West Michigan: May 2011 Archives

Flint Journal:

WJRT Nearly a month after being let go from his anchor position at WJRT (Channel 12), Bill Harris will return to the air today, according to the station's website. Harris will report from a homeland security training conference in Grand Rapids at the 4, 5 and 6 p.m. shows.

Full story: ABC 12's Bill Harris to return to telecast this afternoon (Tue, 5/3)



Monroe News:

When he learned of the news that Osama bin Laden had been killed in a special operations raid, WJR 760 radio personality and Monroe native Paul W. Smith didn't sleep a wink. But he said he never considered canceling this morning's broadcast from Monroe County Community College, where the radio personality kicked off his five-city Pure Michigan tour... Big news day: Pure Monroe and bin Laden on the radio (Mon, 5/2)



WZZM-TV Ch. 13:

There have been a number of recent shake-ups at local television news stations in West Michigan, and for the first time since her controversial departure, one of those news anchors is making a public appearance... Geha receives standing ovation at GVSU (Tue, 5/3)


WHTS-FM Grand Rapids Jack Spade exiting

Citadel Broadcasting will be looking for a new program director and afternoon host for its top 40 WHTS-FM 105.3 in the Grand Rapids market as Jack Spade has been announced as the new boss for a top 40 station in Mobile, Alabama (WABB).



WJR Detroit host Paul W. Smith to be honored as a champion for kids who have lost a parent

Paul W. Smith, morning drive host of News/Talk 760 WJR, will be honored by Yatooma's Foundation For The Kids at the 6th Annual "Champions for the Kids" VIP dinner on June 18, 2011.

Smith will receive the Champion For The Kids Award for his dedicated support of the Foundation. The Award is given annually to an individual who has played a vital role in the continuing success and growth of Yatooma's Foundation For The Kids through steadfast and generous support throughout the prior year. Smith has been a fervent supporter and promoter of the Foundation since its inception in 2003.

"I am honored to help ease the suffering of young children and families who have gone through the unfortunate loss of a parent," said Smith.

Smith's personal and professional involvement with Yatooma's Foundation For The Kids has contributed a critical part to the mission of the Foundation and its success. As the Master of Ceremonies for the annual dinner in recent years, he has played a role in the Champions For The Kids events, as well as the Foundation as a whole.

Founder and president Norman Yatooma began Yatooma's Foundation For The Kids to assist families in rebuilding their lives after the painful loss of a parent. Yatooma started the Foundation in memory of his father, ten years after he was tragically murdered in 1993.

"I know how hard it is to get back on your feet after the world you know is taken from you in a moment," Yatooma said. "Our Foundation was started to show children in this situation that there are people who care and will be their heroes when they need them the most. For this year's award, we can think of no one better qualified as a hero than Paul W. Smith's support has played a part in the nearly $2.5 million the Foundation has raised with its signature fundraiser, Champions For The Kids, over the last five years."

The Champions for the Kids dinner/auction & golf tournament is a special two-day event. The dinner will take place on June 18 at the Townsend Hotel starting at 5 p.m. with music provided by the Simone Vitale Band. The Golf Tournament will begin with breakfast and a live broadcast by News/Talk 760 WJR on June 20 at 7 a.m. on the legendary South Course at the Oakland Hills Country Club. To learn more, sponsor, register and /or donate, contact 888.987.KIDS or visit www.forthekidsfoundation.org.



Toledo rocker WIOT rallying Michigan listeners to fight interference on 104.7

With the recent sign-on of Radio Power's FM translator of WGPR-HD3 on 104.7, regular listeners of Toledo legacy rocker WIOT-FM have been complaining of interference from the translator as WIOT also operates at 104.7 and had been easily receivable in areas south and west of downtown Detroit for many years.

WIOT recently posted a web form on it's web site, wiot.com, soliciting reports of interference from listeners so the station can "resolve the interference issue caused by the interfering signal through the normal government channels".


Grand Rapids Press:

WZZM-TV (Channel 13) meteorologist Hally Vogel is leaving the Grand Rapids-based ABC-TV affiliate to join the staff at WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) the ABC-TV affiliate in Detroit.

Full story: WZZM-TV 13 meteorologist Hally Vogel leaving Grand Rapids to join WXYZ-TV in Detroit (Wed 5/25)



Detroit's Channel 95-5 announces new evening host

Jon 'Jag' Gay has been introduced as the new evening (7 - 11 p.m.) host at Clear Channel/Detroit's WKQI-FM 95.5 starting June 13th. He'll be moving to Detroit from Burlington, Vermont where he's been working for WXXX-FM.

In a release, Channel 95-5 program director Michael McCoy commented, "Jon is a Boston native and Syracuse graduate who has been at 95 Triple X for seven years. He is really excited about making the jump to Detroit. I want to thank Ice for filling the shift admirably since the beginning of April. She is a real team player who deserves a big thanks!"

Buda had been the evening host at WKQI prior to his departure at the beginning of April.


Michelle McKormick is back on the air in West Michigan. Listeners to WJRW-AM (1340) heard her familiar voice this afternoon as Citadel Broadcasting announced the addition of McKormick to its newstalk lineup.

Full story: Michelle McKormick returns to Grand Rapids radio, joins Newstalk WJRW-AM 1340 (Tue, 5/31)



Jackson Citizen-Patriot:

When Jackson native Doug Shumard returned to the area after living in Plymouth, he was forced to give up something he loved: Catholic radio. Shumard is now on the board of directors of Jackson Lansing Catholic Radio, an organization working to bring Catholic programming to the Diocese of Lansing, which includes Jackson County and all or part of nine other counties.

Full story: Jackson Lansing Catholic Radio working to get its own station (Mon, 5/30)




A lightning strike damaged equipment at NBC25 and CW46, forcing the stations off the air Sunday evening. Engineers quickly went to work to make sure your favorite NBC25 programming is available for you, despite damaged equipment. Right now, you can watch NBC25 programming on one of two broadcast channels. Tune into 46.1 or 30.3. If you do not automatically have those channels, re-scan for new channels.

Full story: Lightning knocks NBC25 and CW46 off the air (Sun, 5/29)







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