West Michigan: Newsmakers Nov. 19, 2010




Grand Rapids Press:

Producer Joe strikes again! A radio station stunt drew laughter and begrudging praise from a crowd of dignitaries gathered Friday for a ribbon cutting of the freshly finished "Fix on I-196" freeway widening project in downtown Grand Rapids. The group had intended to snip a ceremonial ribbon, but Joe Gassman - the infamous "Producer Joe" stunt man from WGRD-FM's "Free Beer and Hot Wings" - beat them to it. "In the name of progress, I declare that 196 is now open!" Gassman reportedly yelled before cutting the ribbon, hoisting the scissors in triumph and running south down the Coit Avenue bridge over I-196. "I thought I was back at MSU in the '70s and this was a streaker coming by," said Grand Valley Metro Council Executive Director Don Stypula, a guest speaker. "It was the most interesting ribbon cutting ceremony I've been to in some time"... 'Fix on I-196' ribbon cutting livened up by WGRD 'Free Beer and Hot Wings' radio station stunt (Fri, 11/19)

Clear Channel Grand Rapids has changed the call letters of its FM station Star 105.7, signaling programming changes are ahead for the company's stations in West Michigan. The station that's been WOOD-FM since it first went on the air in 1962 now is WSRW-FM a change made Thursday and confirmed today by general manager Tim Feagan. No other change was made in format or staffing at the station, which has made its annual seasonal switch from soft adult contemporary to an all-Christmas format for the holidays. Feagan speculated not many people would even notice. Since 2001, the station has used the name Star 105.7. Before that, it was known as EZ 105.7 for many years. "We never used the call letters before other than the top of the hours," Feagan said. The website radio-info.com suggests the change in call letters opens the door for Clear Channel to use WOOD-FM to simulcast the news/talk format of its No. 4-ranked WOOD-AM, which airs syndicated shows as Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. Feagan, however, would not comment on that possibility... Big changes coming to Clear Channel stations in West Michigan? (Fri, 11/19)

Clear Channel West Michigan has named Chris Potter as general sales manager for four of its Grand Rapids radio stations. Potter was named Thursday as sales manger for B-93 WBCT-FM (93.7), The Fox WBFX-FM (101.3) and WSNX-FM 104.5 as well as for Star 105.7... Clear Channel West Michigan names general sales manager (Fri, 11/19)



Kalamazoo Gazette:

The California company that owns Kalamazoo television station WWMT is considering selling its newspapers and TV stations. Irvine, Calif.-based Freedom Communications Inc. said Thursday that it has received offers to sell the stations and papers during a review of strategic options for the company, which emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in April, according to an Associated Press report. The company would not name the potential buyers or give details about which properties have drawn interest. WWMT General Manager Jim Lutton declined to comment. Freedom owns eight TV stations around the country, including WWMT in Kalamazoo and WLAJ in Lansing, and 100 daily and weekly newspapers... Parent company of WWMT eyes offers to sell television stations, newspapers (Fri, 11/19)







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