West Michigan: December 2011 Archives

Newsmakers and links: Dec. 6, 2011

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AllAccess.com:

TOWNSQUARE MEDIA Hot AC WLHT 9CHANNEL 95-7)/GRAND RAPIDS brings in JOE KNIGHT to be APD/afternoon host. KNIGHT has held on-air and programming positions at WZYP/HUNTSVILLE, AL; U93/SOUTH BEND, IN and SL100/HATTIESBURG, MS. Most recently, he was doing nights across the street at WBCT show at B93.

Full story: WLHT Names Joe Knight APD/Nights (Tue, 12/6)

CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40/Mainstream WKQI (CHANNEL 955)/DETROIT and its MOJO in the Morning show have qualified over 100 listeners for a $15,000 shopping spree at the TWELVE OAKS MALL in NOVI. The lucky winner will be chosen TONIGHT at CHANNEL 955's Jingle Jam at THE FILLMORE in DETROIT and the shopping spree will take place TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7th.

Full story: WKQI's Mojo Offers $15K Shopping Spree (Tue, 12/6)

 

Newsmakers and links: Dec. 16, 2011

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WOMC/Detroit morning host Bobby Mitchell goes tower climbing to help collect 10,000 toys

CBS Radio classic hits WOMC-FM 104.3 Detroit will be collecting unwrapped toys for "Santa's Toy Castle" today, Friday December 16th from 6 a.m. - 10 p.m, and again tomorrow, Saturday December 17th from 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. outside the TCF Bank in Canton (45375 Ford Road, Canton, MI 48188).

Morning show host Bobby Mitchell has pledged that he'll remain up in a broadcast tower until 10,000 toys are collected - even if it requires sleeping on the tower.

All toys collected will be distributed through The Salvation Army to children and families in need this Christmas.

The event will also include a visit from Santa who will be available for photos from 12 - 4 p.m. on Friday and from 1 to 5 p.m.on Saturday. Kids will be able to create a Christmas ornament and there will be food and beverage samples available as well.

Listeners can also drop off unwrapped toys at any TCF Bank during business hours to help them "Stuff the Vault" for Santa's Toy Castle - Or, drop off toys at the front desk of the WOMC lobby on Friday, December 16 from 8:30 a.m to 5:30 p.m. at 2201 Woodward Heights Blvd in Ferndale.

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

A local radio station is working to make a difference in the lives of West Michigan children. STAR 105.7 is hosting the T.O.Y (Think Outside Yourselves) Radiothon to raise money for the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital. The annual event which kicked off Wednesday, runs through 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15.

Full story: Kevin Matthews returns to air waves for Helen DeVos Children's Hospital fundraiser (Thu, 12/15)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

CUMULUS Sports WTKA-A (SPORTS TALK 1050)/ANN ARBOR has named IRA WEINTRAUB as PD. WEINTRAUB had been the APD/Morning Show Producer since MARCH 2009.

Full story: Ira Weintraub Named PD At WTKA (Thu, 12/15)

 


 

TVSpy.com:

Maurielle Lue has moved from Cleveland to Detroit, joining Fox O&O WJBK as a reporter. Lue spent the past three years working at WEWS in Cleveland, where she served as a general assignment reporter, morning traffic reporter, breaking news reporter, and morning anchor.

Full story: Maurielle Lue Moves From Cleveland to Detroit (Thu, 12/15)

 

Newsmakers and links: Dec. 21, 2011

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Detroit News:

On Friday morning, Detroit radio veteran Jim Harper signs off on Magic 105.1/WMGC-FM's morning show for the last time. A native of Hamtramck, Harper started out on the air at WYNZ-AM in Ypsilanti in 1967, at the tender age of 13, broadcasting a show about "teen issues." His voice has been a mainstay on Motor City airwaves ever since, for most of the last 44 years.

Full story: Jim Harper to retire from Detroit's Magic 105.1 (Wed, 12/21)

 


 

Midland Daily News:

Mike Avery has never been afraid to try something new. When he graduated from Ferris (then State College) and landed an industrial TV production job with General Motors, "I discovered this isn't where I want to be" and moved on ... And now, the Midland resident is leaving behind part of that -- the TV show -- to focus on radio. Avery's last Outdoor Magazine TV show debuts Thursday at 7 p.m. on the Sportsman Channel.

Full story: Avery's last outdoor TV show Thursday (Thu, 12/20)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Phil Tower's back at WOOD radio. The veteran radio personality has been named program director at WOOD-AM (1300) and WOOD-FM (106.9), his former home for a decade.

Full story: Phil Tower's back at WOOD radio in Grand Rapids (Tue, 12/20)

 

Newsmakers and links: Dec. 22, 2011

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Detroit Free Press:

Rich Homberg, president and general manager of Detroit Public Television, says it's a "tremendous honor" that the station's "Beyond the Light Switch" is among the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award winners for 2012. The two-part documentary and online initiative is one of 14 projects to be honored during a Jan. 19 ceremony.

Full story: Detroit Public Television documentary 'Beyond the Light Switch' wins award (Wed, 12/21)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe will help to make the season bright, but what are some fresh and novel ideas for sparking up the season? Leave it to the sparkiest of them all, West Michigan's morning television news anchors, who shared their coziest traditions and brightest notions for greeting Christmas with good cheer.

Full story: TV news personalities from West Michigan share their favorite holiday traditions (Thu, 12/22)

 

Newsmakers and links: Dec. 24, 2011

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Grand Rapids Press:

WOOD TV8 reporter Tony Tagliavia signed off for the last time Friday on the 6 p.m. newscast. Tagliavia is moving back to his hometown of Milwaukee...

Full story: WOOD TV8 Reporter Tony Tagliavia says goodbye to station (Fri, 12/23)

 


 

Detroit News:

Roseville native and Michigan State alum Joe Block is the Brewers' new radio voice. He joins the legendary Bob Uecker, starting in 2012. It's the first full-time major league job for Block, whose goal since his youth was to get to this point.

Full story: Roseville's Joe Block is new radio voice of Brewers baseball (Fri, 12/23)

 

Newsmakers and links: Dec. 29, 2011

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Northern Lower Peninsula gets new soft rock station

Recent sign-on WQEZ-FM 97.7 Cheboygan earlier this week revealed its full-time format: soft rock as 'Easy 97.7'. The programming is automated for now, but owner Del Reynolds plans to host morning drive himself and add more local elements as the station matures.

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

A local radio personality is no longer on the air at 1340 WJRW. Tim Doctor, who hosted a show from 2 - 5 p.m. as of the middle of December wrote this message his Facebook page Thursday afternoon.

Full story: Tim Doctor out at 1340 WJRW, according to his Facebook page (Thu, 12/29)

 

The Romantics are old hands when it comes to playing outdoor New Year's Eve concerts in Michigan. Well, maybe not that old: The veteran Detroit-area rockers played their first outdoor New Year's Eve gig in Royal Oak last year.

Full story: The Romantics will lead revelers for annual Hot-FM New Year's Eve Party (Thu, 12/29)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

NORTHERN BROADCASTING Rock WKLT/TRAVERSE CITY, MI has bid adieu to morning co-host FINSTER. His partner OMELETTE stays on to head the show.

Full story: Finster Exits WKLT (Thu, 12/29)

 

Newsmakers and links: Dec. 31, 2011

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WXYZ-TV Ch. 7:

There will be no ball drop in downtown Royal Oak on New Year's Eve like there was last year. Businesses like Lily's Seafood will miss not having the ball drop be a continued tradition. "I think the city itself and the folks who live here would like to see it come back, as would we," said Bob Morton, co-owner of the restaurant. Morton said they are working with other local restaurants and businesses to bring the event back after Cumulus Media decided not to put on the event this year. Cumulus Media bought Citadel Broadcasting who organized last year's event.

Full story: No ball drop will drop this year on New Year's Eve like it did last year in downtown Royal Oak (Fri, 12/30)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

A Cascade Township couple who welcomed a new baby and fought breast cancer in 2011 were chosen to smooch in the New Year in Times Square as the winners of Nivea's Kiss of a Lifetime contest.

Full story: Grand Rapids-area couple wins contest to give New Year's Eve kiss on TV in Times Square (Sat, 12/31)

 

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