West Michigan: November 2008 Archives

West Michigan: Newsmakers Nov 7, 2008



Grand Rapids Press:

For most of this state, Thanksgiving traditions usually include football and Detroit. For Bret Bakita, the holiday weekend has little to do with the Lions, and everything to do with high school football. For the 15th consecutive year, Bakita will anchor coverage of the state finals at Ford Field for WBBL-AM (1340), along with co-host Brett Muller. "It will be a busy couple of days," Bakita said. "On Friday, my mother will go on a shopping trip with my wife, and my dad and I will watch the football." The radio station's playoff coverage continues at 6:30 tonight with the West Catholic-Muskegon Oakridge game that will be simulcast on WBBL and Muskegon's WEFG-FM (97.5), "The Champ." WBBL also will stream games live online and, for the first time, archive audio and make it available for download on its Web site... WBBL's Bakita gears up for prep football finals (Fri, 11/7)



NPR White House Correspondent to visit Grand Rapids

Michigan Radio (WUOM FM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WVGR FM 104.1 Grand Rapids / WFUM FM 91.1 Flint) and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum will welcome NPR White House correspondent Don Gonyea to Grand Rapids, on Monday, November 17th, at 7:00 pm. Gonyea will speak about his experiences covering the White House as well as his time on the campaign trail with President-elect Barack Obama.

Gonyea has been reporting for NPR for over twenty years. A Michigan native, he was NPR's Detroit correspondent until 2001, when he took over the White House beat. Since then, he has reported on all aspects of the George W. Bush presidency, including the events of September 11th, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Gonyea has also spent expensive time traveling with President Bush, and has filed stories from around the globe, including Moscow, Beijing, London, Islamabad, Budapest, Seoul, San Salvador, and Hanoi. He has also covered the presidential campaigns of John Kerry, John McCain, and most recently Barack Obama, while chronicling the 2000, 2004, and 2008 elections.

In addition to his reporting for NPR, Gonyea has been a contributor to PBS's NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, the BBC, CBC, AP Radio and the Columbia Journalism Review. In 2000, he was part of a team that earned NPR a George Foster Peabody Award--broadcasting's highest honor--for "Lost & Found Sound," a series on All Things Considered. A native of Monroe, Michigan, Gonyea is a graduate of Michigan State University, and a lifelong Detroit Tigers fan.

Gonyea will speak at the Gerald R. Ford Museum, at 303 Pearl Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI on Monday, November 17th, at 7:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required due to space limitations. More information about this event and registration is available at www.michiganradio.org.


West Michigan: Newsmakers Nov 10, 2008



Muskegon Chronicle:

After five years of work -- organizing, planning, fundraising and praying -- the switch has been flipped. There's a new presence on the Muskegon-area FM dial. And if you've ever wandered near the A-stage at the Unity Christian Music Festival, it just may sound familiar. That is no coincidence. For the past several years, organizers of Muskegon Community Radio -- the Christian non-profit presence behind a new youth-oriented Christian radio station -- have been spending time in spots where they're likely to rub elbows with teens and young adults, talking with them, listening to them, listening with them ... Now the music pours round the clock from the radio dial at 88.9 FM, the new home for what organizers are calling Hey! Radio -- hence the station's call letters, WHEY... Unity fest inspires new Christian radio station (Sat, 11/8)




Because of necessary antenna work at the transmitter our coverage to off air viewers will be reduced starting Saturday morning (11/8/08). This will be for a one week period from Nov. 8th to the 14th... WWMT operating at reduced power (Mon, 11/10)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Nov 12, 2008



Van Howe extends stay at WWMT-TV

Current WWMT-TV main anchor Tom Van Howe has extended his contract and will continue anchoring the 5, 5:30 and 6 o'clock newscasts for the station, continuing to help out Newschannel 3 at the anchor desk at least through June 2009. He is currently filling the anchor role while Jeff McAtee serves as a U.S. Navy Commander overseas. Van Howe had initially retired in 2006 after 20 years of reporting and anchoring at WOOD-TV.

"Tom has been a great addition adding depth and experience to our news team," said Jim Lutton, WWMT Vice President and General Manager.

The station also announced a couple changes involving its anchors. Jeff Varner will move from his role as morning anchor to the night side and join Judy Markee for the 11 p.m. newscast on WWMT. Varner will also take over anchor duties for the 10 p.m. newscast on digital subchannel the CW7. Varner will also be reporting for the 5, 5:30 and 6 o'clock newscasts.

General assignment reporter Josh Roe will join Holly Doyle at the desk in the mornings. Roe joined Newschannel 3 in October from KFWD-TV in Dallas, Tex., where he reported and anchored.

"Josh is an exciting move for the WMMT/CW7 news team," said Cathy Younkin, News Director for WWMT. "We have some very talented anchors on all our newscasts to deliver live, local, breaking news to West Michigan viewers."



Grand Rapids AMs make changes

The two Birach Broadcasting AM stations in Grand Rapids have made changes to their programming. WMFN AM 640 has dropped its Adult Urban Contemporary/Talk format and is now airing brokered Spanish-language music as 'La Ponderosa', the format moving over from sister station WMJH AM 810 which only operates as a daytimer. The new programming at WMJH is reportedly Spanish-language contemporary hits.


West Michigan: Newsmakers Nov 17, 2008



Muskegon Chronicle:

In a few months, television stations nationwide will begin broadcasting in digital, bringing an increased sound and picture quality previously unavailable to those without cable or satellite TV. The change, which doesn't affect cable and satellite TV users, requires the estimated 600,000 Michigan households that rely exclusively on antennas to watch TV buy a converter box to receive the digital signals by Feb. 17. That's when stations stop broadcasting in analog and begin broadcasting fully in digital. Yet, a recent poll by state government officials found that 44 percent of Michigan residents aren't ready for the change. Many haven't purchased a converter box, which are sold at many electronics stores... Are you ready for television's digital age? (Sun, 11/16)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Nov 22, 2008



Grand Rapids Press:

Patrick Center, a reporter with WOOD-TV (Channel 8) for eight years, has left the station to become the news and information manager for WGVU-TV (Channel 35) public television and its affiliated radio station. His first day is Monday. Center will oversee the radio news and be involved in news-oriented TV shows such as "West Michigan Week" and "News Makers"... TV-8's Center heads to TV-35 (Sat, 11/22)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Nov 25, 2008




WGRD Releases 'Bootleg' CD: REGENT Alternative WGRD/GRAND RAPIDS released its 8th "BOOTLEG" CD TODAY (11/25) just in time for the holiday shopping season at all WEST MICHIGAN MEIJER stores and at www.wgrd.com for $9.79. The disc features 14 previously unreleased tracks from both national and local artists featuring songs by TRAPT, EXIES, FILTER, CANDLEBOX, TANTRIC, SEVEN MARY THREE, SIXX A.M., POP EVIL, SEETHER, JACK'S MANNEQUIN, FLEDFIVE, ABSINTHE, THE OUTER VIBE and BLESS YOU BOYS. Net proceeds will benefit WEST MICHIGAN ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION COUNCIL. (Tue, 11/25)







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