West Michigan: Newsmakers Mar. 24, 2009




Grand Rapids Press:

Beloved Grand Rapids radio icon Rick Beckett, co-host of "The Rick and Scott Show" on WOOD-AM, is missed greatly in West Michigan. His untimely death from a heart attack last month has left many listeners grief-stricken. As for the future of the popular midday radio program, "anything could happen," said Tim Feagan, general manager at the station (AM 1300). "We will know it when we see it," Feagan said. "We have ads out in the trades. We are looking in and out of the market. There is no age range, no sex range, no conservative or middle-of-the-road preference. We are looking for someone who is relevant and compelling." The 9 a.m.-noon show has been renamed "Middays on WOOD" and pairs Beckett's longtime radio partner, Scott Winters, with fill-ins such as Neal Dionne, from WBCT-FM (93.7), and well-known radio personality Michelle McKormick. In his blog, Winters writes: "There is no way to replace the likes of Rick Beckett, nor do we even plan to attempt that. But hopefully we can find someone I have a good chemistry with, and we can make the new show as entertaining as 'The Rick and Scott Show' used to be." Winters and Beckett were best friends... Grand Rapids-area listeners still mourning 'Rick and Scott Show' co-host Rick Beckett, as WOOD-AM considers next move (Tue, 3/24)



WMUK 'Short Drive' fundraiser seeking $175,000

Western Michigan University's public radio station, WMUK 102.1 FM, is once again shortening its spring pledge drive, which begins Saturday, March 28, and will end when $175,000 is raised.

The station will reduce on-air pledge hours by more than 55 percent during pledge week and feature two "skinny days" Tuesday and Wednesday, during which there will be only one hour of on-air pledging.

Prior to the on-air portion of drive, listeners are encouraged to make donations online at wmuk.org or by mail. The station's Web ticker features up-to-date results of the ongoing fund-raising effort.

Funds raised through WMUK's pledge drives help to pay the cost of acquiring quality programs from National Public Radio, Public Radio International, the British Broadcasting Corp. and American Public Media.

To promote its broadcasts in high definition, the station's spring drive will feature drawings for 10 free HD radios. All those who pledge or donate will be entered in drawings, along with those who call in and request entry. Complete details and rules for the drawings are available at WMUK online.







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