West Michigan: May 2008 Archives

Grand Rapids Press:

"Take Five," WZZM-TV's popular local talk show, will make several significant changes later this summer. Beginning Aug. 25, the show will expand from 30 minutes to one hour and move from 4:30 p.m. to 9 a.m. weekdays. The show -- hosted by Catherine Behrendt and Stephanie Webb -- also will add a new talent, Tara Kuhnlein. A Hope College graduate, Kuhnlein previously was an intern for "Take Five." Station management believes the "Good Morning America" lead-in will be strong and provide a nice flow to local programming. The game show "Deal or No Deal" will follow "Take Five" at 10 a.m. "The expansion ... will double the amount of time to do a variety of segments and will allow us to breathe," Behrendt said. Janet Mason, the station's president and general manager, looks forward to having more time: "We can use the time to delve into topics and keep everything local, local, local"... WZZM's 'Take Five' to expand, move to mornings (Sun, 5/4)


Grand Rapids Press:

In Sunday's Broadcast Notes about WZZM-TV's (Channel 13) "Take Five" moving to the 9-10 a.m. slot at the end of August, the obvious question went unanswered: What happens to "Live with Regis and Kelly," which airs in that time slot? The answer: That show will move to Kalamazoo-based station WWMT-TV (Channel 3). On Sept. 8, "Live with Regis and Kelly" moves to 9 a.m. on WWMT, said James Lutton, general manager at Channel 3... 'Regis and Kelly' show lands new spot on the dial (Wed, 5/7)




Riviera/Las Vegas Hires Tim Kiesling: After a four-month nationwide search, RIVIERA BROADCAST GROUP/LAS VEGAS welcomes long-time CLEAR CHANNEL programming and marketing veteran TIM KIESLING as Marketing Director for Smooth Jazz KOAS (Smooth Jazz 105.7) and Alternative KVGS (AREA 107.9). KIESLING's 20-year radio career includes five years as Dir./Marketing at CLEAR CHANNEL/SAN ANTONIO. He was most recently PD of AC WOOD and Hot AC WMAX/GRAND RAPIDS. (Tue, 5/6)

WSNX Record Attempt Shots Down: CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40/Mainstream WSNX/GRAND RAPIDS, generated a ton of press from their CINCO DE MAYO stunt at a local bar. In a story first reported in the local paper, then picked up by THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE, the PUDDIN'S PLAYHOUSE morning show tried to break the GUINNESS record for most tequila shots downed at one time on the holiday. The record was 1,300. Alas, the 'SNX crew "only" had 679 people slamming a shot of tequila on MONDAY night. Nevertheless, the show plans on trying again next year. (Wed, 5/7)



Grand Rapids Press:

The Fifth Third River Bank Run might not initially seem like the type of event that's conducive to a radio telecast. After all, how exciting can listening to a bunch of runners pounding the pavement be, right? Angela Vuyst, the program director at WOOD-AM (1300), begs to differ. The radio station, which has aired all 30 previous River Bank Runs, will start its 31st broadcast at 7 a.m. Saturday. "We give the runners a lot of credit because the rest of us are sitting back and watching them run during the broadcast," Vuyst said. Actually, Vuyst will be doing more than just sitting around during the race. This will be her ninth year as the event's producer and engineer. And she has a number of reasons why this year's broadcast is worth tuning into... River Run airs on WOOD radio for 31st time (Fri, 5/9)



After 35 years of dealing with lake effect snow, Craig James is retiring. The chief meteorologist at WOOD TV8 since 1985, Craig began his weather career as an observer for the United States Air Force. A Penn State graduate, he worked weekends in Pittsburgh before moving on to Green Bay, where he got the chance to forecast the weather before each Packer game. Craig became the chief meteorologist for WZZM in 1973, when his hair was longer and he had a moustache. It was also at WZZM that he met Bill Steffen, who also had longer hair and a moustache. Today, only Bill retains the cookie duster. In 1985, in one of the most talked-about television moves in the city's history, Craig came over to WOOD TV8. For the past 23 years, he's guided the weather coverage as Chief Meteorologist through the days before Doppler Radar and the Internet became household names and must-have tools for meteorologists... WOOD TV8s Craig James is retiring (Tue, 5/20)


Grand Rapids Press:

During his long tenure as program director of WBBL-AM (1340), Bret Bakita has witnessed a once-fledgling radio station grow into an influential presence on the West Michigan sports scene. Fifteen years ago, that kind of transformation might not have seemed plausible. The station will celebrate its 15th year of existence starting at 10 a.m. today with a barbecue and live broadcast of Bakita's "On The Bench" show at the Harold Zeigler Chrysler Dodge Jeep dealership in Grandville. The station actually received its WBBL call letters and all-sports format on May 25, 1994. Bakita was hired two days before that, and has been the station's only program director since then. He's seen plenty of changes over the years... WBBL turns 15 after humble beginnings (Fri, 5/23)


Grand Rapids Press:

It has been more than a month since Nanette left the airwaves at WLHT-FM (95.7). She resigned due to creative differences surrounding the morning show but is not leaving the area. "My son, Nick, and I fell in love with Grand Rapids. He has really flourished in this community. For me to uproot him again, I simply will not do," she said of her 11-year-old. "We have moved eight times in the last 11 years for my career. Nick belongs here." Nanette proves there is life after radio as she looks forward to starting a business and partnering with her dad, Dennis Lanfear. The father-daughter team are starting a cosmetic teeth whitening service called "WOW Smile." They will open their first store June 15 at Rivertown Crossings in Grandville. Nanette said the procedure involves LED lighting and a 44 percent grade of peroxide to brighten teeth. The 20-minute service will cost $100. After the launch at Rivertown Crossings, Nanette and her father will open stores in Woodland Mall in Grand Rapids and locations in Lansing and Traverse City. For now, radio is on the back burner; Nanette's non-compete contract lasts until October... Ex-radio host Nanette gets into teeth whitening biz (Sun, 5/25)



Nights Open At WKFR: CUMULUS Top 40 WKFR/KALAMAZOO PD KEN "KRUZE" EBANS tells ALL ACCESS, "After 5 years holding down nights on 103.3 KFR, RAY THOMAS has resigned to deal with personal issues at home. Everyone at KFR wishes Ray the best in his future endeavors. As such, 103.3 KFR, KALAMAZOO's #1 Radio Station, is looking for our next Nighttime Superstar! We are built to win and need someone with that mindset," he continues. "f you want to be the best, then send your stuff ASAP. You must be willing to be a part of a high profile, high intensity, entertaining, and local show that wins in numerous demos. If you live the lifestyle and can relate to the audience without crude humor, then this may be your gig. Pay is negotiable according to experience and ratings history. You must have at least 2 years on-air experience, be willing to hit the streets, be a team player, and be a prep monster." Send your package, with mp3 aircheck, to kruze@wkfr.com subject "KFR Nights!"







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