West Michigan: July 2007 Archives

Grand Rapids Press:

Medical breakthroughs, local and national health headlines, early disease detection and healthy eating and exercising tips are just a few topics that will be featured in a new Sunday morning health program on WZZM-TV (Channel 13). The 30-minute program, "Healthy You." is hosted by Valerie Lego, health reporter and weekend anchor, and airs at 11 a.m... WZZM adds Sunday a.m. health show (Mon, 7/2)

WGVU-TV and radio volunteer George McKellar helps out at the stations for the sheer joy of it. He didn't expect to receive the Pioneer Award from the Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters for his efforts... WGVU volunteer honored (Mon, 7/2)

Joe Stokes had been out of radio for six years when he received a phone call one night from David Roper, a co-worker at the former WEVS-FM. Roper asked if the two former air personalities could get together to discuss an idea he had. "He came over and said, 'I have an idea and wanted to get your input,'" said Stokes, who was a nighttime air personality at the former oldies station from 1990 to 2001. Roper proposed creating an Internet radio station with virtually the same format as WEVS, a Saugatuck-based station on air at 92.7 FM from 1987 until 2001, when owner Chris Conrad sold the station to Midwest Communications of Wausau, Wis. The station's format was later changed to classic rock and its call letters became WYVN ("The Van.") Stokes agreed to become one of the on-air voices behind the venture, Lakeshoreradio.net, with Roper being the other... Internet radio station targets oldies fans (Sun, 7/1)



WJQK Hosts 40K-Plus At July 4 Celebration
LANSER Christian AC WJQK/GRAND RAPIDS had its annual CELEBRATION FREEDOM FEST yesterday (7/4) at an area park off LAKE MICHIGAN. Attendance estimates ranged between 40,000 to 50,000 people. The free event featured local bands, carnival games, food and a fireworks show. A 2007 HARLEY DAVIDSON and brand-new hot tub were given away. (Thu, 7/5)


Grand Rapids Press:

The event was huge. And personnel from West Michigan television stations' won big. Michigan Emmy awards were presented last month in Detroit's Gem Theater. "Come On Over," the locally produced children's TV show, received six awards. Other local winners... Michigan Emmys presented (Sun, 7/8)

The spring ratings book for television is in. The May 2007 Nielsen ratings show WOOD-TV (Channel 8) is watched for news and weather by more West Michigan viewers than any other local news station and is No. 1 in all newscast times.,, WOOD-TV news tops May Nielsens (Sun, 7/8)



Two area radio stations are holding benefits for Kailey Ann Kozminski, the 3-year-old daughter of slain GRPD officer Bob Kozminski. Thursday night, B-93 will hold a benefit concert at The Intersection after the Tim McGraw/Faith Hill show at Van Andel Arena ... WGRD's Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show will broadcast live from 5/3 Ballpark Friday night beginning at 5 p.m., before the Whitecaps game against Beloit begins at 7 p.m. They'll be collecting donations, and the fund will be administered by The Thin Blue Line of Michigan... Radio stations hold benefits for officer's daughter (Wed, 7/11)


Grand Rapids Press:

Meteorologist Joe Sullivan is heading home. In early August, he will leave WOOD-TV (Channel 8), where he has worked for almost nine years, to go back to his home state of Minnesota. Sullivan will work as a meteorologist/production manager at a firm that works in the wind energy field... Forecaster moving to wind-energy business (Sun, 7/15)

What would 261,181 pounds of food look like? West Michigan food pantries are about to find out. WZZM-TV (Channel 13) surpassed its goal of collecting 200,000 pounds of food. The "13 Food for Families" campaign, partnered with Spartan Stores, ACCESS and radio station WLHT-FM (95.7) in collecting food for West Michigan pantries... TV13 surpasses food goal (Sun, 7/15)


Grand Rapids Press:

West Michigan radio stations are raising funds to support slain Grand Rapids Police Officer Robert Kozminski's 3-year-old daughter, Kailey Ann. WBCT-FM (B-93) raised $12,000 at a party held July 12 after the Faith Hill and Tim McGraw concert. The multitalented couple donated $5,000. WGRD's (97.9) "Free Beer and Hot Wings " morning show teamed up with the Whitecaps during a live remote at a recent baseball game. "The event went very well. We raised a little over $3,000 for Kailey through the Thin Blue Line, a nonprofit organization that assists and supports the families of injured or deceased officers of law enforcement agencies in Michigan," said Nicole Havener, director of promotions for Regent Broadcasting. WLHT-FM (95.7), First Responders Fund and LaSalle Bank are working together for the next 25 days, hoping to raise $10,000 for the immediate needs of the Kozminski family... Stations pitch in for slain officer's daughter (Sun, 7/22)



Essick Named Dir./Ops At KMJ/Fresno
PEAK BROADCASTING Talk KMJ-A/FRESNO names CLEAR CHANNEL/GRAND RAPIDS VP/Market Manager EDWARD "SKIP" ESSICK as Dir. of Operations for KMJ and its website, kmj580.com. ESSICK had been with the GRAND RAPIDS cluster for 11 years and previously worked at WJR-A/DETROIT and WHAS-A/LOUISVILLE; he replaces the retiring JOHN BROESKE effective immediately. (Tue, 7/24)

WJQK Listeners Bike For Charity
LANSER Christian AC WJQK (JQ99)/GRAND RAPIDS held its annual JQ99 FAMILY BIKE RIDE SATURDAY, JULY 21. Nearly 1,500 bikers strapped on helmets and pads to pedal and earn money for local charities. (Wed, 7/25)


Grand Rapids Press:

Todd Chance is having one busy summer. He got married two weeks ago, is moving from Saginaw to Grand Rapids and starts as the new morning on-air personality Monday at WHTC-FM (105.3), replacing Dave Jagger and Geri Jarvis. "I love to entertain, inform and connect with listeners," he said during a phone interview... Saginaw personality fills Dave and Geri slot (Sun, 7/29)

The "Free Beer and Hot Wings" show continues to build its base in syndication, adding its 17th station. Beginning Monday, the morning show on WGRD-FM (97.9) also will be heard on classic-rock radio station WMGK-FM in Philadelphia. "Being back on the air in Philly is fantastic, and it's made even better by the fact that we are doing it from here in West Michigan," said Greg (Free Beer) Daniels... Philly gets 'Beer and Hot Wings' (Sun, 7/29)

Skip Essick, who has led Clear Channel Communications Inc. radio stations in Grand Rapids for the past 11 years, is heading to central California. He will be director of operations for Peak Broadcasting's KMJ-AM (580) in Fresno. KMJ is a 50,000-watt news-talk station with a target audience of adults age 35-64. Like Clear Channel's WOOD-AM (1300), the station is home to Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity in its market. Essick has had a successful career in broadcasting, having held leadership positions at WJR-AM in Detroit and WHAS-AM in Louisville, before coming to West Michigan... Clear Channel's Skip Essick heading west (Sun, 7/29)

Looking to soak up as much of the summer weather as you can? The second annual Back Deck Acoustic Music Fest could be the ideal destination for those looking to enjoy summer tunes outdoors. The event -- a fundraiser for community radio station WYCE-FM (88.1) -- is 2-10 p.m. today on the back deck of Driftwood Bar and Grill, 7456 Croton-Hardy Drive in Newaygo... Music fest to benefit WYCE (Sun, 7/29)


WJQK Helps Raise Over $40K For Haiti
LANSER Christian AC WJQK/GRAND RAPIDS held its fifth annual MEDICAL SUPPLIES FOR HAITI fundraiser on TUESDAY (7/24). Over the course of 16 hours, CROSS INTERNATIONAL MINISTRIES worked with the station and listeners to raise nearly $40,000. The one-time gifts paid shipment costs to send $9.8 million in much-needed basic medical supplies to the poor in HAITI. (Thu, 7/26)


Tim Harris, formerly from the team of Tim and Kim in the morning on country WNWN-FM 98.5 Battle Creek/Kalamazoo, leaves after two strong books to cut his morning commute from 2 1/2 hours each way, to only 30 minutes. Tim joins Lake Michigan Broadcasting as the new morning guy for 'Your Country Z95' WKZC Ludington/Manistee. Tim also voicetracks for sister station WKLA (AC) mid-days.


Justice Goes To Tucson
ALL ACCESS hears that CLEAR CHANNEL Talk WOOD-A and WTKG-A APD/weekender JON JUSTICE is getting the full-time nod as the morning man at JOURNAL Talk KQTH (104.1 THE TRUTH)/TUCSON. JUSTICE, who has been one of several hosts to try oput for the gig, worked in the TUCSON MARKET co-hosting mornings with JOHN MICHAEL, now a weekender at KROQ/LOS ANGELES, at Alternative KFMA in 1999-2000. His experience also includes stints at WKLQ/GRAND RAPIDS, WKLS (96 ROCK) and WMAX (REAL RADIO)/ATLANTA and KCXX (X103.9)/SAN BERNARDINO; he finishes up at WOOD on AUGUST 9. (Tue, 7/31)







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 July 2007.

West Michigan: June 2007 is the previous archive.

West Michigan: August 2007 is the next archive.

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