West Michigan: January 2009 Archives

West Michigan: Newsmakers Jan. 1, 2009



The Van shifts gears

Holland's WYVN-FM 92.7 has adjusted its format and moved from oldies as 'Holland's Greatest Hits' back to classic hits 'Holland's Classic Hits'. The station had been classic hits for a number of years before shifting to oldies in September, 2007. WYVN is owned by Midwest Communications.


West Michigan: Newsmakers Jan. 3, 2009



Ionia Sentinel-Standard:

The radio airwaves above Greenville come alive again Monday. On Jan 5, Jim Aaron of WGLM will make his first 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. morning show broadcast live from Greenville's new hometown local radio station. You can listen in at 106.3 FM or 1380 AM, and if you do, you're sure to notice an increase in local content. After one year of negotiations with Stafford Broadcasting, who previously owned the station, co-owners Aaron and Jim Carlyle purchased the station officially on Dec. 19 under Packer Radio. While Carlyle will continue to broadcast at WION, Aaron will make the move from Indiana to Greenville with his wife, Karen. He'll bring his 30 years of experience with him. "Radio is in our blood, it's been in our blood for 30 years - 25 in Jim (Carlyle's) case," said Aaron. "I'm very excited to get up into Montcalm and Meekest counties and bring local radio back. People up here have already been very welcoming and I think they're excited to see a local radio station back." Negotiating for the station took a full year, but Aaron said it's been worth the wait. Aaron will host the morning show and each day will have a mix of local, regional and national news as well as local and Michigan State University sports. And don't forget about the music; WGLM (which stands for Greenville, Lakeview and Montcalm/Meekest) will send down signals from the best of the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and yes, plenty of "the new stuff," too... Local radio making a comeback in Greenville (Fri, 1/2)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Jan. 9, 2009



Battle Creek Enquirer:

Jerry Lewis will not be there. Nor will acrobats or ventriloquists. Instead, hosts of the "Caring for Kids" phone-a-thon Tuesday on WWMT NewsChannel 3 will ask parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends of children without health insurance to call in from 5 a.m. to midnight. Local health officials will volunteer to answer the phones in an attempt to find families who qualify for MIChild, a government-sponsored health plan for low-income families in Michigan. "We're not asking for money. We're not asking for donations," said Mark Bishop, WWMT marketing director. "We're asking people to get their kids signed up for the health care they need"... WWMT phone-a-thon to help families, kids (Fri, 1/9)


Muskegon Chronicle:

President-elect Barack Obama is urging Congress to postpone the Feb. 17 switch from analog to digital television broadcasting, arguing too many Americans who rely on analog TV sets to pick up over-the-air channels will not be ready. In a letter to key lawmakers this week, Obama transition team co-chair John Podesta said the digital transition needs to be delayed largely because the U.S. Commerce Department has run out of money for coupons to subsidize digital TV converter boxes for consumers. People who do not have cable, satellite service or a new TV with a digital tuner will need the converter boxes to keep their analog sets working. Since December, local stations have been airing tests to help viewers determine the readiness of their televisions. A green icon displays for sets that are ready, a red one for those that are not. An employee at Circuit City said sales of converter boxes, priced there at $59.99, had exceeded expectations but have slowed recently because of the unavailability of coupons... Delay digital TV conversion? Leaders disagree (Sun, 1/11)



Grand Rapids Press:

Dave Ramsey, Press columnist and radio talk show host, will present his debt-reduction and wealth-building strategies at 6 p.m. Feb. 19 at Van Andel Arena downtown. Tickets are $38 and may be ordered by calling (888) 227-3223 or at daveramsey.com... Dave Ramsey to speak at Van Andel Arena on Feb. 19 (Fri, 1/9)


Mid-West Family making changes to start 2009

Mid-West Family Broadcasting in southwest Michigan has added web casting for its rock WIRX-FM 107.1 and news-talk WSJM-FM/AM in St. Joseph. WIRX has also started broadcasting in HD and plans on adding an HD2 channel sometime before summer. At WCXT-FM 98.3 Hartford, the dayparted smooth jazz programming has been dropped and the station now is formatted as hot adult contemporary around the clock. Finally, AM 940 South Haven has switched call sign from WHIT to WCSY to match simulcast partner oldies WCSY-FM 103.7.



Langford Broadcasting looking for sales person

WGTO and WDOW Cassopolis and Dowagiac are looking for a sales person. It's a commission-only position, but the list is unrestricted and there is no competition.

This is not a position for just anyone. Langford Broadcasting is looking for a person with natural sales ability that needs to have experience in media sales to be successful. An outstanding performance in this commission-only position will lead to a salaried sales position and long term management opportunity for the right person.

WGTO AM and WDOW AM make up Langford Broadcasting and are headquartered out of Dowagiac Michigan.

This sales position would cover all of the Michiana area. You select your hours and area. WGTO and WDOW are the only local stations in Cass County Michigan and you can seek any business without restriction. WGTO is a classic rock station WDOW is all sports.

For more information, contact Larry Langford at langfordbusiness@aol.com or (269) 782-5106.



In December WLAV's morning radio host Kevin Matthews announced he had multiple sclerosis, he says MS is definitely changing the way he thinks about even the simplest things like walking through the snow. Matthews says he also notices that some days are better than others, "You can just run out of gas real easy and sometimes it will last a couple hours sometimes a day." It's a classic symptom of multiple sclerosis, overwhelming fatigue. Other symptoms of MS include loss of balance and muscle control. Now Kevin is thinking about what else might change in his life, "I love the outdoors, I love bow hunting. How do you get up into a tree stand? Little things like that you start to think about." He's also not very fond of giving himself the steroid injections that keep his MS from progressing, "I hate the fact that I have to give myself a shot. There's really nothing to it but psychologically it's giving yourself a shot, it's either this leg, this leg, your stomach your arm." But don't think for a second he's throwing himself a pity party... Kevin Matthews - battling MS with humor (Wed, 1/28)


Michigan Almanac: January 30, 2009



Grand Rapids Press:

While the daily news of bailouts, stimulus packages and CEO bonus checks has taken its toll on many Americans, for Nashville singer/songwriter John Rich of the country duo Big and Rich, it inspired "Shuttin' Detroit Down," a song sympathetic to autoworkers and farmers. Now, the song has become a working-class anthem, and it's quickly becoming one of the hottest songs on country radio. Rich dropped off the song at B-93's Grand Rapids studio Tuesday. "As soon as John played it for us, the phones started ringing and the e-mails started flying in. People are in tears," said morning on-air personality Neal Dionne, of WBCT-FM (B-93.7) in Grand Rapids, a region also struggling with a GM plant closing in Wyoming. "You don't see that everyday. (And) when you do, you know it's something special." The same strong reactions are happening in Detroit, where country station WDTW-FM (106.7), The Fox, is playing it hourly... Michigan's reality? John Rich's 'Shuttin' Detroit Down' hits home (Thu, 1/29)



Detroit Free Press:

A country protest song titled "Shuttin' Detroit Down" is spreading across the nation's C&W stations - and surging in popularity in the beleaguered Motor City itself. The song, by John Rich of the country duo Big and Rich, is a populist anthem that combines elements of working-class pride, economic frustration and class warfare. He's traveling the country, performing it on country stations, and it's spreading in viral fashion via radio and the Internet. The refrain: "In the real world, they're shuttin' Detroit down/While the boss man takes his bonus and jets on out of town." Rich sang it in person on the Dr. Don Morning Show Tuesday on Detroit's WYCD-FM (99.5), and the phones immediately lit up. "It has spread like wild fire," said WYCD program director Tim Roberts. "It's unbelievable. It's one of the biggest records we've had in years"... John Rich's 'Shuttin' Detroit Down' sizzling on country radio, Web (Thu, 1/29)







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