West Michigan: October 2008 Archives

West Michigan: Newsmakers Oct 3, 2008



Muskegon Lumberjacks to be heard on 94 K-Rock

The Muskegon Lumberjacks minor league hockey team and Synergy Broadcast Group have reached an agreement with WWKR-FM 94.1 continuing as the radio flagship home for all of the Lumberjacks' live play-by-play broadcasts. Also included in the contract will be the daily "Lumberjacks Hockey Update" daily report to be heard on WWKR-FM 94.1 Monday through Friday at 5:20 p.m., with a two-hour Monday night talk program focused on the team airing at 6:30 p.m. The Monday Night 'Jacks Jam is set for it season debut on October 13th.

All game broadcasts will consist of a one-half hour pregame show as well as the "Lumberjacks Star of the Game Show," which will immediately follow all home games, and the Lumberjacks Post Game Show, the latter program to follow after every game, home and away.

The Lumberjacks initial game broadcast of the new season will be their pre-season premiere on Wednesday October 8th at 7pm when they travel to Kalamazoo to take on the K-Wings.

Terry Ficorelli, the long-time voice of Muskegon hockey, has returned with the launching of the Lumberjacks, following a brief stint in the OHL with the Saginaw Spirit. He will begin his 14th year at the Muskegon mic for all of the Lumberjacks game broadcasts, daily update report, and Monday night "Jacks Jam" show on WWKR-FM 94.1.



Grand Rapids Press:

Have you been watching the expanded WXMI-TV (Fox 17) morning show? I love the entertainment bent, especially Emily Richett's expanded role from online to on air. And it's also fun watching Tim Doty develop as a "man about town," doing some of the same type of features that Gerry Barnaby used to do when he worked at WOOD-TV (Channel 8). I have been wanting to check in with my friends at Fox 17, especially after receiving a press release about the addition of a new sports reporter, just to see what's going on. So I called GR Press radio and TV reporter Colleen Pierson, and she put in a call to Fox 17 news director Tim Dye. Here is her report: Tim Dye of Fox 17 said he is also pleased with how the expanded morning show -- which airs from 6-10 a.m. weekdays on Channel 17 -- is coming along... WXMI-TV Fox 17 continues to change (Fri, 10/3)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Oct 6, 2008



Kalamazoo Gazette:

A new FM radio station is on the air in St. Joseph County. WRCI -- licensed to Three Rivers -- is owned and operated by Impact Radio, LLC. Impact Radio also owns WLKM-FM and WRCI-AM in Three Rivers and WBNO/WQCT in Bryan, Ohio. WRCI operates at 97.1 on the FM dial and features a "Classic Country" music format. The station is also the new home for Three Rivers Wildcat varsity football and basketball broadcasts. High school football and basketball games from other towns in the county will also be broadcast as the schedule permits... New radio station on the air in St. Joe County (Mon, 10/6)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Oct 10, 2008



Grand Rapids Press:

Larry Figurski is feeling pretty blessed these days. Making it through a major heart attack with only mild lasting effects will do that to a guy. On July 7, the popular WOOD-TV 8 anchor was making the short drive home after playing recreation hockey. He started to feel cramps in the base of his chest, but figured he had taken a hard shot on the ice. As he got closer to home, he started to sweat, felt tingling in his triceps and was nauseous. It was a struggle just to drive ... Almost as remarkable as his recovery is the fact that he was able to return to the air Aug. 9, only a month after experiencing the biggest scare of his life. This week, Figurski made the full-time move from working on WOOD's sports desk to the news side. While he'll miss doing sports, he said the switch gives him more schedule flexibility and more opportunities for growth with the station. His new duties, however, allow him to remain a radio analyst for Grand Rapids Griffins home games this season on WOOD-AM (1300), with play-by-play partner Bob Kaser... Broadcaster Figurski returns after heart attack (Fri, 10/10)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Oct 17, 2008




Packer Radio (James Angus, James Chesley, Mayo Sanders) buys the combo of talk-and-sports WSCG (1380) and country WSCG-FM (106.3). The AM's licensed to Greenville, MI and has 1-kw days, 500 watts after sundown. The FM's a Class A with 3-kw at the maximum 328 foot height for its class. Seller is Stafford Communications, and the buyers own AC WION (1430) over in Ionia, Michigan. Price: $195,000 cash on the barrelhead.


West Michigan: Newsmakers Oct 19, 2008



Grand Rapids Press:

In light of the struggling economy, B-93 program director Doug Montgomery knew he had to tweak the radio station's annual charity event, Roofsit for Kids. "We wanted to do something special this year, and having Taylor Swift come and do a Roofsit concert -- the response has been beyond our wildest dreams," he said. Swift will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Van Andel Arena. The WBCT-FM (93.7) annual roof-sitting event has raised more than $7 million since 1993 to help fund about 16 West Michigan programs involved in treating and preventing child abuse and neglect, Montgomery said. The on-air portion of this year's event will kick off at 6 a.m. Tuesday (call 800-B93-KIDS). The station's on-air personalities also will collect contributions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Tractor Supply Company in Cedar Springs, Art Van Furniture locations in Holland and Kalamazoo, and Wal-Mart in Ionia. "This is a grassroots fundraiser by our listeners, and the money all goes back to the community," Montgomery said, adding contributions already are being accepted online at b93.com... B-93 tweaks Roofsit show -- and it's already a hit (Sun, 10/19)

Radio X listeners might recognize the voice booming from their speakers during the afternoon-drive shift -- it's none other than local radio institution Aris Hampers. After being fired two years ago from Clear Channel's WBFX-FM (101.3), Hampers has made his way back onto the air, this time at WMAX-FM (96.1), which also is owned by Clear Channel. "I pretty much thought I was done," said Hampers, who was approached about the gig by program director Eric O'Brien. "I really hadn't thought of doing it again"... Aris Hampers back on air at WMAX-FM (Sun, 10/19)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Oct 26, 2008



Kalamazoo Gazette:

It's taping time for the "Alma Latina" show on WMUK-FM 102.1, Western Michigan University's public radio station. DJ Miguel "Mike" Ramirez gets the Latin-music party started with a merengue tune from Elvis Crespo. "That's our Elvis," a chuckling Ramirez says to an English-language visitor in the studio. "The Latin Elvis," show volunteer Alicia Acosta adds. By playing the songs of current artists like the Puerto-Rican Crespo, "Alma Latina" -- which means "Latin soul" -- attempts to keep itself fresh for listeners and provide a cross-section of types of Latin music, while continuing to spin records from longtime Latin legends as well. Ramirez, assistant director of the division of minority affairs at WMU, has been a part of the lineup since January 1978, joining the program about six months after it was started. He coordinates the show and shares hosting duties with his wife, Maria Ramirez, and two WMU student volunteers... WMUK's all-Spanish 'Alma Latina' show celebrates its 32nd year (Sun, 10/26)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Oct 31, 2008



Grand Rapids Press:

Before trick-or-treaters rang the first doorbell Friday night, radio stations WOOD-FM (105.7) and WLHT-FM (95.7) started ringing Christmas bells. Both switched to playing all-Christmas music Friday morning, with plans to keep playing holiday cheer until Santa hangs up his suit for another year. "The economy's not so hot, and we're in election overload. We need a little Chrismas now," said WOOD program director Kelly Iris. "We want to pick up people's spirits a little," added WLHT program director Jerry Tarrants. WOOD went directly from Michael Jackson's Halloween-appropriate "Thriller" to Brenda Lee's "Rockin' Round the Christmas Tree" at 10 a.m. Friday. Forty-six minutes later, WLHT turned on its holiday lights with Josh Groban's "Believe" from the 2004 movie "Polar Express"... Radio stations find Halloween is perfect day for Christmas music (Fri, 10/31)







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