glimpse into the garage studio of a West Michigan artist and his back yard full of colorful characters. "Come On Over!" a half-hour children's show under production in Holland, will debut in September on WOTV (cable Channel 4)... Artist, Children's Museum collaborate on kids show (Sun 6/4)


Grand Rapids Press:

With two full days of performances by the biggest stars and brightest new faces in country music, the 2006 B-93 Birthday Bash is going to be one heck of a party. For the 14th year, radio station WBCT-FM (93.7) is putting on the free event as a way of saying thank you to its listeners. This year's expanded two-day Bash is Saturday and Sunday at the Ionia Fairgrounds and will feature sets by established stars Billy Currington and Jamie O'Neal, as well as a bevy of newcomers... Birthday Bash stocked with fresh, young talent (Thu 6/8)

When Branded hits the stage Saturday morning to open B-93's 14th annual Birthday Bash, it's a good bet the popular West Michigan country band will get the party started. There's no great mystery as to why radio station WBCT-FM (93.7) would invite the Cedar Springs-based band to kick off its two-day, free event... Country morning: Branded takes the stage early at Bash (Thu 6/8)

There's nothing like Foxfest for rock 'n' roll under an open sky. In past years, when the show was held all day on a Saturday, the midday sun could get sweltering. But for the last couple of years, Foxfest, sponsored by classic rock station 101.3 The Fox, is held on a Friday afternoon into the evening, which means the whole enchilada is cooler on several levels... REO Speedwagon headlines Foxfest (Thu 6/8)

Kalamazoo Gazette:

West Michigan country music fans have come to know the phrase ``Passion' for Bashin''' very well. The annual B-93 Birthday Bash consistently attracts more than 50,000 fans each year (last year's event drew more than 80,000), making it one of the area's most anticipated music events. Now that's passion... In its 14th year, Birthday Bash doubles its Passion for Bashin' (Thu 6/8)

Drink plenty of water -- You can never get too much of it, especially when it's 95 degrees and you're sweating like crazy, so hydrate often. No outside beverages can be brought inside the venue, but water will be readily available. There will be beer concessions, but beer is not a substitute for good ol' H20... Steps to a better Birthday Bash (Thu 6/8)


Grand Rapids Press:

Since helping to launch WBBL-AM (1340), program director Bret Bakita has honored local high school standouts for their athletic and academic accomplishments. He came up with a whopper of a way to do this. The combined resources of WBBL and WLAV-FM (96.9) and support from corporate partner Burger King has resulted in an Athlete of the Week program that honors 35 standouts in 23 sports from 26 high schools... Local radio stations, Burger King team to recognize athletes (Fri 6/9)

Chuck Furman, longtime WGVU-TV (Channel 35) employee, will be inducted into the Michigan Association of Broadcasters' (MAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame this summer ... A new member to the WZZM-TV (Channel 13) sports team will head to West Michigan, take the airwaves on June 26 and cover events from local high school to professional sports. David Solano has been named the weekend sports anchor, carrying experiences as a sports reporter and anchor for WMAZ-TV in Macon, Ga., and a stint at KOIN-TV in Portland, Ore... Activist for public television honored in hall of fame (Sun 6/11)

Two days down and one to go. That poses the question -- "Who here is strong enough to do it again?" B-93 morning personality Neal Dionne shouted from the B-93 Birthday Bash stage Saturday in front of about 60,000 fans at the Ionia Fairgrounds. Combined with Friday night's Fox Fest, the two-day Birthday Bash is something of an endurance test for fans and organizers... Loving their country: 60,000 music fans crowd annual Birthday Bash (Sun 6/11)

The 2006 B-93 Birthday Bash may well be remembered as the Bash newcomers ruled. The 14th anniversary of the event -- sponsored by radio station WBCT-FM (93.7) -- began an expanded schedule Saturday under nearly ideal outdoor-concert conditions with an estimated crowd of 55-60,000 country music fans... New acts make big first impression at B-93 Birthday Bash Saturday (Sun 6/11)


ABC goes MIA in South Bend



South Bend Tribune

South Bend-based ABC affiliate WBND-TV (Channel 57) suffered a blown transmitter tube early Saturday morning that left some viewers without service through the weekend and into Monday. "We're on low-power backup," WBND General Manager Jeff Guy said Monday, "which is affecting our signal strength."
A replacement part had been ordered and was expected to be at the station by 5 p.m. Monday... The problem's not in your TV (Tue 6/13)


Grand Rapids Press:

Expanding the B-93 Birthday Bash this year to a two-day lineup of music seems to have been a pretty good idea. Nearly 60,000 country music fans attended Day 2 of the annual event Sunday at the Ionia Fairgrounds, which was sponsored by radio station WBCT-FM (93.7). According to station representatives, the turnout was only slightly less than the number attending Saturday's show headlined by Trace Adkins. Rich Berry, B-93's general sales manager, said the station was pleased by the two-day turnout. "The listener family expressed so much appreciation," he said... Inaugural Bash double dose exceeds B-93 expectations (Mon 6/12)

Tuning into MTV used to be a way to watch music videos -- all the time. Now, viewers can expect to sift through reality shows, interviews and celebrity mishaps. One local television station is bringing back pure music television. On Thursday, WXMI-TV (Fox 17) premieres "The Tube" via its 17-2 digital signal. The channel is available to those who have digital receivers ... Rumors abound- Dave Jagger and Geri Jarvis, former morning personalities at WLHT-FM (95.7), have yet to begin their new gig at WHTS-FM (105.3), but that's not stopping the rumor mill... Fox 17 offers all music-video signal (Sun 6/18)


Grand Rapids Press:

It was a special occasion Sunday for local television and radio personalities Brent Ashcroft, Bret Bakita, Tom Clyde, Jack Doles and Bill Simonson. All of them became recent fathers. In tribute to Father's Day, I inquired about the joys of fatherhood... Broadcast personalities cherish off-air time (Mon 6/19)

Local sports leader WBBL-AM (1340) struck a deal to be a secondary radio home for the Detroit Tigers the rest of the season. You might call it a summer time share. In cooperation with WMFN-AM (640), WBBL picked up 17 regular-season Tigers games, beginning with Wednesday's 1:05 p.m. interleague contest against the Houston Astros at Comerica Park... Stations team to add 17 Tigers games to radio lineup (Fri 6/23)

Now we see how the six power conferences will keep the Division I caste system in place, even after newfangled Bowl Championship Series expansion and old-fashioned NCAA tournament inclusion have exposed the competitive depth of revenue-producing college sports. They will do it same as always, through more revenue production than others can produce, by deriving cash from conspiratorial media partners... Big Ten plugged in with TV deal (Sun 6/25)


"The Money Pit" Adds Affiliates:
New affiliates for syndicated home improvement show "THE MONEY PIT" include WXLM-F/NEW LNONDON, CT, WGIR-A and simulcasters WGIP-A and WGIN-A/MANCHESTER, NH, and WPNW-A (1260 THE PLEDGE)/GRAND RAPIDS. The show, hosted by NEW JERSEY's own TOM KRAEUTLER with LESLIE SEGRETE, airs on over 170 stations and the DISCOVERY RADIO NETWORK. (Mon 6/19)

WOOD Names Tim Kiesling PD:
CLEAR CHANNEL AC WOOD (STAR 105.7)/GRAND RAPIDS welcomes sister SAN ANTONIO cluster Dir./Marketing/News/Talk WOAI-A and WOAI-TV/SAN ANTONIO air-talent/fill-in Sports Anchor TIM KIESLING for PD duties, replacing JOHN PATRICK. KIESLING previously worked in the area at WJIM and WFMK/LANSING, MI and will continue his weekend job announcing the marching band for MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY. (Tue 6/20)

Battle Creek AM Plans Sports Flip:
ALL ACCESS hears that CLEAR CHANNEL Adult Standards WRCC-A (UNFORGETTABLE 1400 AM)/BATTLE CREEK is planning a flip to Sports using PREMIERE's JIM ROME and FOX SPORTS RADIO effective AUGUST 1. (Tue 6/20)







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