West Michigan: Newsmakers Mar 2, 2008




Grand Rapids Press:

Rod Kackley has been named WOOD-AM (1300)'s news director. "I eat up news -- just love this stuff," Kackley said. He is excited about the newly enacted partnership with WOOD-TV (Channel 8) in sharing news, information, weather and traffic services. Kackley was managing editor of Mi Biz before coming to WOOD. He worked in the radio industry many years ago at WCUZ and reported for WOOD-AM... News director named (Sun, 3/2)

Michael Walenta will be inducted into the Silver Circle by The National Academy of Arts and Sciences this month. He will be honored for his more than 25 years of outstanding service and leadership in the television broadcasting community. Walenta, who graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in broadcast and cinematic arts, has worked as a production assistant for ABC Sports, an instructor at CMU and as an assistant engineer at WHTV and WMHW-FM in Mount Pleasant... WGVU manager honored (Sun, 3/2)

Sarah Brodhead will be the new morning news anchor on WXMI-TV (Channel 17) starting March 17, news director Tim Dye said. Brodhead joins the Fox station after a stint at KREX-TV in Grand Junction, Colo., where she spent more than two years as an anchor for its morning and noon news programs... Fox 17 names new morning anchor (Sun, 3/2)

Rick Beckett, of "The Rick and Scott Show" on WOOD-AM (1300), fell on ice at his home and has a broken ankle and leg, station president and general manager Tim Feagan said. Beckett needs surgery, Feagan said, but that hasn't keep him off the airwaves... Can't keep radio man down (Sun, 3/2)

The Grand Rapids Rampage hope they are ahead of the game when it comes to their broadcast schedule. The team has made the decision to air all 16 of its Arena Football League contests exclusively on the Internet. The past two seasons were broadcast on WBFX-FM (101.3). "It's funny, back in the summer when we decided to go this way, we notified Citadel and Clear Channel, because we wanted to be up front with them," Rampage general manager Scott Woodruff said. "And their comment was, 'You're probably a year or two ahead of the curve.' " Woodruff said the team decided to pull its games from the radio after conducting extensive research with fans and season ticket-holders... Rampage switching from radio to Web broadcasts (Fri, 2/29)







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