West Michigan: August 2010 Archives

Grand Rapids Press:

After 24 years overseeing some of Grand Rapids' most popular radio stations, Phil Catlett isn't sure if he'll stay in broadcasting. Catlett, 56, was removed Thursday evening from his job as general manager of Townsquare Media's West Michigan operation that owns WLHT-FM (95.7), WGRD-FM (97.9), WTRV-FM (100.5), WFGR- FM (98.7) and WNWZ-AM (1410). Catlett is the latest top executive to be replaced in a leadership shake-up following the company's renaming from Regent Communications Inc. in May after it emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. On Friday, Catlett said he was treated fairly by Townsquare Media, although he couldn't discuss his severance agreement... General manager of group overseeing stations such as WGRD, WLHT removed as new owners continue shakeup of local radio market (Sat, 7/31)

 


 

Grand Haven Tribune

A noncommercial Grand Rapids radio station recently boosted its signal strength, which station officials say will help it reach the Grand Haven area. WYCE (88.1 FM), the radio station of the Grand Rapids Community Media Center, has increased its output power from 7,000 watts to 10,000 watts. The move completes a decade-long campaign to obtain signal increase approval from the Federal Communications Commission and raise the necessary funds to make the upgrade. "For years, our listeners have been asking, 'When will I be able to listen to you in Holland, in Grand Haven,'" WYCE Station Manager Kevin Murphy said. "After nearly a decade of fundraising, bureaucratic red tape and a whole lot of crossed fingers, we're so happy to be able to tell those listeners: 'Tune in now.'" The new transmitter and antenna needed for the signal expansion project were funded through a capital campaign completed in 2007. An additional $15,000 was raised this past spring to complete the installation. The new transmitter was installed in January and the antenna was put in place in June. On July 19, WYCE received its final go-ahead from the FCC and is now operating at full strength... WYCE increases power to 10,000 watts (Sat, 7/31)

 

Muskegon Chronicle:

For more than 20 years, it sat dormant -- an empty storefront whose significance as a community voice was barely a whispered memory. But 1877 Peck is back, this time with a name. And the whisper is now a roar. Friends, neighbors, dignitaries, well wishers and listeners, more than 100 strong, crowded around the building's front door Monday to witness and applaud the building's reopening as the Mayes and Wright Media Center, the new home and source of WUVS, 103.7 The Beat, an urban contemporary format radio station that sends out more than just music across Muskegon County. For the first time in its eight-year history, the station owns its own home. The building has historical significance. Nearly three decades ago, it housed the now-defunct WQWQ... Mayes and Wright Media Center opens in Muskegon Heights (Mon, 8/2)

 

Grand Rapids Press:

It may seem like Sunday's inaugural Thunder Country Jam at Rosa Parks Circle is trying to draw parallels to a similar West Michigan event. Like WBCT-FM (93.7)'s annual two-day B-93 Birthday Bash, the WTNR-FM (94.5) event is free and features back-to-back country music acts straight from Nashville, including Chuck Wicks and headliner Little Big Town. But organizers contend they aren't all that similar, nor are they trying to be. "We don't want this to be really compared to that, because it's going to be very different," said Steve "Scrubs" Stewart, Thunder morning personality and program director, as well as Citadel Grand Rapids' director of operations. "The day itself is more than just a concert." "They do a great job," Stewart said of the June event that draws upwards of 60,000. "If ours grows to that (size), then great. But we're not looking for that"... Thunder Country Jam brings free, family friendly country music festival to downtown Grand Rapids (Thu, 8/19)

 

Grand Rapids Press:

Singer Tommy Steele's new album, "The Long Haul," describes Dorothy Adkins' passion for country music to a tee. The 41-year-old fan made "the long haul" all the way from North Carolina to attend downtown Grand Rapids' inaugural 94.5 Thunder Country Jam on Sunday. And not only did Adkins arrive early to catch Steele's opening set in the radiant sunshine, she planned to dance and sing until one of her favorite bands, national headliner Little Big Town, closed things out as night settled in eight hours later... Fans arrive from near and far for Thunder Country Jam in downtown Grand Rapids (Sun, 8/22)

 

Grand Rapids Press:

Hockey fans weren't the only ones interested in the Grand Rapids Griffins' 2010-11 schedule, which was released Wednesday afternoon. So was the local sports station widely known as ESPN 96.1. On Wednesday, the Griffins also announced a new three-year partnership with WMAX-FM to carry the team's radio broadcasts this season. The Griffins spent the past 14 years on sister station WOOD-AM (1300), but eight games last season were moved to WMAX. Both stations are owned by Clear Channel Communications. "It's somewhat of a bittersweet day for us, as Newsradio WOOD 1300 has been a tremendous flagship for the Griffins since our inaugural season," said Tim Gortsema, the Griffins' senior vice president of business operations. "But the opportunities to be on an all-sports FM station, increase our overall signal strength and access to ESPN's audience of local sports fans -- all while staying with Clear Channel -- made it an easy decision." Bob Kaser will return for his 11th season as the Griffins' play-by-play announcer. All 80 regular-season games will feature a 15-minute pregame show and at least a 10-minute postgame show. If a scheduling conflict arises, Griffins broadcasts will be able to move to WOOD or another Clear Channel station that can air the game live... Griffins games move to ESPN 96.1 (Wed, 8/25)

 

Grand Rapids Press:

Kerri Cavanaugh, formerly news director for South Florida television station WSFL, has been named news director at Grand Rapids' Fox 17. Cavanaugh replaces Tim Dye, who left the station in July to join WXYZ in Detroit. She officially assumes her new duties in Grand Rapids on Sept. 8, according to general manager Patty Kolb. Cavanaugh also spent 11 years at WFTS in Tampa, Fla., and won the Edward R. Murrow Award for breaking news in 2008... FOX 17 names news director from Florida to replace Tim Dye (Thu, 8/26)

The lights of Friday night come a little early this week, but that doesn't mean tonight's games will fly under the radar. High school football remains as popular in the West Michigan area as it does in the rest of the country, and the local TV and radio coverage certainly reflects that... West Michigan's TV and radio stations have high school football fans covered (Thu, 8/26)

 

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