West Michigan: April 2008 Archives


Brian Sims Moves To Muncie, Nick Alan Upped in Grand Rapids:
CITADEL Country WTNR/GRAND RAPIDS APD/MD/afternooner BRIAN SIMS has taken over the PD job at sister station Country WMDH/MUNCIE, IN. Back at WTNR, night slammer NICK ALAN adds APD/MD stripes to his title. (Mon, 3/31)

WaYfm Uses Crutches For Krutch Tix:
CORNERSTONE BAPTIST EDUCATIONAL MINISTRIES Christian CHR WAYK-WAYG (WaYfm)/KALAMAZOO-GRAND RAPIDS hosted a "Three-legged Crutch Race" on SATURDAY, MARCH 29th, for listeners to win access to the sold-out upcoming tour date featuring SKILLET and THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH. Team members were be bound together with elastic bandages and given a set of crutches with which to advance themselves down a racing lane. The first team to successfully cross the finish line received access to the sold-out show, private meet-and-greet with the artists, a cash prize and more. “It’s a crazy, fun way to tie into the whole THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH theme, and a real visual way to connect with our radio audience," says PD MIKE COUCHMAN. (Mon, 3/31)


Fort Wayne Journal Gazette:

An Angola-based radio broadcasting company has agreed to sell its five stations to a Michigan firm for $3.8 million, the company president said Tuesday. Lake Cities Broadcasting Corp. will sell five radio stations to Swick Broadcasting Corp., pending Federal Communications Commission approval. The deal is scheduled to be finalized this summer, said Tom Andrews, president of Lake Cities Broadcasting... Lake Cities to sell 5 radio stations (Tue, 4/1)


Grand Rapids Press:

Like most die-hard Detroit Tigers fans, local WLAV-FM morning man Kevin Matthews is beside himself at the team's 0-6 start to the 2008 season, a season filled with so much promise. So, he cooked up a good-old fashion radio stunt. Matthews is remaining on the air until the Detroit Tigers win their first game. "I could be in a lot of trouble," said Matthews shortly after his regular, 5:30-10 a.m. shift this morning. "They plenty 20 straight games against some good teams, like Boston, Chicago, Minnesota, Cleveland and Toronto. "It could get ugly"... Kevin Matthews to remain on air until the Detroit Tigers win (Tue, 4/8)

Local morning radio personality Nanette was not on the air today at station WLHT-FM (95.7), fueling speculation the Detroit native may be on the outs. WLHT program director Bill Bailey confirmed this morning that "she has resigned." "She feels it's time to move on," said Bailey, who said Nanette turned in her resignation Monday night. Nanette could not be reached for comment... Morning host Nanette resigns from WLHT-FM (Tue, 4/8)


Changes to the South Bend area radio dial

Artistic Media Partners has broken the simulcast of its classic rock combo WOZW-FM 97.7 and WZOW-FM 102.3 and changed the format of 97.7 to active rock. FM 102.3 is airing the Kenny Rogers and Dolly Purtan duet "Islands in the Stream" repeatedly in advance of a new format that's expected to be revealed next week.


Grand Rapids Press:

Competition for cable and satellite TV providers arrives today in West Michigan. AT&T officially is introducing to West Michigan its U-verse package, which offers television, Internet and telephone services. Customers can get 200 channels, a digital video recorder, Internet service and unlimited calling for about $120 a month. Rates start at $44 a month for the television service alone. For West Michigan TV viewers, AT&T's system represents the region's first nondish-based, pay television alternative to Comcast and Charter Communications. Significant for many sports fans: U-verse service includes the Big Ten Network. Comcast does not carry the network because of a dispute with Big Ten over which customers should receive and pay for it. AT&T would not release a coverage map, citing competitive reasons, but the new service initially is available in Grand Rapids, Holland, Battle Creek and Kalamazoo... AT&T enters battle for pay TV in GR (Mon, 4/21)


WaYfm ships thousands of supplies to Honduras Orphans

On Monday, April 28th at 5 p.m., a team of 30 WaYfm listeners/missions trip participants will be loading a 40 foot shipping container at First Baptist Church of Wayland, located at 3514 12th Street, in Wayland, MI. These goods will be shipped to Nueva Suyepa, Honduras, a slum of Tegucigalpa. Filth, no running water, tuberculosis, dengue fever, gangs, - these are a few of the words that describe Nueva Suyapa. Built on the city dump after Hurricane Fifi in 1974, it's one of the poorest areas in Honduras. A maze of steep, rutted dirt roads and small tin roofed shacks, the community is one in which more than 70% of the children live in poverty.

"This container will be jam-packed," says Kristin Anderson, one of the team leaders. "WaYfm listeners have donated blankets. Saranac Public Schools and First Baptist Church of Allegan have donated used playgrounds that have been made to look like new thanks to several area businesses. Saranac Public Schools also collected shoes by having a friendly competition between the Middle and High School. Another school has donated 240 used desks and chairs. The youth group at Living Hope Community Church packaged peanuts donated by Texas Roadhouse. We are taking with us food items, sports equipment, kitchen utensils, school and arts/crafts supplies, 1,400 Spanish Bibles, and over 2,000 hygiene kits. Additionally, medical supplies have been donated by Perrigo for use by our medical team, led by Dr. Scott Carlson. We have truly been overwhelmed and blessed by the outpouring of support throughout the community."

Working together with Honduras missionary Maureen Hodge (www.bigbrightidea.com) and Orphan Outreach (www.orphanoutreach.org), WaYfm's team will be serving over 1,300 children from June 15-26. 160 of these children LIVE on a landfill in makeshift homes. The WaYfm team will be using the items on the container to meet the physical and spiritual needs of these children. During the team's time in Honduras they will be building a playground, engaging kids with arts and crafts, holding sports clinics, puppet shows, singing, and hosting Bible-themed carnivals. And they have a skilled medical team going to treat as many of the children as possible.

Youth-oriented Top 40 Christian music radio station WaYfm has sponsored seven other summer short-term missions trips. For updates on the team (which represents 22 area churches) go to www.way.fm/connect/missions.



WYZO Rounds Out Its On-Air Lineup-
MIDWEST COMMUNICATIONS Country WYZO (Y96.5)/KALAMAZOO, MI PD/middayer PJ LACEY has hired NASSAU BROADCASTING Country WTHT/PORTLAND, ME weekend jock CHAD "DANIELS" LEIGHTON for MD/nights. LANSER BROADCASTING Contemporary Christian WJQK (99.3)/GRAND RAPIDS, MI weekender/part-timer BOB BATEMAN joins for afternoons. BATEMAN, also a former afternooner at CLEAR CHANNEL Country WMIL/MILWAUKEE, will continue to voicetrack for WJQK. PJ has also tapped a couple of weekenders -- former MIDWEST Classic Hits WFAT/KALAMAZOO personality LARRY LONG joins for part-time duties, as well JAY "UNCLE BUCK" MORRIS from sister News/Talk/Sports WKZO-A, where he is the mid-morning guy. He will retain his duties on WKZO-A. Y96.5 flipped from Classic Hits WFAT to Country WYZO in FEBRUARY (NET NEWS 2/19) and had been building its airstaff. All new staffers are already in place. (Fri, 4/25)


Grand Rapids Press:

He spends his day running around atop the roof of a local McDonald's. Jerry Tarrants shouts through a bullhorn to the people on the ground. He wants pennies -- he wants a million of them. "Gimme all your pennies!" he shouts to sidewalk dwellers and people driving their cars. "Just toss 'em up here!" Maybe you've seen him before. Every May, for two straight days, WGRD-FM (97.9) program director Jerry "JT" Tarrants camps out at McDonald's, 3814 Plainfield Ave. NE, to raise money for Grand Rapids Ronald McDonald House. His annual goal is 1 million pennies or $10,000, a number that has been surpassed by at least $2,000 during the two previous years. This year, Tarrants will be on the roof Thursday and Friday. JT said he feels a personal commitment to the charity... WGRD penny drive helps Ronald McDonald House (Mon, 4/28)


West Michigan's WaYfm exceeds fund raising goal

West Michigan's 88.3 & 89.9 WaYfm, (WAYK Kalamazoo & WAYG Grand Rapids), report that the station's spring pledge drive goal was met, and exceeded, on April 25th, 2008. WaYfm began its spring fundraising with a need of $525,000. Through two separate on-air pledge drives in March and April, more than 1,800 listeners from Michigan and the world called or went to WaYfm's website with their generous gifts.

Considering Michigan's challenging economic climate, and the youth oriented format of WaYfm, exceeding the goal is seen as nothing short of a God-given miracle by most on the staff. General Manager Rich Anderson told listeners "It's been three years since we've been able to say on WaYfm, 'We exceeded our goal!' Thank you for making that possible. When we prayed 'Please Lord, please help us to meet this need,' He answered that prayer on the 25th of April."

All told, WaYfm's generous audience pledged $527,294 dollars to keep WaYfm funded for the next year.

WaYfm, a non-profit entity owned by Cornerstone University, is a student and young family focused commercial free Top 40 station presented with a Christian worldview and can be found on the Internet at www.WaY.fm.



Ludington Daily News:

Ludington's city council said yes Monday to a new radio station to repeatedly broadcast short programs of local interest from the city's water treatment plant on Lake Michigan. The city will now apply for a 10-year license from the Federal Communications Commission to operate an AM station at the plant and the local lighthouse keepers will arrange for the service. Bob Sperling of the Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association said the station will broadcast at 10 watts with its strongest signal covering an area of land as far east as Memorial Medical Center as well as to boaters in Lake Michigan's waters near Ludington... Council OKs local information radio station (Tue, 4/29)







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