Detroit Free Press:
Comcast's local-origination channel in Michigan, cn900, will more than double its sports content during 2014-15 with broadcasts of Oakland University and Detroit Mercy basketball games, Michigan and Michigan State hockey games, Wayne State football and basketball games, and Plymouth Whalers games. Reaching every XFINITY TV household in the state, cn900 is available to more than 1 million Michigan homes.
Full story: Comcast 900 ramping up local college sports TV coverage (Mon, 11/10)
Grand Rapids Press:
Brent Ashcroft, who has been a part of the West Michigan television sports scene for more than two decades, is ready for a new challenge with WZZM-TV 13.
Full story: Veteran sports anchor Brent Ashcroft discusses new role as storyteller with WZZM-TV (Mon, 11/10)
WZZM-TV 13's Brent Ashcroft is stepping down from the sports anchor desk, and the ABC-TV affiliate has picked up a new sports director and sports reporter. Jamal Spencer, a Detroit-area native and Michigan State University graduate, is WZZM TV's new sports director.
Full story: Brent Ashcroft leaves sports desk; WZZM TV names new sports director, reporter (Fri, 11/7)
The days of nonstop television political advertisements are over. Until the next election, that is. Viewers in West Michigan couldn't escape the bombardment of ads during the most recent campaign cycle, and perhaps that's an understatement.
Full story: Grand Rapids TV station aired most political ads in entire U.S. just before Election Day (Thu, 11/6)
WOOD-TV Ch. 8 Grand Rapids:
Storm Team 8 Chief Meteorologist Bill Steffen is celebrating 40 years on West Michigan television. He first appeared on air in the region on Nov. 5, 1974.
Full story: Bill Steffen Celebrates 40 Years of West Michigan TV (Wed, 11/5)
WZZM-TV Ch. 13 Grand Rapids:
A former host of a Christian radio station was sentenced Monday in Calhoun County Circuit Court for sexually assaulting a child. John Balyo was sentenced to 25 to 50 years behind bars for first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
Full story: Balyo sentenced for sexually assaulting boy (Mon, 11/10)