West Michigan: October 2006 Archives

Grand Rapids Press:

National Public Radio affiliate and jazz station WBLU-FM/WBLV-FM (88.9/90.3) was off the air for several days recently because its transmitter was damaged by what officials believe was a lightning strike. General manager Dave Myers said the damage might have caused a leak, which in turn shorted out the transmitter, which is located in Hesperia... Blue Lake radio back on the air (Tue 9/26)

Lindsey Zabor has switched careers from news reporter/producer at WXMI-TV (Channel 17) to director of marketing and public relations at the Grand Rapids Children's Museum... WXMI reporter takes marketing post (Tue 9/26)

The plug is pulled on Aris' Hometown Rock Music Search this year. "I regret to announce that for the first time in 14 years, the Rock Search is canceled," local radio icon Aris Hampers said in an e-mail to The Press. Earlier this month, Hampers, a fixture on the airwaves for more than 30 years, was let go by WBFX-FM (101.3) owner Clear Channel because of what he described as a combination of ratings and economics... Aris Hampers Rock Search canceled (Fri 9/29)

Want some adjectives to describe the new doctor in town? How about smart, intuitive, incisive, always able to lend a sympathetic ear, helpful to his guests, and oh yeah, let's not forget -- he's bald as a cue ball. Dr. Keith Ablow debuted on WOOD-TV (Channel 8) Sept. 11 and airs at 4 p.m. weekdays. He's a kinder, gentler "Dr. Phil" type, minus the pompous attitude. Watch his show a couple of times and you will find true moments of epiphany. You may recognize him from his appearances on the "Oprah Winfrey" "Montel Williams" or "Tyra Banks" shows... Kinder, gentler doctor takes to the air (Sun 10/1)



'Hot Trips Cold Cash' At WHTS: CITADEL Top 40 WHTS (105.3 HOTFM)/GRAND RAPIDS is conducting the "HOT TRIPS COLD CASH" contest, in which every day a listener wins a trip to JAMAICA, CANCUN, or PUERTO VALLARTA or up to $1,000 in cash. The station sent 86,000 area homes a calendar (also available at www.1053hotfm.com) that lists a different song on each day, and when the listed song plays on the appropriate day, the 15th caller wins. WZZM-TV/GRAND RAPIDS is also in on the action -- it reveals the next day's song, and the hour in which it will be played, during its 11p newscast. (Tue 10/3)

Grand Rapids Press:

The second of three televised debates between Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Dick DeVos will be broadcast at 8 p.m. Tuesday from the studios of WOOD-TV (Channel 8). The debate will air live and commercial-free and will stream live online at woodtv.com. It will be simulcast on four other NBC-affiliated stations in Michigan: WDIV in Detroit, WEYI in Flint, WPBN in Traverse City and WLUC in Marquette... Debate comes to WOOD-TV (Sun 10/8)

Many fans of Blue Lake Public Radio WBLV-FM (90.3) have been tuning into dead air recently. The station's main transmitting antenna was rendered unusable by a lightning strike, and the station is operating on reduced power with a standby antenna. The damaged antenna has been shipped to the manufacturer in California, where it will be rebuilt. Station management predicts the combination of repair and return shipment should take about two weeks... Lightning TKO's WBLV (Sun 10/8)

t's not often a locally produced documentary captures national attention and recognition, but the award-winning WGVU Productions' "Surviving Auschwitz: Children of the Shoah" will be added to The Museum of Broadcast Communications' archive in Chicago... (Sun 10/8)


Grand Rapids Press:

"Barnaby here" is a phrase familiar to many West Michigan TV viewers. Gerry Barnaby -- who goes by just "Barnaby" -- is an experienced television storyteller who presents human-interest pieces for WOTV-TV (Channel 41). You can catch him four times a day, weekdays -- 6:36 a.m., 12:20, 5:46 and 7:10 p.m. He also is adding the WOTV-4 Hotlist to his responsibilities... Barnaby branches out (Wed 10/11)

Another round of debates begins Sunday night. This time, it's the Michigan senatorial debate with Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Republican candidate Mike Bouchard, who will discuss the issues facing the state. The debate will air at 8 p.m. Sunday on public television stations across Michigan, including WGVU-TV (Channel 35)... WGVU to air senatorial debate (Sat 10/14)

Battle Creek Enquirer:

Two Battle Creek-area television stations do not plan to broadcast Monday's debate between Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Republican challenger Dick DeVos, as reality shows and sitcoms instead go on the air. Battle Creek's ABC affiliate, WOTV Channel 4, and Kalamazoo's CBS affiliate, WWMT Channel 3, will instead run programs such as the reality show "Wife Swap" and the sitcom "How I Met Your Mother." The third governor's debate of this election season is being broadcast live from WXYZ-TV in Detroit, an ABC affiliate. It's being made available live to all ABC and CBS affiliates in Michigan... B.C.-area affiliates won't air gov. debate (Sat 10/14)


WJQK/Grand Rapids Goes To Biloxi, Hires Bateman For Weekends: Contemporary Christian WJQK (99.3)/GRAND RAPIDS will take 80 listeners to BILOXI, MS from NOVEMBER 5-10 to help continue the rebuilding efforts after last year's hurricane season. WJQK will work closely with URBAN LIFE MINISTRIES, a non-profit Christian organization dedicated to helping the residents of BILOXI rebuild their homes. The station will air “THE MORNING SHOW WITH MANDY AND BRIAN” and the midday show with CECI LABARGE live from BILOXI. WJQK also recently hired BOB BATEMAN to cover weekends and vacations for full-time announcers. BATEMAN comes to WJQK from CLEAR CHANNEL Country WMIL (106.1)/MILWAUKEE. BATEMAN is a 30-year veteran broadcaster who has also worked at Classic Rock WMGK (102.9), WJJZ and WEAZ/PHILADELPHIA, and Talk WLS-A (890)/CHICAGO. (Fri 10/13)

WJQK To Serve Seven African Countries In '07: In other WJQK news, the station announced that it would send 14 “JESUS IS LIFE” mission teams to AFRICA in 2007. WJQK and WORLD MISSION in GRAND RAPIDS have sent 17 “JESUS IS LIFE” teams to CENTRAL and EASTERN AFRICA over the last two years. In 2007, teams will minister in CONGO, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, UGANDA, GHANA, SUDAN, KENYA and MOZABMIQUE. Each team will include 10 to 12 listeners who will have a building project, minister to AIDS orphans and prostitutes, and distribute hundreds of "Talking Bibles" recorded in the countries' native languages. Each team will be in AFRICA for 10 days. Currently, the station has its 10th of 12 teams for the year in TANZANIA. Ten men are doing "pioneer evangelism" on an island in LAKE VICTORIA, and 10 women are testing women and children for the AIDS virus and setting up medical care for those who have it. The 11th team will leave in three weeks. (Fri 10/13)


Grand Rapids Press:

Local sports radio station WBBL-AM (1340) has been the exclusive provider of postseason baseball coverage in the Grand Rapids radio market for several years. Of course, everything is different this fall. The interest in the World Series has reached a fever pitch with the Detroit Tigers making their first appearance in the Fall Classic since 1984... WBBL riding Tigers wave (Fri 10/20)

Dave Conrad was off the air six weeks -- an eternity in radio, he says -- and he was afraid listeners would forget about him. It's an understatement to say the opposite happened. In his first 15 minutes back on the air Thursday afternoon, the B-93 radio host received more than 50 supportive e-mails from listeners, and the station switchboard lit up with calls from across West Michigan. Since he was severely injured in a September motorcycle accident, Conrad, who hosts the afternoon slot on WBCT-FM (93.7), said listener support has been overwhelming... Injured DJ stunned at response to his return (Fri 10/20)

Linda Paige, meteorologist at WZZM-TV (Channel 13), can predict the weather, but she never predicted the honor she will receive from the American Meteorological Society. Paige is the inaugural winner of an award for excellence in science reporting for her work on the series "The Great Lakes, An Endangered Legacy," which aired in the summer of 2005. The new award is in recognition of a single television report or a series that makes science topics, including environmental issues, accessible and interesting to the general public... New AMS award going to WZZM meteorologist (Sun 10/22)


Grand Rapids Press:

Country music radio personalities Darren Wilhite and Tim Wall of WTNR-FM (94.5) were off the airwaves Monday after a breakdown in contract negotiations, according to station management. They had vacated the premises Friday, the station said. "The two parties just couldn't agree. The contract negotiations broke down, and we agreed to disagree," said Bud Ford, program director and on-air personality at the station known as Thunder ... Longtime air personality Gabriella de la Vega, of WNWZ-AM (1410), has decided to leave the station after seven years of pioneering one of West Michigan's first full-time Spanish- language stations. De la Vega said it was time to move on, and that station management still was trying to get her to reconsider... Thunder gone for duo; de la Vega leaves air (Tue 10/24)

Diane Rehm, host of National Public Radio's popular "The Diane Rehm Show," spoke Tuesday to a standing-room-only audience of about 500 people at Aquinas College's Fine Arts Center. She also signed books and was the guest speaker at an evening fundraiser for Aquinas' Jane Hibbard Idema Women's Studies Center... Diane Rehm: A popular draw (Wed 10/25)

Dan Dickerson had the greatest moment of his professional broadcasting career when he called Magglio Ordonez's three-run, walk-off homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series to send the Detroit Tigers to the World Series. He's hoping for one last great postseason moment. Dickerson, following in Hall of Famer Ernie Harwell's footsteps as the radio play-by-play voice of the Tigers, is keeping his fingers crossed that Tiger fans will get a chance to hear him call a World Series championship this weekend... Dickerson hoping for another big call (Fri 10/27)

If Jordon Lambert of West Olive someday finds himself in a television booth, calling the shots on "Monday Night Football," he can point to the day when he got his start. "Well, sort of," Lambert said, when asked if he wants to grow up to be a big-time football broadcaster like John Madden or Al Michaels. Lambert, 10, got a taste of what it's like to be a broadcaster last week. The Quincy Elementary School fifth grader was selected to participate in Tuesday's 3-A-Day of Dairy/Lions Junior Broadcaster Tryout... Fifth-grader wins spot in broadcasting contest (Sun 10/29)

Michele DeSelms is used to telling the news, not being the news. But there she was, her picture flashed on the TV screen last week while her co-anchor, Christian Frank, told WXMI (Channel 17) viewers why DeSelms had been off the air for two weeks. She was with her 17-year-old son, Brandon, who underwent brain surgery in late September to remove a golf ball-sized mass from the back of his skull... Being news, not telling it, 'surreal' for anchor (Sun 10/29)

Former morning WKLQ-FM radio man Justice, of the "Justice and Jim show," says, "I am very excited to say that I will be working with WOOD-AM after a long three months off air. I will be doing fill-in work for Rick and Scott, starting in late November ... She has been a fixture in West Michigan television and theater, but Molly Kelly is ready to head back to her hometown of Chicago. "I've taken a job in Chicago at WCIU and MeTV, working in the marketing department," she said. "It has been a difficult decision leaving my adopted home town and theater family of 18 years"... WOOD-AM getting Justice (Sun 10/29)

Calvin/Hope Sign New Deal with WGVU

The live telecasts of the Calvin/Hope men's basketball games on public broadcasting station WGVU in Grand Rapids will continue through the 2008-09 season, officials of the station and colleges have announced. The popular NCAA Division III rivalry has been televised by WGVU since the 1997-98 season and the 2006-2007 broadcasts will mark 10 years of Calvin/Hope basketball on WGVU television... Calvin College Press Release


WTNR Looks For A New Morning Show & APD:
CITADEL Country WTNR (THUNDER 94.5)/GRAND RAPIDS, MI PD BUD FORD is on the prowl for a new morning show to replace WILHOITE and WHITE, who exited the station last week. FORD states that established teams as well as individuals are welcome to apply. THUNDER 94.5 is a growing station so there are a lot of work hours involved, so those wishing to work only four hours a day need not apply. FORD is also on the lookout for a new APD since current APD/afternooner MATT STRYKER is leaving to follow his wife as she starts a new job. The right person will be able to do an air shift as well as some imaging work and light website maintenance. (Fri 10/27)

Radio and Records:

Top 5 stations in the 2006 summer ratings for Grand Rapids were country WBCT, contemporary hits WSNX, news-talk WOOD-AM, modern rock WGRD, and classic rock WLAV... Grand Rapids summer radio ratings (ages 12+) (Thu 10/26)







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