West Michigan: Newsmakers March 12, 2010





Today marks the end of an era for Ludington radio. Longtime WKLA morning show host George Wilson begins his retirement today, following a broadcasting career that started in 1959. Over the years, thousands of guests appeared on the George Wilson Show to promote community events and keep residents informed of what's happening in their town. One of George's regular guests was Ludington Mayor John Henderson who said, "He's been an icon in the Ludington and Mason County area for decades. I'm going to miss George and doing the Friday morning show together." Congressman Pete Hoekstra also spoke with George every Thursday morning for the past 18 years. Hoekstra said, "It's going to be a huge loss for the community. George has been a beacon of good news in the morning. It was always good to talk with George in the morning and I'm sure all of Mason County will feel a huge loss." Congressman Hoekstra said he has especially enjoyed the off-air friendship he has created with Big George... George Wilson's Final Show On WKLA Radio (Fri, 3/12)



New York Times:

You don't need pockets as deep as Comcast's to get into the TV business. Or even be a millionaire, apparently. A UHF station in western Michigan - WMKG-LP, Channel 38 - that airs a mix of live talk shows and outdoor sports programming, is "priced to sell" at $700,000, according to its listing on eBay. And the owner, Bud Kelley, says he'll go even lower. Mr. Kelley had originally listed the station - including property, license and equipment - on the online auction site for $1 million before dropping the price to $700,000, and said on Thursday that he'd be happy with a $500,000 cash sale. Most of the people who have inquired so far were "tire-kickers," he said, though serious offers have come his way. "It's a real station, not a toy," said Mr. Kelley, 67, who has run the 24-hour station since it went live in April 1990. "It's just retirement time for me." Among the thorns in his side: the weekly bingo show, which airs on Thursdays at 7 p.m., later than he wants to work... Small Michigan Television Station Is 'Priced to Sell' on eBay (Thu, 3/11)







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