West Michigan: Newsmakers Aug 13, 2008




Radio and Records:

Grand Rapids Cable Access noncommercial triple A WYCE/Grand Rapids has named Matt Jarrells PD. Jarrells was MD at the station prior to Pete Bruinsma's joining the station in that capacity last year. Jarrells starts on Aug. 25. Station manager Kevin Murphy says, "I'm so excited to have a full staff of talented, enthusiastic people who are committed to making the 'greatest little radio station on the planet' even greater." (Wed, 8/13)



Grand Rapids Press:

James Lutton, president and general manager at WWMT-TV (Channel 3), cleared up some questions about former WOOD-TV (Channel 8) anchor Tom Van Howe being hired to replace Jeff MacAtee. Some Press readers e-mailed to ask if Jeff, who is on active duty as a commander with the United States Navy Reserve, will return to anchoring the Kalamazoo-based station and how long Van Howe will stay. Van Howe, who retired in 2005 as a TV-8 newscaster, will anchor the Channel 3 weekday newscasts at 5, 6 and 11 p.m., with anchor Judy Markee, plus the 10 p.m. show on sister station, CW7. "Jeff resigned his position with us upon being called to two years of active service in the Navy. He had a provision in his contract that allowed him to do so," Lutton said. "Tom has agreed to work with us until the end of November. What we have worked out is that we will all sit down in early November to see how it is going. We hope we can convince him to continue to work with us after November" ... Tara Miller is the new weekend sports anchor at WXMI-TV (Channel 17). Tara, who will start on the air Friday, comes from WJBF-TV (Channel 6), the ABC affiliate in Augusta, Ga... Van Howe will anchor through November -- at least (Wed, 8/13)







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