West Michigan: Newsmakers Aug 26, 2007




Grand Rapids Press:

Morning on-air personalities Steve Stewart, of WTNR-FM (94.5), and Todd Chance, of WHTS-FM (105.3), helped raise money for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. Partnering with BMW, 19 different vehicles were brought in for test drives. BMW donated a buck to the local chapter for every mile driven. More than $70,000 was raised to help the nonprofit organization. Test drives add up for charity (Sun, 8/26)

"I haven't worn makeup in months," confesses WZZM-TV (Channel 13) news anchor Lauren Stanton. She has been off the air for a couple of months and has been more than a little busy. Lauren gave birth June 21 to an adorable baby boy named Cass. Her 4-year-old son, Nicholas, also keeps her on the run... WZZM anchor loves motherhood and Grand Rapids (Sun, 8/26)

Andy Sugden is the new director of photography for TV13, replacing Bob Gould, who was hired to teach broadcasting courses at Michigan State University. "I look forward to working with a great staff of shooters at TV-13. This is a unique opportunity for me. I will enjoy watching and training young shooters to learn more about nonlinear editing, camera work and enjoying their jobs," he said from KARE-TV, the NBC affiliate in Minneapolis, where he has worked for three years... WZZM has new photography chief (Sun, 8/26)

You know it's the end of summer when the WLAV-FM (96.9) Budweiser Blues on the Mall winds down for the season. The series kicked off June 18 and went for eight weeks, bringing live blues acts from around the country. Christina Elsenbroek, station spokeswoman, said about 30,000 people attended the concert series. Blues on the Mall is a wrap (Sun, 8/26)

Lynae Cuddy, 22, of Kentwood, is the newly promoted on-air talent from 7 p.m. to midnight on WGRD-FM (97.9.) "It is so great to be able to be interactive with thousands of people at a time and entertain them," she said. Lynae graduated from Grand Valley State University in advertising and public relations, interned for Kevin Matthews at WLAV-FM (96.9) and has worked part time at 'GRD on the weekend on-air shift... WGRD promotes on-air personality (Sun, 8/26)

Kalamazoo Gazette:

In most sporting events, there is a winner and a loser. That's about the same situation for sports fans in Southwestern Michigan when it comes to their sports on TV and radio this fall. The big winners are the Michigan State University fans. After a one-year absence from the radiowaves in the Kalamazoo area, the Spartans' football and basketball network returns and will be broadcast on WKZO-AM 590. That station used to be the long-time home of the University of Michigan. ``We've probably had U-M football and basketball on KZO for, what, 30 years or more?`` said WQLR-AM program director Dave Jaconette. ``We decided to move U-M over to ESPN 1660 (WQLR-AM), so people will still be able to get the Wolverines.'' The bump of U-M to 1660 means Kalamazoo College football and basketball won't be on the air this season. Jaconette says that the station will still have a K-College coaches show on Saturday mornings as well as a high school coaches show... Area games to be juggled on radio, TV (Sun, 8/26)







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