West Michigan: August 2011 Archives

Grand Rapids Press:

WGRD's silent airwaves during a power outage this morning affected not just their Grand Rapids radio listeners, but also the 26 markets where the morning show Free Beer and Hot Wings is broadcast. Those 26 markets include Traverse City, Flint and as far away as Colorado Springs, Colo. and Portland, Maine.

Full story: Silent airwaves an 'irritating glitch' for Free Beer and Hot Wings radio show (Tue, 8/2)

 

Smile FM, a network of 19 contemporary Christian non-commercial radio stations across Michigan, is partnering with seven different non-profit organizations throughout the state to offer them exposure, volunteers and fund raising support with the "Making a Difference Morning Espresso Tour" set to run on-air from August 8th to 14th.

The tour will feature Smile FM's Morning Espresso show broadcast on location each morning from 8 to 10 AM, a service project including Smile staff and volunteers and a benefit concert for the selected non-profit organization with Memphis based Christian Recording Artist Jeremy Horn.

The event schedule/locations and charities are:

Monday August 8th - YMCA Downriver
16777 Northline Road
Southgate, MI. 48195

Tuesday August 9th - Lapeer County Younglife
Eastern Michigan Fair Grounds
195 Midway St
Imlay City, MI 48444-1473

Wednesday August 10th - Royal Kids Camp - Bay City
Bay Valley Christian Church
2535 E. Wilder Rd.
Bay City, MI 48706

Thursday August 11th - CareNet of Cadillac
909 S. Carmel Street
Cadillac, MI. 49601

Friday August 12th - Christian Freedom International
215 Ashmun Street
Sault Ste Marie, MI. 49783

Saturday August 13th - Remembrance Ranch, Allendale
Millennium Park Triathlon
Millennium Park - Grand Rapids

Sunday August 14th - CHUM Therapeutic Riding Stables
(12noon - 2pm) Lansing Lugnuts Game
505 E. Michigan Ave.
Lansing, MI 48912

More information about the tour can be found at: makingadifferencetour.blogspot.com.

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Get ready for a potentially wildly entertaining and informative ride: The colorful commentary of broadcasting icon Bill Bonds will be available weekdays on the metro Detroit AM radio dial this fall. Bonds, who spent nearly a quarter-century at WXYZ-TV (Channel 7), is set to team up with another well-seasoned TV anchorman, Rich Fisher, for WCAR-AM (1090)'s new "The Bonds and Fisher Show."

Full story: Bonds, Rich Fisher to team up for weekday AM radio show (Fri, 8/5)

 

WZZM-TV Grand Rapids:

A local radio station in Holland is paying tribute to one of its longest and best-known employees Tuesday. Juke Van Oss has been a radio talk-show host for 60 years. Tuesday marks his 60th anniversary in the radio business since starting back in 1951. Tuesday also marks the 50th anniversary of his "Talk of the Town" program which he continues to host at WHTC in Holland.

Full story: Radio Host Juke Van Oss celebrates 60th Anniversary (Tue, 8/9)

 


 

WXYZ-TV announces Lions preseason broadcast coverage

WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit is the new television partner of the Detroit Lions for coverage of Lions' preseason games beginning with the first home game on Friday, August 12th. WXYZ will broadcast the following games:

Friday, August 12th, 7:30 p.m. against the Cincinnati Bengals (If the game is not sold out 72 hours prior to broadcast, WXYZ will broadcast the game on a taped-delay basis at 9:30 p.m. Pregame coverage of "Lions Tailgate" will begin at 9:00 p.m.)

Friday, August 19th, 7:30 p.m. at Cleveland Browns

Thursday, September 1st, 6:30 p.m. at Buffalo Bills

NFL broadcast veteran, Matt Shepard, will provide play-by-play coverage, and will be joined by former Lions tight end and NFL analyst, Rob Rubick, in the broadcast booth. WXYZ anchor/reporter, Tom Leyden, will provide in-game reports from the sidelines.

All the games will be preceded by a half-hour pregame show, "Lions Tailgate." Lions Tailgate will be hosted by WXYZ Sports Director Don Shane and Tom Leyden, with reports from Lions and NFL Hall of Famer, Charlie Sanders. The show will give viewers a preview of the upcoming game including interviews with coaches and key players, and insight into the team's strategy.

"We're pleased to partner with the Detroit Lions to bring this very special football preseason coverage to fans across Metro Detroit," said WXYZ Vice-President and General Manager Ed Fernandez. "This is an exciting time for the team and for sports fans in our area, and we're glad to be able to bring all the action to Lions fans in Metro Detroit and across the state."

Preseason games will be carried out-state on the following Lions network affiliates: WXMI-TV Ch. 17 Grand Rapids; WNEM-TV Ch. 5 Flint, Bay City, Saginaw; WSYM-TV Ch. 47 Lansing; WFQX-TV Ch.32 Cadillac, Traverse City; and WJMN-TV Ch. 3 Marquette.

WXYZ is also the new home of the Ford Lions Report Live, a one-hour live program that airs every Sunday during the regular season from 11 a.m. - noon in the Detroit area, and 11:30 a.m. - noon on the Lions network affiliates throughout Michigan.

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Detroit Lions fans in West Michigan will have to wait a few extra hours to catch their first glimpse of the 2011 team. WXMI-TV is contractually obligated by Fox to show the Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Kansas City Chiefs preseason game live at 8 p.m. Friday. The Lions' preseason opener at Ford Field against the Cincinnati Bengals, therefore, will have to be aired on a tape delay basis, likely around 11 p.m.

Full story: Grand Rapids' WXMI has to air Detroit Lions' preseason opener on tape-delayed basis (Mon, 8/8)

 


 

Holland Sentinel:

The 2011 preseason "GVSU Football Radio Road Show" will get Laker fans ready for the season beginning on Thursday. The Football Radio Road Show will be an hour-long program featuring Grand Valley State University Head Football Coach Matt Mitchell. There will also be special guests to discuss the upcoming season.

Full story: GVSU football radio show to kick off on Thursday (Mon, 8/8)

 

Newsmakers and links: August 15, 2011

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FOX Sports Detroit sets schedule for University of Michigan football programming

Season preview kicks off Michigan Wolverines football coverage, premiers Friday, August 26; Inside Michigan Football with Brady Hoke airs Mondays starting August 29

FOX Sports Detroit's coverage of University of Michigan football includes a half-hour Wolverine Football Season Preview the university-produced weekly program Inside Michigan Football with Brady Hoke.

The preview show premieres Fri. August 26 at 6:30 p.m. with multiple re-airs in the days leading up to the Wolverines Sept. 3 season opener vs. Western Michigan (also Sat. Aug. 27, 7:30 p.m.; Sun. Aug. 29, 8:00 a.m.; Mon. Aug. 29, 12:30 p.m.; Wed. Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m.; Fri. Sept. 2, 2:00 p.m.).

The half-hour show is hosted by Mickey York with reports from Shannon Hogan, Matt Shepard, Trevor Thompson and Justin White. The season preview segments include an interview with new head coach Brady Hoke, a visit with quarterback Denard Robinson as to what fans can expect this year from one of the most exciting players in college football, an introduction to new defensive coordinator Greg Mattison, a conversation with running back Michael Shaw and a review of the backfield competition; plus the new role of the wide receivers in this offensive scheme, a profile of cornerback Troy Woolfolk as he returns from injury, and previews of the big games on the Michigan schedule including the first-ever home night game (Sept. 10 vs. Notre Dame) and the Big Ten arrival of the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Inside Michigan Football with Brady Hoke, hosted by Jim Brandstatter, premieres each Monday (typically at 6:30 p.m.) starting Aug. 29, repeated Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. and Fridays at 2:00 p.m.

Each episode includes game and practice highlights, student-athlete features and in-depth analysis of past and future games.

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Gravy of the "Gravy in the Morning" radio show is on vacation this week, and Ellen Tailor is taking the lead spot. Joining Ellen is local comedian David Dyer.

Full story: No Gravy this week on 'Gravy in the Morning' (Mon, 8/15)

 

Newsmakers and links: August 16, 2011

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FOX Sports Detroit sets schedule for Michigan State University football programming

Spartan Football Season Preview premieres Friday, August 26th and Spartan Football All-Access returns each Sunday morning starting September 4th

FOX Sports Detroit's coverage of Michigan State football includes a half-hour Spartan Football Season Preview and another year of the university-produced weekly program Spartan Football All-Access. The preview show premieres Fri. August 26 at 7:00 p.m. with multiple re-airs in the days leading up to the Spartans Sept. 2 season opener vs. Youngstown State (also Sat. Aug. 27, 7 p.m.; Sun. Aug. 28, 7:30 a.m.; Mon. Aug. 29, 12:00 p.m.; Wed. Aug. 31, 7:00 p.m.; Fri. Sept. 2, 2:30 p.m.).

The half-hour show is hosted by Ryan Field with reports from Shannon Hogan, Trevor Thompson and Justin White. The season preview contains the following segments: Former Spartans QB Jim Miller breaking down film with current signal-caller Kirk Cousins, a look at the offensive line and how the veterans are forming a bond with the newcomers both on and off the practice field, how the Spartans will fill the hole in the defense with the departure of star linebacker Greg Jones, a visit with linebacker Max Bullough and his grandfather, former coach Hank Bullough, as Max becomes the third generation from his family to play for the Spartans, head coach Mark Dantonio talks about the journey to the top of the Big Ten and the challenge to stay there.

Spartan Football All-Access premieres each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. starting Sept. 4, repeated Mondays at 6:00 p.m, Thursdays at 12:00 p.m and Fridays at 2:30 p.m. Each episode recaps the previous game and looks ahead to the next opponent, plus other in-depth and behind-the-scenes features involving the MSU football team.

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

FOX 17 reporter Lisa LaPlante, one of the original members of the WXMI-TV news team, is leaving the station after nearly 13 years. LaPlante has accepted the position of marketing and communications manager for the Kent County Health Department.

Full story: FOX 17 reporter Lisa LaPlante leaving WXMI-TV after 13 years on air in Grand Rapids (Tue, 8/16)

 

Newsmakers and links: August 17, 2011

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WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit readies Dream Cruise broadcast

WXYZ-TV will broadcast exclusive television coverage of the 17th annual Woodward Dream Cruise presented by Chevrolet on Saturday, August 20th. Coverage of the world's largest one-day automotive celebration revs up with a 2-hour live special from 7-9 p.m. An encore presentation will air on Sunday, August 21, from 8-10 a.m.

Channel 7 will bring all the cruising classics to viewers from locations up and down historic Woodward Avenue. WXYZ Action News Anchors, Stephen Clark and Diana Lewis, will host the program from the WXYZ home base on Woodward Avenue near Duggan's Restaurant in Royal Oak. The show will also include reports from Carolyn Clifford, Mary Conway, and JoAnne Purtan. Dave Rexroth will be capturing all the action along Woodward Avenue in the Chevy Car Cam. Action News Morning Team members Vic Faust, Alicia Smith and Erin Nicole will be on the north end of the cruise route in Pontiac, with cruising classics and a special Dream Cruise surprise.

"At Channel 7, we recognize the unique passion we have for our cars in Metro Detroit," said WXYZ-TV Vice-President and General Manager Ed Fernandez. "We're proud to be the exclusive television partner of the Woodward Dream Cruise by Chevrolet. Channel 7 has been part of this amazing event since its earliest days and we're honored to join the communities along Woodward Avenue to once again help Metro Detroit celebrate its rich automotive heritage."

WXYZ-TV joins Berkley, Royal Oak, Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge, Huntington Woods, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, Pontiac, radio partner 104.3 WOMC, and presenting sponsor Chevrolet, to provide bumper-to-bumper coverage of the Woodward Dream Cruise presented by Chevrolet throughout the week leading up to the Saturday event. The Woodward Dream Cruise attracts over 1.5 million visitors and 40,000 muscle cars, street rods, custom, collector and special interest vehicles.

 


 

Examiner.com

Listeners and fans from Los Angeles to New York jammed Radio One & 105.9 KISS FM phone lines for three hours Sunday morning when The Hardest Working Woman In Gospel - Vickie Winans - debuted her latest labor of love, the Sunday Morning Praise with Vickie Winans radio show, on 105.9 KISS FM in the Motor City.

Full story: Vickie Winans' debut Radio One Detroit Show was an overwhelming success (Tue, 8/16)

 


 

TimeOut Chicago:

Chicago's sweetheart is leaving us. Ginger Zee, who's been weekend meteorologist at WMAQ-Channel 5 since 2006, appears to be headed for ABC's Good Morning America in New York. It's not official yet, but insiders say she'll be filling the long-vacant weather slot on GMA Weekend after her contract expires here in October ... Frank Holland, a reporter and fill-in news anchor at WDIV-TV in Detroit, has been hired as early morning news anchor at Tribune Co.-owned WGN-Channel 9.

Full story: Sunny forecast: Ginger Zee zooming to 'GMA Weekend' (Wed, 8/17)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

FOX 17 news has hired a multi-media journalist to join its staff. Darren Cunningham begins work immediately at WXMI-TV (Channel 17), sales and events marketing manager Kerry Kelemen said today.

Full story: FOX 17 hires multi-media journalist from Lansing to join news staff (Wed, 8/17)

 

Newsmakers and links: August 26, 2011

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Grand Rapids Press:

In case you haven't noticed, high school football is kind of a big deal around these parts. Then again, it's pretty popular around the rest of the nation, but it can hard to avoid in West Michigan if you turn on the TV or radio. All four local TV stations and both sports radio channels have extensive coverage, and all provide something a little unique.

Full story: West Michigan high school football fans can get their fill on local airwaves (Fri, 8/26)

 

Newsmakers and links: August 29, 2011

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Grand Rapids Press:

Tom Kowalski, longtime Detroit Lions writer for Booth Newspapers and MLive.com, died this morning, according to his fiancee, Diane Wolan. Kowalski, 51, was found unresponsive at his home and was taken to DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital in Commerce Township in Oakland County, where he was pronounced dead.

Full story: Tom Kowalski, longtime Detroit Lions reporter, dies (Mon, 8/29)

 

More on the death of Tom Kowalski:

The Oakland Press: Lions take a moment to remember beat writer Tom Kowalski (Mon, 8/29)

Grand Rapids Press: Tom Kowalski tribute: 'He was gruff and hard-charging' (Mon, 8/29)

Detroit News: Readers, listeners respected Tom Kowalski's opinions (Mon, 8/29)

 


 

The Oakland Press:

Mickey Redmond knew it was over. He came roaring down the right wing like he had countless times before when he encountered St. Louis Blues' defenseman Barcley Plager.

"I turned and he was right next to me," Redmond said. "Normally, I'd go right by him. There was no decision, really. Just the way it was. Nobody had to tell me. I knew it first."

Full story: For Mickey Redmond, the end was just the beginning (Mon, 8/29)

 

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