West Michigan: Newsmakers Mar 9, 2008




Grand Rapids Press:

Reese Rickards has been the on-air morning man since WBCT-FM (93.7) signed on almost 17 years ago. You can't take the country out of this guy, even when he goes home. He's a gentleman farmer who farms for pleasure rather than for money. The Rickards, Kim and Reese, call their Solon Township farm "Chickadee Ridge." "We own 16 acres. About eight are wooded. The rest are pond, pasture, house and yard. I can see Fisk Knob (the highest point in Kent County) from the barnyard," Rickards said. There are plenty of animals: two dogs, two cats, three goats, numerous pigs, three cows, 12 chickens, four ducks and two peacocks, not to mention the turkeys. "I raise turkeys every year, and my Thanksgiving bird weighed 63 pounds last year," Rickards said. But it's pet goat Esther who gets special props from Rickards for her uncanny ability in forecasting winter weather... WBCT's Reese Rickards is a little bit country (Sun, 3/9)

Steve Stewart, better known as "Scrubs in the Morning" on WTNR-FM (94.5), has been promoted to regional manager of country programming for Citadel Broadcasting's Midwest Region. The region has nine stations in seven markets... Steve Stewart gets programming post (Sun, 3/9)

WGVU radio's weekday morning host, Shelley Irwin, has received her fifth Gracie Allen Award from the American Women in Radio and Television. She was selected for individual achievement based on quality in writing, production and programming... WGVU's Shelley Irwin wins fifth Gracie (Sun, 3/9)

WXMI-TV (Channel 17) recently named Emily Richett its new entertainment host. Richett will write, produce, and host daily Web shows in addition to doing other projects... WXMI's Emily Richett named Web host (Sun, 3/9)

A number of West Michigan cable subscribers were surprised to find a channel missing from their lineup Saturday. Comcast Local, which naturally is owned by cable behemoth Comcast, officially was pulled off the air March 1. "In this competitive marketplace, Comcast continues to evaluate its programming lineup," said Patrick Paterno, director of communications for Comcast Midwest Division. "As you know, over the past three years there have been numerous changes in the sports programming environment, from national to regional to local sports coverage." It doesn't take a detective to deduce that the move was business oriented, but it remains a blow for sports fans throughout the state. Since its launch about three years ago, the station aired a number of professional, collegiate and high school events, such as Grand Valley State football and basketball. Comcast Local occasionally also served as an outlet for FSN Plus broadcasts... Comcast Local goes off the air (Fri, 3/7)







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