West Michigan: Newsmakers Jan 9, 2007




Free Beer and Hot Wings adds 8th affiliate

Regent Broadcasting's popular morning radio program Free Beer and Hot Wings began broadcasting on Charleston, South Carolina's WAVF yesterday, January 8th, marking the 8th radio market to carry the program. The addition of Charleston is the second southern market for the show (Nashville's WBUZ came aboard last month).

Free Beer and Hot Wings' flagship station, Regent's Modern Rock WGRD-FM 97.9, is based in Grand Rapids, where the show has vaulted into 1st place in less than two years' time.

Co-host Gregg "Free Beer" Daniels, said of the WAVF deal : " I can't believe we got another company to add our show to one of their stations. This is stealing money!"

Grand Rapids Press:

"Come On Over," the new, locally-produced children's TV show that airs on Saturday mornings, debuted only three months ago on WOTV-TV (Channel 41), and already its first three half-hour episodes are available on DVD. About 300 people were at a DVD release party Thursday evening at Celebration Cinema South. Guest stars Luis Avalos, formerly of "The Electric Company," and Ruth Buzzi, a veteran of "Laugh-In" and "Sesame Street," returned to meet young fans... New kids' TV show also on DVD (Mon 1/8)

Allan Stagg, a DJ who began his career in 1965 at WLAV-FM (96.9), died on New Year's Day after having complications from pneumonia ... News 8 still market leader: According to the November 2006 Nielsen ratings, WOOD-TV (Channel 8) is No. 1 in all newscasts -- daybreak, noon, 5, 5:30, 6 and 11 p.m. ... Digital radio: Local Citadel radio stations are joining the HD stereo era. Classic rock station WLAV-FM, new-country station WTNR-FM (94.5) and WHTS-FM (105.3) are now broadcasting in HD stereo... Longtime radio personality dies (Tue 1/9)

Battle Creek Enquirer

Tavis Smiley, an outspoken advocate for political and social change within the African-American community, will speak in Battle Creek on Feb. 1, kicking off Black History Month. Smiley, 42, was named one of America's 50 most promising young leaders by Time magazine, and Newsweek dubbed him a "captain of the airways"... Tavis Smiley to speak in B.C. (Tue 1/9)







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