West Michigan: January 2011 Archives

WOOD radio takes flight on FM

At noon today, Clear Channel ended the simulcast of the country format WMUS on 106.9 as that format now is exclusively on FM 107.9 in Muskegon. In its place is at the recently christened WOOD-FM at 106.9 is a simulcast of the news-talk format of WOOD AM 1300. The changes were announced last month.


Grand Rapids Press:

When Dave Conrad woke up from a kidney transplant surgery Wednesday afternoon, the popular WBCT-FM (93.7) B-93 radio personality had only one thing on his mind - the B-93 "Listener Family."

"When he woke up finally, the first words out of his mouth were, 'Hey, make sure people post this on the page so people know,'" said B-93 Program Director Dave Taft, who received numerous calls from listeners inquiring about Conrad's health.

Taft said Conrad's wife, Susan, called to say everything went well during the approximately 3-hour surgery.

"They had him moving around this morning," Taft said.

A 2006 motorcycle accident en route to a Roofsit for Kids event triggered a previously dormant preexisting hereditary condition, resulting in ruptured cysts on Conrad's kidneys and the need for dialysis and a new kidney... B-93 radio personality Dave Conrad recovering from kidney transplant (Thu, 1/6)


Tech master Kim Komando is bringing her syndicated show to WJRW-AM 1340 starting Saturday. "The Kim Komando Show" will air from noon to 3 p.m. every Saturday. The show is aired live from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Due to previously scheduled programming, WJRW -- a Citadel Broadcasting station -- has to air the show from noon to 3 p.m. WJRW Program Director Josh Leng said that at least for the first hour of the show, listeners can call in live to chat with Komando and to ask questions. The show formerly was aired on Clear Channel's WOOD-AM 1300 on Sundays... "The Kim Komando Show" debuts on WJRW 1340 on Saturday (Fri, 1/7)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Jan. 16, 2011



Grand Rapids Press:

Local radio veteran Sabrina Fairchild has joined the staff at WLHT-FM (95.7) as the station's midday personality from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. Fairchild, one half of the "Steve and Sabrina" morning duo with Steve Kelly on WOOD-FM (105.7) from 2005 to 2007, also worked on WSNX-FM (104.5) from 1993 to 2005. Wendy Reed, WLHT's former midday personality, can now be heard in the evenings. Fairchild has more than 15 years of radio experience and recently published a book, "Faith and the S.T.O.P. Principle"... Radio veteran Sabrina Fairchild joins WLHT-FM (Sun, 1/16)


Some still might consider high school athletics a relatively minor market when it comes to television coverage, but a legion of students, parents, alumni, administrators and communities would beg to differ. The Michigan High School Athletic Association is capitalizing on that growing popularity with its burgeoning online productions, which aim to be just as educational to students as they are entertaining to fans.

"It's a niche market in some ways, but it's a broad market in others," MHSAA communications director John Johnson said. "Obviously, there's a great emphasis in the championship events, but with the regular-season stuff, I think there is definitely interest in different parts of the state."

That's not surprising. Through its partnership with When We Were Young Productions and PlayOn! Sports, the MHSAA has produced more than 1,000 hours of programming since 2008. Much of that has aired on Comcast's Channel 900, which is available in about 1 million homes in Michigan, but Johnson said the MHSAA would like to make it bigger by reaching agreements with other cable programmers... MHSAA continues to expand high school sports programming, students get hands-on experience (Fri, 1/14)


Kalamazoo Gazette:

During her time as a reporter at WWMT Channel 3, Jill Dobson took advice from a co-worker and enrolled in improv comedy classes in Chicago to help her when she was forced to ad lib on-air. Those classes have proven to be invaluable for the 33-year-old who now lives in New York with her husband, Jim Ornstein, and works as a TV entertainment contributor, including for CBS and CNN. When an anchor throws her a curve ball, she's able to respond on the fly. Dobson, who worked at Channel 3 from 2002-04, will combine her experience as a reporter and her comedy chops on the season premiere of the "Onion News Network" at 10 p.m. Friday on IFC. ONN is a fake news show put on by the same people behind "Onion," which produces fake news in print and online... Former Kalamazoo TV reporter Jill Dobson on premiere of 'Onion News Network' (Thu, 1/20)



Lansing State Journal:

In their giddiest moments, the Onion people say they're on a roll. Their new cable show ("Onion News Network") debuts today, complete with Michigan State University grad Suzanne Sena as its anchor. It arrives just 10 days after "Onion SportsDome" started. The plan is "to take over the entire media," Will Graham joked. Don't believe that. This has been gradual, after decades of popularity. The Onion was started by two University of Wisconsin students as a sorta-newspaper, with humor stories drolly disguised as real ones. Headlines would proclaim: "BYU scientists convert matter into Mormonism" or "Area stoners mistakenly hold massive Kemp rally." The style was straight-faced and Midwestern; the paper was free. The paper started in 1988. Then, the Onion moved to New York, Graham said. The Onion reported a distribution of 690,000 papers, but its website became more important. For Sena, its fake newscaster - with the fake name Brooke Alvarez - it hired someone with the right academic and work resume... MSU grad anchors new Onion News Network, debuting tonight (Fri, 1/21)


WHTS Grand Rapids changing up mornings



WHTSTodd Chance is out as morning host at Citadel contemporary hits WHTS FM 105.3 Grand Rapids according to a Facebook post he made earlier this morning.

A quick check indeed shows that the morning show mentions on the WHTS web site have been removed.

An e-mail inquiry about the future of mornings on WHTS sent to program director Jack Spade has not been replied to as of yet.



Grand Rapids Press:

Todd Chance is no longer helming WHTS-FM (105.3 HOT FM)'s weekday morning show. Chance was not on the air Friday morning or Monday and has since changed his Facebook information to read "former morning guy on 105.3." Currently, HOT FM's evening deejay Kevin "Gravy" Canup (6-11 p.m. weekdays) and "Todd Chance Morning Show" co-host Ellen Tailor are filling in. Gravy joined the HOT FM team in August 2007... Todd Chance no longer on the air at WHTS-FM (105.3) (Mon, 1/24)


Grand Rapids Press:

Morning news anchor Emily Linnert is returning to WOOD TV (Channel 8) on Feb. 3. Linnert, who co-anchored 24 Hour News 8 Daybreak with Brett Thomas, was on maternity leave since November and will return to her co-anchor position with Thomas. Linnert gave birth to a baby girl, Olive, which is her second child. She's been with the station since 2006... WOOD TV (Channel 8) morning news anchor Emily Linnert returns to station in February (Wed, 1/26)

Grand Valley State University and Clear Channel Communications of West Michigan agreed to a five-year extension Tuesday that will run through 2016. The partnership gives Clear Channel the broadcast rights to GVSU football and men's and women's basketball games, in addition to other select programming. WMUS-FM (107.9) will continue to be the flagship station for football and men's basketball. Starting next season, women's basketball primarily will air on WTKG-AM (1230).

"We value our relationship with Grand Valley State University athletics and we look forward to our new programming opportunities," Clear Channel vice president Tim Feagan said in a news release.

"We are excited about Clear Channel's long term commitment to Grand Valley State Athletics," GVSU athletic director Tim Selgo said. "This partnership allows us the ability for growth in the market place through the radio dial."

Here's a quick summary of the agreement.. Grand Valley State athletics, Clear Channel agree to five-year extension (Tue, 1/25)


Grand Rapids Press:

Deb Hart and Kevin Matthews are learning to dance together, as Hart describes it. The 42-year-old Midland native with more than 20 years of radio broadcasting experience has joined "The Kevin Matthews Morning Show" weekdays on WLAV-FM (96.9). Hart has been co-hosting the 6-9:30 a.m. show with Matthews and Ed "Uncle Buck" Buchanan since mid-December.

"It's a dance, and everybody's figuring out their dance steps," Hart said. "When a new show comes together, everybody's getting to know one another -- sort of learning to use their cues. It's kind of like the jump-rope game where you have to jump in at just the right time."

Hart was co-host of "Michaels in the Morning" with Rich Michaels on Lansing's classic rock station WMMQ-FM (94.9). Both WMMQ and WLAV are Citadel Broadcasting-operated stations. "Michaels in the Morning" was supplanted with the now-syndicated "The Kevin Matthews Morning Show." Hart was retained and added to the show to provide local cut-ins for the Lansing market... Deb Hart joins 'Kevin Matthews Morning Show' weekdays on WLAV-FM (Sun, 1/30)


Grand Rapids Press:


"'MORNINGS WITH BRANT' is the ideal fit for us. Compelling, interesting, fun and engaging, all in the context of drawing people to discover what a meaningful relationship with Christ is all about," said WAY-FM GM CHRIS LEMKE... Michigan's Way-FM Stations Add CHRSN's 'Mornings With Brant' (Mon, 1/31)







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