West Michigan: Newsmakers Jan. 22, 2010




Grand Rapids Press:

NBC paid a record $2.2 billion for the television rights to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and next month's Winter Games in Vancouver. That means all eyes locally will be on NBC affiliate WOOD-TV during the 835 hours of the network's planned television and Web coverage. But the veteran sports eyes of WOOD-TV sports director Jack Doles will not be in Vancouver Feb. 12-28. Lin Television, WOOD's the parent company, is not sending a crew to file localized reports for their stations around the country, and that is keeping Doles home in Grand Rapids. "It's a business decision, the economy," Doles said. "I will miss not being there, but I feel really fortunate that I've been to the Olympics seven times. It's the most incredible thing to cover. Nothing else really compares." Jack DolesDoles, 45, first covered the Olympics in 1988 for Conus Communications, fresh out of Drake University... After seven Olympics, WOOD-TV's Jack Doles will sit out Vancouver Games (Fri, 1/22)


Radio personality William "Broadway" Bertshinger says his new morning show on WSNX-FM (104.5) will boast more music. "It's going to be very listener driven," said Broadway, whose "The Morning After" last week replaced Justin "Puddin" Barclay and his "Puddin's Playhouse" morning show. Broadway left sister-station WBCT-FM (93.7) for the new gig. Puddin' left hip-hop station WSNX for Detroit Top 40 station WVMV-FM (98.7). Broadway began his radio career at WSNX as a junior in high school, working nights at the station for several years... B-93's 'Electric Barnyard' host replaces Justin Puddin' Barclay on WSNX morning show (Fri, 1/22)







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