West Michigan: June 2010 Archives

Grand Rapids Press:

WXMI-TV (Channel 17) has named a new co-anchor for its News at Ten. Hailey Frances joins co-anchor Christian Frank for the nightly news for the FOX-TV affiliate in Grand Rapids. The announcement was made today. Frances also will serve as a reporter for the early evening News at Six broadcast. Frances comes from Houston, where she spent one year at KIAH-TV as an entertainment/feature reporter, a general assignment reporter and as a fill-in anchor. Prior to that post, she served as a reporter and morning news anchor at WCAV-TV in Charlottesville, Va. Her career has ranged from interviewing P. Diddy to reporting live from New Orleans during the Saints Super Bowl win to covering the shootings at the Fort Hood massacre in Killeen, TX... FOX-17 announces replacement for Michelle DeSelms on evening news (Mon, 6/14)



Washington (D.C.) Business Journal:

McLean-based Gannett Co. Inc will start hyperlocal online news coverage in 10 of its TV markets, including Washington, and solicit coverage of neighborhood news from readers. Gannett owns WUSA-TV, Channel 9, the local CBS affiliate. The company will also launch the new local sites as part of its television station websites in Atlanta; Tampa, Fla.; Sacramento, Calif.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Buffalo, N.Y.: Little Rock, Ark.; Portland, Maine; and Macon, Ga. Gannett calls them "community websites," and says they will include user-generated content about neighborhood happenings and events. Gannett believes the sites will appeal to advertisers, who will be able to more precisely target potential customers... Gannett stations go hyperlocal (Tue, 6/16)


Grand Rapids Press:

Citadel Broadcasting has hired radio veteran Phil Tower as content manager of news talk operations for WJRW-AM (1340). Tower will work with Program Director Dave Jaconette directing station programming. Currently, Tower is the general manager for nationally syndicated Allen Hunt Show, airing on 130 stations nationwide. He will remain general manager of the show, which will air on 1340 AM from 9 to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday. For 10 years, Tower formerly held positions as program director and operations manager for several news talk stations at Clear Channel Radio including WOOD-AM (1300). Tower is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a master's degree in Interpersonal and Public Communications. WJRW was launched in August last year... Citadel hires radio veteran Phil Tower (Wed, 6/16)


Grand Rapids Press:

Whether or not country music is your thing, it's pretty easy to appreciate the two-fold nature of a B-93 Birthday Bash lineup. On one hand, each day of the free two-day music showcase features big-name headlining acts where what these musicians/entertainers confide to their adoring radio audience is sometimes more interesting than the performances themselves. Such was the case Saturday with the vocal and comedic Blake Shelton, who is ready to pick an honest, logical verbal fight with anything (i.e. PETA) or anybody (guys who wear their pants below their (butts)) that defies good ol' country logic... B-93 Birthday Bash Day 1 recap: New talent impresses, Blake Shelton provides laughs (Sat, 6/19)

No rain. No shirts. No problems at Day 2 of WBCT-FM's B-93 Birthday Bash. Bright sunny skies opened the 18th-annual event at US 131 Motorsports Park, and Antonia Fruytier and Mike Chapman came prepared this time. "We learned valuable lessons yesterday," said Chapman, 21, of Plainwell. Chapman and 20-year-old Fruytier of Harbor Beach came with a makeshift fort -- a white sheet clamped at all four corners to their lawn chairs. "SPF 15 is not enough, and a tent is a must," Chapman added, grinning. An smaller early morning crowd arrived for Sunday's lineup, which included local Kalamazoo act Dew South, siblings The Band Perry, three-part harmonizers Love & Left, funky crooner Justin Moore, sassy and laid-back singer Jake Owen and former Hootie & the Blowfish singer Darius Rucker... B-93 Birthday Bash Day 2 recap: 'People watching to live music ...' (Sun, 6/20)


Coldwater Daily Reporter:

Freedom Broadcasting of Michigan, WWMT Newschannel 3 was honored with the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB): Service to Children Television Award. This is one of three national television awards that the NAB presents each year to a television station for an outstanding community outreach program. Vice President and General Manager Jim Lutton received the "Service to Children Award" in a Washington D.C. ceremony on Monday, June 14 from Michigan Sen. Mark Schauer (D-Battle Creek) and Vice President and Group Publisher for Broadcasting and Cable Larry Dunn. WWMT Newschannel 3 won this award for "Caring for Kids," an all-day phone-a-thon that encouraged parents to call in and sign up their children into low-cost state health insurance programs that are under utilized. Programs like MI-Child and Healthy Kids provide medical, dental and vision coverage to eligible children... WWMT helps kids, wins national award (Mon, 6/28)


Grand Rapids Press:

Former "American Idol" star Matt Giraud was in Grand Rapids today to perform a couple songs on WLHT-FM (95.7) as a guest of the "Barnaby and Friends" radio show. I was in the studio -- as I am every weekday from 7-9 a.m. -- and captured some video and audio. We also aired the performances live on my UStream site... Matt Giraud performs live on WLHT's 'Barnaby and Friends' (Tue, 6/29)







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