West Michigan: April 2009 Archives

Kalamazoo Gazette:

If you see a man resembling Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell in the "American Idol" audience on April 7 in Los Angeles and you're wondering whether you saw right, there's nothing wrong with your vision. Hopewell is scheduled to be in the personal cheering section of Matt Giraud, the "Idol" finalist from Kalamazoo, the politician told the Kalamazoo Gazette today. Often, the Fox TV cameras pan to family members and friends of contestants. And if, this morning, you thought you heard Gov. Jennifer Granholm on WKZO-AM (590) urging "Idol" show watchers to keep voting for Giraud, there's nothing wrong with your hearing. Hopewell had asked Granholm earlier this month to join him in a campaign to ensure that yet another Michigan native is a top-finishing "Idol" finalist. The governor last threw her support around LaKisha Jones, of Flint, who made it to fourth place in Season Six in 2007. Hopewell's and Granholm's well wishes today came just hours before the nine remaining contestants, which include Giraud, were to perform live on "American Idol"... 'American Idol' finalist Matt Giraud gets radio plug from Michigan's governor, Kalamazoo's mayor to be in 'Idol' audience (Tue, 3/31)


Grand Rapids Press:

If you're a country music fan, you'll be watching! With entertainers such as Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, George Strait, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift and Toby Keith scheduled to perform, tonight's Academy of Country Music awards show (8 p.m., CBS) offers another chance to see all of your favorite stars. And there's another reason to tune in, especially if you're a fan of "The Electric Barnyard." Local radio personality Broadway, of WBCT-FM's popular nighttime radio show on B-93, was nominated for an industry award as on-air personality of the year for medium markets. "To be considered one of the top five (people) in the medium markets in the country, that's quite an honor -- to be recognized at that level," said Broadway, whose show airs weekdays on B-93 from 7 p.m. to midnight with his intern sidekick, Crawl. A native of Marne, Broadway (whose real name is Bill Bertshinger) is starting his fourth year with B-93 and has been working in radio full time since he graduated from high school. Now 27, Broadway says being nominated for the ACMs is a validation of his career... B-93 radio DJ Broadway gets Academy of Country Music nomination for on-air personality of the year (Sun. 4/5)


Muskegon Chronicle:

John VanWyck has been the constant. Even before the "Talkin' Muskegon" radio show on WKBZ (1090 AM) was the "Talkin' Muskegon' radio show on WKBZ, VanWyck held forth on another Muskegon station. "Talk 'n' Tunes" was a Saturday morning staple on station WEFG (97.5 FM). Originally hosted by VanWyck and Oscar Osbo, that program's cast of characters included Greg Roberts, Anette Buchholz, Bob Eacker, Brian Werschem and yours truly. VanWyck, Roberts and Werschem eventually landed in the Clear Channel Communications studios on Green Street, a venue best known as the home of popular West Michigan country music station WMUS (106.9 FM). There, "Talkin' Muskegon" on WKBZ -- Muskegon's first and most historic radio station -- has become a Friday afternoon tradition: Real, legitimate local radio taking up the afternoon drive shift from 3-6 p.m. On April 3, the show celebrated its eighth anniversary, with VanWyck and Dean Smith at the controls, and Werschem when he finally arrived leading into the second hour. Roberts departed the airwaves years before... 'Talkin' Muskegon' (Mon, 4/6)


Grand Rapids Press:

I'd like to invite everyone to join me 10 p.m. Sunday, when I return to WYCE-FM (88.1) for a guest DJ slot on the "Guest List With Michael Cunningham" show. Last time, my set coincided with the perverse commercial exercise known as Valentine's Day, and I was more than happy to spin my favorite break-up and down-with-love songs... Medium Fidelity returns to the WYCE airwaves Sunday night (Thu, 4/9)


WZUU Kalamazoo drops Mancow, Scotty Bud moves to mornings on Monday

Changes are coming to the on-air lineup on Kalamazoo's rocker 92.5 WZUU-FM starting Monday April 13th. Kalamazoo radio veteran Scotty 'Bud' Melvin will be taking over the morning show (6 - 10 a.m.) and waking up Southwest Michigan again, something he did for fifteen years prior to arriving at WZUU. "Mancow's Morning Madhouse" has been dropped from the station's lineup.

Melvin was most recently host of 'The Afternooner' from 2 - 6 p.m. on WZUU. Kevin Nash will continue in the midday shift (10 a.m. - 3 p.m.) and Taz and 'The Big Dumb Radio Show' will move to 3 - 8 p.m. Scotty Bud has been on the air in the Kalamazoo area since 1987. He is also the Program Director for WZUU.

"It's going to be great to wake up with everyone again. We'll have a local flavor, talk plenty of sports, and of course play Kalamazoo's Real Rock."

Scotty Bud will be joined by Traver McLaughlin, who previously worked in sports-talk radio in Phoenix.


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)


Grand Rapids Press:

Popular longtime WOOD-AM (1300) radio morning show host Gary Allen is "doing great" at Spectrum Health's Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center after undergoing successful double-bypass heart surgery Monday morning. "He's a trooper," said Allen's wife, Laurie, noting the radio host was sitting up in bed by late afternoon. "I think that's pretty good that he's talking to me at 4 o'clock after four hours." Allen, 62, has been off the air since Wednesday after experiencing shortness of breath and "chest discomfort" caused by blockage in two arteries, Laurie Allen said. After three hours of surgery, the prognosis for Allen is excellent, she said. Doctors expect four to six weeks of recovery time, though Allen is "planning on three weeks," she said. "He'd love to go back (to WOOD-AM) in three weeks, but we'll see." It's the second time in three years the veteran Grand Rapids radio voice has been off the air after undergoing surgery... WOOD-AM radio host Gary Allen 'doing great' after double-bypass heart surgery, wife says (Mon, 4/20)


A DJ so nice, you can hear him twice

If you're lucky enough to live in the middle of the state and are able to pick up Citadel active rock outlets WKLQ-FM 107.3 Greenville/Grand Rapids and WKQZ-FM 93.3 Midland/Bay City, you can hear two different afternoon drive programs from the same jock. Jay Deacon hosts 2 - 7 p.m. on WKLQ and nearly simultaneously (3 - 7 p.m.) airs on WKQZ. But the trick is that the shows are not simulcast, leaving listeners on their own to figure out on which station and for what segments is Deacon live or voicetracked.

While the overlap area between WKLQ is WKQZ is mostly rural in nature, it's still an interesting study in how radio companies are doing all they can to cut costs yet maintain as much of a local feel as possible.



Grand Rapids Press:

Ever wondered what a radio show looks like as it's being recorded? Ira Glass is giving you a chance to find out. The host of Chicago Public Radio's popular "This American Life" program plans to take his cast in front of the cameras for a live simulcast on Thursday. The show will be broadcast in high definition via satellite to more than 400 movie theaters across the country, including Celebration Cinema North and Holland 7 in West Michigan. Tickets for the evening event already have been selling well at Celebration North, said Steve VanWagoner, Celebration Cinema's vice president of marketing... Radio's quirky 'This American Life' hits Grand Rapids-area theaters (Tue, 4/21)


As part of its bankruptcy proceedings, Equity Media Holdings has auctioned off a number of its television stations, including the Marquette FOX affiliate and low power outlets in Detroit and Grand Rapids.

FOX affiliate WMQF TV 19 Marquette is Equity's only full-power station in Michigan and will be dealt to an organization identified only as MMMC for $100,000.

Religious operator Daystar Television Network will be acquiring low-power stations WUDT-CA Ch. 23 Detroit, currently an affiliate of the Spanish-language Univision network, and WUHQ-LP Ch. 29 Grand Rapids, current an affiliate of Spanish-language LAT TV as part of a 15-station agreement valued at $7.4 million.

The sales will need to clear hurdles through both bankruptcy court and with federal regulators.







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