West Michigan: September 2008 Archives

West Michigan: Newsmakers Sept 1, 2008



Holland Sentinel:

WHTC-AM 1450 is making a "Huge" addition to its afternoon lineup this week. The radio station has reached an agreement with Citadel Radio to broadcast Bill Simonson's "The Huge Show" weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m. The sports-based talk show will start Monday with the "Best of The Huge Show" and be heard live on Tuesday. Simonson is looking forward to expanding his listener base in the Holland area. He regularly receives calls from sports fans from Holland who listen on either the home base WBBL-AM 1340 in Grand Rapids or one of the show's affiliates in Grand Haven or Kalamazoo. "I wanted to get on WHTC," Simonson said. "Holland is one of the great sports cities in Michigan if you look at their interest in all the professional sports, Hope College and their high schools. It's a great place for sports... WHTC adding 'Huge' show (Sat, 8/30)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Sept 5, 2008



Grand Rapids Press:

New weekend meteorologist Kyle Underwood started on the air at WOOD-TV (Channel 8) last weekend and is impressed with West Michigan. "The people are so welcoming and friendly," he said. The 29-year-old comes to us from WDIO-TV in Minnesota, where he was Chief Meteorologist ... Kelly Iris is coming back to West Michigan from Wink 104 in Harrisburg, Penn., where she spent time both on the air and as a programming assistant. "I have been lucky enough to live in Hershey where the air smells like chocolate," she joked. Now, it's back to her roots and a community she loves. Iris will be the new program director at WOOD-FM (STAR 105.7). She was part of the original team that put B-93 on the air in 1992 and also took over the programming reigns at WCUZ ... The Mouse is gone in West Michigan. Radio Disney programming has been off the air since August from WDSS-AM 1690. Bob Goodrich, licensee for the station said that Disney chose not to continue funding with about five or six affiliates. So, what's next for the local station? "Some time in September, we will start WPRR-AM (1680) which will be a non-profit operating entity, programming on an educational basis," he said. It will run 24 hours; 7 days a week and we will have a variety of podcasts and programming"... Broadcast notes: WOOD-TV 8 welcomes new meteorologist (Fri, 9/5)



Greenville Daily News:

An employee of Greenville radio station WSCG, which is owned by Stafford Communications Group, continues to recover after a two-car collision on Thursday. Cecil " Chip" Burch was transported to Spectrum Health System's Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids with non-life- threatening injuries. He received two broken wrists and a broken right leg plus a lacerated spleen and a lacerated liver as a result of the accident Burch remains listed in serious condition today at Butterworth... WSCG announcer continues to recover (Thu, 9/4)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Sept 19, 2008



WLAV and Tony Gates win Marconi Awards

Heritage classic rock station WLAV FM 96.9 Grand Rapids received a Marconi award yesterday being named as the Medium Market Station of the Year. Tony Gates, he station's afternoon drive host, also won a Marconi as Medium Market Personality of the Year.



Grand Rapids Press:

Superstar Taylor Swift will help country radio station B-93 "freshen up" its Roofsit For Kids charity event Oct. 21 with a concert at Van Andel Arena. Both the location and the concert are firsts for the station's annual event. "We've had artists come answer the phone, but we've never done a show, per se, like this," station manager Doug Montgomery said today. "Taylor's been a great sport to come help us. "In two years, she's gone from the little kid I picked up at the airport to being a superstar," he said, referencing the now-18-year-old's then-obscure performance at Taste of Grand Rapids in 2006. WBCT-FM (93.7)'s annual event, which raises money for West Michigan agencies involved in treating and preventing child abuse and neglect, "needed freshening," Montgomery said... Taylor Swift to support B-93's Roofsit fundraiser with Van Andel Arena concert (Fri, 9/19)




Couchman To Join SOS/Las Vegas: SOS RADIO NETWORK/LAS VEGAS announced today that MIKE COUCHMAN will join the staff as Network APD/MD on NOVEMBER 1st. He will also serve as afternoon host from 1-4p (PT). "I look forward to the creative input MIKE will bring to our team. He's a fantastic air talent and programmer. I just hope he's good with heat resistant turtle wax!" says Network PD SCOTT HERROLD.

"The prospect of no more winter, picturing myself washing SCOTT's car and the chance to build on the phenomenal foundation in place was too exciting to pass up. Whoever snags my WAYK-WAYG job will enjoy access to great technology, reliable research and a God loving team like no other. I'll even sell you my house! Seriously. I promise not to take the proceeds to the Strip,"says COUCHMAN.

Most recently COUCHMAN served as PD for CORNERSTONE UNIVERSITY Christian CHR WAYG-WAYK/GRAND RAPIDS-KALAMAZOO. He also holds the 2008 ECHO AWARD for PD and Air Talent of the Year. COUCHMAN has worked for WKQI/DETROIT, WLGH and WHZZ/LANSING, MI and WBCT/GRAND RAPIDS. (Fri, 9/19)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Sept 27, 2008




'Jump A Jonas,' To Win $10K: CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WSNX/GRAND RAPIDS morning meister PUDDIN' tells ALL ACCESS, "We offered a $10k reward for the first person to prove they've had sex with a JONAS BROTHER. The boys talk a lot about purity and living a lifestyle free of temptation and while that is an excellent way to live your life, we wanted to know if everyone had their level of self-control. That is why we are offering a $10,000 bounty to the person that can 'jump a JONAS' and prove it. If you are able to legally bed down either of the two JONAS BROTHERS who are of legal age to do so and are able to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that you did the deed, you can collect the $10,000 bounty. We just made E! CHANNEL's Daily 10, a ton of gossip blogs, and now the Mouse's cross hairs. DISNEY and the boys are not happy. But we're just having a little fun!" Find out more at www.jumpajonas.com. (Fri, 9/26)




Top 5 radio stations among all radio listeners age 12 and over during the second summer ratings trend in Grand Rapids were WBCT, WOOD AM, WSNX, WGRD, and WLAV... Grand Rapids summer phase 2 ratings (Thu, 9/25)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Sept 30, 2008



Whitecaps extend contract with WBBL

When the Whitecaps open their 16th season in 2009, listeners in West Michigan can keep their radio dial tuned to WBBL-AM 1340 for every pitch. The West Michigan Whitecaps and Citadel Broadcasting have agreed on a three-year extension that will keep Whitecaps broadcasts on their flagship station WBBL-AM 1340 through 2011.

Whitecaps games have been heard on WBBL for the last five seasons, dating back to their championship season in 2004. Several number of games will again be available throughout West Michigan on the Whitecaps Radio Network.

"We're excited to continue our partnership with Citadel and look forward to another three years on WBBL," said Whitecaps Vice President of Sales Steve McCarthy. "WBBL is the local sports leader in radio so the last five seasons have been successful for all parties involved."

"We're thrilled to grow together with the Whitecaps after partnering with Lew Chamberlin and the Whitecaps the past five years," said Matt Hanlon, President, Midwest Region for Citadel Broadcasting. "WBBL is the home for sports on the radio in West Michigan, so it makes sense for us to continue our relationship with a spectacular organization like the Whitecaps."



Grand Rapids Press:

Just like an aspiring Class A professional baseball player hoping to move up in the minor league system and eventually to the major leagues, West Michigan Whitecaps play-by-play radio announcer Dave Skoczen inspires to do the same. That's why after eight seasons announcing at the Single-A level, the past four with the Whitecaps, Skoczen, 30, has decided to leave the organization to pursue his dreams. Friday will be Skoczen's last day as a member of the Whitecaps' organization. He plans to pack-up his family (wife and two boys, 3 and 1) and head to California in the coming days... Whitecaps' radio announcer Skoczen steps down (Thu, 9/25)







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