Grand Rapids Press:
Brian James, a new meteorologist at WWMT-TV (Channel 3), is no stranger to West Michigan. He is a graduate of Forest Hills Central High School and has always been interested in the weather. He attended University of Oklahoma, where he obtained a degree in meteorology. His career has taken him across the country at KPCP-TV in Oklahoma City, WGKI-TV in Cadillac, WEYI in Flint and, most recently, at KVII in Texas... 3 hires meteorologist (Sun, 10/28)
WGRD-FM (97.9) is releasing its seventh "Bootleg" CD for charity. The CD features unreleased tracks for local and national artists, as well as live studio performances recorded at WGRD. The 50-minute CD will be available at all West Michigan Meijer stores beginning Nov. 20. Cost is $9.79... Bash benefits nonprofit (Sun, 10/28)
Even though Jeff Morton replaced Matt Hanlon as the new general manager for Citadel Broadcasting Co.'s local properties -- WLAV-FM (96.7), WKLQ-FM (107.3), WHTS-FM (105.3), WTNR-FM (Thunder 94.5) and WBBL-AM (1340) in Grand Rapids -- Hanlon continues with his role as regional president of Citadel Broadcasting. Hanlon will oversee multiple markets in Michigan... Regional VP stays on at Citadel (Sun, 10/28)
Instant flash of stardom
by: Colleen Pierson
It’s the stuff dreams are made of. Emily Pearce is a 23-year-old Grand Rapids resident who worked as waitress/bartender at the Amway Grand Plaza , Not any more. She decides on a whim, to try out for a talent-search for the new morning personality at WHTS-FM. Now, her dream of being an on-air broadcast personality and co-host on 105.3 Hot FM Today’s Hottest Hits has been realized.
“I am so excited, Pearce said during a recent phone interview with the Press. I tried out on a whim, made it to the final 8 and this all came out of nowhere—it is awesome.”
She’s a graduate of Rockford High School and is no stranger to the study of Communications, graduating from Central Michigan University with a degree in the field.
“I have always been drawn to the entertainment field,” she said.
She started on the air-waves this week and joins morning men Todd Chance and Carter from 5:30-10:00a.m.
My role is still being defined, but it is a full-time position and I am so excited about it. Many of her responsibilities will be tied to providing entertainment reports for the station.
On-air personalities Todd Chance, Emily Pearce and Carter replace Dave and Geri who left the Citadel Broadcasting Company in the summer.