West Michigan: Newsmakers Aug 12, 2007




Grand Rapids Press:

Arbitron's spring 2007 ratings are in for commercial radio stations. WGRD-FM's (97.9) ratings are up, placing the alternative station in second place behind country station WBCT-FM (93.7). Adult contemporary WLHT-FM (95.7) and Top 40 WHTS-Hot FM (105.3) are tied for 10th place. Radio ratings are out (Sun, 8/12)

Jon Justice is moving on. Justice's most recent radio gig was at WOOD-AM (1300). He was on Saturday afternoons from 2 to 4 p.m. during "The Show with Justice." He also filled in for weekday hosts Rick and Scott and was the regular all-around fill-in guy for vacationing on-air talent. His last day on-the-air in West Michigan was Aug. 4. Now, he is heading to Tucson as the morning man at Talk KQTH-FM (104.1) -- The Truth Tucson's News FM... Radio host moves on (Sun, 8/12)

Rachel Calderon, WXMI-TV (Fox 17's) weekend co-anchor/reporter, got married last month, and is moving to Southern California. Her last day at the station was Friday. Her husband has taken a job in engineering for Boeing and the opportunity was too good to pass up. "This is a bittersweet move," she said... Calderon goes West (Sun, 8/12)

Negotiations between the Big Ten Network and cable giant Comcast bubbled over Friday, with dueling press releases from each side about their impasse. Essentially, the Big Ten Network wants to go onto Comcast's expanded basic cable tier, while Comcast wants it in the digital realm. The network is overreaching. I can reel off at least a dozen networks to add to expanded basic before round-the-clock college swimming and wrestling. But Comcast isn't exactly to be trusted, either. Its digital subscribers saw the NFL Network as part of their package for about a year, before it suddenly it was transported to an upgraded payment realm. The NFL is livid, and the Big Ten wants to protect against a similar situation... Big Ten, Comcast need to get in tune (Sun, 8/12)

Battle Creek Enquirer:

Rabbit ears are officially going out of style. Consumers who have depended on TV antennae to receive analog signals will have to upgrade to a digital receiver by Feb. 18, 2009. Those 20 percent of TV viewers will get a fuzzy screen after the conversion, but consumers who subscribe to cable or satellite service will not be affected. Local electronics retailers are making it a priority to inform their customers of the change... 'Rabbit ears' going off air Feb. 2009 (Sat, 8/11)







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