West Michigan: Newsmakers Oct 15, 2007




Grand Rapids Press:

Tim Feagan, who helped launch the powerful country station B-93 in the early 1990s, will return to head Clear Channel's local operation after being out of the business for 12 years. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity I couldn't pass up," said Feagan, 49, whose new role as general manager was announced to employees Monday. He replaces Skip Essick, who left the market in late July for another radio job in California. Feagan was last in the business as general manager at the country music station WBCT-FM (93.7), known as B-93. He will oversee seven Grand Rapids stations, WBCT, WOOD-AM (1300), WSNX-FM (104.5), WOOD-FM (105.7), WMAX-FM (96.1), WTKG-AM (1230) and WBFX-FM (101.3). Together, they are the largest player in the local radio market. Feagan said he is not planning changes for the stations. "We have a great franchise, great properties and a base of employees with a wealth of experience," he said... Clear Channel selects Tim Feagan as manager (Tue, 10/16)

It won't be long before West Michigan radio stations will switch to holiday programming. The all-Christmas-music-all-the-time theme has been a ratings booster. Already, the push is on. WOOD-FM (Star 105.7) is offering a contest for listeners to win a $10,000 Christmas bonus. And last week, programmers at WLHT-FM (95.7) announced it was taking the all-Christmas format from sister station WTRV-FM (100.5, The River) and putting it on their frequency. WLHT's move is driven by good ratings for the programming over the past five years... Radio stations ready Christmas formats (Mon, 10/15)

Longtime radio co-hosts Dave Jagger and Geri Jarvis left their WHTS-FM (105.3) gig earlier this summer. "A lot of you are asking if we will be on the air again here in West Michigan. We'd love nothing more. We just don't know if an opportunity will present itself," Dave writes on daveandgeri.com... Dave and Geri are at home (Mon, 10/15)

Former TV personality Gerry Barnaby has moved to radio. He recently filled in for vacationing Bill Bailey on the afternoon shift on WLHT-FM (95.7), and during my insomniac state, I also heard him on the late night shift... Barnaby getting more air time (Mon, 10/15)

How did B-93 get tickets for the Dec. 6 Hannah Montana concert in Van Andel Arena? The show sold out in eight minutes, but last week, WBCT-FM (93.7) was giving away family four-packs hourly from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Station officials declined to comment for competitive reasons... Hot tickets to Hannah (Mon, 10/15)







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