West Michigan: April 2010 Archives


A pair of Michiana radio legends with a combined 85 years on the airwaves were honored Wednesday. Most of us know the names Bill Darwin and Allan Strike. Elkhart Mayor Dick Moore renamed the corner outside Froggy 102.7, the Darwin Stryke Corner. The two broadcasters have retired after long and very successful careers informing and entertaining Michiana. Darwin was actually here long before Ed and I were on WSJV-TV. He hosted Good Morning Michiana. He also worked for WTRC for decades and was well known as the host of the MDA telethon. Allan Stryke also broadcast on WTRC hosting "Sound off," "Swap Shop" and the news. Both said the renaming was an unexpected honor and that they loved helping serve in the community... Elkhart radio legends are honored (Wed, 3/31)



FEDERATED MEDIA Classic Rock WAOR/SOUTH BEND is slated to move from its present 95.3 FM facility to the 95.7 FM slot presently occupied by Urban WYPW (POWER 95.7) on MAY 10th, according to on-air and online announcements from the station. The station's website carries a message saying, "95.3 WAOR moves to 95.7 WAOR on May 10th! WAOR is and will be SOUTH BEND's #1 Classic Rock Station, we're just moving up your radio dial!"... WAOR/South Bend Sets Move To 95.7 FM (Mon, 4/5)

Note: it's expected the new format on FM 95.3 will be news/talk once the move of WAOR's programming is completed.


WZUUA week after being dropped as a result of a format change from country to news-talk on FM 96.5 in Kalamazoo, Forum Communications' rocker WZUU FM 92.5 clears the syndicated Bob & Tom Show starting tomorrow morning, April 8th. The station tweets that current morning host Scotty Bud is moving to afternoons to make room for Bob & Tom.


South Bend Tribune:

Big changes are coming to local radio. Conservative talk show hosts Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck will move from WSBT-AM (960) to what was WAOR-FM (95.3) in the first two weeks of May. At that time, 95.3 FM will become FM News Talk 95.3. The station, which also will be affiliated with Fox News, will bill itself as Michiana's News Channel. WSBT, in turn, will counter with its own locally originated talk show from 3 to 5 p.m., expand the airing of the Dave Ramsey show from noon to 3 p.m. and continue its affiliation with the Mike Gallagher show, running it from 9 a.m. to noon ... WAOR's classic rock format will move up the dial from 95.3 to 95.7, replacing the hip-hop format previously on WLRX-FM (95.7). Eventually, "The Bob & Tom Show" will move over from WRBR-FM (103.9, The Bear) and take over the morning slot there... Michiana radio stations to see talk shows, program formats shifting (Wed, 4/14)



New WKZO-FM unable to air Tigers baseball

As the dust settles after the format change at 96.5 FM Kalamazoo from country to news/talk, one big element that's not simulcast from WKZO AM 590 is Detroit Tigers play-by-play due to contractual issues with airing the games on FM. WBCK-FM 95.3 Battle Creek apparently has in its contract with the Tigers Radio Network the rights to FM broadcasts in at least of some of the same area covered by the new WKZO-FM and thus WBCK-FM has decided to exercise those rights, keeping the games off 96.5, at least for now.

WKZO is making the best of the situation however by clearing programming that would normally have been preempted by Tigers' baseball in the past on FM 96.5 while AM 590 airs the games. WKZO-FM also plans on airing some selected weekend games from the Chicago Cubs to appeal to West Michigan baseball fans.

Tigers baseball has been a mainstay on WKZO for decades - the station was once owned by John Fetzer who also owned the ballclub.


Grand Rapids Press:

Ben Chiswick already was familiar with the West Michigan Whitecaps when he moved to Grand Rapids. He had spent the previous five years working for the Quad Cities River Bandits and made frequent visits to the area for games. That familiarity certainly has helped Chiswick get accustomed to his new job as play-by-play voice for the Whitecaps. "I've been here before so I knew a lot of people and the park well," Chiswick said while making the drive to Bowling Green, Ky., for a three-game series with the new Hot Rods franchise. "But the way this franchise is run from top to bottom is not typical of Class A. It's typical of a higher minor-league franchise." Chiswick was hired in early February from a field of about 80 applicants... New Whitecaps play-by-play announcer Ben Chiswick adapts quickly to his new home (Fri, 4/16)



South Bend Tribune:

A WNDU-TV anchor was arrested early Thursday morning after police were called to a domestic dispute at a Mishawaka home. Erin Logan, who has worked for WNDU since 2007, was arrested in the 5500 block of Zappia Drive after police were called to the home just before 2:30 a.m. She has been accused of public intoxication, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. In a statement issued Thursday, WNDU management said Logan was fired from the station because of the incident. According to police reports, police were called to the home after a heated argument between Logan and Christopher Zorich, the former Notre Dame and National Football League football player who now works as the manager of student welfare and development for Notre Dame... WNDU anchor arrested in domestic dispute (Thu, 4/15)


RadioInfo.com reporter extraordinaire Tom Taylor reports that Michigan attorney General Mike Cox has filed information with federal bankruptcy court that Citadel (which owns several radio stations in Detroit, Grand Rapids and mid-Michigan) has "failed to file its 2008 Michigan Business tax return and to remit the taxes, penalties and interest," and that Michigan doubts "as to whether the debtor's proposed plan [to re-organize and flush away two-thirds of its debt] is offered in good faith." The AG's office also claims that under Michigan law, "Certain 'responsible persons' and officers [are] personally liable for certain unpaid corporate obligations."

Michigan is an an unsecured creditor as Citadel proceeds through Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and the state has obviously decided to make an attempt to collect on those taxes.


The Western Michigan University Athletic Department has announced a new five year agreement with Midwest Communications station WKZO FM 96.5 to become the flagship station of the Bronco Radio Network for football, hockey, and men's basketball. WKZO 96.5 FM previously served as the Bronco Radio Network flagship from 1996/97 to 2006/07 when the broadcasts moved to WZUU-FM 92.3.

"WKZO FM 96.5 is a great fit for our games, our fans, and our sponsors," said WMU Assistant Athletic Director and Voice of the Broncos Robin Hook. "The news talk format is a natural for live sports play-by-play and the long standing tradition of the WKZO call letters is a huge bonus. While they have not been our flagship the past three years, Midwest Communications has continued to carry our Bronco Review Coaches Show on WQLR AM 1660 The Fan and daily Bronco updates on both 1660 AM and WKZO AM 590."

"We are extremely happy to have the Broncos back on 96.5 FM returning to WKZO where they started so many years ago," said Midwest Communications Market Manager Peter Tanz. "We are excited moving forward with the Western Michigan Athletic Department, Director of Athletics Kathy Beauregard, and the Voice of the Broncos Robin Hook, providing live coverage of Bronco events in our community on the new WKZO FM 96.5."

In addition to airing the Bronco football, hockey, and men's basketball games on WKZO FM 96.5, Midwest Communications will carry the Bronco women's basketball games on their sports talk station WQLR AM 1660 The Fan. Midwest Communications will continue to carry the Bronco Review Thursday night coaches show on 1660 The Fan and daily Bronco updates on 1660 The Fan, WKZO AM 590 and FM 96.5 and on Midwest Communications stations, WTVB AM 1590 in Coldwater, and WHTC AM 1450 in Holland.


Grand Rapids Press:

Gregg "Free Beer" Daniels remembers suggesting to a radio syndication representative that the "Free Beer and Hot Wings" radio crew would love the opportunity to be guest hosts for the popular "Dan Patrick Show." "But I didn't think it was possible," Daniels said. "Then after they told me this, I was like, 'Seriously, have you heard us?' " Daniels co-hosts the "Free Beer and Hot Wings" show locally 5 to 10 a.m. weekdays on WGRD-FM (97.9) with Chris "Hot Wings" Michaels and Eric Zane. The trio will fill in for the vacationing Patrick, a former ESPN personality, on his national show 9 a.m. to noon Friday. They first will do their show 5 to 8:30 a.m. live on WGRD and the 20 other stations around the country in their syndication group, and then go live from Grand Rapids at 9 a.m. with the Patrick show to all of its syndicated stations. Among those stations locally is WBBL-FM (107.3). WGRD will air a best-of segment 8:30 to 10 a.m. Daniels said their local show is syndicated through Compass Media Networks, which has a relationship with the people who produce and syndicate Patrick's show... WGRD's 'Free Beer and Hot Wings' crew will fill in as host of Dan Patrick's sports show (Thu, 4/29)







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