West Michigan: October 2010 Archives

Grand Rapids Press:

Eating is a luxury WOOD-TV sports director Jack Doles doesn't always get to enjoy. Especially on Friday nights during the high school football season. There simply isn't enough time as Doles and his staff race around West Michigan collecting highlights for their weekly football show, just like the sports staffs at WWMT, WXMI and WZZM. For one night, Doles allowed The Press to shadow him in WOOD's weekly race against the clock, a journey that took him from Grand Rapids to Zeeland to Holland and back to Grand Rapids -- with no wasted motion in between. Doles' dinner consisted of a single chocolate chip cookie and a Coke, but at no point did his energy abate. In fact, it sometimes can be a chore just to keep up... For WOOD-TV's Jack Doles, a lot of frenzy during high school football season is behind the scenes (Fri, 10/1)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Oct. 7, 2010



Grand Rapids Press:

Local morning radio personality Gerry Barnaby is no longer on the air. WLHT-FM (95.7) today informed Barnaby -- host of the "Barnaby and Friends" show on W-Lite the past two years -- that the program wouldn't continue. "I just know that as of today 'Barnaby and Friends' is off the air, but I can't tell you what any future plans are," Barnaby said. "It's not like I haven't been through this before. Everybody in Michigan seems to have this possibility happen, so I don't feel like I've been singled out." Still, Barnaby said he was surprised he was let go, even if "in media, can you ever be surprised? It took me by surprise, but I don't take it personally." Executives with Townsquare Media (formerly Regent Communications) wouldn't comment on the move or what would replace Barnaby's show. Operations manager Jerry "JT" Tarrants said only that listeners should tune in to WLHT-FM at 6 a.m. Monday... WLHT-FM dumps Gerry Barnaby, host of the 'Barnaby and Friends' morning show (Thu, 10/7)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Oct. 8, 2010



Grand Rapids Press:

What's going to happen Monday morning when WLHT debuts its new morning show and possible new format? One thing is for certain, it won't have popular midday personality Kim Carson, who took to Facebook to react to an announcement on sister station WTRV-FM (100.5) "The River." On her Facebook page, Carson made this statement: Chuck Latour and Andy Rent, who do mornings, on 100.5 The River, made the BIG announcement this morning and I started fielding calls and emails right after it:-) Yes, it is true, I will be leaving 95.7LHT radio station but I am not leaving Grand Rapids or Townsquare Media. I will be moving over to 100.5 The River to do the midday show there from 10am-3pm. I hope you will join me during the day wherever you work. Listen online at www.wtrv.com, on your phone and on the radio at 100.5 The River. THANKS to everyone who has stuck with me for the 7 years I have worked in GR! It means everything and I love ya'll 4 that!... Another shakeup at WLHT: Kim Carson moving to sister station 'The River' (Fri, 10/8)


Grand Rapids Press:

Several new faces are gracing local television news broadcasts. Jason Volentine is the new weekend co-anchor of Fox 17 News at 10, with co-anchor Lindsay Kus. He also is reporting on weeknights for both the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts ... Joining the news staff at WZZM is reporter Sarah Barwacz, who comes to Grand Rapids from a three-year reporting stint at WMBD-TV in Peoria, Ill. The station also has moved multi-media journalist/reporter Steve Patterson to Holland. His role will be to focus exclusively on the Holland/Zeeland area of Ottawa County. In another move, Tara Kuhnlein has moved from "Take 5 and Company" to a reporting position in the Information Center ... Crystal Hilliard is one of the newest reporters to join WOOD-TV ... Ryan Takeo is the new face in the mornings as a reporter for Daybreak... Local TV stations WOOD, WZZM, WXMI make new hires (Sun, 10/10)


WLHT-FM Grand Rapids repositions



Townsquare Media's WLHT-FM 95.7 Grand Rapids has shed its Lite Rock moniker this morning and repositioned itself as Channel 95.7, The Best Mix along with adding the syndicated Kidd Kraddick Show for morning drive. The station's musical direction appears to be in a modern/hot adult contemporary format with artists such as Nickelback, Sara Bareilles, Creed, The Wallflowers, Green Day, Neon Trees, Poison, Bon Jovi, Uncle Kracker, and Maroon 5 being played this morning.



Grand Rapids Press:

"W-Lite" is no longer. Instead, WLHT-FM (95.7) is now called "Channel 957" to help signal its gradual transition to more contemporary music of the '90s, 2000s and today. "We ain't yo mamma's W-Lite anymore" appears on the station's website. "We've been moving the music more contemporary for a few years now. (But) because the history of W-Lite is so strong, we couldn't convince people we had made the sound of the station more contemporary," said Townsquare Media, Inc., Operations Manager Jerry Tarrants. "We figured the best way (to signal the music shift) was to repackage it. If you miss the old WLHT, you can still get that at WTRV-FM (100.5 "The River")," added Tarrants, who noted that John Tesh and W-Lite's former midday personality Kim Carson are at The River... Former 'W-Lite' goes heavy on contemporary music; new name is 'Channel 957' (Mon, 10/11)


South Bend Tribune:

The orange and red leaves are still on the trees, the college football season isn't halfway over, but according to one local radio station, the time is right for eggnog and caroling. "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas," Johnny Mathis is crooning on WSMM, 102.3-FM "The Stream," on Wednesday afternoon. The temperature is in the 60s. Halloween is more than a week away. There are more than 30 days until Thanksgiving; more than nine weeks until Christmas Day. But since 2 p.m. Tuesday, 102.3 has been broadcasting nonstop Christmas and holiday music, and program director Karen Rite says the station will continue to do so until the end of the holiday season. "We beat everybody else to the punch," Rite said. "At first I was kind of dreading this, but now that it's here, I actually like it." Typically, 102.3 plays soft adult contemporary hits targeted toward young adults. Rite said the station has never tried the "all-Christmas" format before. "Usually people wait until after Thanksgiving (to go to all-Christmas)," Rite said. "And traditionally, when they go to 'all-Christmas,' they get really high ratings." And in small media market like South Bend, the fight for ratings can be tough... Yuletide selections playing at 102.3-FM (Wed, 10/20)


Grand Rapids Press:

I wasn't able to attend Sunday night's KO Cancer 2010, an event featuring local celebrity boxers, all competing in the name of cancer research for the Van Andel Research Institute. What I missed: Christian "Bad News" Frank of WXMI-TV (Fox 17) landing a mean right hook and knocking down Joe "Flounder" Piesz of Thunder 94.5 WTNR-FM. The boxing match was organized by Frank's Knockout Fitness and took place at the Intersection. The celebrity match-ups and results: Ellen "The Kardashian" Tailor, co-host of the "Todd Chance Radio Show" on of Hot FM (105.3), fought to a draw against Hailey "The Comet" Frances of Fox 17... Christian Frank of Fox 17 knocks down Flounder of Thunder 94.5 at KO Cancer 2010 (Mon, 10/25)







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