West Michigan: Newsmakers Oct. 17, 2009




Grand Rapids Press:

Local R&B/Motown station WJNZ may live on, but it probably won't be at 1140-AM on the radio. A settlement approved this week provides station manager Robert S. Womack up to six months to operate Grand Rapids' only radio station geared toward the black community. After that, 1140-AM will be transferred to Holy Family Radio, a religious broadcaster. The settlement gave Womack's Robert S Radio LLC and Kentwood-based Goodrich Radio LLC the right to transfer the WJNZ call letters to another station if they can find one... Settlement allows Robert S. Womack, WJNZ to continue at 1140-AM for up to 6 months (Sat, 10/17)


During the hockey season, rarely a day goes by that someone doesn't talk to Bob Kaser about the Grand Rapids Griffins. Kaser, who is starting his 10th season as the radio voice for the Griffins, said he was chatting with someone at the grocery store who had noticed him wearing a team jacket. "After a while, I guess he recognized my voice and said, 'You're the guy that I listen to on the radio,' " Kaser said. "So I asked him how many games he had been to and he said, 'One.' "It amazes me the amount of people I run into on an almost daily basis that are listening to games, and you can tell they're following games because they talk about specific things. Our following is far greater than what the attendance numbers might indicate." And the Griffins' turnstile numbers aren't too shabby... Griffins get FM boost with eight games scheduled to air on ESPN 96.1 (Fri, 10/16)




WJNZ radio talk show host Robert S. says he does not accept the out of court settlement that would end his bid to buy the station. "I've never signed any paperwork to a settlement," he says. "We do not have a settlement." During a settlement hearing this week a judge okayed the sale of the station to religious broadcaster Holy Family Radio. The Lowell based Catholic group made the high bid when the bank auctioned WJNZ last month to pay delinquent loans. But Robert S. says bidding irregularities prevented him from buying WJNZ and he won't give up until he can find another station to air his programming to the African American community. "I'm not considering a settlement unless we know we have a signal," says Robert S... Talk show host says the fight to buy WJNZ is not over (Fri, 10/16)







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