West Michigan: March 2007 Archives

Grand Rapids Press:

Thumbs up: The Rampage have assembled a fantastic radio team for the upcoming season. Joe Parson returns for his 10th consecutive season of play-by-play, beginning with Sunday's opener at Colorado on WBFX-FM (101.3). Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Herman Moore debuts as an analyst for all eight home games, including Thursday night's matchup against Las Vegas at Van Andel Arena ... Breaking up: The Grand Valley State University athletic department is searching for a new radio home after ending its relationship with WBBL-AM (1340) and WMFN-AM (640). It terminated its agreement with the two local stations Wednesday due to repeated programming conflicts with Michigan State University football games that forced Lakers football to be pre-empted... Channel chatter (Fri, 3/2)


Grand Rapids Press:

As always, WGVU-TV (Channel 35) is on the hunt for donations of items for its annual auction -- but this year's event is going to be much different. Gone are the days of the lights, camera and action of live auctioneering. The auction is moving online ... Shelley Irwin, host of WGVU's radio morning show (9-11 a.m weekdays), earned a master's degree and practiced for 15 years as a physical therapist before getting into broadcast journalism. "I took the risk six years ago, attending the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts and getting my feet very wet at WJR radio and WXYZ-TV in Detroit," she said. Now, she is a four-time winner of the Gracie Allen Award from American Women in Radio and Television for Individual Achievement as program host. Irwin was selected from a record-breaking number of entries based on her entry's high quality in writing, production and programming... WGVU-TV moving annual auction online (Sun, 3/4)

"Come On Over," the locally produced children's TV show, has made its mark in the Nielsen ratings of TV viewership. The show that debuted in October on WOTV (Channel 41), an ABC affiliate, made its first appearance in November in diaries kept by viewers and beat out two other kids' shows on FOX-TV and CBS-TV in its 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning time slot... Kids show gets kudos (Sun, 3/4)



Donny Osmond Show Added In Grand Rapids:
"8 Track Playback With DONNY OSMOND" adds REGENT Oldies WFGR/GRAND RAPIDS to its affiliate list. The daily vignette debuts in AC, Oldies, and Classic Hits versions on APRIL 1. Sample the demo at www.8trackplayback.com. (Thu, 3/8)


Grand Rapids Press:

Bill Simonson still recalls the suspicious looks and disparaging responses he got from a couple of local radio executives upon his return to Grand Rapids in search of a fresh start to his career more than five years ago. He was told he'd never be accepted here. His opinionated brand of cutting-edge sports talk, which helped propel him to a stint with ESPN-AM (1000) in Chicago, would be much too ribald and much too controversial for a homespun region like West Michigan... 'Huge Show: Sunday Edition' goes national (Fri, 3/9)

Kalamazoo Gazette:

A free public lecture by popular National Public Radio personality Diane Rehm, which had been set for March 13 at Western Michigan University, has been rescheduled to April 2. A bout of pneumonia forced the 70-year-old talk show host to postpone public speaking engagements for a few weeks... NPR host's talk moved to April 2 (Thu, 3/8)


Grand Rapids Press:

The Grand Rapids Symphony is coming to PBS-TV. "Invention & Alchemy," the show featuring harpist Deborah Henson-Conant and the orchestra, will air at 8 p.m. Wednesday on WGVU-TV (Channel 35) as part of the station's annual spring pledge drive... Symphony to appear on PBS (Sun, 3/11)


Grand Rapids Press:

It was a truly extraordinary way to say thanks. To show gratitude to WBCT-FM (93.7) and its listeners, one of the biggest acts in country music, Big & Rich, delivered a free acoustic show Monday evening in The Intersection. The multiplatinum duo -- comprising Kenny Alphin and John Rich -- has embarked on a special 10-city tour, performing in radio markets that helped launch and support its career, and Grand Rapids was the lucky first stop... Free show (and beer) lets fans feel Big & Rich (Tue, 3/13)


WFGR Adds Tom Kent's 'Classic Top 40'
REGENT Oldies WFGR/GRAND RAPIDS will begin airing TKO RADIO NETWORK's "Classic Top 40 Weeknights," hosted by TOM KENT, on MONDAY (3/19). PD LEN O'KELLY said, "WFGR is all about having fun, and TOM's show makes me remember when radio was fun. I expect he'll be a hit with our nighttime listeners." (Wed, 3/14)

WAY-FM Passes 100 Signals
WAY-FM MEDIA GROUP COO LLOYD PARKER announced yesterday (3/13) that WAY-FM now airs on over 100 signals, with two recent CHRISTIAN HIT RADIO SATELLITE NETWORK (CHRSN) affiliate signings, Christian CHR WONU/CHICAGO and Christian AC WJQK (JQ 99.3)/GRAND RAPIDS. “These are two great radio stations, and we’re excited to expand into these new cities,” said CHRSN GM FARON DICE. Although WONU is new to CHRSN, WWJQ is a previous affiliate. WJQK GM TROY WEST said that the station has “received a lot of response to bring TOTAL AXXESS back to JQ-99.” (Wed, 3/14)


Niles' WNIL flips to talk

WNIL AM 1290 Niles has reportedly changed its format from adult standards to syndicated talk. Earlier this year, the station ended its local-based news and talk programs in favor of all satellite fed music.

Grand Rapids Press:

Local ABC affiliate WZZM-TV (Channel 13) has announced participants for its second "Dancing with the Stars" local edition. Those brave enough to participate include WZZM anchor Juliet Dragos, WLAV-FM's Kevin Matthews, WLHT-FM morning personality Nanette, Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Bernard Taylor... Local 'celebrities' to dance with local 'stars' (Sun, 3/18)

Female country duo Bomshel was the toast of B-93's 2006 Birthday Bash outdoor concert and performed last fall to an enthusiastic crowd at The Intersection. Singer Buffy Lawson and fiddle player Kristy O. return Saturday night to the 'Section... Birthday Bash favorites return (Sun, 3/18)

Doug Montgomery of WBCT-FM (93.7) has been named one of the top country program directors in the country by Radio Ink Magazine... Magazine lauds Montgomery (Sun, 3/18)

WOOD-TV (Channel 8) producer Joy Wellington is being recognized with a Gracie Allen award for Individual Achievement as a News Producer in a Series or Special. For 10 years, Wellington has served as executive producer of community affairs for WOOD, WOTV (Channel 4) and WXSP (Channel 15)... WOOD producer honored (Sun, 3/18)

Talk about more exposure for regional and emerging bands. Community radio station WYCE-FM (88.1) will up the musical ante by launching two free concert series within the next week -- the ever-popular Hat Trick Concert Series with emerging talent at One Trick Pony and a new set of performances spotlighting Michigan bands as part of the station's spring fund drive. The 12 fund-drive concerts -- which begin at 7:15 p.m. Monday with a performance by Grand Rapids string band Nobody's Darlin' -- will continue nightly through March 29... WYCE launches two free concert series (Sun, 3/18)


Max FM Grand Rapids refocuses

WMAX-FM 96.1 Grand Rapids has returned to a Hot Adult Contemporary format after about 17 months with an attempt at Variety Hits 'We Play It All'. Prior to the October 2005 shift, 96.1 had an Hot AC format as "I-96" since 1999.

"The New Max 96.1" features artists such as Chris Daughtry, Sheryl Crow, the Pussycat Dolls, The Fray, and Mat Kearney.

Radio & Records:

Clear Channel adult hits WMAX (96.1 Max-FM)/Grand Rapids PD Jack Lawson lets go of the reins to concentrate on programming his other baby, classic rock WBFX (101.3 the Fox), and WOOD PD Tim Kiesling extends his broadcast day to now include programming Max. Kiesling also introduces air talent to Max, putting local boys Todd Michaels, Hollywood and Doug On Demand on-air, as well as Tony Travatto, PD of CC sister KXXM/San Antonio. (Wed, 3/21)


Justice Gets WOOD For Weekends:
CLEAR CHANNEL Talk WOOD-A/GRAND RAPIDS fill-in host JUSTICE adds weekend duties with "THE SHOW WITH JUSTICE," SATURDAY afternoons. JUSTICE, the former WKLQ /GRAND RAPIDS, WKLS (96 ROCK) and WMAX (REAL RADIO)/ATLANTA and KCXX (X103.9)/SAN BERNARDINO personality, is still on the lookout for his next fulltime gig; check him out at fmjustice.typepad.com. (Tue, 3/20)


Morning co-host/producer Couture (aka Riley) exits from Clear Channel CHR WSNX/Grand Rapids. In Brief (Tue, 3/20)


Grand Rapids Press:

You wanna be a sportscaster? The local sports leader is preparing to make that dream come true through a "Sportscaster Idol" contest on WBBL-AM (1340), beginning next week. Bret Bakita, WBBL program director and host of "On the Bench" weekdays from 10 a.m. until noon, is conducting a talent search to find someone who'd like to experience calling the play-by-play of a real game on the radio station... Are you the next 'Sportscaster Idol'? (Fri, 3/23)


Grand Rapids Press:

Program director and morning show talent Len O'Kelly of WFGR-FM (Oldies 98.7) has the right idea: "We are getting rid of satellite-delivered ABC programming and going all local," he said. The changes started bright and early Monday. The music mix is different, most on-air talent's been changed, new jingles jangle the air waves and localism is the name of the game. "It will sound like a brand new station," O'Kelly said... Oldies station goes local (Sun, 3/15)

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters gave out its 2006 Broadcast Excellence "Station of the Year" awards on March 14 in Lansing. The awards are based on the cumulative number of points scored from the broadcast excellence competition's 13 categories. WOOD-TV (Channel 8) received its fifth consecutive Station of the Year award from MAB... WOOD-TV named station of the year (Sun, 3/15)

Tune in to WLHT-FM (95.7) from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturdays to hear John Gonzalez, Press Entertainment Editor and creator of Gonzo's Top 5, and Gerry Barnaby, former reporter at WOOD-TV (Channel 8) and WOTV (Channel 4) on their new radio show. This weekend marks their fourth program, and their on-air rapport has been great fun... 'Barnaby & Gonzo' take to the air (Sun, 3/25)

GVSU documentary to air on PBS (Sun, 3/25)



Angie Joins Puddin' For WSNX Wakeups:
CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WSNX/GRAND RAPIDS PD ERIC O'BRIEN didn't have to go farther than weekender ANGIE VUYST, who is also the APD at sister N/T WOOD-A, to fill the morning co-host slot with PUDDIN'. ANGIE replaced RILEY, who left last week. (Mon, 3/26)

Wisconsin Loves Free Beer & Hot Wings:
The syndicated FREE BEER & HOT WINGS SHOW debuted on MAVERICK Rock WDRK (99.9 THE CARP)/EAU CLAIRE, WI last week. “This is a great opportunity for us at another great station. I can’t believe we’re on one station, much less this many,” said HOT WINGS. Look for more announcements of new stations in the coming weeks. (Mon, 3/26)


Grand Rapids Press:

I've put together my third-annual list of the most powerful sports broadcasting professionals in the West Michigan area. The definition of powerful? It is open to interpretation, but I considered on-air personalities, programming chiefs and front-office executives in TV and radio. 1. Matt Hanlon: Midwest region president of Citadel Broadcasting keeps pumping up the volume on local sports programming... Sports TV, radio personalities ranked 1 to 20 (Fri, 3/30)







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