West Michigan: April 2007 Archives

Grand Rapids Press:

Spring break sometimes means trips to museums and parks with moms and dads. For those staying home this week, some special friends are inviting you to come on over -- and you don't even have to leave home. "Come On Over!" the children's TV show co-produced by the Grand Rapids Children's Museum, will be seen every day this week on WOTV-TV (Channel 41)... Local show airs daily for break week (Sun, 4/1)

According to the February ratings book, WOOD-TV (Channel 8) continues to dominate as the local television news leader in all newscasts. The station has the highest ratings in all news time periods... WOOD-TV newscasts lead ratings (Sun, 4/1)

The spring's first Hat Trick Concert Series show was a record-breaker. Pete Bruinsma, music director for WYCE-FM (88.1) reports the station collected $2,500 in donations at Monday night's concert by folk-rock's Amy Speace and the Tearjerks, more than doubling the previous high... Hat Trick show scores (Sun, 4/1)

Raquel Segerra (a.k.a. Riley) was the morning show producer/talent for one year on WSNX-FM's (104.5) Puddin's Playhouse. "She is not with the company right now but has offers all over the country," said Eric O'Brien (EOB) program/Web content director and on-air talent (2-7 p.m.). Riley's replacement is Angie Vuyst, who has worked in a variety of capacities for Clear Channel radio for 8 years... Changes at WSNX, WMAX (Sun, 4/1)

Add another station to the list for nationally syndicated, "Free Beer and Hot Wings." This time, it's on Maverick Rock WDRK (99.9) in Eau Claire, Wis., which debuted the program last week... Wisconsin gets 'Beer and Wings' (Sun, 4/1)


Grand Rapids Press:

It's a confident clubhouse. The Detroit Tigers open the baseball season with a sense of accomplishment after their appearance in the World Series last season. No other American League team can make that claim. "There's a swagger about them," FSN Detroit play-by-play broadcaster Mario Impemba said of the Tigers during the final week of spring training in Lakeland, Fla. "There's a quiet confidence about them. They know they're good"... FSN ready to ride Tigers bandwagon (Mon, 4/2)


Grand Rapids Press:

In an attempt to further raise the profile of its football basketball programs, the Grand Valley State athletic department felt it needed to find a new local radio partner. The search didn't take long. A week after terminating its relationship with WBBL-AM (1340), GVSU has struck a partnership with Clear Channel Radio of Grand Rapids that makes WMAX-FM (96.1) the new flagship station for football and basketball... WMAX to air football, men's basketball games (Fri, 4/6)


Grand Rapids Press:

Radio is changing right before our ears. So far, it's subtle. But it's happening, and soon enough, it might alter how we listen to the radio, in West Michigan and everywhere else. High-definition radio has started its takeover of the industry. Most West Michigan stations have been broadcasting in HD for months, if not years, and as HD radios are becoming more widely available, listeners soon will notice the differences. First is digital broadcasting with CD-quality sound. Second, and perhaps more important, is the possibility for each station to carry up to two secondary channels... Highly defined: Digital radio brings extra channels (Mon, 4/16)

With a new general manager and news director on board, changes are continually being made at WWMT-TV (Channel 3). WWMT expanded the morning newscast to three hours, from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m., including two seven-minute segments from the CBS Morning Show at 7:20 and 7:45 a.m... Channel 3 beefs up morning newscast (Mon, 4/16)

Andy Pepper, new weekend sports anchor at Channel 3 , spent his first week on the job covering the Detroit Tigers' opening day... New sports anchor checks out Tigers (Mon, 4/16)

Many West Michigan residents returned from their spring vacations in tropical climates to low temperatures in the ever-changing Michigan weather... How to read the Weather Ball (Mon, 4/16)


Spade Named PD At WHTS/Grand Rapids:
CITADEL Top 40/Mainstream WHTS (HOT 105.3)/GRAND RAPIDS has a new PD, with former WQSL & WZKL/GREENVILLE-NEW BERN, NC PD JACK SPADE taking over PD duties. SPADE's first day is today (4/16). (Mon, 4/16)



The Secret Service is serious about protecting the president. Just ask WOOD Radio's Rick Beckett and Scott Winters. The talk show hosts apologized Friday for an earlier remark in a discussion about the Virginia Tech gunman. Their discussion included the thought the media made a celebrity of Cho Seung Hui. Beckett reportedly said a crazy person in Grand Raoids could make a name for himself by shooting at the president. That brought the Secret Service to WOOD Radio... Radio remark brings Secret Service (Fri, 4/20)


Grand Rapids Press:

Michelle McKormick has been busy since being fired from WKRK-FM (97.1) in Detroit on Christmas. She was well-known in our area as the morning co-host at Clear Channel's WVTI-FM (96.1), now WMAX-FM. "I've been doing shows all over the country (voiced from studios in Grand Rapids). Been offered jobs in California, Las Vegas and The Playboy Channel. I'm just waiting for the right thing," she said... McKormick staying busy, eyeing job prospects (Sun, 4/22)

Gerry Barnaby, feature reporter and public relations man, has found new challenges since he was fired from WOTV/WOOD in December. Listeners can hear him every Saturday on WLHT-FM (95.7) from 7 to 10 a.m. with John Gonzalez, Entertainment editor at The Press... Gerry Barnaby branching out (Sun, 4/22)

Mary Eileen Lyon, former news anchor for WZZM-TV and WWMT-TV (Channel 3) and current assistant vice president for news and information services at Grand Valley State University, continues to be an award winner. She has won four Videographer Awards, an international awards program directed by communication professionals to honor those who are raising the standards in the industry... Former anchor wins videography awards (Sun, 4/22)

WZZM-TV (Channel 13) on-air promotional spots for 13 XRad 3-D weather leave some of us confused. What exactly is 3-D weather? Chief meteorologist George Lessens explains: "It is the first 3-D radar display in Grand Rapids, giving you a three-dimensional look inside a storm. Like a 'CAT scan,' we can slice through severe weather, revealing the most accurate 3-D view of a thunderstorm"... 3-D weather delivers slices of storms (Sun, 4/22)


Kalamazoo Gazette:

The station's spot on the radio dial is still the same: 106.5 FM. But a long-standing identity crisis has led Midwest Communications to change WQLR's call letters -- the alphabetical identifier used by radio and television stations -- to WVFM. ``Nothing was wrong with the original call letters,'' said Station Manager Peter Tanz, ``except when it came time for the Arbitron ratings, which track how many listeners you have.'' Subscribing to Arbitron is strictly voluntary. ``The incentive,'' Tanz said, ``is that the higher a station's ratings, the more attractive they become to advertisers, which subsequently affects a station's profitability margin''... dentity crisis on the radio (Wed, 4/25)


Grand Rapids Press:

Meringue and salsa don't just mean foods to me anymore. Now, they conjure up images of a group of dedicated professional and amateur dancers getting ready for the local benefit called WZZM 13 Dance Off. The event begins at 8 p.m. May 18 at the Crowne Plaza Grand Rapids, 5700 28th St. SE. Tickets are $25 and available at wzzm13.com. Proceeds go to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization. WZZM-TV (Channel 13) will air a special at 7 p.m. May 22, and the "Take Five" program will feature behind-the-scenes footage May 14-18... Dance Off benefit/contest keeps media on toes (Sun, 4/29)







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