In broadcasting, the spin doctors always show up when a ratings book comes out. How will the top executives at stations position -- or spin -- the rating numbers to make potential advertisers think their stations are No. 1 in some category? My analysis of the summer radio Arbitron ratings are spin-free. They are based on the 12-plus category for commercial stations in Kent and Ottawa counties. Simply put, this refers to listeners who are 12 and older... Local-radio leader remains B-93 in latest survey (Sun 11/5)
West Michigan: November 2006 Archives
He's not in line for a multi-million dollar payoff, but Casey Ford feels as if he's won life's lottery anyway. A 2001 graduate of Jenison High School, Ford has been keeping busy as an assistant manager of WCET, the local access TV station that can be picked up on Channel 24 in Grand Rapids, and 24-25 in Jenison, Grandville and Hudsonville... GVSU student gets call for U-M games (Thu 11/9)
Arriens Adds MD Duties At WJIM/Lansing:
DARRIN ARRIENS, PD/midday jock at CITADEL/GRAND RAPIDS Rocker WKLQ, also programs sister Top 40 WHTS (just down the hall), and recently added MD duties at LANSING sister Top 40 WJIM, where he'll work closely with PD DAN KELLEY. ARRIENS tells ALL ACCESS, “Sometimes I'm hard to find, but I've got two great MDs, MICHAEL GRAY at ‘KLQ, as well as JOSH STRICKLAND at WHTS. (Thu 11/9)
WSNX 'Jocks In A Box' Collect Food For The Needy:
CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40/Mainstream WSNX/GRAND RAPIDS APD/night guy HOLMES and co-host BIG MAC last week took their "FREAK SHOW" to the streets for a second year to help needy West MICHIGAN families with a promotion called "Jock In A Box." Both jocks lived and broadcast their show from a storage unit until they filled an 18-wheeler truck with food. They started on NOVEMBER 2 at 7a and ended on NOVEMBER 5 at noon, enduring two days of snow and temperatures as low as 23 degrees, and as a result about 400 West MICHIGAN residents will be fed through CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES this Thanksgiving. Check out the pics here.
Contemporary Christian WaYfm (88.3 WAYK/Kalamazoo 89.9 WAYG/Grand Rapids) was recently recognized as “Station of the Year” by Radio and Records, the radio industry's leading trade publication. WAYK is the first-ever youth & young adult oriented station to receive this honor, beating out five other stations in its market category to win the distinction.
“This award is voted on by peers,” said Kevin Peterson, Christian Editor for Radio & Records, “which speaks volumes about the respect that Christian radio programmers across the country have for what WAYK is doing in its market and in this industry.”
WaYfm Program Director, Michael Couchman, attributes the station's success to “God blessing WaYfm with great listeners and a great team who loves serving them. We're excited to be the first-ever youth oriented station to get this honor and we'll continue to work hard at reaching them.”
The St. Thomas More Foundation Inc., a South Bend-based nonprofit organization, will bring Catholic talk radio to local airwaves as early as next month on WHLY-AM (1580). Times Communications Inc. president William Dobslaw, the station's current owner, has agreed to lease WHLY to the nonprofit group while awaiting Federal Communications Commission approval for a permanent ownership change... WHLY converts to Catholic programming (Thu 11/23)
Chris Lemke, general manager of WCSG-FM (91.3) Christian radio, has e been using words like "incredible" and "awe-inspiring" when describing the success of his station's recent Sharathon fundraiser. The Cornerstone University radio station, which conducts two on-air fundraisers a year, recently raised $1.27 million, which surpassed its goal by $20,000... Cornerstone radio gets some good news (Sun 11/26)
Cornerstone University is having a very good run right now. Another of its radio stations -- WaYfm, which airs on WAYK-FM (88.3) in Kalamazoo and WAYG-FM (89.9) in Grand Rapids -- was recognized as small-market Christian music station of the year by Radio and Records, one of the radio industry's leading trade publications. The commercial-free, nonprofit station plays Top 40 Christian music aimed at teens, young adults and young families... Cornerstone radio station honored (Sun 11/26)
Darren Wilhite and Tim Wall (aka Wilhite and Wall) were difficult to track down after they left WTNR-FM (94.5) Thunder country radio. The duo left the station abruptly following a contract negotiations breakdown with station management. Now news comes they have landed at country station WDAF-FM (106.5) in Kansas City, MO... Wilhite, Wall land in K.C. (Sun 11/26)