West Michigan: Newsmakers Dec 23, 2007




Grand Rapids Press:

At this time of year, I usually reflect back on the year's radio and television industry news and create winners in a variety of categories. Remember, this is only my opinion. I like to call it Pierson's Picks. Nice guys finish first- Without a doubt, one of the nicest people in the broadcast industry is Andy Rent from WTRV-FM (100.5) The River. He's graced the West Michigan airwaves for more than three decades. Rent is a class act -- a true gentleman -- who never says an unkind word about anyone. His radio show is family-friendly and community-minded. Trailblazer- News director Tim Dye from WXMI-TV (Channel 17) wins this award for setting up the successful Fox News at 10 product. Now, competitors are following suit... It's time for Pierson's Picks of TV, radio (Sun, 12/23)

WGVU-TV celebrated its 35th anniversary Monday. Since its inception, the changes at the station have been continual -- including the addition of a second TV station, WGVK, and the addition of two digital stations, DT-11 in Grand Rapids and DT-5 in Kalamazoo. General manager Michael Walenta is excited about the possibilities that await the station... 35 years on the air (Sun, 12/23)

Casey Ann Acevedo, daughter of long-time radio personalities Dave Jagger and Geri Jarvis, who also worked as their show producer, is leaving her job at Gemini Publications. She is heading to Idaho to work at KZMG-FM (93.1), an adult Top 40 radio station... Destined to stay in radio (Sun, 12/23)

WOOD-FM (Star 105.7) and the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital joined last week to raise funds during a special holiday radio marathon to benefit children's programs and services. Michigan Office Solutions donated $25,000 of the total... Holiday radio marathon (Sun, 12/23)

Tim Geraghty, news director at WZZM-TV (Channel 13), has been promoted to vice president at the local Gannet-owned station. The station's president and general manager, Janet Mason, said the promotion was due to Geraghty's newsroom leadership and his contributions to the success of the news product... Tim Geraghty promoted (Sun, 12/23)

If you missed Calvin Oratorio Society's production of Handel's "Messiah," in DeVos Hall, you still can enjoy highlights on TV, in your home. WGVU-TV (Channel 35) will air a one-hour version of the production, featuring soloists, Oratorio Society Chorus and Calvin College Orchestra, all conducted by Joel Navarro. The show will air at 9 tonight... Tune in 'Messiah' on WGVU-TV (Sun, 12/23)

Many readers have asked why WOOD-TV's (Channel 8) Rachel Ruiz doesn't appear on weekend newscasts anymore. Rachel no longer is the weekend anchor, but has stayed with the station as a general assignment reporter and anchor for 24 Hour News 8 at noon. Where's Rachel? (Sun, 12/23)

Ten years ago, Jason Terzis' Christmas wasn't filled with presents or eggnog or Santa Claus. Instead it was built around a moving van and a full day of work at his new job at WOOD-TV 8. Terzis had never even set foot in Michigan until he was interviewed by sports director Jack Doles, who was manning the sports desk by himself in December 1997 after the back-to-back departures of Tracy Flesch and Matt Winer. Terzis, then 27 and working in Macon, Ga., soon was hired and quickly filled a U-Haul for the long drive to Grand Rapids... Terzis marks 10 years with WOOD-TV (Fri, 12/21)







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