West Michigan: Newsmakers July 29, 2007




Grand Rapids Press:

Todd Chance is having one busy summer. He got married two weeks ago, is moving from Saginaw to Grand Rapids and starts as the new morning on-air personality Monday at WHTC-FM (105.3), replacing Dave Jagger and Geri Jarvis. "I love to entertain, inform and connect with listeners," he said during a phone interview... Saginaw personality fills Dave and Geri slot (Sun, 7/29)

The "Free Beer and Hot Wings" show continues to build its base in syndication, adding its 17th station. Beginning Monday, the morning show on WGRD-FM (97.9) also will be heard on classic-rock radio station WMGK-FM in Philadelphia. "Being back on the air in Philly is fantastic, and it's made even better by the fact that we are doing it from here in West Michigan," said Greg (Free Beer) Daniels... Philly gets 'Beer and Hot Wings' (Sun, 7/29)

Skip Essick, who has led Clear Channel Communications Inc. radio stations in Grand Rapids for the past 11 years, is heading to central California. He will be director of operations for Peak Broadcasting's KMJ-AM (580) in Fresno. KMJ is a 50,000-watt news-talk station with a target audience of adults age 35-64. Like Clear Channel's WOOD-AM (1300), the station is home to Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity in its market. Essick has had a successful career in broadcasting, having held leadership positions at WJR-AM in Detroit and WHAS-AM in Louisville, before coming to West Michigan... Clear Channel's Skip Essick heading west (Sun, 7/29)

Looking to soak up as much of the summer weather as you can? The second annual Back Deck Acoustic Music Fest could be the ideal destination for those looking to enjoy summer tunes outdoors. The event -- a fundraiser for community radio station WYCE-FM (88.1) -- is 2-10 p.m. today on the back deck of Driftwood Bar and Grill, 7456 Croton-Hardy Drive in Newaygo... Music fest to benefit WYCE (Sun, 7/29)


WJQK Helps Raise Over $40K For Haiti
LANSER Christian AC WJQK/GRAND RAPIDS held its fifth annual MEDICAL SUPPLIES FOR HAITI fundraiser on TUESDAY (7/24). Over the course of 16 hours, CROSS INTERNATIONAL MINISTRIES worked with the station and listeners to raise nearly $40,000. The one-time gifts paid shipment costs to send $9.8 million in much-needed basic medical supplies to the poor in HAITI. (Thu, 7/26)







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