West Michigan: December 2010 Archives

West Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 7, 2010



Grand Rapids Press:

Picture yourself at a lavish spectacle featuring a New York City-style runway, sipping a martini, bidding on a Porsche test drive and laughing the night away while helping out charity. The upcoming Design 1 Salon Spa Fashion Event at The B.O.B. gives you the chance to make this happen ... Like last year, Design 1's fashion event serves as the kickoff to Star 105.7's annual "Think Outside Yourself" Radiothon Dec. 15-17. It raised $274,000 last year alone for the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital Foundation. More than a $1 million has been raised for the hospital in the 10 years of its run.

"All local dollars. All of it stays here," said Star Program Director Kelly Iris, whose show airs weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The station will air inspirational stories based on experiences at the hospital throughout the radiothon's three days. Those wishing to donate online can do so Dec. 10-17 via westmichiganstar.com. A bank will be set up form 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Celebration Cinema South, 1506 Eastport Drive SE, Dec. 15-17 for drop-off donations... Fashion show, radiothon will benefit Helen DeVos Children's Hospital (Tue, 12/7)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 9, 2010



Grand Rapids Press:

Dates have been announced for WBCT-FM (93.7)'s B-93 Birthday Bash 19. The free two-day concert will run Saturday, June 18, and Sunday, June 19, 2011. The event will be held for a second year at the US 131 Motorsports Park, 1249 12th St., in Martin. B-93 Program Director Dave Taft said that despite large crowds once again last year - an estimated 40,000 on Saturday and 32,000 on Sunday - there was a surprising amount of room to move around.

"People could spread out a little bit more," he said. "I didn't realize that it was that much bigger than the previous places we had been."

Taft hopes to announce the finalized lineup in the near future. Thanks to country superstars like Brad Paisley, Taft was reticent to dish clues about potential performers next year... Dates, location of B-93 Birthday Bash 19 announced (Thu, 12/9)


Changes rumored to be happening to Clear Channel's group of West Michigan radio stations starting becoming reality today with the announcement that country WMUS FM Muskegon will be simulcasting for the next few weeks on both it's original frequency of 106.9 and its future home at 107.9. Gone from the airwaves will be the soft rock format of WSHZ on 107.9, which had been playing all-Christmas music of late. Star 108 listeners will be encouraged to tune into Clear Channel's WSRW-FM (Star 105.7) out of Grand Rapids.

That move is in advance of adding an FM simulcast of news/talk Grand Rapids' WOOD AM on the 106.9 frequency after WMUS listeners have a chance to become familiar with the station's new home on 107.9.

Clear Channel exec Doug Montgomery told WOOD-TV Ch. 8 that the change to a news-talk format on FM 106.9 would happen sometime in January.


West Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 10, 2010



Grand Rapids Press:

WBCT-FM (93.7) B-93 radio personality Dave Conrad is getting the ultimate gift this holiday season - a new kidney. The taped announcement was to be aired this morning at 7:15 as Conrad continues to undergo morning dialysis treatments as he has for two-and-a-half years. "My family's really excited. It's a lot of time I miss with my kids. To actually be able to go on vacations will be nice," Conrad said Thursday morning of his wife, Susan, and two boys: 15-year-old Harry and 13-year-old Ben. Conrad received an unexpected call Wednesday, while on air from 2 to 7 p.m., that he would be receiving a kidney from "a young woman from Grandville," he said. The transplant is scheduled to take place shortly after the New Year... B-93 radio personality Dave Conrad to receive a kidney this holiday season (Fri, 12/10)


Clear Channel West Michigan is rolling out major changes to some of its local stations, the most significant of which will be making WOOD-AM (1300) news/talk radio both an AM and FM frequency next year. The popular local news, traffic and weather station, providing the nation's top four syndicated talk shows, will be aired simultaneously with identical programming on FM 106.9 starting in early January. A specific date has yet to be announced. Tim Feagan, Clear Channel West Michigan's vice president and regional market manager, said the addition of its No. 4-ranked station to an FM frequency is giving its listeners greater access to the local news they covet, as many on the Lakeshore cannot access the frequency this time of year... Clear Channel West Michigan to make WOOD-AM 1300 both an AM and FM frequency (Fri, 12/10)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 14, 2010





CUMULUS Top 40 WKFR (103.3 KFR)/KALAMAZOO collected over 4,200 toys for needy children in its annual Stuff the Bus promotion for TOYS FOR TOTS THURSDAY through SATURDAY at the TOYS R US in PORTAGE, MI. KFR's WILL HARVEY, DAVE BENSON, and KRUZE broadcast live in the cold weather from the event, filling a KALAMAZOO METRO TRANSIT bus with toys for the MARINE CORPS' program. Donations will contuinue to be accepted through FRIDAY (12/17)... 103.3 KFR Stuffs A Bus To Aid Toys For Tots (Tue, 12/14)


With yesterday's format change at Clear Channel-owned 107.9 FM WSHZ (Star 108) from soft rock to country in preparation for WMUS to move from 106.9 to 107.9 on a permanent basis, Citadel Broadcasting has changed the format of FM 97.5 at 3 p.m. today from sports to soft rock as 'The New Sunny FM'. The station has applied to change the call sign of 97.5 from WEFG-FM to WWSN to better match the station's new direction.

WEFG's web site (975thechamp.com) is directing viewers to Citadel sister station WBBL-FM 107.3, which also features a sports format.

In addition to bringing back the soft rock format, Citadel is also bringing back the Sunny FM moniker to the Muskegon market. Beginning in 1984, WSNX FM 104.5 had a contemporary format and was known as Sunny FM under the ownership of Goodrich Radio. The name stuck with the station after it was acquired by Clear Channel in 1999 but was eventually phased out as WSNX shifted its focus towards the larger Grand Rapids market.



Grand Rapids Press:

Pink, James Taylor and Elton John are coming to Muskegon ... via the community's local airways. At 3 p.m. today, Citadel Broadcasting Company launched "The New Sunny FM" on WWSN-FM (97.5). The new adult contemporary format will feature today's hits - Daughtry, Colbie Caillat - as well as yesterday's favorites from artists like Cher and Elton John... Citadel launches 'The New Sunny FM' in Muskegon (Tue, 12/14)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 23, 2010



Grand Rapids Press:

Former WOOD-AM 1300 "Mouth 2 Mouth" host Michelle McKormick may not yet have an announcement to make about moving forward with her former co-host Scott Winters, but she agreed to a different kind of deal over the weekend. Before updating fans about the radio hosts' next move, McKormick waved her hand and flashed some bling adorning a certain finger. The veteran radio personality announced that she re-married her ex-husband, Jeff Schaefer, the father of her 22-year-old son Mason, at a private party at her Grand Rapids over the weekend.

"None of our friends knew," she said. "They just came out, and we surprised them with a party."

McKormick was happy her son could be the witness of his biological parents' second wedding on Dec. 18... Michelle McKormick drops some big news... (Thu, 12/23)


WCDYRecent sign-on WCDY FM 107.9 Cadillac has ended its marathon of Christmas music as debuted its new format as 'The New 107.9 CDY, Cadillac's Hits Without the Rap'. The hot adult contemporary station will face off against market incumbent WLXV FM 96.7.

In the Grand Rapids market, AM 1140 returned to the air on Christmas day as WVHF. 'Holy Family Radio' features Catholic programming.

Along the Lake Michigan shoreline, WKLA AM 1450 Ludington has apparently dropped its news-talk format and switched to oldies.


West Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 30, 2010



Grand Rapids Press:

WHTSWhere else but downtown Grand Rapids can you ring in the New Year to a rock 'n' roll version of "Auld Lang Syne" by punk-rock/powerpop outfit We The Kings, watch a lighted globe count down the last seconds of 2010 and share some camaraderie with 30,000 others? Citadel Broadcasting's 105.3 Hot-FM New Year's Eve Party downtown quickly has become West Michigan's signature ring-in-the-new year event. The free celebration featuring national entertainment acts kicked off in a recession-occupied 2008 with pop-rock band Plain White T's and country star Darryl Worley, and attracted some 20,000. Last year's event featured alt-country/rock singer Uncle Kracker and Boys Like Girls and about 30,000 attendees. Marcus Bradman, Citadel's director of promotions and events, expects a crowd of similar size for headliners Good Charlotte, as well as pop singer Kaci Battaglia, burgeoning country star Frankie Ballard, punk group Runner Runner and punk-rock/powerpop outfit We The Kings... Good Charlotte headlines Hot New Year's Eve Party in downtown Grand Rapids; 30,000 expected (Thu, 12/30)


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