West Michigan: May 2007 Archives

Grand Haven Tribune:

Grand Haven radio station WGHN (92.1 FM and 1370 AM) is being sold to a Lansing man. WGHN Inc. President and General Manager Bill Struyk announced Monday that he and Vice President Ron Mass are selling their stock to Will Tieman, who owns the Spartan Sports Network and does the play-by-play for Michigan State University men's basketball radio broadcasts. Struyk, 68, and Mass, 59, are currently the only shareholders of WGHN Inc. They bought out four other shareholders in the business in 1997. "It's time retire," Struyk said. "I will be 69 in June, and Ron is ready to hang it up soon, too." The application for transfer of control was filed with the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday... WGHN radio being sold to Lansing man (Tue, 5/1)

Muskegon Chronicle:

Officials at Grand Haven radio station WGHN (92.1 FM, 1370 AM) announced Monday that the station is being sold to Lansing-area broadcaster Will Tieman. WGHN owners Bill Struyk and Ron Mass said the purchase, which was filed Thursday with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington, D.C., will take 60-90 days to complete... Local radio station sold to Lansing firm Tue, 5/1)


Tieman Buys WGHN/Grand Haven, MI
WILLIAM STRUYK and RONALD MASS are selling their stock in WGHN INC., licensee of AC simulcast WGHN-A & F/GRAND HAVEN-MUSKEGON, MI, to MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY football broadcaster WILL TIEMAN for $1.15 million. (Mon, 4/30)


Grand Haven Tribune:

Will Tieman is an unabashed Michigan State University sports fanatic. But his purchase of WGHN (92.1 FM and 1370 AM) doesn't necessarily mean Grand Haven's radio station will soon end its long affiliation with the University of Michigan sports broadcast network. "The contract is in place for one more year," Tieman said in a phone interview Wednesday. "After that, if the community wants its Michigan Wolverines football, we're not going to take it off. "And, no, it's not true we're going to an all green-and-white format," he joked... No MSU sports for WGHN — for now; radio station's new owner runs Spartan Sports Network (Thu, 5/3)

Grand Rapids Press:

Jack Doles has been watching Floyd Mayweather's preparations for his fight Saturday night against Oscar De La Hoya. "Floyd is a very complex character," said the WOOD-TV 8 sports director, who has followed the Grand Rapids native's boxing career since the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. "He's in a spotlight so much bigger than he's ever been in before. Floyd likes the attention and he's doing his part to make this fight as big as it can be"... WOOD-TV sends pair to cover fight (Fri, 5/4)


Grand Rapids Press:

Tim Keisling is program director at MAX-FM (96.1.) In addition, he is mid-afternoon talent and program director at WOOD-FM and also does an on-air shift from midnight to 6 a.m on MAX. Does the guy ever sleep? In charge at MAX since March, Keisling has made some noticeable changes. Disc jockeys are back on the air... Changes at MAX (Tue, 5/8)

Morning on-air personalities Steve and Sabrina and the rest of the staff at WOOD-FM (Star 105.7) raised more than $188,000 for DeVos Children's Hospital during The Children's Miracle Network Radiothon, a significant increase from last year's $151,000. All the money pledged stays in West Michigan for children's services and programs. Speaking of Sabrina, she and Maranda from WOTV (Channel 4) host "In Tune," a one-hour contemporary Christian music show from 7 to 8 a.m. Sundays... WOOD-FM helps hospital (Tue, 5/8)

Think comfort food. Think bacon and eggs, rich whipping cream, meats marinated in butter, barbecue, stuffing and seafood gumbo. Now, think popular radio morning man Kevin Matthews from WLAV-FM (96.9.) Who would have thought Kev is an author of a cookbook -- and is writing another? "In 2001, I wrote and printed my first cookbook," Matthews said. "It is called 'This Book Could Kill You -- Recipes to Die For.' Well, to say the least, it did very well and sold out in one year. ... I said 'yes, let's reprint it' and it is on sale right now in all Meijer stores here in Michigan and coming soon, if not now, in Chicago"... Cooking with Kev (Tue, 5/8)

Muskegon Chronicle:

Judging by the words of Will Tieman, loyal listeners of Grand Haven radio station WGHN (92.1 FM, 1370 AM) can expect broadcast as usual. "We don't have any major changes in mind," said Tieman, who is in the process of buying WGHN from its local longtime owners, William J. Struyk and Ronald Mass. "We're a Grand Haven radio station, and there's no reason to think we would be anything other than that. That's what we want to be. We want to be that station for that city." Struyk and Mass, who have run WGHN since 1983, announced May 1 that they were selling the station to Tieman... New owner plans to keep WGHN local (Tue, 5/8)


Grand Rapids Press:

It's sweeps month in television. The most competitive month on the calendar for local TV affiliates, however, doesn't prevent the sports directors from all three Grand Rapids-based stations -- or local radio personalities -- from joining the same team for one night. The 10th-annual Mentor West Michigan Sports Awards, which takes place Monday night at DeVos Place, is a special event that unites all of them... Awards banquet unites TV, radio personalities (Fri, 5/11)

Grand Haven Tribune:

I have always been fascinated with radio. As a kid, I remember working with my brother to build our own radio in the basement. I was thrilled when it worked. We turned the dial and shouted with glee when we heard broadcasts. It was astonishing to think that this sound just came through the air all around us, like magic. As I grew up, my interest in radio continued. I was more particularly concerned with content, such as finding out about new music and staying informed with news reports... Local radio provides more than one kind of rhythm (Fri, 5/11)


Grand Rapids Press:

I blame Richard Gere. No, not for smooching that Bollywood star in India a few weeks ago and almost getting himself arrested for public display of affection, but for renwed interest in ballroom dancing. It was late 2004 when that adorable movie, "Shall We Dance?" came out. You know, the one in which Gere plays a workaholic whose "whole life changes when the sight of a beautiful dance instructor inspires him to break out of his mold and sign up for ballroom dancing lessons." Six months later, in the summer of 2005, "Dancing with the Stars" foxtrotted across our television screens, eventually luring some 30 million of us to become addicted to the sight of B-list celebs and their exotic partners cha-cha-cha-ing. A coincidence? Now in its third season, "Stars" contestant and former N' Sync-er Joey Fatone has shown he can do a mean Paso Doble. (Well, not as mean as that cute Olympian Apolo Anton Ohno.) There's even a local edition of "Dancing with the Stars." Five Grand Rapids luminaries will swing, rumba and meringue in the 2007 WZZM 13 Dance Off competition on Friday, to raise money for breast cancer research... Dance-off lets GR 'celebs' step up for charity (Sun, 5/13)


Grand Rapids Press:

Broadcast Notes By Colleen Pierson

Thunder morning man settles in

Steve “Scrubs” Stewart is enjoying doing mornings at country radio WTNR-FM (94.5).

“’Scrubs in the Morning’ is a fun, interactive show that is in touch with the interests of the Thunder listener. Our goal every morning is to make the listener the star of the show and to interact in a way that shows we are part of their community,” he said.

He came to Grand Rapids from radio stations in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Auburn Alabama, and enjoys the West Michigan area immensely.

“From Holland to Muskegon and everywhere in West Michigan--I feel like you can do just about anything here. Go to a ball game, camping, head to Meijer Gardens--there is just so much. The other thing I have been really excited about is meeting all of the great Thunder audience. They have all been so inviting and have really made me feel welcomed into the community.”

Scrubs replaced Bud Ford, who is now the program director of Citadel’s WKDF in Nashville TN.

Matthews’ silly string It’s really not such a silly idea at all

Morning man Kevin Matthews from WLAV-FM (96.9) helped our community gather 16,000 cans of silly string for our troops.

“They use the silly string to find wires in combat zones. This project has introduced me to the highest officials in our military. I do know that the 578 and 579th California guard will be using this string and so will others, said Matthews.

Later this year Kev will call upon friends in Hollywood and Chicago to entertain our men and women in combat zones, hospitals, or any area needed.

105.3 HOT FM names new program director

Jack Spade begins his tenure as the new program director of WHTS-FM (105.3) Hot FM “Today’s Hottest Hits”. He most recently worked for Next Media as program director of WQSL-FM and WQZL- FM “The Beat of Carolina” in North Carolina. Jack was born in Kalamazoo. His family relocated to the south several years after he was born. He has a wife and four children.

And settling in nicely, with almost a year under their belts at Hot FM, is the morning team of Dave and Geri. The pair was thrilled to win the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Community Service Award for the first time and it was one of the first awards Hot FM had earned.

“We told Matt Hanlon about two months ago that he had made this feel like ‘our station’ and we're very grateful for the way everyone made us fit right in. Kevin Matthews thinks Dave has too much estrogen on the show, so in trying to get Kevin in the 'estrogen spirit', we've started calling him Karen Matthews. Every day is just kind of like playing on the playground--and we're extremely lucky to work not only with the people on our station, but with all the other stations in our building as well. We're truly blessed to be here,” said Geri Jarvis.


Grand Rapids Press:

The winter Arbitron ratings for West Michigan radio are in. The numbers, for listeners age 12 and older in the Grand Rapids metro area, break out as follows for the top 5: 1) WBCT-FM -- 8.2 2) WOOD-AM -- 7.8 3) WSNX-FM -- 6.6 4) WGRD-FM -- 5.7 5) WLAV-FM -- 5.1 Doug Montgomery, regional vice president and operations manager at WBCT-FM (93.7), said he remains pleased with his station's progress... WBCT tops winter radio ratings (Sun, 5/20)

After more than 31 years in local radio, rock jock Allison Harte has left the airwaves. She is probably best remembered for her tenure at WLAV-FM (96.9), where she worked for 10 years. For the past six years, she had worked at Clear Channel's WBFX-FM (101.3) on the noon-3 p.m. shift. Her resignation was effective Monday, and Harte looks forward to her new role in marketing for River City Slims, a blues nightclub slated to open in mid-July ... On another matter at The Fox, Jack Lawson is no longer program director there. Essick did not say much, but confirmed that Lawson was "no longer with the station"... Rock jock Harte moves into marketing (Sun, 5/20)


Grand Rapids Press:

'Come On Over," the locally produced children's TV show, has been nominated for 10 Michigan Emmy Awards. The show, a co-production of the Grand Rapids Children's Museum and its creator and star, Holland artist and musician Joel Schoon Tanis, debuted in October on WOTV-TV (Channel 4). "We are thrilled with these nominations that validate the amazing efforts of so many talented people who have made this show possible," said Teresa Thome, executive director of the Children's Museum and CEO of Enthusiastic Productions, the company that produces the show. The Michigan Emmy Awards will be presented June 16 in Detroit... 'Come On Over!' up for statewide Emmys (Wed, 5/23)







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