West Michigan: Newsmakers Mar. 2, 2009




Grand Rapids Press:

The box of tissues next to Scott Winters' microphone got a lot of traffic Monday morning as friends, fans and colleagues of late radio personality Rick Beckett lit up the phone lines at WOOD-AM (1300) during a three-hour tribute. Beckett, 54, died Thursday night after suffering a heart attack. "When they first told me about (Beckett's death), my emotions were stagnant. This was great therapy for me," said Winters, who was Beckett's on-air partner for 15 years. During the final installment of "The Rick and Scott Show," Winters, along with WOOD programming director Angie Vuyst and programming consultant Phil Tower reminisced about Beckett, played clips from his broadcasting career and shared memories with listeners. Beckett was well-known in the Grand Rapids radio market from his years with Winters on WGRD-FM (97.9) and WKLQ-FM (then 94.5). The duo joined WOOD together more than five years ago. "He was so proud to work at WOOD Radio and have this show," said Tower, a former programming director for the station. Throughout the morning, emotional calls flooded the studio lines, and in-studio personnel often fought back tears... Co-host, fans pay on-air tribute to radio personality Rick Beckett (Mon, 3/2)







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