West Michigan: June 2007 Archives

Grand Rapids Press:

Helen DeVos Children's Hospital and WOTV-TV (Channel 41) are teaming up for the 18th annual Celebration Telethon broadcasting live from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today. WOTV and WOOD-TV (Channel 8) personalities Maranda, Eva Aguirre Cooper and meteorologists Bill Steffen and Terri DeBoer will host the Celebration. They will be joined by radio partners, Gary Allen of WOOD-AM (1300) and Steve and Sabrina of WOOD-FM ( 105.7)... Telethon benefits hospital (Sun, 6/3)

Rumors abound concerning the possible sale of WOOD, WOTV and WXSP-TV, which are owned and operated by LIN TV Corp. Courtney Guertin, public relations specialist for LIN, said they're all just rumors at the moment... Still just rumors (Sun, 6/3)

Susan Samples, former reporter for WOOD-TV, was spotted back on the air waves last week. Patti McGettigan, the station's news director, clarified Samples' on-air return... Pressed into service (Sun, 6/3)

Kristi Andersen, education reporter and weekend morning co-anchor for WOOD-TV, is moving to another broadcast market... Andersen moves on (Sun, 6/3)



WKFR Adds Matt Walker To Morning Show
MATT WALKER has been tapped as co-host for the morning show at CUMULUS Top 40 WKFR/KALAMAZOO. MATT’s a 10-year veteran in WEST MICHIGAN radio and was most recently in afternoons at CITADEL Country WTNR (THUNDER 94.5)/GRAND RAPIDS before relocating to KALAMAZOO last year with his wife. He joins SHELLY RAY on the show just in time to send her on the roof for KFR’s "Roofsit." SHELLY RAY will be living on a roof through SATURDAY to help raise money in the fight against child abuse in WEST MICHIGAN. Last year’s event garnered over $150,000 in donations during the "sit." (Wed, 6/6)


Grand Rapids Press:

This performance commands attention. First, it's a fundraiser presented Monday by Circle Theatre benefiting the nonprofit organization Mixed Greens -- growing kids who grow gardens. Second, it's a one-man show with two personas by Tim Cusack. Called "One Moment Please," it focuses on key moments in life -- funny, unexpected, meaningful and poignant... Kevin Matthews sidekick in one-man show (Sun, 6/10)

The afternoon airwaves at WTNR-FM (94.5, Thunder Country) sound a little different. Ditch Cooper, formerly a part-timer for Thunder, is the new guy bringing listeners home from 3 to 7 p.m. daily... Ditch Cooper new WTNR afternoon DJ (Sun, 6/10)

Muskegon's WSHZ-FM (107.9) is giving one lucky couple everything they need for their wedding -- if they're fast enough to outrace others down the "aisle." Ten couples will compete -- in wedding garb -- in a footrace at Great Lakes Downs at 7:30 p.m. June 16... Contest is a race to the altar (Sun, 6/10)



Brandon Lacic is resigning as editor of the Sentinel-Standard to take a job as a television news producer. Lacic, who has worked at the Ionia newspaper for six years, including 1 1/2 years as editor, was hired by WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids. Lacic oversees the daily operation of the Sentinel-Standard newsroom, its editorial content and the company's Web site... Ionia newspaper editor stepping down to accept job at WOOD-TV (Wed, 6/13)


Dowagiac Daily News

When Chris Cole operated a family-oriented Niles video store six years ago, it led to JC Advertising, but he didn't see that developing into running a radio station, let alone two completely different formats in another town. Yet here he is in Dowagiac at Oldies Radio (WGTO 910 AM), which streams live 24 hours a day on the Internet at www.WGTORadio.com, with plans to use WDOW's 1440 AM frequency for not only Fox Sports Radio, as Joe Jason did, but also live sports talk "so we can bring local students and coaches on from area schools to talk about what's going on with their programs"... Local radio bounces back (Fri, 6/16)


Grand Rapids Press:

It's that time of year again. The temperatures outside are beginning to rise, and West Michigan country-music fans are coming down with what has become known as "Bash Fever." Of course, we're talking about the B-93 Birthday Bash, the annual free concert put on by local country radio station WBCT-FM (93.7) to celebrate its existence and to thank its loyal listening audience. B-93 threw the first Birthday Bash on July 24, 1993 (exactly a year after the country station took to the air), which featured Sawyer Brown, Joe Diffie and Robert Ellis Orrall. It drew an estimated 30,000 fans, and the event has grown enormously, in crowd size and the number of acts on the bill... Count on changes as Birthday Bash turns 15 (Sun, 6/17)

To mark the 15th anniversary of Birthday Bash, B-93 staffers share their favorite memories... The best Bash? B-93 staff reminisces (Sun, 6/17)

Nick Alan remembers the night he and his younger brother, Chris, stayed overnight in the studios of Grand Rapids radio station WCUZ-FM, where their father, Brent, was on the air. Brent Alan was hosting the 7 p.m.-midnight shift on WCUZ (now WBFX-FM), which had a country music format at the time. At midnight, the announcer that was scheduled to come in failed to show up, so Brent had to stay on the air until 5 a.m. the next day. Brent planned on calling the boys' mother, Christine, to pick them up. But 8-year-old Nick and 5-year-old Chris begged their father to let them stay so they could sleep on the blue leather couch in the station's lobby... Thunder 94.5 host, 19, picked up tips from dad (Sun, 6/17)

Longtime morning radio personality Geri Jarvis has been off the air at WHTS-FM (105.3) for at least two weeks now, dealing with some health issues. Out of respect for her privacy, station management is not giving more detail... Geri Jarvis off the air (Sun, 6/17)

What do an "Australian Outback Survivor" cast member," a host who worked the red carpet for the TV Guide Channel and the new morning and noon weekday anchor at WWMT-TV (Channel 3) have in common? They are the same person. In addition to his lengthy and impressive resume, Jeff Varner has a "great personality" and is a "terrific anchor," said James Lutton, Channel 3's general manager. Varner will begin in late June and will replace Mike Bridges, who will remain as a weekend anchor and reporter as well as doing fill-in work for News 3... Ex-'Survivor' contestant daytime anchor at WWMT (Sun, 6/17)

Former Fox 17 investigative reporter David Bailey will return to West Michigan later this month as the new shoreline/Grand Rapids reporter for WWMT. He replaces Natalie Shepherd... Reporter David Bailey back at WWMT (Sun, 6/17)

In other WWMT news, Kate Tillotson has been named the new morning reporter. She comes to Kalamazoo via CBS-affiliate WRDW-TV (Channel 12) in Augusta, Ga., where she served as an anchor/reporter... Channel 3 names reporter (Sun, 6/17)


Grand Rapids Press:

B-93 Birthday Bash will mark its 15th anniversary with outstanding country music and comfort. That's what organizers from sponsoring radio station WBCT-FM (93.7) are saying about B-93's annual free concert for fans at the Ionia Fairgrounds. For the second year in a row, B-93 has expanded the concert to include two full days, Saturday and Sunday, and will feature performances by headlining stars Dierks Bentley and Sara Evans, as well as several newcomers, including The Wreckers, Bucky Covington, Luke Bryan and Whiskey Falls...B-93 Birthday Bash is country comfortable (Thu, 6/21)

Crowd-loving, heat-seeking country-music fans get their fix this weekend when the 15th annual B-93 Birthday Bash hits Ionia for two days of free music. Here are some survival tips... A Birthday Bash tip sheet (Thu, 6/21)


Grand Rapids Press:

At 6-foot, 4-inches tall and 245 pounds, the guy with the Drew Carey glasses and haircut could be a one-man buffer zone between fans and performers at the annual B-93 Birthday Bash. He's also "the enforcer" on a men's hockey team and has the penalty minutes to prove it, but Doug Montgomery doesn't work crowd control. You're more likely to find him backstage glad-handing performers and making sure the annual country music festival this weekend in Ionia flows as smoothly as a drawn-out note from a steel guitar. Montgomery, 40, is the pit boss who oversees the free country music festival. It's probably the most visible part of his job as program director for West Michigan's top-rated radio station, WBCT-FM (93.7), known to listeners as B-93... Profile: B-93's Doug Montgomery (Sun, 6/24)

The B-93 Birthday Bash turned 15 Saturday on a beautiful, sun-drenched day with temperatures near 80 degrees. Traffic and crowd problems were minimal as about 65,000 people gathered at Ionia Fairgrounds for the annual free country music concert with headliner Dierks Bentley... Beautiful day for a Bash (Sun, 6/24)


Grand Rapids Press:

Speculation has been running rampant for several weeks now that Hot-FM's husband and wife team Dave Jagger and Geri Jarvis would soon be off the air at WHTS-FM (105.3). Today, the duo was off the air. And "it's doubtful they will be coming back," said Christina Elsenbroek, of Citadel Broadcasting. Producer and daughter Casey Ann is on vacation, and Jagger is staying home with Jarvis, who is battling some undisclosed health issues, Elsenbroek said... Dave and Geri off the air (Wed, 6/27)


Grand Rapids Press:

In the past decade, Brian Nelson has embarked on a career path that featured stints at radio stations WJQK-FM (99.3) and WAYG-FM (89.9), where he helped turn contemporary Christian music into a significant format on the local scene. He's now following a new path in broadcasting. Nelson, 34, has pulled into the fast lane as a producer for the syndicated Motor Racing Network, leaving behind his gig as WJQK music director and afternoon host... Local broadcaster heads to Motor Racing Network (Fri, 6/29)







Home Page | Contact | Station Listings | History | Links

Search | About | Shop | Sitemap | Weather



Twitter Facebook E-mail Feed


About this Archive

This page is a archive of entries in the West Michigan category from June 2007.

West Michigan: May 2007 is the previous archive.

West Michigan: July 2007 is the next archive.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.