West Michigan: Newsmakers June 13, 2009




Grand Rapids Press:

Staffing changes continue in the newsroom at WWMT-TV (Channel 3). Anchorwoman Diane Daniels was let go and will no longer be anchoring the weekend newscasts, according to the station's news director Cathy Younkin. Holly Doyle will be handling weekend anchor duties for the 6 and 10 p.m. news on CW-7 and the 11 p.m. news on WWMT on Saturdays and Sundays. She also will report three days a week. "Holly's experience and ability to lead will be a huge asset on the weekends," Younkin said. WWMT added positions at the beginning of 2009 and their staffing levels have remained constant throughout the year, she added. Tom Van Howe (former WOOD-TV anchorman) must be enjoying his tenure at TV 3... Staff changes at WWMT-TV Channel 3: Holly Doyle replaces Diane Daniels as weekend anchor (Thu, 6/11)

We have lift off! Friday's national switch from analog to digital television was celebrated with all the pomp of a rocket launch at the Meijer Public Broadcast Center in downtown Grand Rapids. Dignitaries, photographers and reporters jammed into the WGVU-TV control room for a live broadcast counting down the final seven minutes of the station's analog signal. At 10 a.m., retail magnate Fred Meijer, a major supporter of public broadcasting, pushed the button to shut off power to analog Channel 52. Grand Valley State University President Emeritus Arend D. Lubbers, who welcomed viewers when the station started broadcasting in 1972, turned off the power to Channel 35. "I thought it would hurt, but it didn't," Lubbers quipped. As the analog monitors in the room went gray, applause could be heard outside the door. The station's digital signal, which has been at full power for more than a year, will replace the analog stations, making it WGVU-TV 5 in Grand Rapids and WGVK-TV 11 in Kalamazoo... DTV conversion celebrated at WGVU; WOOD-TV fields nonstop calls (Fri, 6/12)




Popular grand rapids radio personalities Dave Jagger and Geri Jarvis are making a comeback next week. The husband and wife team signed off two years ago after being on air for 20 years at WLHT.They were the longest running morning show in the city. Next week listeners can catch the couple's banter in a new form similar to podcasting. Listeners can catch their daily shows on I-Tunes or the Dave and Geri Show website... Radio personalities Dave and Geri make comeback (Fri, 6/12)







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