West Michigan: February 2007 Archives

West Michigan: Newsmakers Feb 2, 2007

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Grand Rapids Press:

It's about time the Detroit Tigers got some respect. Lots of it. The Tigers gave fans in Michigan something to shout about throughout a remarkable 2006 season that concluded with a trip to the World Series ... Catching the wave: WHTC-AM (1450) in Holland has reached an agreement with the West Michigan Whitecaps to air 40-50 games featuring the local Class A minor-league baseball club during the upcoming season... Tigers set to hit airwaves -- a lot (Fri, 2/2)



AllAccess.com:

Allan Stagg Kids Fund:
A fund has been set up to educate the children of ALLAN STAGG, who passed away JANUARY 1: THE ALLAN STAGG KIDS FUND, c/o MARSHALL Community Credit Union, 839 West Green Street, MARSHALL, MI 49068. (Fri, 2/2)

 

West Michigan: Newsmakers Feb 9, 2007

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Grand Rapids Press:

X still marks the spot for over-the-air telecast coverage of an impressive lineup of sports properties, including Big Ten men's basketball. But not for much longer. WXSP-TV enters the home stretch of its three-year run as the broadcast home for Big Ten football and men's basketball games in the West Michigan television market. It all comes to an end March 10. The newly formed Big Ten Network has informed WXSP and other over-the-air stations around the state not to bother bidding for the league's telecast package. It will instead start to hoard most of those events for itself, beginning in the fall, when the conference launches its new digital channel on cable and satellite systems... WXSP losing its Big Ten deal (Fri, 2/9)

 

West Michigan: Newsmakers Feb 11, 2007

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Grand Rapids Press:

The stork is visiting many morning teams at local television stations. Lauren Stanton, news anchor at WZZM (Channel 13) is due June 28 ... WXMI (Channel 17) news anchor Amy Turner is due in a couple of weeks ... At WOOD (Channel 8), morning man Brett Thomas' wife, Gina, is due on March 8 ... And finally, Holly Doyle, news anchor at WWMT (Channel 3) is due July 6 with her first child... TV anchors await new arrivals (Sun, 2/11)


Grand Rapids has a new No. 1 radio station: WOOD-AM. In the recent Arbitron, 12-plus ratings category, WOOD-AM (1300) has toppled sister station WBCT-FM (93.7). "The local shows drove this," said Phil Tower. "I am so proud of (morning guys) Gary Allen, John Matlak and (mid-morning hosts) Rick Beckett and Scott Winters. We are kind of like the Rodney Dangerfield of morning radio -- we get more respect now"... WOOD-AM 1300 takes lead in ratings (Sun, 2/11)


A locally produced television special hosted by Maranda of WOTV (Channel 41) and Eva Aguirre Cooper of WOOD (Channel 8) will examine teenage drinking. "Connect on the Rocks: The Epidemic of Teen Drinking" airs at 7 p.m. Thursday on WOTV and 6:30 p.m. Saturday on WOOD. TV special probes teen drinking (Sun, 2/11)

 

West Michigan: Newsmakers Feb 12, 2007

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Grand Rapids Press:

Kim Carson has made radio her career. She has been on the air since she was 16 and can be heard on WLHT-FM (95.7) where, for the past three years, she has been holding down the midday shift (9 a.m.-2 p.m.). She also is an author, having penned "Essence of Life: A Compilation of Inspiration and Poem"... WLHT personality is a poet, too (Mon, 2/12)


Craig James, WOOD-TV (Channel 8) weather forecaster, has been awarded the prestigious Silver Circle Award from the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, given to distinguished individuals who have made significant contributions to television for at least 25 years. James and his wife, Marcie, will attend the Feb. 25 awards presentation in Detroit. Ken Kolbe, assistant general manager at WGVU-TV (Channel 35), also was awarded a Silver Circle. Kolbe, who worked at WZZM-TV (Channel 13) for 15 years as a reporter, editor and news director, has been at WGVU since 1995... Weatherman, WGVU boss win awards (Mon, 2/12)

 

West Michigan: Newsmakers Feb 14, 2007

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WZZM-TV:

You may have to find another way to get your Tigers fix this season. WMFN 640 AM radio says they will not broadcast Detroit Tigers Baseball in West Michigan. WMFN's Tyrone Bynum says he does not want to comment on where the Tigers will go. Rob Matwick, VP of Communications for the Tigers says if WMFN does opt out of carrying Tigers games one other local station has expressed interest in signing a contract to air the games this season. WOOD AM radio, who was a source for Tigers related broadcast's discontinued airing games sometime ago... Tigers looking for new home on Radio in West Michigan (Tue, 2/13)

 

West Michigan: Newsmakers Feb 16, 2007

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Grand Rapids Press:

The Detroit Tigers, dropped from the programming lineup at WMFN-AM (640) this week, didn't need long to find a new broadcast home in the Grand Rapids radio market. Classic rock station WLAV-FM (96.9) has reached an agreement with flagship outlet WXYT-AM (1270) in Detroit to air Tigers baseball through 2009, officials from both stations said Thursday. WMFN dropped the team Tuesday. General manager Tyrone Bynum said he "couldn't afford" to continue to air Tigers games. "It never turned into dollars. The business community never supported them," Bynum said. Citadel Broadcasting, the parent company that owns and operates WLAV, will pay "a nominal rights fee" to air each of the ballclub's games throughout its 162-game schedule, said Matt Hanlon, the company's Midwest regional president. WLAV will air night and weekend games, and sister station WBBL will pick up 19 midweek matinee games... WLAV-FM strikes deal to air Tigers games (Fri, 2/16)

 

West Michigan: Newsmakers Feb 23, 2007

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Grand Rapids Press:

Jim Lutton, WWMT-TV 3 vice president and general manager, sounded like a man who had just matched the winning Lotto numbers upon learning he'd acquired the local telecast rights to Detroit Tigers contests this season. Lutton, on the job since November, has secured the rights to 17 telecasts involving the Tigers, who advanced to the World Series last season. The secondary package, which is being produced and distributed by FSN Detroit, includes a pair of games scheduled to air on the local CBS affiliate and 15 more set to air on the CW affiliate, which is a WWMT sister station in the West Michigan market... Tigers find home on WWMT, CW (Fri, 2/23)



Kalamazoo Gazette:

Diane Rehm, host of a popular National Public Radio talk show that attracts the world's top newsmakers, will give a free public lecture at Western Michigan University on March 13. Rehm's talk will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the East Ballroom of the Bernhard Center... NPR talk-show host Diane Rehm to speak at WMU (Fri, 2/23)

 

West Michigan: Newsmakers Feb 25, 2007

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Grand Rapids Press:

Dustin Yoder found himself doing weird tasks, working crazy hours with lots of weekends spent paying his dues in the promotions department at a locally owned Regent radio station. All in hopes of breaking into the broadcast business. "Promotions assistants are a notch above worms," the 23-year-old joked. But it's all about paying your dues, especially in the radio and TV world, where many graduating college students who studied in communications want the glory of being the on-air anchor in television news or sports, or the highly paid morning drive radio talent... Broadcast: Big break requires paying dues (Sun, 2/25)

 

West Michigan: Newsmakers Feb 26, 2007

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Muskegon Chronicle:

Even when he was a youngster growing up in Muskegon Heights, Paul Allen Billings dreamed of being on radio. On some days his bicycle would just sort of steer itself over to the WQWQ studio on Peck Street. There on the sidewalk, straddling his bike, he would stare through the window, captivated by the disc jockey working the mike inside. Did the deejay ever stare back?... Muskegon's black radio stations find community of waiting ears (Mon, 2/26)


Wherever there's a path, someone had to break the trail. On Muskegon's radio airwaves, that someone was Mattie Wesley Davis. It was Les Edwards. It was Saranto "Shabadoo" Waller. Davis, better known as "Mother Davis," was the Jackie Robinson of local broadcasting. In 1947, the same year that Robinson first tugged on a Dodger uniform, Davis broke in with a Sunday morning show on Muskegon's WMUS... They broke the color barrier of the air (Mon, 2/26)



AllAccess.com:

Paul Boscarino Joins Regent/Grand Rapids As Dir./Sales: PAUL BOSCARINO joins REGENT COMMUNICATIONS/GRAND RAPIDS as Dir./Sales after a decade long run at CLEAR CHANNEL/GRAND RAPIDS in the same capacity. PAUL told ALL ACCESS, "When my 10-year position as the DOS for CC/GRAND RAPIDS was eliminated as part of the restructuring leading up to the sale, REGENT was at the top of a very short list I compiled of broadcasting companies I wanted to work for because of their quality operation here and the respect I formed for BILL STAKELIN dating back to when he re-energized the RAB. Upon arrival, I quickly discovered what a truly terrific company REGENT is, and I am very happy to be part of it." (Mon, 2/26)

 

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