West Michigan: August 2006 Archives

Grand Rapids Press:

It is a whole new way to watch television. Digital-cable viewers in Grand Rapids can program their favorite television shows to fit their schedules if they are Comcast customers. Many options are available for storing and retrieving programs for whenever you want to watch them with Comcast's new On Demand service ... New WYCE station manager: Eclectic is the best way to describe the programming on community radio station WYCE-FM (99.1), according to Kevin Murphy, the new station manager as of this week. "We play stuff you won't hear anywhere else (and) from five different genres -- folk, blues, jazz, rock and World Beat," said Murphy, of Grand Rapids. Before coming to the WYCE post, Murphy has worked as a digital artist, animator, video producer, writer and reporter in the print, entertainment and news media... On-demand service keeps making inroads (Wed 8/2)

This week, we spoke with Michael Grey, 31, a WKLQ-FM (107.3) personality, whose show airs 2-7 p.m. daily, about his tastes in pop culture... Your take: Michael Grey (Fri 8/4)

Grand Valley State football will be televised to the entire country this fall, but it will be difficult to see in the Lakers' own back yard. A three-year television and broadband partnership between the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the College Sports Television Network will feature 80 live Division II events, including three football games on Thursday nights and six basketball games during the 2006-07 school year... Grand Valley football scores national TV exposure (Fri 8/4)


Grand Rapids Press:

In their first season together in the FSN Detroit broadcast booth, Mario Impemba and Rod Allen had the pleasure of calling an unforgettable 43-119 season for the Detroit Tigers in the summer of 2003. Yeah, real pleasurable. You can't forget a disaster of that magnitude. It just makes Impemba and Allen further appreciate the Tigers' stunning accomplishment as the best team in baseball with a 76-38 record this season... Broadcast partners enjoying Tigers ride (Thu 8/13)

His concert was as laid back and candid as he is. Rising country artist Luke Stricklin, the 23-year-old Arkansas native with the deep voice and youthful face performed for about an hour at Thunder 94.5's second of three Thunder on the Mall concerts Wednesday. Some 2,200 attendees, according to Thunder program director Bud Ford, relaxed to Stricklin's legato twanging, old-school-country vocalizations ... Hot FM parties at the B.O.B.: After 20 years at WLHT-FM and playing "the great light rock," the morning team of Dave Jagger and Geri Jarvis introduced a Top 40 rock band Thursday night at the B.O.B. The Saving Jane concert was the first big gig for WHTS-FM (105.3), which calls itself "105.3 Hot FM" and plays Top 40 hits. And it was Dave and Geri's first big show in front of a new audience. What was it like introducing a rock band? "They were all very nice," Jagger said after meeting the band before the concert. "Despite all the tattoos." The Hot FM coming-out party attracted about 150-200 fans at the B.O.B...Thunder on the Mall country shows under way (Sun 8/13)

Detroit Tigers radio broadcaster Dan Dickerson has experienced some of the ball club's best times and worst times in recent seasons. The Tigers finished a dreadful 43-119 during his first full season behind the microphone in 2003, after he replaced Hall of Famer Ernie Harwell. In what has been a magical summer of 2006, however, Dickerson, who began his broadcasting career in Grand Rapids in the 1980s, has watched the Tigers come full circle to post the best record in Major League Baseball... Tigers fans hit fever pitch (Sun 8/13)


WSNX Gets People To Lick Hairy Animal:
Last week, Top 40 WSNX/GRAND RAPIDS, MI's "HOLMES & THE FREAK SHOW" had four listeners compete to win tickets to LOLLAPALOOZA by seeing who could lick a real llama the longest. A llama. If watching people lick animals is your bag, go ahead and click here for some local TV coverage of the event, which was held in downtown GRAND RAPIDS.


Grand Rapids Press:

It's a special father-son outing for Jeff and Kevin Striegle whenever they're able to spend time together at Berlin Raceway in Marne. Jeff Striegle, 46, is in his 10th summer handling the play-by-play on racing broadcasts from Berlin for WMUS-FM (106.9) and ninth as a national broadcaster for Motor Racing Network... (Sat 8/19)

Battle Creek Enquirer:

Clear Channel Battle Creek Market Manager Michael Klein will be on the radio this morning to field questions from listeners about the AM 1400 format switch from oldies music to sports talk. Klein will appear starting at 9 a.m. on the “Open Line Friday” show on 930 AM WBCK. The show invites listeners to call in and speak on the air. Klein said he is appearing on the show in hopes of explaining the reasons for the change on AM 1400. The change was made Aug. 1 from WRCC “The Music of Your Life,” which played music from the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s, to WBFN “The Fan,” which features sports talk all day... Clear Channel rep. to answer questions about AM 1400 switch (Fri 8/18)


Grand Rapids Press:

Clear Channel radio continues to be a dominant force in West Michigan. According to the Arbitron ratings spring book, WBCT-FM (93.7) took first, WOOD-AM (1300) was second and WSNX-FM (104.5) was third. Skip Essick, Clear Channel market manager, said the stations' success is due to employees and improved technology... Clear Channel scores in radio ratings (Mon 8/21)

In her Rockford High School yearbook only a few years back, she wrote: "It is my goal by 2010 to be on 'The Today Show.' " Quite a lofty ambition, for a 17-year-old from West Michigan to aspire to a big-market TV position. But now meteorologist Ginger Zee, of WOOD-TV (Channel 8), is one big step closer to her Big Apple aspirations. She's headed for the Windy City. On Tuesday, Zee signed with WMAQ-TV (Channel 5), the NBC-owned and -operated outlet in Chicago. She will be a weekend weathercaster there... TV8 weather talent heads to Chicago's WMAQ (Wed 8/23)

Imagine you are chief executive of a major retailer or cellular telephone company, and want to track the frequency and content of your competitor's radio advertisements. How do you do it? Until now, your options have been limited. You can have someone listen to the radio in each of the markets you want monitored... New company monitors radio spots (Thu 8/24)

It occurred to WOOD-TV 8 sports director Jack Doles he should consult with The Bos in preparation for the station's comprehensive coverage of high school football this fall. No, not that boss. He'll team up with preps reporter Jane Bos of The Grand Rapids Press to spotlight the top football matchups every Friday, beginning tonight, on the NBC affiliate's 6 p.m. sportscast. Bos, who has guided The Press' high school sports coverage for the past 18 years, will appear live with Doles, sharing her insights from the site of one of the biggest games in the area each week... Press' preps editor joins WOOD-TV coverage (Fri 8/25)

'The prompter is perfectly timed," television news anchor Amy Turner said. "I think we may want to change to a weather bumper at this time," meteorologist John Shaner added. "We're coming out on camera two," floor director Jason Hutton instructed during a rehearsal last week for the new morning show at WXMI-TV (Channel 17). Excitement is high at the Fox affiliate, which will debut the show at 6 a.m. Monday with Turner, a longtime reporter and weekend anchor, and Shaner, a meteorologist who joined the station last week... TV shows light up the morning in West Michigan, The morning lineup on TV in West Michigan, WOOD-TV dominates GR-area news ratings (Sun 8/27)


WQLR Kalamazoo flips



WQLR-FM 106.5 Kalamazoo has changed its longtime Adult Contemporary format and is now featuring Variety Hits. Positioning has changed to '106.5 The Q, guaranteed music variety from over four decades of rock 'n roll'. WQLR is owned by Midwest Communications, which acquired the station along with news/talk WKZO AM 590 and sports WQSN AM 1660 from Fairfield Broadcasting earlier this year.







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