Grand Rapids Press:
Fox 17's Michele DeSelms is leaving the 10 p.m. newscast on WXMI-TV (Channel 17) effective June 1, citing "family reasons." But she plans on working part time and co-anchoring the station's 6 p.m. newscast, which it debuted last fall. Michele was part of the original team to launch West Michigan's first 10 p.m. newscast, which debuted on Fox 17 in January of 1999. She and Monty Knight were the original team. He was replaced by current co-anchor Christian Frank in November of 2000. Michele said she has been hoping to cut back her hours because of her young family. "I have been struggling with the hours since my youngest went to Kindergarten last fall, and decided I simply couldn't do it anymore," she said. "I was sad at the thought of leaving, but knew something had to change. When the station suggested just doing the 6, I jumped at the chance. (I get the) best of both worlds! I get to be home with the family at night and still continue to do what I love!" Michele and her husband Bret Emerson have two daughters... WXMI's Michele DeSelms steps down from Fox 17's 10 p.m. newscast (Tue, 3/30)
Changes coming to Midwest Communications' Kalamazoo stations?
Call sign changes don't necessarily mean programming changes are imminent, but it's interesting to note that yesterday country WYZO FM 96.5 applied to change its call sign to WKZO-FM -- leading radio watchers to wonder if the news-talk format of WKZO AM 590 might be headed to the FM dial sometime soon and if one change might lead to others in the market. In Kalamazoo area, Midwest owns WYZO and WKZO along with variety hits WVFM FM 106.5, country WNWN-FM 98.5, adult urban WNWN AM 1560, and sports WQLR AM 1660. Midwest is also in the process of acquiring four FM stations in the Lansing market.