West Michigan: Newsmakers Apr. 14, 2009




Grand Rapids Press:

A series of cost-cutting measures by Regent Broadcasting has left longtime radio personality Bruce Parrott without an on-air home. Parrott has worked at Regent stations for about 14 years, most recently as morning show co-host on WFGR-FM (98.7), the oldies station. The company also has cut WLHT-FM (95.7) personality Denis Prior from its roster. Phil Catlett, president and general manager of Regent in Grand Rapids, said the cuts were made for "totally economic" reasons. The downturn, he said, has cut into advertising revenue. Parrott and Prior are "great people, very talented," Catlett said. "Some of the advertising realities we're dealing with right now are forcing us to do as much as we can to control our expenses"... Regent Broadcasting cuts Bruce Parrott at WFGR, Denis Prior at WLHT (Tue, 4/14)




WLHT Announces New Line-Up: REGENT AC WLHT/GRAND RAPIDS afternoon host DENIS PRIOR exits due to budget cuts. Midday talent KIM CARSON moves to afternoons and JOHN TESH moves from nights to middays. OM JERRY "JT" TARRANTS replaces JOHN TESH at night. The new WLHT line-up is as follows:
10a-3pm - JOHN TESH
7p-12a - JT

In other station news, MARK SUMMERS (a.k.a. MUTT) of MUTT PRODUCTIONS has been named as the new voice of WLHT replacing the late great BRIAN JAMES. (Tue, 4/14)




The Gannett ABC affiliate in Grand Rapids, Mich., WZZM, has expanded its cable coverage on Comcast in southwest Michigan. Comcast systems in Battle Creek, Lawton, Oshtemo and Three Rivers are now carrying WZZM's standard-definition and high-definition signals. These systems are also carrying WZZM's 13 On Target Weather Network, a 24/7 local weather channel for West Michigan. WZZM's SD channel is part of Comcast's basic package... WZZM Expands Cable Coverage in SW Michigan (Tue, 4/14)







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