West Michigan: May 2010 Archives

Grand Rapids Press:

Radio broadcasting and digital media company Regent Communications, Inc., which owns five stations in Grand Rapids, is changing its name and replacing its top executives. The company emerged from its bankruptcy reorganization plan April 27. The company originally filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on March 1. In an announcement today, Regent is now titled Townsquare Media Inc., and has replaced C.E.O. Bill Stakelin and E.V.P. Anthony Vasconcellos, both of whom resigned, with Steven Price and Stuart Rosenstein, respectively. Price and Rosenstein are co-founders of FiveWire. Townsquare Media operates 62 radio stations in 13 mid-sized markets. In the Grand Rapids market, the company operates WLHT-FM (95.7), WGRD-FM (97.9), WTRV-FM (100.5), WFGR- FM (98.7) and WNWZ-AM (1410). "No local changes are contemplated," said Phil Catlett, president and general manager of the company in Grand Rapids... Regent Communications changes name to Townsquare Media (Mon, 5/3)




Congratulations to the crew at CITADEL Top 40 WIOG/SAGINAW on the completion of their annual CARES FOR KIDS RADIOTHON. Done in conjunction with the CHILDREN'S MIRACLE NETWORK and led by EARLY SHIFT hosts DEMAS & MANDI, the station raised over $75,000 for the HURLEY MEDICAL CENTER, broadcasting live from the facility for three days straight (4/29 - 5/1)... WIOG Cares For Kids (Mon, 5/3)


Ernie Harwell, Michigan's most beloved broadcaster ever, has died this evening at the age of 92 in his home in the Detroit suburb of Novi after an inspiring fight with bile duct cancer.

There will be countless accolades and articles written about the life of a man that cared for his family, friends, and fans in a way that no one ever has before or will again. Whatever it is that is written, it won't be enough to capture just how much Mr. Harwell meant to our state.

Godspeed Ernie and thank you.




Detroit Free Press:

In Ernie Harwell's voice, the South rose again and conquered Michigan in a way no one else ever has. When Harwell arrived in Detroit to join the Tigers radio broadcast team in 1960, he was an unknown to Tigers fans. When he died Tuesday night at his home in Novi, at 92, after nearly a year-long bout with cancer, he had a strong case as the most beloved figure ever in Michigan. He rose to that cherished place through the combined power of radio and baseball and just as importantly his own charm and warmth, which were as steady through the decades as his unchanging Georgia accent. Harwell did Tigers radio from 1960 through 1991, then -- after an ill-conceived dismissal by the Tigers that lasted only one season -- he did a combination of Tigers radio and TV from 1993 through 2002. He ended his 55-year big-league career at the end of 2002 season... Ernie Harwell dies at 92 (Tue, 5/4)


In a telephone interview tonight, Detroit Tigers legend Al Kaline was asked why Harwell was so overwhelmingly popular in Michigan. "There wasn't a nicer person," Kaline said. "He had time for everybody. He lived here and stayed here. He didn't just work here and then go away in the off-season. He would have young announcers up to his booth all the time and give them advice. He had time for everybody." Kaline worked as Harwell's broadcast partner on television in the 1990s... Dignitaries share warm memories of Ernie Harwell (Tue, 5/4)



Detroit News:

Ernie has died. After a battle against bile duct cancer, one he knew he would lose, Ernie Harwell died Tuesday. He was 92. With his death, Michigan -- and baseball -- loses one of its most beloved figures. For 55 years, Harwell was a major league broadcaster, 42 with the Tigers. He broadcast his last game Sept. 22, 2002. Instead of moving away from the Detroit area, he spent his final years in Novi, still being part of our lives as an author and corporate spokesman. William Earnest Harwell was born Jan. 25, 1918 in Washington, Ga. As a boy, his family moved to Atlanta, where he grew up loving newspapers and baseball, which is how and why he became a paperboy and a batboy for his hometown minor league club, the Atlanta Crackers... Legendary broadcaster Ernie Harwell dies at 92 (Tue, 5/4)




The voice that we fell asleep to while listening to baseball games on transistor radios, the one that called Detroit Tigers games for four decades and became part of our lives, has gone silent. Ernie Harwell died Tuesday of cancer. He was 92. Harwell was the 1981 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award, placing him in the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown as a broadcaster. He said that his induction speech and the Christian testimony he gave at a Billy Graham Crusade in Tampa were the two most memorable speaking engagements of his life. He loved God, baseball, his family and countless friends. "When you met Ernie Harwell, you walked away feeling you were his best friend," said Tigers radio broadcaster Jim Price, who first met Harwell as a rookie catcher with Detroit in 1967. "People who never met him before would say, 'It's like I've known him forever.' "He was very unique that way." Harwell was a one-of-a-kind person and broadcaster, who had first-hand experiences with nearly every big name in the history of the game... Hall of Fame Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell dies at 92 after battle with cancer (Tue, 5/4)


Grand Rapids Press:

Ray Bentley is hitting the airwaves -- again. WBBL-FM (107.3) has announced the addition of the Hudsonville native and veteran broadcaster to its staff. Bentley, 49, will start as a frequent guest of the "Bakita & Grey" morning show and "The Huge Show" in the afternoon. He'll also will appear on "The Kevin Matthews Morning Show" on WLAV-FM (96.9). Bentley's role from there is expected to expand in the future, especially when the football season starts. "It will define itself as it goes," Bentley said. "Initially, I'll be a third wheel. I'll be spread around, and then we'll figure out what works best." Bentley is no stranger to the West Michigan airwaves. Following a seven-year NFL career, he began his broadcasting career with WOOD radio in 1994. He also has worked as an analyst for ESPN's college football broadcasts, the Arena Football League on NBC, NFL on Fox and Buffalo Bills preseason games for the Bills Television Network... Broadcasting veteran and former NFL player Ray Bentley joins WBBL-FM (Wed, 5/19)


Battle Creek Enquirer:

Lorraine Caron, producer and announcer for radio station WMUK, isn't used to being interviewed. She's usually the one asking questions, whether it's in the field on her arts and culture beat or in the studio on the campus of Western Michigan University. On Wednesday, Caron became the subject of an interview and talked about being on the air, where radio was and where it's going... Radio personality enjoys arts, culture beat (Mon, 5/31)







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