West Michigan: December 2007 Archives

West Michigan: Newsmakers Dec 1, 2007




Top 5 stations in Grand Rapids among all listeners in the first fall ratings trend were WBCT-FM, WOOD-AM, WLAV-FM, WGRD-FM, and WSNX-FM... Phase I age 12+ ratings chart (Fri, 11/30)

Grand Rapids Press:

Tim Doty wishes his schedule allowed him to play a little more hockey. The WXMI-TV Fox 17 weekend sports anchor grew up playing the game in his hometown of Trenton. He started as a left wing when he was in first grade and played organized hockey all the way through his junior year in high school. Doty, 35, also played on intramural teams while at Michigan State and occasionally saw time with "beer league" teams while working in Lansing. But when Doty joined West Michigan's Fox affiliate six years ago today, his busy schedule put his hockey playing, well, on ice. Not that it's stopped other local TV personalities from trying to recruit him for their rec teams from time to time... Fox-17 anchor's first love is hockey (Fri, 11/30)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Dec 2, 2007



Grand Rapids Press:

He started his Grand Rapids radio career in September 1967 on the "Big Max." He also is the guy who hired WLAV radio icons Kevin Matthews and Tony Gates. Ed Buchanan, affectionately known as "Uncle Buck," recently celebrated his 40th year in broadcasting. He began at WMAX-AM (1480). His career path includes 15 years at WCUZ-FM (101.3), where he started Grand Rapids' first FM country station, and he has been at WLAV-FM (96.9) for 20 years. He was there 1970-1979, and returned in 1995 ... Adult Contemporary Christian WCSG-FM (91.3) won the Station of the Year award (Markets 26-100) at the R&R Christian Summit achievement ceremony... 'Uncle Buck' hits 40-year milestone (Sun, 12/2)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Dec 3, 2007




Tommy & Brook are in, Steve & Sabrina are out. The morning team of Tommy Dylan and Brook Taylor will leave their familiar slot at WCSG radio to move into secular radio at Star 105.7, replacing the long-time team of Steve and Sabrina. Doug Montgomery, the Operations Manager for Clear Channel Grand Rapids, said Tommy & Brook will start at Star 105.7 as soon as they are able to officially leave WCSG. Chris Lemke, the General Manager and Program Director of WCSG, said their departure date is still being negotiated... Steve & Sabrina out at Star 105.7 (Mon, 12/3)

Grand Rapids Press:

The plug has been pulled on one of the market's most recognizable morning teams, Steve Kelly and Sabrina Fairchild. The pair have been a team since 1996, most recently at Star 105.7 (WOOD-FM), where they had been for two years. Before that the team had been on WSNX-FM (104.5) for 12 years. Neither one was available for immediate comment, and station officials were planning to issue a news release later this afternoon. According to Doug Montgomery of Clear Channel Radio in West Michigan, Kelly will remain with the company -- and on air -- in some capacity. He will be on the air Tuesday morning, but without Fairchild... Steve & Sabrina out at Star 105.7 (Mon, 12/3)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Dec 4, 2007



Grand Rapids Press:

It's a crazy time in Grand Rapids radio. In a matter of just 24 hours, three well-known media professionals are no longer employed due to some major shakeups at Clear Channel West Michigan. The latest casualties: WOOD-AM (1300) morning co-host John Matlack and traffic reporter Robb Westaby. They join Sabrina Fairchild from WOOD-FM (Star 105.7), who was let go on Monday morning shortly after her on-air shift with co-host Steve Kelly. Matlack said he was delivered the news right after his on-air shift today. He said the decision came from the corporate level. "There have been a lot of financial concerns by corporate, and there have been other cuts that have been made, and I'm just one more West Michigan worker cut by a big company far away," Matlack said Tuesday afternoon from his home, where he was decorating his Christmas tree. Westaby was not available for comment. And, when contacted by The Press, Fairchild directed all questions to local Clear Channel executives. As for Matlack, he worked at WOOD-AM for nearly 9-1/2 years, doing sports, news and live interviews with his co-host Gary Allen... More changes at Clear Channel West Michigan


West Michigan: Newsmakers Dec 5, 2007



Grand Rapids Press:

You may need a scorecard to keep track of the shake-ups in local broadcasting this week. Three major personalities are no longer with Clear Channel radio. WOOD-AM (1300) morning co-host John Matlack, WOOD-FM (Star 105.7) morning co-host Sabrina Fairchild and traffic reporter Robb Westaby were all fired this week. The new morning team on WOOD-FM is Tommy Dylan and Brook Taylor, who worked for WCSG-FM (91.3) for the past three years. "The new morning team will take over the show and start 100 percent on board on Wednesday." said Tim Feagan, newly appointed general manager for Clear Channel. "They really fit with West Michigan and what Star should be. They are very family friendly, have a great rapport and will be an integral part of our station. We are very excited about this. This is the right thing for listeners." Steve Kelly will stay in a different capacity with Clear Channel Radio, and told listeners Tuesday "he was getting a new assignment." Feagan would not release details Tuesday. "There is more to come," he said... Radio shakeup not over, Clear Channel GM says (Wed, 12/5)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Dec 11, 2007



Grand Rapids Press:

So no child should have to go without, local radio and television representatives continue to develop and market projects that help with local charitable efforts. Here are a few examples from around West Michigan: WZZM-TV (Channel 13) and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve partner with the Toys for Tots campaign ... WOOD-TV (Channel 8), WOTV-TV (Channel 4) and radio station WOOD-FM (105.7) are working for local children in need through the Salvation Army Angel Tree campaign ... WLAV-FM (96.9) presented $21,314 to God's Kitchen from a share of ticket sales for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Dec. 1 performances in Van Andel Arena. Both shows were near sellouts, and a portion of proceeds went to the local program... TV, radio stations fire up annual charitable drives (Tue, 12/11)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Dec 12, 2007




Dave Taft Adds PD Duties For WSHZ
CLEAR CHANNEL AC WSHZ (STAR 108)/MUSKEGON, MI PD DON BENO exits. Cluster OM DAVE TAFT will now assume WSHZ PD responsibilities. (Tue, 12/11)

Radio & Records:

Morning co-host Shelly Kay is leaving Cumulus CHR/Top 40 WKFR/Kalamazoo, MI in early ’08 for a new gig TBA. ‘KFR PD Kruze now has to spend the better part of his holiday beating
the bushes for just the right replacement to team up with Matt Walker. (Wed, 12/12)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Dec 16, 2007



Grand Rapids Press:

WWMT-TV (Channel 3), will launch a 10 p.m. newscast on its sister station, CW7, starting Jan. 7, general manager James Lutton said. "We have been planning this expansion for a year," Lutton said. "We think that the 10 p.m. time period is underserved with good options for news. It has become a very successful time period for viewing--primarily because it is such a convenient time." Anchoring "Newschannel 3 Live at 10 on CW7" on weekdays will be anchor Jeff McAtee, sports director Ed Kengerski and meteorologist Keith Thompson ... Kurtis Kaechele has been promoted to director of marketing for WOOD-TV (Channel 8), WOTV (Channel 4) and WXSP-TV. Kaechele has worked at WOOD for more than three years in the promotions department as a producer and most recently as manager... Broadcast notes: CW7 gets 10 p.m. newscast (Sun, 12/16)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Dec 23, 2007



Grand Rapids Press:

At this time of year, I usually reflect back on the year's radio and television industry news and create winners in a variety of categories. Remember, this is only my opinion. I like to call it Pierson's Picks. Nice guys finish first- Without a doubt, one of the nicest people in the broadcast industry is Andy Rent from WTRV-FM (100.5) The River. He's graced the West Michigan airwaves for more than three decades. Rent is a class act -- a true gentleman -- who never says an unkind word about anyone. His radio show is family-friendly and community-minded. Trailblazer- News director Tim Dye from WXMI-TV (Channel 17) wins this award for setting up the successful Fox News at 10 product. Now, competitors are following suit... It's time for Pierson's Picks of TV, radio (Sun, 12/23)

WGVU-TV celebrated its 35th anniversary Monday. Since its inception, the changes at the station have been continual -- including the addition of a second TV station, WGVK, and the addition of two digital stations, DT-11 in Grand Rapids and DT-5 in Kalamazoo. General manager Michael Walenta is excited about the possibilities that await the station... 35 years on the air (Sun, 12/23)

Casey Ann Acevedo, daughter of long-time radio personalities Dave Jagger and Geri Jarvis, who also worked as their show producer, is leaving her job at Gemini Publications. She is heading to Idaho to work at KZMG-FM (93.1), an adult Top 40 radio station... Destined to stay in radio (Sun, 12/23)

WOOD-FM (Star 105.7) and the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital joined last week to raise funds during a special holiday radio marathon to benefit children's programs and services. Michigan Office Solutions donated $25,000 of the total... Holiday radio marathon (Sun, 12/23)

Tim Geraghty, news director at WZZM-TV (Channel 13), has been promoted to vice president at the local Gannet-owned station. The station's president and general manager, Janet Mason, said the promotion was due to Geraghty's newsroom leadership and his contributions to the success of the news product... Tim Geraghty promoted (Sun, 12/23)

If you missed Calvin Oratorio Society's production of Handel's "Messiah," in DeVos Hall, you still can enjoy highlights on TV, in your home. WGVU-TV (Channel 35) will air a one-hour version of the production, featuring soloists, Oratorio Society Chorus and Calvin College Orchestra, all conducted by Joel Navarro. The show will air at 9 tonight... Tune in 'Messiah' on WGVU-TV (Sun, 12/23)

Many readers have asked why WOOD-TV's (Channel 8) Rachel Ruiz doesn't appear on weekend newscasts anymore. Rachel no longer is the weekend anchor, but has stayed with the station as a general assignment reporter and anchor for 24 Hour News 8 at noon. Where's Rachel? (Sun, 12/23)

Ten years ago, Jason Terzis' Christmas wasn't filled with presents or eggnog or Santa Claus. Instead it was built around a moving van and a full day of work at his new job at WOOD-TV 8. Terzis had never even set foot in Michigan until he was interviewed by sports director Jack Doles, who was manning the sports desk by himself in December 1997 after the back-to-back departures of Tracy Flesch and Matt Winer. Terzis, then 27 and working in Macon, Ga., soon was hired and quickly filled a U-Haul for the long drive to Grand Rapids... Terzis marks 10 years with WOOD-TV (Fri, 12/21)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Dec 28, 2007



Grand Haven Tribune:

If you heard someone talking about free beer and hot wings, you'd likely think they were headed to happy hour at the local bar. But when folks around West Michigan mention free beer and hot wings, they're more likely talking about the most popular morning radio show in the market: "The Free Beer & Hot Wings Show" on WGRD-FM (97.9). But just how the hosts of the hit show came up with its name is a story more of chance than intention. Gregg "Free Beer" Daniels and Chris "Hot Wings" Michels, college roommates at Central Michigan University, decided to use the personality names as a way to promote their show when they first started in broadcasting at Omaha's 89.7, The River seven years ago... 'Free Beer & Hot Wings' climbs ratings (Thu, 12/27)

Grand Rapids Press:

There might not be a radio station better suited to auto racing than WLAW-FM (92.5), "The Outlaw." At least that's what Berlin Raceway president Scott Lane thinks. "Just check out their logo," Lane said. "It looks like a big old belt buckle." The Citadel-owned "The Outlaw" recently was tabbed to broadcast the 2008 Berlin Raceway season, replacing WMUS-FM (106.9). According to a news release, remaining on a FM signal that's able to reach a wide audience was a major factor in making the radio switch... Berlin finds new home on radio (Fri, 12/28)







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