West Michigan: Newsmakers August 1, 2010




Grand Rapids Press:

After 24 years overseeing some of Grand Rapids' most popular radio stations, Phil Catlett isn't sure if he'll stay in broadcasting. Catlett, 56, was removed Thursday evening from his job as general manager of Townsquare Media's West Michigan operation that owns WLHT-FM (95.7), WGRD-FM (97.9), WTRV-FM (100.5), WFGR- FM (98.7) and WNWZ-AM (1410). Catlett is the latest top executive to be replaced in a leadership shake-up following the company's renaming from Regent Communications Inc. in May after it emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. On Friday, Catlett said he was treated fairly by Townsquare Media, although he couldn't discuss his severance agreement... General manager of group overseeing stations such as WGRD, WLHT removed as new owners continue shakeup of local radio market (Sat, 7/31)



Grand Haven Tribune

A noncommercial Grand Rapids radio station recently boosted its signal strength, which station officials say will help it reach the Grand Haven area. WYCE (88.1 FM), the radio station of the Grand Rapids Community Media Center, has increased its output power from 7,000 watts to 10,000 watts. The move completes a decade-long campaign to obtain signal increase approval from the Federal Communications Commission and raise the necessary funds to make the upgrade. "For years, our listeners have been asking, 'When will I be able to listen to you in Holland, in Grand Haven,'" WYCE Station Manager Kevin Murphy said. "After nearly a decade of fundraising, bureaucratic red tape and a whole lot of crossed fingers, we're so happy to be able to tell those listeners: 'Tune in now.'" The new transmitter and antenna needed for the signal expansion project were funded through a capital campaign completed in 2007. An additional $15,000 was raised this past spring to complete the installation. The new transmitter was installed in January and the antenna was put in place in June. On July 19, WYCE received its final go-ahead from the FCC and is now operating at full strength... WYCE increases power to 10,000 watts (Sat, 7/31)







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