West Michigan: September 2010 Archives

Mark Thomas has been named the new market manager for Townsquare Media's West Michigan operation that owns radio stations WLHT-FM (95.7), WGRD-FM (97.9), WTRV-FM (100.5), WFGR- FM (98.7) and WNWZ-AM (1410).

Thomas replaces former general manager Phil Catlett, whose position was vacated at the end of July.

"It's great to be home in Michigan," said Thomas, who worked as a sales manager from 1981-1985 at WGRD.

Thomas moved here a month ago after serving as regional vice president and market manager for seven different radio stations in Kentucky and Indiana.

He plans to get acquainted with the market and decide if there are moves to make.

"Right now I will evaluate where we are and our positions in the marketplace," said Thomas, who has two children and is a graduate of Central Michigan University. (I have) no definitive plans yet. I will be growing our business."

He made one of his first moves this week, making WLHT-FM afternoon on-air personality and programmer Jerry Noble the station's new program director. He takes over for Jerry "JT" Tarrants, who will remain with Townsquare as program director for rock station WGRD classic hits station WFGR, and Spanish station WNWZ.

"He is a super skilled programmer," said Tarrants, who is operations manager for all Townsquare stations in the market, and a consultant to others around the country. "With projects outside of GR requiring my time and the weight of WGRD, it makes sense that Jerry put his expertise and skills to work at WLHT-FM as the new program director."

Noble was hired last year to program WRTV for the departing Bill Bailey, who is now on the air at "real oldies" station WGVU-AM (1480) with former WFGR programmer Len O'Kelly. (Bailey is on the air weekdays from 6-9 a.m. and O'Kelly from 2-6 p.m.)... Changes continue for radio station owner Townsquare Media, formerly Regent Broadcasting (Fri, 9/3)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Sept. 9, 2010



Grand Rapids Press:

If you're part of the WBCT-FM (93.7) "listener family," then you're well aware of the B-93 "Roofsit for Kids," a charity event that raises money annually to help abused and neglected children in West Michigan. This year's Roofsit, which once again is being led by B-93 morning air personality Neal Dionne, began on Tuesday. As of 10 p.m. Wednesday, the station posted on its website that $21,000 had been raised. You can still donate online or by calling 1-800-B93 KIDS. On Thursday, the B-93 radio-thon will feature a free "thank you" concert at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids as part of Celebration on the Grand... B-93's 17th annual 'Roofsit for Kids' concludes Thursday at Rosa Parks Circle (Thu, 9/9)

WGVU's Real Oldies (1480-AM), the country's first National Public Radio-affiliated radio stations to play rock music, is celebrating its first birthday. WGVU's Real Oldies, which also is on 850-AM in Muskegon, marks its one-year anniversary on the air. The station is commercial-free and a service of Grand Valley State University. It's made up of experienced radio veterans Bill Bailey, Len O'Kelley, and Bob Mason as on -air personalities. "We are so very excited to make it a year and have covered all expenses. That's rare," said O'Kelley, who also serves as the program manager in addition to his 2-6 p.m. on-air shift. The station's oldies format appeals to baby boomers or anyone who enjoys listening to doowop, soul, Motown, early rock and roll, the surfer sound, or British invasion... WGVU Oldies, NPR's 1st rock station, celebrates 1-year anniversary (Thu, 9/9)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Sept. 12, 2010



Grand Rapids Press:

Applause greeted Matt Hanlon as the 47-year-old regional president of Citadel Broadcasting took the stage at Rosa Parks Circle recently in the middle of the 94.5 Thunder Country Jam. Several thousand people had shown up at the radio station's first all-day country music celebration, and everything seemed to be running smoothly. "We're pretty good at this," Hanlon told the crowd, citing many summers of WLAV's weekly Blues on the Mall and the annual New Year's Eve Ball Drop, which received another round of applause... Profile: Citadel Broadcasting's Matt Hanlon never regrets leaving AOL in New York for Grand Rapids radio scene (Sun, 9/12)

Radio in Black and White, which airs on WARP-AM (1680) and is simulcast on 95.3 FM from 10 a.m.-noon on Mondays, has been on the air for four years. To celebrate, the public is invited to join hosts Rick Wilson and Sot Welch as they broadcast their 200th show live at Celebration Cinema South from 10 a.m.-noon on Monday. The program will welcome to the anniversary show special guest, Michael Fosberg, who has written an autobiographical play called "Incognito." His powerful story of racial identity is being shared as he tours the country with his one-man play. Radio in Black and White discusses issues of race and racism by providing positive conversation about diversity and relationships. Guests and live callers discuss new models emerging in business and community life to develop new language and perspective... Radio in Black and White, about race and racism, celebrates fourth year (Thu, 9/9)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Sept. 18, 2010



Grand Rapids Press:

An attorney for dozens of people with flood-damaged cars in the aftermath of the 2009 B-93 Birthday bash will press on with a legal case, despite a recent setback at the state Court of Appeals. Appeals court justices decided not to hear attorney John Tallman's argument to give class-action status to the car owners. An Ionia County judge earlier denied the status. Now, Tallman said he plans to seek a reversal from the state Supreme Court. "The political balance is different there," he said. "Maybe they will see things differently." Tallman is representing 61 clients in connection with vehicles flooded when the Grand River rose rapidly June 20, 2009, leaving up to 1,400 vehicles in varying levels of water... Car owners flooded by B-93 Birthday Bash in 2009 can't seek class-action suit, appeals court says (Fri, 9/17)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Sept. 22, 2010



Grand Rapids Press:

This week I started a new morning routine, just in time for the fall TV season and this thing called ArtPrize. Each weekday I get a chance to hang out with Citadel Broadcasting radio stations WHTS-FM (105.3), WTNR-FM (94.5), WLAV-FM (96.9) and WJRW-AM (1340). Each station plays a different format, and each one has its own style. So far it's been a little unpredictable, but fun. I start the day about 6:45 a.m. recording a few segments for news/talk stations WJRW-AM where I give a few tips of what to do in Grand Rapids, ala my Top 5. Those air at 7:57 a.m. and 1:57 p.m. weekdays. Also during ArtPrize, I'm offering a daily "ArtPrize Update" segment at 8:57 a.m. Many of them are the same tidbits you find in The Press, on our website or on my "Going Gonzo" blog... Making the rounds at WHTS, WTNR, WLAV and WJRW (Wed, 9/22)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Sept. 28, 2010




LIN Media has picked up the CoolTV multicast network in 11 of its 17 markets encompassing six million TV homes, 5.2% of all TV homes, according to Cool Music Network, the startup behind the network. Combined with Sinclair (33 markets) and Journal Broadcast Group (nine markets), the LIN deal puts the eclectic 24/7 music network in a total of 53 markets and extends its reach to approximately 30% of all U.S. TV homes, according to Cool Music COO David Hampe. The LIN markets: Indianapolis; Hartford, Conn.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Albuquerque, N.M.; Austin, Texas; Providence, R.I.; Toledo, Ohio; Ft. Wayne, Ind.; Springfield, Mass.; Terre Haute, Ind.; and Lafayette, Ind. CoolTV is customized for each market to reflect the local demographics and music scenes. "It's our ability to deliver a unique viewer experience to each market that creates the local radio-on-TV style," said Joe Comparato, Cool Music CEO, in a prepared statement... LIN Media To Air CoolTV In 11 Markets (Tue, 9/28)







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