West Michigan: Newsmakers Oct 21, 2007




Grand Rapids Press:

Local viewers will have another option for television news starting tonight, as a WOOD-TV sister station unveils "24 Hour News 8 at 10 on WXSP." Station management hopes to compete directly with WXMI, a Fox affiliate that has run a 10 p.m. news broadcast since 1999. "We're coming out of the box as a surprise," said Diane Kniowski, president and general manager for WOOD-TV (Channel 8), WOTV (Channel 41) and WXSP (Channel 15 in most areas). "We've been thinking about a 10 o'clock news for a long time. Ten is the only unchallenged time period when it comes to news." The wide availability of news on TV and elsewhere is leading to many network affiliates exploring options for newscasts, said Kurt Bartolich, a marketing and brand consultant for Iowa-based Frank N. Magid Associates Inc., a firm that has helped stations around the nation launch 10 p.m. broadcasts... WOOD sister station adds 10 p.m. newscast (Sun, 10/21)

It was a busy week for broadcast radio promotions. Jeff Morton, director of sales for Grand Rapids Citadel Broadcasting for five years and general manager of its Muskegon stations since 2004, was named general manager of Citadel Broadcasting Company in West Michigan. That means he will be in charge of Grand Rapids stations WLAV-FM (96.9), WKLQ-FM (107.3), WTNR-FM (94.5 Thunder), WHTS-FM (105.3), WBBL-AM (1340) and five Muskegon stations. Morton is new boss at Citadel Broadcasting (Sun, 10/21)

Tim Feagan, newly announced head of Clear Channel's local radio operations, says he feels "like a kid in the candy store," getting back into radio again after being out of the business for 12 years. "Years ago, when I was in L.A., I always thought of what a dream job it would be to run WOOD-AM and FM. I have wanted this job for 17 to 20 years," he said. Now, he gets a chance to head seven Clear Channel Grand Rapids stations, WOOD-AM (1300), WOOD-FM (105.7), WTKG.AM (1230), WBCT-FM (B-93), WMAX-FM (96.1), WBFX-FM (101.3), and WSNX-FM (104.5). Feagan, who was general manager and helped launch B-93 in the early 1990s, has worked in Los Angeles and Chicago radio markets. He also was responsible for hiring Doug Montgomery, a B-93 institution... New Clear Channel boss glad to return to radio (Sun, 10/21)

Got game or news? Can viewers have access to World Series coverage and still view Fox 17's News at 10? Mark Krause, director of programming for WXMI-TV (Fox 17) explains: "On game nights, we schedule the game to run three-and-a-half hours. News is then scheduled for 30 minutes -- 11:30 p.m. to midnight. If the game ends prior to 11:30 -- news will expand as necessary... Fox works news around World Series (Sun, 10/21)







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