West Michigan: August 2008 Archives

West Michigan: Newsmakers Aug 1, 2008



Grand Rapids Press:

Jack Doles figures the 13 1/2-hour flight he's taking today to Beijing shouldn't be too bad. Hopefully he doesn't get stuck with a middle seat. Doles, the sports director at WOOD-TV 8, will be joined by colleagues Brian Sterling and Dan Limbaugh for the station's coverage of the Summer Olympics. WOOD's coverage will kick off with a one-hour special, "Olympic Hopes, Gold Dreams," at 7 p.m. Aug. 8. It will be Doles' seventh trip to the Olympics. Before joining WOOD in 1990, he covered the Winter Games in Calgary and Summer Olympics in Seoul in 1988. Since then, he's been to Summer Olympics in Atlanta ('96), Sydney ('00) and Athens ('04), and Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy ('06)... WOOD-TV's Doles on his way to Beijing Games (Fri, 8/1)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Aug 3, 2008



Grand Rapids Press:

After a six-year anchor stint with a television station in Indianapolis, Tracy Forner is glad to be back. "Indianapolis was an opportunity, but West Michigan is home," said Forner, who will be back on the air here starting Thursday. He will join Sara Brodhead and Jon Shaner on the WXMI-TV (Channel 17) morning crew. Forner said he had been considering a position to teach and oversee the television station at a high school where he lived, but "I knew if I accepted it, moving back (to West Michigan) would become a remote option, at best"... Tracy Forner back in Grand Rapids on WXMI-TV (Sun, 8/3)

Tune in to WKLQ-FM (107.3) from 6 to 10 a.m. and you'll hear a new early morning lineup. "The Opie and Anthony Show" is out, and the "Grey & Kluck Show" is in. "Our show is the most aggressive thing on radio," said Michael Grey, 33, program director and morning co-host. "We are a guy station and will keep it local. There is a real hunger for a true West Michigan product." He refers to the station's music as the "only reporting, true, active rock in the market" and said he worked hard to refocus KLQ's sound at the end of 2007. Grey is an 11-year radio veteran at WGRD and WKLQ. and Kluck spent time at WIRX in Benton Harbor as well as WRKR in Kalamazoo before joining the new morning team at KLQ... WKLQ has new morning lineup (Sun, 8/3)


South Bend Tribune:

Weigel Broadcast Co. and WSBT, Inc. announced Monday that they have signed an agreement under which WSBT Inc. will purchase the assets of the three Weigel low-power television stations serving South Bend: WBND (ABC), WCWW (CW) and WMYS (MyNetworkTV). The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2008. Norman H. Shapiro, President of Weigel Broadcasting, stated "We are proud of having maximized low power television broadcast facilities in the South Bend/Michiana market, without which there would be no local ABC, CW or MyNetworkTV service"... WSBT to purchase three local stations (Mon, 8/4)


WDSS drops Radio Disney

Grand Rapids is without an over-the-air Radio Disney format as of now as Goodrich Radio drops the kid-targeted format on its WDSS AM 1680 Ada/Grand Rapids. Announcements on the frequency invite listeners to check out Radio Disney on XM or Sirius Satellite Radio and state the station's new programming will be revealed on August 18th.




Country WBCT was the most listened to radio station this spring in Grand Rapids among listeners age 12 and above according to Arbitron. Classic rock WLAV, news/talk WOOD AM, modern rock WGRD, and contemporary hits WSNX rounded out the top 5... Grand Rapids 12+ spring radio ratings (Wed, 8/6)

In Kalamazoo, the top 12+ station was contemporary hits WKFR followed by rock WRKR, soft rock WVFM, country WBCT and adult urban WNWN AM... Kalamazoo 12+ spring radio ratings (Thu, 8/7)

Muskegon's leading station was country WMUS with contemporary hits WSNX, soft rock WSHZ, classic rock WMRR, and oldies WLCS completing the top 5 in the 12+ category... Muskegon 12+ spring radio ratings (Thu, 8/7)




WLHT & WTRV PD Bill Bailey Exits: After 11 years in GRAND RAPIDS, REGENT AC WLHT and Soft AC WTRV PD and WLHT/afternoon personality BILL BAILEY is on the hunt for his next opportunity. Sister Rocker WGRD and Regional Mexican WNWZ-A (1410 LA MAQUINA) PD JERRY TERRANTS will add programming duties at WLHT, and Oldies WFGR PD LEN O'KELLY will add PD responsibilites at WTRV. (Thu, 8/7)



Brian Holmes Freaks Out Grand Rapids: CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40/Mainstream WSNX/GRAND RAPIDS APD/night-timer BRIAN HOLMES is reveling in the fact that his "HOLMES & THE FREAKSHOW" just scored its 10th #1 18-34 book in row with its highest share to date, a 20.3. In other news, THE FREAK SHOW parts ways with current night co-host HOOCH and has some big changes coming on TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 2nd ... including the naming of a new FREAK SHOW co-host. (Fri, 8/8)


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)



WJQK Staffers Serve In Guatemala: LANSER Christian AC WJQK/GRAND RAPIDS sent its GM, PD and sales staff to GUATEMALA with PARADISE BOUND ministries JULY 28th to AUGUST 4th to build houses for poverty stricken villagers. It is estimated that over 100 people accepted CHRIST in the three villages visited over five days. The station also hosted its annual UNITY FEST last week. Over 47,000 individuals turned out over the course of four days to hear THIRD DAY, TOBYMAC, BIG DADDY WEAVE, KUTLESS, 33MILES, SKILLEY, PHILLIPS CRAIG & DEAN, THE REZ BAND REUNION, PHIL KEAGGY and RANDY STONEHILL among others. (Thu, 8/14)


Muskegon Chronicle:

She's reported on a world famous golf tournament, interviewed Tiger Woods and watched her share of University of Georgia football games. But after spending three years as a broadcast sports reporter in Augusta, Ga., Tara Miller is back in West Michigan, where she was scheduled to make her debut Friday night as Fox 17's weekend sports reporter. "It's a career jump for me, but it's also my home so it's kind of like the best of both worlds," said Miller, who graduated from Fruitport High School in 1999. "Now I get the chance to cover the teams I grew up watching." At FOX 17, Miller will work as both an anchor and reporter, covering local, state and national sports. Miller will join Brent Ashcroft, the station's Sports Director, as the second Muskegon-area native working on FOX 17's sports team. Ashcroft, a Mona Shores graduate, became Sports Director there in 1998... Fruitport native now anchoring sports at Fox 17 (Sat, 8/16)

Getting kids off the couch and doing exercises is the goal of a new locally produced television program that will feature local children. "Fit Kids" will air four times a week during the school year on the city of Muskegon's government and community access channel DSE/tv97. If auditions for the programs' four troupes of children who will appear on the show is any indication, interest in such a show is high... Children audition for new TV show (Mon, 8/18)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Aug 20, 2008



Grand Rapids Press:

Today's the first full day at WOOD-TV (Channel 8) for newcomer Kyle Underwood, who moved here recently from Minnesota to return 24 Hour News 8 to its team of five meteorologists. Whew! I was getting nervous. In all seriousness, some wondered if TV8 would remain with a team of five meteorologists after veteran Craig James decided to retire in June. Not long after his retirement, I bumped into general manager Diane Kniowski, who said "of course" a new person would join the Storm Team 8 Weather Team... Storm Team 8 now at full strength at WOOD-TV (Wed, 8/20)



WOOD Names Kelly Iris PD: CLEAR CHANNEL AC WOOD (STAR 105.7)/GRAND RAPIDS names WNNK (WINK 104)/HARRISBURG midday talent KELLY IRIS for PD duties. Sister AC WRVF (101.5 THE RIVER)/TOLEDO PD TOM COOK will continue to program the music for STAR 105.7 from a secret undisclosed location until IRIS can get settled in. CLEAR CHANNEL/GRAND RAPIDS GM/Market Mgr. TIM FEAGAN tells ALL ACCESS, "I hired KELLY when she worked for our cluster back in 1992. We are excited to have her return to MICHIGAN to program third most powerful FM in AMERICA! With 265,000 watts, I'm sure it will be a lot of fun!" (Fri, 8/22)

Kalamazoo Gazette:

The date television in the United States switches to digital broadcasting isn't creating the same hype Y2K did nearly a decade ago, but expect to start seeing and hearing more public-service announcements about the national changeover as Feb. 17 approaches. On Wednesday, U.S. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, stopped at the Best Buy on South Westnedge Avenue in Portage to promote awareness about the impending transition to digital broadcasting. He stressed during his 45-minute media presentation that the switch affects only analog televisions... Upton raises awareness about digital TV switch at Portage event (Thu, 8/21)




WJQK Holds 'Conference Room Series': LANSER Christian AC WJQK (JQ99)/GRAND RAPIDS kicked off its "Conference Room Concert" series Wednesday (8/20) with INO RECORDS artist BUILDING 429. The station is giving its "JQ99 Family Rewards"members exclusive private access to their favorite artists over the next few months by giving away seats in the station conference room for private shows. Over the next few months, "JQ99 Family Rewards" will host exclusive "members only" conference room concerts by SPARROW RECORDS artist BRIT NICOLE and ABOVE THE GOLDEN STATE, and SIXSTEPS RECORDS' CHRIS TOMLIN. (Thu, 8/21)



Rockford Independent:

After nearly three years in operation, a Rockford-based broadcast company with an innovative method of airing high school sports is still going strong. Michigansportsradio.com uses streaming audio via the Internet so long distance fans can keep up on area games. "Our games are listened to all over the world," said Brock Konkle, who helped launch the business in 2005. "Mlive has picked up all of our feeds as well. This has gone a lot farther than I thought it would." Former announcer and Rockford resident Ross Maghielse has helped to expand the unique method of athletic exposure on the east side of the state... MI Sports Radio has worldwide appeal (Thu, 8/21)


Grand Rapids Press:

Today is when several changes take place in the West Michigan/Grand Rapids TV viewing market. Here is what we have, for now: Beginning today, you'll find "Live with Regis & Kelly" now airing at 9 a.m. weekdays on Channel 3, WWMT... TV changes in Grand Rapids: Ellen DeGeneres, Dr. Phil, Regis & Kelly and Take 5 (Mon, 8/25)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Aug 27, 2008



Grand Rapids Press:

West Michigan viewers soon can get a little extra morning news on WXMI-TV (Channel 17). Fox 17's Morning News will expand to four hours of weekday programming, from 5 to 9 a.m., starting Sept. 15. "Get ready; it's going to be fun," said news anchor Sarah Brodhead, who has been on staff since March. "We hope to make your mornings go better." Former WZZM-TV (Channel 13) anchor Tracy Forner, who was recently working in Indianapolis, will return to co-anchor the newscast with Brodhead... Fox 17 expands morning news broadcast (Wed, 8/27); more detail here: Morning news expansion at Fox 17, WXMI (Wed, 8/27)



Kalamazoo Gazette:

A 12-year-old Vicksburg singer will make her radio debut Thursday by presenting a song she co-wrote as she vies to win a country station's competition. Megan Rae Macher, a Vicksburg Middle School seventh-grader, will compete against 11 other West Michigan artists during the Hometown Showdown on B-93-FM 93.7. She is the youngest singer in the competition by at least 13 years, said ``Broadway,'' a B-93 radio personality ... The Hometown Showdown runs at 8 p.m. weeknights until a winner is announced. The winner gets a chance to have his or her song put into the Grand Rapids radio station's regular evening rotation... Young Vicksburg singer to make radio debut in country-music contest (Wed, 8/27)







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