West Michigan: November 2009 Archives

West Michigan: Newsmakers Nov. 8, 2009



Grand Rapids Press:

Steve Lloyd-Jones, the radio voice of the West Michigan Whitecaps who worked his first season in 2009, decided not to renew a contract with the Detroit Tigers' Class A minor league affiliate after the two parties failed to reach an agreement on his on-air schedule for 2010. One of the radio voices for sports at Grand Valley State University, Lloyd-Jones, 36, has three children younger than 5 and cited family as his reason for leaving the job. The Whitecaps play a 140-game regular-season schedule, 70 games on the road. It's not uncommon in minor league baseball to be on the road for a week or more. "Based on my family needs, my career needs to take a back seat right now. I have very young kids and they need their dad," Lloyd-Jones said. "I underestimated the toll of being gone on my kids, and we couldn't reach a compromise on a more family friendly schedule and my needs and their needs as an organization"... Steve Lloyd-Jones will not return as radio voice of Whitecaps (Fri, 11/6)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Nov. 15, 2009



Grand Rapids Press:

Tracy Forner will leave his morning anchor duties at WXMI-TV (Channel 17) to head back to Indianapolis. His last day will be Nov. 25. Forner joined Fox 17 in August 2008 after a six-year stint at the Fox affiliate in Indianapolis. Before that, he worked at WZZM-TV (Channel 13), WLHT-FM (95.7) and WLAV-FM (96.9). "It's a simple matter of not wanting to be away from my family anymore," said Forner, whose wife, Elizabeth, and three young children still live in the Indianapolis area. "As hard as we tried to sell our home and find comparable work for my wife here, it wasn't happening. "We were fully committed to coming back and being a part of West Michigan again. Now my only focus is for my family to no longer be apart. There will always be opportunities for me to work, but my children only grow up once, and I refuse to miss any more of that." WXMI news director Tim Dye is looking for a replacement for Forner, he said... WXMI-TV morning anchor Tracy Forner returns home to Indianapolis (Sun, 11/15)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Nov. 18, 2009



Cornerstone University expands West Michigan radio reach

WCFG FM 90.9 Springfield/Battle Creek signed on last week (Friday, Nov 6th) as a full-time rebroadcaster of WCSG FM 91.3 Grand Rapids. WSCG/WCFG features an adult-focused Contemporary Christian format that usually finds itself among the most popular stations in a very busy radio landscape across West Michigan.



Grand Rapids Press:

Terri DeBoer and Rachael Ruiz soon will be adding a co-worker to their lifestyle show "Eight West" thanks to WOTV4's "The Face of 4" contest. The winner gets a one-year contract, the opportunity to represent the station on air and in the community and also act as a correspondent on "Eight West." Oh, and did I mention they also get $20,000? was announced this week on "Eight West." People can vote on wotv.com now through Nov. 29. The person with the most votes will be given an automatic pass to the finale. Five others will be chosen by WOTV 4 to move on to the final round of competition. The winner will be announced the week of Dec. 7... Top 20 chosen for WOTV's 'The Face of 4' contest (Tue, 11/17)




At the beginning of October, Ellen Tailor of HOT-FM's "Todd Chance Radio Show" embarked on an ambitious fundraiser to help local survivors of breast cancer. Her mother was diagnosed with the disease just over a year ago. After undergoing treatment, she is now a survivor. Tailor decided to challenge listeners, if they could raise $10,000 to help other survivors, she would "bare it all" and pose in the buff for an art class at Kendall College. "She and other breast cancer patients are poked and prodded and feel so vulnerable when they are being put out there, that me doing this art class is nothing compared to what they go through," said Tailor. Just one month later, listeners had held up their end of the bargain, and $11,700 was donated to the Compassionate Cancer Care Center at Metro Health Village... HOT-FM's Ellen Tailor 'Bares It All' to help breast cancer survivors (Mon, 11/16)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Nov. 20, 2009




The state of MICHIGAN has one of the highest unemployment rates in the U.S. The staff at CITADEL Top 40 WHTS/GRAND RAPIDS knows how difficult it is for many area families to put food on the table. On NOVEMBER 22nd, the station will present PASS THE GRAVY, a canned food drive/concert to benefit local charitable organization GOD'S KITCHEN (which served over 195,000 meals to the hungry in 2008)... WHTS Grand Rapids Is Helping The Hungry (Thu, 11/19)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Nov. 30, 2009



Grand Rapids Press:

Take a peek at Shelley Irwin's weekly planner and you'll find she's carved out time to judge a contest, emcee a luncheon, run a half-marathon, attend a charity picnic, sit on a variety of boards of directors, participate in a bike ride and perform on a local stage. Oh, and she has a full-time job, too. The strawberry-blond dynamo is host of the morning show on WGVU-FM (88.5), the National Public Radio affiliate at Grand Valley State University. She jam-packs her mornings, afternoons and evenings with interviews, civic functions and nonprofit work, tackling everything she does with gusto. Irwin is involved with local libraries and civic groups, the Salvation Army, the Epilepsy Foundation and Girl Scouts. She has moderated events for the World Affairs Council, Leadership Grand Rapids, the Center for Women in Transition and many others... Profile: Morning radio show host Shelley Irwin (Sun, 11/29)







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