West Michigan: Newsmakers Sept. 22, 2009




Bob & Tom lose Grand Rapids affiliate

The long running Bob & Tom Show (Bob Kevoian, Tom Griswold) is without a broadcast home in the Grand Rapids market as rock WBFX-FM 101.3 has dropped the program in favor of an all-music direction.

The station has published a statement on it's website:


"We have had a number of questions regarding the Fox and Bob and Tom and after being on the station for a decade it was time for a change for a number of reasons. The first reason was that there is no home for music in the morning as every other radio station in town talks and plays spots in the morning. So, with KLQ going away, Radio X going away, and the rest of the changes in the market we felt it was a good time to change the direction of the station. This is not to say we think any less of Bob and Tom and in fact you can still hear them here and while we understand you may have frustrations with this decision we welcome any comments to our program director Eric O'Brien ericobrien@clearchannel.com. We thank you for listening and look forward to hearing from you. Have a great week."


It's refreshing to see a radio station acknowledge the reasons behind their decision and solicit listener feedback on the move.



Muskegon Chronicle:

Low-power television station WMKG-TV 38, known for broadcasting local sports, hunting shows and live bingo, is being sold to a company out of New York. Owner Fenton "Bud" Kelley, 67, launched the local station 20 years ago and remembers the first broadcast -- a live bingo game -- like it was yesterday. Back then, the station used the call letters W40AK. Kelley said it's time to retire, and he's pleased a buyer surfaced for the family-owned station. Kelley confirmed that BAG LLC of New York is purchasing the business and its building, 4237 Airline, for an undisclosed price. Kelley said he is not certain what type of programming the new owners will broadcast. Attempts to reach BAG LLC and its managers were unsuccessful. The sale is pending approval of the Federal Communications Commission, but Kelley said he does not foresee complications. He said the FCC is expected to make a ruling by year's end... Muskegon's WKMG-TV sold, pending federal approval (Tue, 9/22)



Grand Rapids Press:

Three months after flooding at the B-93 Birthday Bash left hundreds of vehicles stranded in standing water, about 150 people have shown interest so far in joining a class-action lawsuit against the sponsoring Grand Rapids radio station's owner. Ionia County Circuit Judge Suzanne Kreeger will hear arguments Oct. 27 whether to certify the class-action, Grand Rapids attorney John Tallman said. About 1,400 vehicles were stranded in a grassy parking lot next to the Grand River at the Ionia County Fairgrounds when the Grand River flooded its banks June 20. Many sustained significant damage. Tallman, who filed the lawsuit on behalf of a Plainfield Township man in July, estimated about 1,000 vehicles were damaged... Arguments to be heard in class-action lawsuit against B-93 owner Clear Channel for Birthday Bash flood damage in Ionia (Tue, 9/22)







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