West Michigan: July 2006 Archives

Grand Rapids Press:

The Detroit Tigers are for real. Yep, it's late June, but the Tigers remain atop the American League Central Division standings and continue to own the best record in the major leagues. Is that such a big surprise? No, according to Emmy Award-winning FSN broadcasters Mario Impemba and Rod Allen, who insisted during Sunday afternoon's interleague telecast between the Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals from Comerica Park that Detroit is a legit contender this summer... Tigers' TV guys: Team is for real (Mon 6/26)

Muskegon Chronicle

After broadcasting major league baseball for parts of seven decades, one would think Ernie Harwell would be a pretty skilled prognosticator. But the legendary voice of the Detroit Tigers says he's just as surprised as anyone by the team's dominant performance this season. Harwell, 88, told The Chronicle during an interview Tuesday that he expected the Tigers to be mediocre this year, which would have been an improvement over most of the previous 13 seasons... Tiger by the tale: Legendary baseball broadcaster spins yarns of baseball greats (Wed 6/28)


Grand Rapids Press:

The weather team went into red alert in the Forecast Center last week when storms hit St. Joseph County and a tornado warning was issued. According to Molly Kelly of WOOD-TV (Channel 8), the station's usual procedure is to go on the air immediately after a tornado warning is issued in the station's 14-county coverage area and to stay on the air as long as it seems warranted and there are life-threatening situations ... Healthy Woman' campaign- Holland Hospital and WZZM-TV (Channel 13) are launching this week a women's health awareness campaign, "13 Healthy Woman" ... Liberal voice on radio- Dr. Laura Schlesinger is out, and Randi Rhodes is in. Rhodes -- a progressive talk-show host who has been on the air for two decades in various markets -- can be heard from 8-10 p.m. weeknights and 2-5 p.m. Saturdays on WTKG radio (AM 1230)... Broadcast Notes (Sun 7/9)

Paul Mayhue's voice has been heard by radio officials with WJNZ-AM 1140, and now fans of the rhythm and blues station will have the chance to hear the politician, who is locked in a re-election battle with former talk-show host Robert Womack. The radio station and Mayhue have reached an agreement that will put campaign spots from the incumbent Kent County commissioner on the air for about six hours through the Aug. 8 primary election... (Sat 7/8)

Tom Van Howe is steering a new course as captain of his own charter boat business. Van Howe last weekend launched his career as charter captain of the 42-foot sailboat Ragtime. The Holland native takes passengers on sailing trips on Lake Michigan from Saugatuck... Former TV anchorman sets sail on new career (Thu 7/6)

New morning news show- WZZM-TV 13 is expanding their programming by launching a weekend morning news show beginning Sept. 9. The show will air 6-8 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tim Geraghty, news director at TV-13, said the anchor person is yet to be decided ... The Tonight Show- Former WWMT-TV (Channel 3) Meteorologist Amy Sweezey got her 15 seconds of fame during "The Tonight Show" starring Jay Leno. Sweezey works for the NBC affiliate in Orlando and is on maternity leave ... Maranda has 'wow' factor- She's rocking the parks in West Michigan with free food, activities and fun. Almost 6,000 friends showed up to celebrate the first WOTV 4 Park Party with Maranda ... And the Emmy goes to... Broadcast Notes (Tue 7/4)

Kent County Commissioner Paul Mayhue, locked in a tough re-election battle, figures he has 16 hours of free air time coming on local radio station WJNZ-AM 1140 -- and he wants every minute of it... (Tue 7/4)

I tuned into the Detroit Tigers' radio pregame show Wednesday expecting to hear West Michigan Whitecaps play-by-play announcer Dave Skoczen. He had been booked as a guest for a pregame interview, asked to opine on the progress of teenage slugging sensation Cameron Maybin and other prospects on the Class A Midwest League affiliate that captured a first-half Eastern Division championship. It seemed like a nice gesture... Radio snafu another example of Tigers' disrespect toward Whitecaps (Fri 6/30)


Jim Davis Exits WKLQ Morning Show:
CITADEL Active Rocker WKLQ/GRAND RAPIDS morning guy JIM DAVIS exits the "JUSTICE AND JIM SHOW." JUSTICE continues hosting mornings as the show is re-tooled into "JUSTICE IN THE MORNING." (Wed 7/5)

TV Week:

The Radio-Television News Directors Association said ABC News, WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, Mich., and KTUU-TV in Anchorage, Alaska, are the TV winners of this year's annual RTNDA/UNITY Awards, which honor commitment to covering cultural diversity... Honors for ABC News, WOOD-TV, KTUU-TV (Fri 7/7)


Grand Rapids Press:

Dave Solano is a sports nut. He makes no apologies for it, nor should he, since the 29-year-old sportscaster has pursued a passion for sharing news, scores and highlights with viewers in places such as Portland, Ore., and Macon, Ga., with a perpetual smile. He has brought that enthusiasm to Grand Rapids... Solano settling into No. 2 role at WZZM (Fri 7/14)


Hayes Covers Southwest Michigan:
MIDWEST COMMUNICATIONS Classic Rock/Classic Hits WFAT/KALAMAZOO, MI PD BRIAN HAYES is bumped up to Director of Programming for the southwestern MiICHIGAN region. He will oversee 9 stations. (Tue 7/11)


Opie & Anthony to add Grand Rapids, maybe Saginaw

Reports this morning are that Citadel will add the syndicated version of XM Satellite Radio morning hosts Opie & Anthony to the morning slot at Active Rock WKLQ FM 107.3 Greenville/Grand Rapids and possibly at Classic Rock WILZ FM 104.5 Saginaw. The moves would give the pair their second and third outlets in Michigan- they appeared on CBS-owned Sports WXYT AM 1270 Detroit earlier this summer.

If the show is placed in morning drive, in Grand Rapids O&A would displace 'Justice in the Morning' and in Saginaw the duo would replace 'Bob and Tom'.

Grand Rapids Press:

We purchased a high-definition television at our house a while back so our sports and news addictions could be maximized with a strong, clear, digital video signal. But why can't we get any programming in digital from WWMT-TV (Channel 3) -- the CBS affiliate in West Michigan? My brother in Southfield watches CBS sporting events all the time on HDTV. What is the problem here? I have called, written letters, e-mailed, had cable technicians out to our home -- to no avail. Until now ... Tim Kiesling is the new program director at "Star 105.7" WOOD-FM. "He's brilliant," said Skip Essick, station manager for Clear Channel. "Tim has worked for a cluster of Clear Channel stations as marketing director in San Antonio (Texas) and was a program director for WFMK-FM of Lansing."

"This is an enormous opportunity," Kiesling said. "I have the chance to work with Steve and Sabrina on a heritage morning show. They are humanly connected and care for their listeners and community"... Broadcast notes (Mon 7/17)


Grand Rapids Press:

The alarm will go off a lot earlier on Monday morning for Dave Jagger and Geri Jarvis. The husband-and-wife on-air team takes the airwaves as the inaugural morning show of Citadel's WHTS-FM (105.3 Hot FM) after sitting out a three-month noncompete agreement. Their last day at former station WLHT-FM (95.7) was April 21. The team woke up West Michigan listeners for almost 20 years, making it the region's longest-running morning show... Radio's Jagger, Jarvis return to airwaves (Sun 7/23)

One needs a score card to keep up with all the broadcast changes in West Michigan. Last week, WKLQ-FM (107.3) said goodbye to half of its morning team, Jim Davis. This week, the other half -- Justice -- was reassigned to another position in the company to make room Wednesday for a new morning team. Syndicated morning personalities Gregg "Opie" Hughes and Anthony Cumia from CBS Radio and XM Satellite Radio have cut a deal with Citadel Broadcasting to beam their show into eight new markets... Opie and Anthony Show added to KLQ morning drive (Sun 7/23)


There's more changes in the local radio scene, as one station gets a new leader, and another gets a new morning show. The syndicated morning team Opie & Anthony joined the line-up at WKLQ (107.3) Wednesday, the 20th terrestrial station to add the duo. They're also available on XM Satellite Radio, a unique arrangement with the first three hours broadcast both over-the-air and on satellite, with an additional two hours available only on XM. Opie & Anthony replace Justice & Jim as the morning team at KLQ... Big changes at two area radio stations (Wed 7/19)


Grand Rapids Press:

Kent County Commissioner Paul Mayhue, who is up for re-election, filed a complaint with the county clerk Friday alleging the radio station where one of his rival candidates works is violating campaign finance law. Mayhue claims supporters of candidate Robert S. Womack and disc jockeys at WJNZ-AM 1140 have been directing listeners to fundraisers and locations to pick up yard signs, actions Mayhue alleges are illegal, in-kind corporate contributions from the station. He also claims political ads for Womack are running without proper disclaimers. "They've been on the radio campaigning for him every week," Mayhue said. "All you have to do is listen"... Mayhue miffed over radio ads (Sun 7/30)







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