West Michigan: Newsmakers May 15, 2007




Grand Rapids Press:

Broadcast Notes By Colleen Pierson

Thunder morning man settles in

Steve “Scrubs” Stewart is enjoying doing mornings at country radio WTNR-FM (94.5).

“’Scrubs in the Morning’ is a fun, interactive show that is in touch with the interests of the Thunder listener. Our goal every morning is to make the listener the star of the show and to interact in a way that shows we are part of their community,” he said.

He came to Grand Rapids from radio stations in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Auburn Alabama, and enjoys the West Michigan area immensely.

“From Holland to Muskegon and everywhere in West Michigan--I feel like you can do just about anything here. Go to a ball game, camping, head to Meijer Gardens--there is just so much. The other thing I have been really excited about is meeting all of the great Thunder audience. They have all been so inviting and have really made me feel welcomed into the community.”

Scrubs replaced Bud Ford, who is now the program director of Citadel’s WKDF in Nashville TN.

Matthews’ silly string It’s really not such a silly idea at all

Morning man Kevin Matthews from WLAV-FM (96.9) helped our community gather 16,000 cans of silly string for our troops.

“They use the silly string to find wires in combat zones. This project has introduced me to the highest officials in our military. I do know that the 578 and 579th California guard will be using this string and so will others, said Matthews.

Later this year Kev will call upon friends in Hollywood and Chicago to entertain our men and women in combat zones, hospitals, or any area needed.

105.3 HOT FM names new program director

Jack Spade begins his tenure as the new program director of WHTS-FM (105.3) Hot FM “Today’s Hottest Hits”. He most recently worked for Next Media as program director of WQSL-FM and WQZL- FM “The Beat of Carolina” in North Carolina. Jack was born in Kalamazoo. His family relocated to the south several years after he was born. He has a wife and four children.

And settling in nicely, with almost a year under their belts at Hot FM, is the morning team of Dave and Geri. The pair was thrilled to win the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Community Service Award for the first time and it was one of the first awards Hot FM had earned.

“We told Matt Hanlon about two months ago that he had made this feel like ‘our station’ and we're very grateful for the way everyone made us fit right in. Kevin Matthews thinks Dave has too much estrogen on the show, so in trying to get Kevin in the 'estrogen spirit', we've started calling him Karen Matthews. Every day is just kind of like playing on the playground--and we're extremely lucky to work not only with the people on our station, but with all the other stations in our building as well. We're truly blessed to be here,” said Geri Jarvis.

Rooftop sit for pennies

Jerry Tarrants, program director from WGRD (97.9,) needs a good night's rest. He collected more than $10,000 in pennies for The Ronald McDonald House as part of the station’s Million Penny Roof-Sit.

“Upon returning from a 36 hour broadcast atop the roof of the McDonalds filthy, cold, tired, and mentally exhausted I crashed for 12 hours straight,” said an exhausted Tarrants. “We collected over $5,000 worth of pennies at our location on Plainfield Ave and combined with the other participating McDonalds, we were able to hit our goal and then-some,” he said.

Tarrants has received emails from family members across West Michigan telling how The Ronald McDonald House has changed their lives. One family shared how they had recently lost their young daughter after six open heart surgeries. They thanked JT for all the time he took out of his busy life to raise funds.

“After an email like that I wish I could climb back up there and keep going,” said Tarrants.

Television special shows how media affects kids

Statistics show that on an average, teenagers spend four and a half hours a day watching television. WOOD TV8 and WOTV 4 will take a look at the powerful messages the media is sending your children in “Connect: Selling Children: How Media Affects Kids.”

Hosted by WOTV (Channel 4’s) Maranda and WOOD-TV (Channel 8’s) Eva Aguirre Cooper, the special airs Thursday, May 17, at 7:00p.m. on Channel 4 and Saturday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m. on Channel 8.

100.5 The River Celebrates 10 Years in Grand Rapids

WTRV-FM The River (100.5) is celebrating 10 years in West Michigan. “We’re very proud to stand by our statement, ‘The FM means family matters,’” said Bill Bailey, program director at the station.

Owned and operated by Regent Communications, WTRV-FM The River 100.5 features continuous soft favorites from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, Christmas favorites during the holiday season, and a morning show from 5:30a.m.-noon.

“I'm in my 8th year hosting the Morning Show with Chuck LaTour on The River 100.5. These past 8 years have been some of the best years in my broadcasting career. The Regent atmosphere is much like my WCUZ days, professional, supportive, and family oriented. I can't think of a better place to work in radio,” said morning man Andy Rent.







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