West Michigan: August 2007 Archives

Grand Rapids Press:

The first time she stepped onto the set, Jessica Camacho stammered, slipped off her stool and stared at the TV cameras with a shell-shocked, deer-in-the-headlights look. That wasn't a problem for the cast and crew of "Come On Over!" That's what the script called for. By the time the episode was filmed, everyone knew she loves flowers, does animal noises and has "a great desire to build a replica of the Eiffel Tower out of toothpicks." Camacho, as a shy girl named Joy, joined the cast of "Come On Over!" as the locally produced children's TV show, which debuted last October, began taping episodes for its second season on WOTV-TV (Channel 41)... 'Come On Over!' builds momentum (Sun, 8/5)

When you tune in to WHTS-FM (105.3) at night, expect to hear -- "It's all Gravy, Baby!" That's what the new voice to the night airwaves says to West Michigan listeners. His real name is Kevin Canup, but now he simply goes by the name of "Gravy." He signed on for his first night shift at Hot FM on Monday. His program, which airs 6-11 p.m. weeknights , will feature new music, a countdown of top hits and a focus on engaging the listener... HOT FM has new night DJ (Sun, 8/5)


Dawn Michaels Leaves WTNR
CITADEL Country WTNR (THUNDER 94-5)/GRAND RAPIDS, MI PD STEVE STEWART tells ALL ACCESS the APD/MD/midday mama DAWN MICHAELS is leaving the station to head back to CINCINNATI for family reasons. Her last day with the station will be WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15. She joined the THUNDER staff in JANUARY and prior to that held the same position at WYGY/CINCY until this past NOVEMBER when ENTERCOM purchased the station from CUMULUS.


West Michigan: Newsmakers Aug 12, 2007



Grand Rapids Press:

Arbitron's spring 2007 ratings are in for commercial radio stations. WGRD-FM's (97.9) ratings are up, placing the alternative station in second place behind country station WBCT-FM (93.7). Adult contemporary WLHT-FM (95.7) and Top 40 WHTS-Hot FM (105.3) are tied for 10th place. Radio ratings are out (Sun, 8/12)

Jon Justice is moving on. Justice's most recent radio gig was at WOOD-AM (1300). He was on Saturday afternoons from 2 to 4 p.m. during "The Show with Justice." He also filled in for weekday hosts Rick and Scott and was the regular all-around fill-in guy for vacationing on-air talent. His last day on-the-air in West Michigan was Aug. 4. Now, he is heading to Tucson as the morning man at Talk KQTH-FM (104.1) -- The Truth Tucson's News FM... Radio host moves on (Sun, 8/12)

Rachel Calderon, WXMI-TV (Fox 17's) weekend co-anchor/reporter, got married last month, and is moving to Southern California. Her last day at the station was Friday. Her husband has taken a job in engineering for Boeing and the opportunity was too good to pass up. "This is a bittersweet move," she said... Calderon goes West (Sun, 8/12)

Negotiations between the Big Ten Network and cable giant Comcast bubbled over Friday, with dueling press releases from each side about their impasse. Essentially, the Big Ten Network wants to go onto Comcast's expanded basic cable tier, while Comcast wants it in the digital realm. The network is overreaching. I can reel off at least a dozen networks to add to expanded basic before round-the-clock college swimming and wrestling. But Comcast isn't exactly to be trusted, either. Its digital subscribers saw the NFL Network as part of their package for about a year, before it suddenly it was transported to an upgraded payment realm. The NFL is livid, and the Big Ten wants to protect against a similar situation... Big Ten, Comcast need to get in tune (Sun, 8/12)

Battle Creek Enquirer:

Rabbit ears are officially going out of style. Consumers who have depended on TV antennae to receive analog signals will have to upgrade to a digital receiver by Feb. 18, 2009. Those 20 percent of TV viewers will get a fuzzy screen after the conversion, but consumers who subscribe to cable or satellite service will not be affected. Local electronics retailers are making it a priority to inform their customers of the change... 'Rabbit ears' going off air Feb. 2009 (Sat, 8/11)


WGRD announces new night jock

Modern Rock WGRD-FM 97.9 program director Jerry Tarrants (JT) has announced that Lynae Cuddy has been appointed new night-time goddess for the nations #1 Rock Alternative radio station, 97-9 WGRD. Lynae is already on the job assuming her nightly duties including the 90's @ 9 specialty show.

"Everyday I would pour through applicants and everyday Lynae's propaganda would end up at the top of the pile...oddly enough it happened the most when I would leave my office vacant for a few moments," said Tarrants. "We're very excited about having her on the team and helping GRD maintain it's broadcasting dominance in the Grand Rapids market."

Lynae can be heard terrestrially on WGRD Monday thru Firday from 7pm - midnight or on line at www.wgrd.com.


West Michigan: Newsmakers Aug 19, 2007



Grand Rapids Press:

Country music radio station WBCT-FM (93.7) certainly is consistent. Clear Channel's country powerhouse station is still No. 1 with listeners (12-plus) in Kent and Ottawa counties, according to the spring Arbitron ratings book. "It is great to be a part of station that is successful consistently on many different levels. The philosophy we always have believed in is that if you serve your community well and take care of your customers, great things will come," B-93 program director Doug Montgomery said. He was especially pleased that B-93 has increased its audience size to more than 324,000 listeners in the West Michigan Designated Marketing Area (DMA), which encompasses the Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek and Muskegon metro areas. "We remain on top in the total listening area for over 12 straight years now," he said...B-93 rules radio ratings, again (Sun, 8/19)

Longtime local morning show hosts Dave Jagger and Geri Jarvis continue to keep West Michigan listeners up-to-date on what they are doing since they have left the airwaves at Hot FM, WHTS-FM (105.3)... Dave and Geri update (Sun, 8/19)

Nearing the end of a $2.4 million capital campaign, Grand Rapids Community Media Center is making a final push to guarantee a $300,000 challenge grant from the Kresge Foundation. "We've made amazing progress," executive director Laurie Cirivello said. "We're running toward the finish line, but we don't want to lose that $300,000." The campaign, launched three years ago, has an overall goal of $2,434,800. If the CMC raises $2,134,800 by Sept. 30, the Kresge Foundation has pledged to top off the campaign. As of Wednesday, CMC was $186,169 short. "We're casting the net widely so everyone can participate," Cirivello said. A series of fundraising events are being planned, she said, as well as appeals televised on the media center's community access television stations, GRTV (Channel 25) and Live Wire (Channel 24), public radio station WYCE, 88.1 FM... Community Media Center makes fundraising push (Sun, 8/19)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Aug 22, 2007



Grand Haven Tribune:

Dapper Bill Struyk, wearing a light-blue pinstripe jacket and flashy Larry King-style yellow tie, was at his best as guest speaker this week for the Grand Haven Rotary Club. His humor was surprisingly and cleverly woven into his farewell-to-radio speech. A club past-president, Struyk entertainingly recalled 54 years of broadcasting that started with small Iowa radio stations. "I was 15 years old when a station owner said he would hire me and pay $1 an hour because he had to meet minimum wage requirements," Struyk joked... Bill Struyk says farewell to radio (Wed, 8/22)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Aug 24, 2007



Grand Rapids Press:

Brett Muller doesn't remember every detail from the first high school football game he called on the radio. He knows it was during his freshman year at Central Michigan University and involved Shepherd and Central Montcalm. But he's not sure who won or what the final score was. "I remember being so nervous I could barely speak," Muller said. "I was just trying to get my wits about me." Since that first game, Muller has managed to control his nerves. Muller, 33, will begin his 15th year in the radio business, including the past nine at WBBL-AM (1340). Muller once again will serve as color commentator for WBBL's "Game of the Week" telecasts, which opens with tonight's East Grand Rapids-Ottawa Hills game at Houseman Field. He'll team up for the fourth consecutive season with play-by-play announcer Bret Bakita. The pair also produces a one-hour high school football show called "Power Hour" from 6 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday... Radio guys Bakita, Muller team up again (Fri, 8/24)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Aug 26, 2007



Grand Rapids Press:

Morning on-air personalities Steve Stewart, of WTNR-FM (94.5), and Todd Chance, of WHTS-FM (105.3), helped raise money for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. Partnering with BMW, 19 different vehicles were brought in for test drives. BMW donated a buck to the local chapter for every mile driven. More than $70,000 was raised to help the nonprofit organization. Test drives add up for charity (Sun, 8/26)

"I haven't worn makeup in months," confesses WZZM-TV (Channel 13) news anchor Lauren Stanton. She has been off the air for a couple of months and has been more than a little busy. Lauren gave birth June 21 to an adorable baby boy named Cass. Her 4-year-old son, Nicholas, also keeps her on the run... WZZM anchor loves motherhood and Grand Rapids (Sun, 8/26)

Andy Sugden is the new director of photography for TV13, replacing Bob Gould, who was hired to teach broadcasting courses at Michigan State University. "I look forward to working with a great staff of shooters at TV-13. This is a unique opportunity for me. I will enjoy watching and training young shooters to learn more about nonlinear editing, camera work and enjoying their jobs," he said from KARE-TV, the NBC affiliate in Minneapolis, where he has worked for three years... WZZM has new photography chief (Sun, 8/26)

You know it's the end of summer when the WLAV-FM (96.9) Budweiser Blues on the Mall winds down for the season. The series kicked off June 18 and went for eight weeks, bringing live blues acts from around the country. Christina Elsenbroek, station spokeswoman, said about 30,000 people attended the concert series. Blues on the Mall is a wrap (Sun, 8/26)

Lynae Cuddy, 22, of Kentwood, is the newly promoted on-air talent from 7 p.m. to midnight on WGRD-FM (97.9.) "It is so great to be able to be interactive with thousands of people at a time and entertain them," she said. Lynae graduated from Grand Valley State University in advertising and public relations, interned for Kevin Matthews at WLAV-FM (96.9) and has worked part time at 'GRD on the weekend on-air shift... WGRD promotes on-air personality (Sun, 8/26)

Kalamazoo Gazette:

In most sporting events, there is a winner and a loser. That's about the same situation for sports fans in Southwestern Michigan when it comes to their sports on TV and radio this fall. The big winners are the Michigan State University fans. After a one-year absence from the radiowaves in the Kalamazoo area, the Spartans' football and basketball network returns and will be broadcast on WKZO-AM 590. That station used to be the long-time home of the University of Michigan. ``We've probably had U-M football and basketball on KZO for, what, 30 years or more?`` said WQLR-AM program director Dave Jaconette. ``We decided to move U-M over to ESPN 1660 (WQLR-AM), so people will still be able to get the Wolverines.'' The bump of U-M to 1660 means Kalamazoo College football and basketball won't be on the air this season. Jaconette says that the station will still have a K-College coaches show on Saturday mornings as well as a high school coaches show... Area games to be juggled on radio, TV (Sun, 8/26)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Aug 30, 2007



Detroit News:

There's no time for small talk on the live, hourlong radio show hosted by Aisha Bynum and her sister, Ashli. The siblings host "Time for Teens" on WMFN 640, a "Smooth Vibes" station run by their parents, Tyrone and Portia Bynum. But from 2-3 p.m. each Friday during the summer, Aisha, 12, and Ashli, 14, play hip songs like "Lip Gloss" by Lil Mama and interview guests about stuff they care about. Their topics range from teen violence to back-to-school fashions. They do everything themselves, from finding advertisers and writing scripts, to booking guests and running the board... Sister duo does talk radio seriously (Thu, 8/30)

Joel Schoon Tanis claims to have "Forrest Gump Syndrome." Like the fictional movie character played by Tom Hanks, Tanis somehow winds up in the middle of interesting events, meeting famous people. Tanis met Johnny Cash in an elevator in Denver while at a Christian Bookseller Association conference. He once ended up in the ninth row at the Grammy Awards and became pals with Cyndi Lauper. And he has an Emmy. Not bad for a 40-year-old artist and kids' TV-show host. "Come on Over!" is the locally produced children's TV show Tanis created in partnership with the Grand Rapids Children's Museum that won six Michigan Emmy Awards in June... Host of TV show uses fun to teach (Thu, 8/30)







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