West Michigan: September 2006 Archives

Grand Haven Tribune:

The first locally produced high-definition television (HDTV) program in the state will air on Thursday, Sept. 14, when WZZM-13 airs the special, "Great Lakes Adventure," from 9-10:30 p.m. The HDTV special will feature stories about the history, life and future of the Great Lakes. Viewers can watch "Great Lakes Adventure" in one of two ways. The special will be broadcast in high definition on WZZM-DT, which can be viewed with an antenna or via the HD tier on the Comcast and Charter cable systems. It can also be viewed in letterbox on analog channel 13, where black areas are visible above and below the television image... HDTV 'Great Lakes' special to air on WZZM (Wed 8/30)

Grand Rapids Press:

Later this month, catch the beauty of the Great Lakes and the splendor of our fair state from the comfort of your sofa -- and in High Definition Television (HDTV) ... Time for the telethon: The 41st annual Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon airs today and Monday on WOTV-TV (Channel 4.) This is the 10th anniversary of the local station's broadcast of the event ... The CW is coming: Are you ready for a new television network? CBS Corporation (owner of UPN) and Warner Bros. Entertainment (owner of The WB) have joined forces to launch a fifth major TV programming source. The UPN and WB networks soon will be signing off and, in their place, CW will premiere its programming in various time slots and on different channels, depending on a household's TV service. "We are ... negotiating with area cable systems and satellite providers for carriage of the CW and expect to be on most (West Michigan) systems when the CW premieres on Sept. 18," said Jeff Watts, broadcast services manager at WWMT-TV (Channel 3)... Broadcast Notes (Fri 9/1)

If more companies could compete for your business, your cable TV bill would not land with such a heavy thud. And more businesses, particularly small ones in out-of-the-way places, would finally get a high-speed foothold on the Internet highway. Those, in a nutshell, are conclusions of a Lawrence Technological University study released last week by the Southfield school... Other states see big picture on cable (Sun 9/3)

Religion News Service:

HisKids.net, an alliance of leading Christian radio programs for children, will launch its innovative, interactive web site – www.HisKids.net – Sept. 2, providing numerous programs and music on-demand at one central site. “For the first time in history, children's Christian broadcasters are working together as never before to reach kids in new and innovative ways,” said Dodd Morris, director of His Kids Radio (www.HisKidsRadio.net), a broadcast ministry of Cornerstone University and coordinating partner of the alliance... Ministries Working Together ‘Historic'
Children's Programming Alliance Launching HisKids.net Web Site Sept. 2
(Mon 8/28)

Radio & Records:

Top 5 Grand Rapids radio stations among all listeners age 12+ for summer 2006 phase 1 ratings trend: WBCT-FM (9.2), WOOD-AM (7.4), WSNX-FM (6.8), WGRD-FM (5.5), WTRV-FM (4.9)

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Aris Hampers, the long-time host of afternoon and nighttime radio shows and a proponent of new local music, was fired Wednesday by WBFX (The Fox 101.3). Skip Essick, Vice President and General Manager for Clear Channel Radio in Grand Rapids, confirmed Aris was released. "We wish him the best," Essick said. Calls to Hampers for comment were not immediately returned. He began his radio career in 1973... Aris Hampers fired by The Fox (Wed 9/6) :: Aris Hampers, whose 35-year radio career may have effectively ended when he was fired by 101.3 The Fox on Wednesday, wants one thing perfectly clear: he has no ill feelings toward anyone about anything. "Clear Channel really treated me well," he told woodtv.com. "They're great people and I've got great friends over there"... Aris: no hard feelings over firing (Thu 9/7)

Rick Roberts, the long-time anchor for WOOD TV8, died Wednesday of a head injury suffered when he fell down stairs at his home. He was 59. Rick Roberts was the co-anchor with Suzanne Geha of the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts beginning in1983. Over the next 13 years, he anchored or co-anchored the evening, morning and mid-day newscasts. He left the station in 1996... Former TV8 anchor Rick Roberts dies (Thu 9/7)

Grand Rapids Press:

The anonymous caller seemed to know everything about television reporters Rachel Calderon and Kristi Andersen. He left "disgusting" messages about sexually assaulting them. The women feared being alone. Family and friends worried for their safety. Their stations heightened security. "He made it very clear he was watching me, he knew everything about me, he would never lose sight of me," Andersen, a reporter for WOOD-TV, said in a statement... 'He made it very clear he was watching me' (Thu 9/7)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Sep 8 - 10, 2006




Officials say Local DJ Dave Conrad is in fair condition after undergoing surgery for injuries resulting from a motorcycle accident Friday night. Conrad, from B-93, was involved in the accident while participating in the "Motorcycle Light Parade" - a fundraiser benefiting the prevention of child abuse and neglect in West Michigan. "I just left the hospital where I saw him this morning," said Doug Montgomery, operations manager at B-93. "He's talking and driving the nurses crazy, so we're cautiously optimistic"... B-93s Conrad injured in motorcycle accident (Sat 9/9)

Grand Rapids Press:

Popular radio personality Dave Conrad has "a long road to recovery ahead of him" after he was seriously injured in a motorcycle ride for the station's Roofsit for Kids charity, the program director of B93 said Saturday. "He's in a lot of pain, but he asked me to be sure to thank his listeners for their continued prayers," said Doug Montgomery, the program director for the country music station, WBCT-FM (93.7), after he visited Conrad at Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus. Known on the air as "Conrad," the radio announcer was injured Friday night when a motorcycle sidecar in which he was a passenger was struck by a vehicle at 28th Street SE and Broadmoor Avenue, according to Montgomery... B93 radio personality injured during charity ride (Sun 9/10)


Grand Rapids Press:

Imagine a radio station that plays Lyle Lovett and Johnny Cash as well George Strait and Toby Keith. It's an idea Kevin Matthews, of WLAV-FM (96.9), has nurtured for eight years -- since his days on the air in Chicago. And now Matthews is doing something about it. The on-air radio veteran is programming WLAW-FM (92.5). The station also spins the likes of Willie Nelson and Bonnie Raitt, along with cutting-edge songs from new country artists. Imagine that: New and old country together on one station. The positioning statement is "Legends, Young Guns" and station name is "The Outlaw"... 'Outlaw' FM station touts unique mix of country (Wed 9/13)

It's a special treat for West Michigan Whitecaps broadcast partners Dave Skoczen and Dan Elve to be calling the Midwest League championship series. It represents a career highlight for both. Skoczen, 28, is completing his second season as the play-by-play voice of the Whitecaps for flagship radio station WBBL-AM (1340) and sixth overall as a minor-league broadcaster. It's his first championship series... Caps radio duo enjoy playoff ride (Fri 9/15)

Remember the days when Johnny Carson would talk to funny, irreverent, comedians on the "Tonight Show" couch? Nationally syndicated radio hosts Bob and Tom, heard locally during their morning show on WBFX-FM (101.3), are giving aspiring comedians a shot on their first television special, "Bob and Tom Radio: The Comedy Hour." In addition, a special-edition DVD will be released in conjunction with the comedy program to be sold in stores nationwide. "We spent $350,000 building a set, it was shot in HD, and everything looks extremely professional," Tom Griswold said during a recent phone interview with The Press... Radio duo brings humor to TV special (Fri 9/15)


Muskegon Chronicle:

Comcast Cable customers will see a major readjustment of the Muskegon and Fremont system's channel lineups beginning Tuesday. In doing so, Comcast will make it more expensive for some fans of local low-power television WMKG Channel 40, which will move from Channel 98 on the basic cable system to Channel 295 on the digital cable system... Viewer alert: Channels are on the move (Mon 9/18)

Grand Rapids Press:

Local satellite-radio subscribers choose their respective services for a variety of reasons. Loal DJ and Community Media Center employee Jeff Hudson -- who spins under the name Jef Leppard on Thursday nights at the Drink, 81 Ionia Ave. NW -- happened upon his subscription to XM, but is pleased with the service. "It was random chance. I was buying a new car stereo, and it came with XM built in," Hudson said, adding he signed up for the service and loves it... Who pays to listen to radio, and why? (Mon 9/18)

So, who will be "America's Next Top Model"? If you live in Lowell, we have some bad news: You won't be able to watch Tyra Banks' reality TV show. In fact, the new CW network -- which airs "Top Model" and popular shows "Gilmore Girls" and "Smallville" -- is not being carried in your market at all...Network cracks few cable, satellite lineups (Wed 9/20)

Alberto Martinez could not speak a word of English when he arrived in Holland in the mid-1970s at age 13. "I remember thinking, 'What a beautiful country this is -- why wouldn't I want to be part of it?'" he said. At the time, there were no English as a Second Language classes in Holland. Despite that obstacle, Martinez vowed he would learn the language and make life better for himself and others in the community... Radio program director strives to help community (Thu 9/21)

West Michigan viewers finally can get WWMT-TV (Channel 3) in high definition. In addition, Comcast has launched the newly formed network, CW, in HD in Holland and Grand Rapids. The HD channel airs on Channel 233 for CBS primetime programming and sports such as NCAA basketball and NFL football. In addition to a high definition television set, consumers need an HD converter ... Sarah Sell has left WDIV-TV in Detroit as a reporter/anchor and joined WZZM-TV (Channel 13) as a general assignment reporter. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in communications, she moved to Michigan to work at WEYI-TV and WPBN-TV in Traverse City. From there, she headed to Detroit ... WBCT-FM (93.7) raised more than $310,000 during its annual Roofsit for Kids. All funds go toward the prevention of child abuse and neglect. This campaign was difficult for the station because of an accident that injured popular on-air personality David Conrad. He was a passenger in a motorcycle sidecar and was hit by a vehicle on the way to the event... High-definition TV finally comes to West Michigan (Sun 9/24)


Who Will Win WLAV's 'Survive It...To Drive It'?: One MICHIGAN resident will win a two-year lease on a BMW X3 3.0i -- but first they have to win CITADEL Classic Rock WLAV/GRAND RAPIDS' first-ever "SURVIVE IT...TO DRIVE IT" contest. Beginning TOMORROW (9/20) at 7a, five preselected contestants will take up residence in the vehicle at a local dealership. Webcams will catch all the action, which will be viewable at www.surviveittodriveit.com, and every 12 hours a contestant will be voted out by the public. (Yes, the contestants will be fed -- and they can get out of the car for 10 minutes every hour!) The final elimination will be held at 7:20a on FRIDAY during KEVIN MATTHEWS' morning show. (Tue 9/19)







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