West Michigan: January 2010 Archives

Kalamazoo Gazette:

Longtime local radio personality Lori Moore announced Monday that she is fighting breast cancer and will not be on-air while she heals. Moore, who has hosted the morning show on WKZO-AM (590) since 1995, had surgery Dec. 29. Her pathology report was good with no signs the cancer had spread, Moore said during a telephone interview Monday afternoon. Moore said she has an appointment at the West Michigan Cancer Center Wednesday to determine what comes next. Moore, whose program runs from 6 to 10 a.m. weekdays, said Monday she was sore and didn't have the energy to "get up at 3:45 in the morning at the moment," but she wants "to get back as soon as possible"... Local radio host on WKZO-AM Lori Moore diagnosed with breast cancer (Tue, 1/5)




CITADEL Country WTNR (94.5 THUNDER COUNTRY)/GRAND RAPIDS, MI APD/afternoon host NICK ALAN will be starting a new gig soon as PD/on-air personality for CITADEL Country KATC/COLORADO SPRINGS. ALAN's first day is MONDAY (1/11). CITADEL Regional Manager of Country Programming and WTNR/PD STEVE STEWART is seeking his replacement... WTNR APD Nick Alan Headed To KATC (Tue, 1/5)


Grand Rapids Press:

David Solano is not the type of person who likes to sit around and wait for things to happen. That's why the former weekend sports anchor at WZZM-TV recently made the bold move to Houston -- even though he doesn't have a job lined up. Solano arrived in Houston on Dec. 29. He first visited the Lone Star State a few years back while visiting his girlfriend, a native Texan, and fell in love with the area. He had hoped to find a role in a larger market, but those opportunities did not materialize in Michigan, so he's taking a chance on Houston. Solano has had a few interviews already, both in and out of the TV business, and is confident he will land a gig relatively soon... David Solano looking for work in Houston after leaving WZZM-TV sports job (Fri, 1/8)


St. Joseph Herald Palladium:

Jason Lee knew his morning radio show on WIRX-FM (107.1) was doomed eight weeks before he got the official word. "When we received the shipment of 2010 station calendars, the Jason Lee Show logo was no where on there," Lee says from his home in St. Joseph. "When our logo didn't make the calendar we knew we were going to get booted. We just sat around for eight Fridays waiting to get called into the office." The call came on Nov. 20. That's when Lee was told that his show was the latest victim of budget cuts at Benton Harbor's WSJM, Inc., which operates the five Southwest Michigan radio stations owned by Mid-West Family Broadcasting. Since Lee's last broadcast nearly two months ago, a growing number of local supporters has been pressuring the company to put the deejay back on the air. The group, which has nearly 1,300 members, started a letter-writing campaign and a Facebook petition, organized a picket line in front of at least one WIRX advertiser, and are planning a benefit concert featuring Morgan Ingle, The Last Mangos, The Michigan City Vandals and Mike Struwin on Feb. 6 at Czar's 505 in St. Joseph. Proceeds from the concert will be used for signs, bumper stickers and T-shirts to continue a campaign to get Lee back on the air... Radio listeners rally for displaced deejay (Thu, 1/14)



Grand Rapids Press:

Do you follow the syndicated (and very popular) "Free Beer and Hot Wings" show on WGRD-FM (97.9)? Or do you listen to the sports talk show giant in town, better known as "Huge" -- who can be heard across the state (including WBBL-FM 107.3) and found online through his Huge Blog on Mlive.com? It may or may not be a case of old-school radio wars, but today Free Beer and Hot Wings, along with the show's Eric Zane, finished a segment with Grand Rapids Griffins captain Jamie Tardif with a little playful banter about Huge... Radio wars? WGRD's Free Beer and Hot Wings take on WBBL's Huge (Thu, 1/14)


Grand Rapids Press:

The Salvation Army will focus its 2010 edition of its annual Radiothon fundraising event Tuesday on raising money for its relief work in Haiti. The radio station 95.7 WLHT will host the 12-hour Radiothon that will run from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Woodland Mall, located at 28th Street and the East Beltline west of I-96. The Salvation Army has pledged that 100 percent of donations received for disaster relief will be used for that purpose. The radiothon will include up-to-the-minute information on the Salvation Army's relief efforts from "on the ground" in Haiti... Salvation Army's Radiothon on 95.7 WLHT to give all proceeds to Haiti (Mon, 1/18)


William "Broadway" Bertshinger left WBCT-FM (93.7 B-93) last week Wednesday to start his new morning show, "The Morning After," on sister station WSNX-FM (104.5). The new show debuted this morning. "To be honest with you, he's always been one of my favorite people to work with," WSNX program director Eric O'Brien said. "The stars aligned, and we lucked out to have him back." Broadway replaces Justin "Puddin" Barclay and his "Puddin's Playhouse" morning radio show, which has landed at Detroit Top 40 radio station WVMV-FM (98.7), AMP Radio... William "Broadway" Bertshinger leaves B-93 to launch new morning show on 104.5 WSNX-FM (Mon, 1/18)


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)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Jan. 24, 2010



Grand Rapids Press:

Mike Avery is the new morning news co-anchor at WXMI-TV (Channel 17) weekdays, with Sarah Brodhead, meteorologist Jon Shaner and traffic anchor Robb Westaby. Avery has co-anchored the Fox 17 Morning News on an interim basis since November. He joined WXMI in June 2005 as co-anchor for the weekend edition of Fox 17 News at 10. Avery came to Grand Rapids from Savannah, Ga., where he worked as a reporter... Mike Avery named new morning co-anchor on WXMI Fox 17 (Sat, 1/23)


Michigan Almanac: Jan. 25, 2010



MAB Says Goodbye to Former FCC Chairman and Michigan Broadcast Pioneer James H. Quello

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters sent out this release today on the death of James Quello:

It is with a heavy heart that the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) announces the death of our friend, Michigan native, broadcast pioneer, MAB Past President and former FCC Chairman, James H. Quello. Quello died Sunday, January 24 surrounded by friends and family at his Alexandria, VA home after heart and kidney failure. He was 95.

James QuelloQuello, a World War II Lieutenant and Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army and a war hero, started his career in radio broadcasting immediately after returning from Europe in 1945. He worked in the promotions department at WXYZ-AM (Detroit) and two years later moved to rival station WJR-AM (Detroit). He later became Vice President and General Manager of WJR-AM in 1960.

Quello was one of the original MAB members. He supported and helped to build the association from a small group of radio managers looking for representation on legal issues to what it currently is today - a nationally-recognized association representing more than 300 Michigan radio and television stations. Jim served as president of the MAB in 1959 and credited the MAB, his colleagues and friends from Michigan for mounting a campaign to get him appointed to the FCC in 1974. He served there until 1997 when he retired. For eleven months in 1993, Quello was the Acting Chairman of the FCC. He was honored with the prestigious MAB Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993 and many other awards too numerous to mention is this brief article. You could always find our friend Jim attending MAB conferences - catching up with old Michigan broadcast friends during a reception or participating in a tennis match - Jim was one of us and we will miss him.

This past Friday, January 22, MAB President/CEO Karole White spoke briefly with Jim:

"Weak and frail he used his limited breath to be uplifting to me," said White. "He thanks his friends in the MAB, 'The Greatest Broadcasting Association in the States,' he said. I'm to tell everyone he loves them and good bye (from Jim)."

Funeral arrangements are pending.



WZZM-TV Grand Rapids:

James Henry Quello, a one-time broadcaster who served as an FCC commissioner for 24 years, and as acting FCC chairman in 1993, died today at age 95. Appointed to the FCC in 1974 by then President Richard Nixon, Quello, a Democrat, kept winning reappointments to the commission until 1998, when he retired. He was named acting chairman of the FCC in 1993, bridging the gap between the tenure of Republican Albert Sikes and Democratic appointee, Reed Hundt. Quello's initial appointment to the FCC sparked protests from consumer advocate Ralph Nader, who called the new commissioner "a pawn for broadcasters." Although his tenure as acting chairman of the FCC was brief, the New York Times described his tenure with the headline, "Temporary Chief Proves More Than a Fill-In." As an FCC commissioner, Quelo became known for his independent thinking. He championed the preservation of free universal television and he sat on the commission as it and the media transitioned into the Information Age, during a period of revolutionary technological change and the birth of the Internet... Michigan native and former Detroit Radio manager James Quello dies (Sun, 1/24)


Grand Rapids Press:

A "Help for Haiti" radiothon sponsored by WLHT-FM (95.7) and the Salvation Army raised more than $24,000 for Haitian recovery efforts through online donations and phones set up Jan. 19 at Woodland Mall, said Jerry Terrants, Regent Broadcasting's operations manager. Their goal was $15,000. "We were elated," said Terrants, who helped the station plan for the event in only four days... Grand Rapids area radio stations help Haiti after earthquake (Fri, 1/29)







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