West Michigan: Newsmakers July 28, 2008




Grand Rapids Press:

Those who listen to WLHT-FM (95.7) soon will be waking up with a new morning show: "Barnaby & Friends." Management at the radio station told its staff today former WOOD-TV (Channel 8) reporter Gerry Barnaby will take over for Denis Prior and the "Morning Drive." Barnaby's first official day is Aug. 11, but last week he filled in for Prior, who was on vacation. "The show is going to be a work in progress for now," Barnaby said. "But we will put the spotlight back where it belongs -- on the listeners. It's their show." As part of the shuffle, several moves have been made at WLHT and three other local FM stations owned by Regent Broadcasting... Veteran broadcaster Gerry Barnaby heads to weekdays on radio (Mon, 7/28)




Tom Cook To Stay At WRVF: After previously accepting the PD position at CLEAR CHANNEL AC WOOD (STAR 105.7)/GRAND RAPIDS, (NET NEWS 7/9), CLEAR CHANNEL AC WRVF (101.5 THE RIVER)/TOLEDO PD TOM COOK has decided to stay put. COOK tells ALL ACCESS, "After using an inordinate amount of brainpower, I decided that 101.5 THE RIVER and CLEAR CHANNEL/TOLEDO is where I belong right now." (Fri, 7/25)



Holland Sentinel:

It's a bird! It's a plane! No, apparently the man wearing a cape and mowing random Holland lawns is "Super Flounder" -- the alter ego of Joe Piesz, 94.5 Thunder Country radio personality. The Grand Rapids-based station saw a new Holland law requiring lawns to be kept under 8 inches, as a two-fold opportunity, Program Director Steve Stewart said. "It's a way for us to be able to help out (people with tall lawns), and at the same time, Holland's one of our big bases," he said. "Seeing (Piesz) in a cape with the whole nine-yards and a lawnmower, it's simply ridiculous." "As soon as we started talking about (the law), the phone lines blew up," Stewart said. Thursday morning callers nominated their neighbors. "Super Flounder" chose an overgrown lawn at random. Without asking property owners' permission to mow their lawns, the radio personality was technically trespassing, and he will be again... 'Super Flounder,' neighbors try to save residents from lawn fines (Fri, 7/24)







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