West Michigan: January 2014 Archives

 

Detroit Free Press:

Fox 2 Reporter Alexis Wiley will become spokesperson for Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, according to reports published Saturday. Wiley, 30, refused to confirm or deny the report saying only, "I still work at Fox 2."

Full story: Fox 2's Alexis Wiley expected to be named Duggan spokeswoman (Sat, 1/25)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

WWMT Newschannel 3 welcomes a new morning anchor to its news team on Monday. Kirk Mason joins Marcie Kobriger and Jeff Porter on the anchor desk from 4:30-7 a.m. and for the noon news beginning Jan. 27 on West Michigan's CBS-TV affiliate serving Grand Rapids, Battle Creek and Kalamazoo.

Full story: WWMT's new morning anchor Kirk Mason debuts Monday on West Michigan TV (Sun, 1/26)

 

Looking for some frozen fun? he 2014 Pond Hockey Classic kicked off on the frozen surface of Reeds Lake Friday night and continues through Sunday with 38 teams competing for trophies. Local rock station WGRD 97.9 is once again bringing the annual event that pits amateur 4-on-4 teams against each other.

Full story: Hockey fans can find frozen fun on Reeds Lake this weekend with WGRD Pond Hockey Classic (Sat, 1/25)

 

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 24, 2014

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Grand Rapids Press:

Local morning radio host Joe "Flounder" Piesz from Cumulus Radio's Thunder Country 94.5 (WTNR -FM) has announced he will be leaving the show and the market on Jan. 31. The show is also simulcast on WFBE-FM 95.1 in Flint. Piesz, 28, has been on the air in Grand Rapids since 2007.

Full story: Joe "Flounder" Piesz leaving Cumulus Radio's Thunder Country 94.5 (Fri, 1/24)

 


 

Detroit News:

If any proof was needed of "Antiques Roadshow's" cult status, the two sisters were it. Dressed in matching black T-shirts with rhinestone letters spelling out "Roadshow Diva," they were just two of the 6,000 lucky ticket holders who showed up at Cobo Center in June when the award-winning PBS series stopped in Motown.

Full story: Go behind the scenes during the 'Antiques Roadshow' visit to Detroit (Fri, 1/24)

 

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 23, 2014

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Detroit Free Press:

The nation's first African-American-owned TV station, WGPR-TV, is responsible for many firsts -- using news cameras with tape rather than film, foreign language programs and being on air for 24 hours instead of signing off in the evening. Now, two historical groups are teaming up to create a museum exhibit highlighting those contributions to the Detroit TV market.

Full story: Exhibit honoring first black-owned TV station planned for Detroit Historical Museum (Thu, 1/23)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Midwest Communications is purchasing Sports WBCK AM 930 Battle Creek out of a trust for $175,000 pending FCC approval and closing. Midwest owns several other stations in the area, including stations licensed to the Kalamazoo, Lansing, and Coldwater areas.
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  • CBS Radio/Detroit is now programming the HD3 feed of WOMC-FM 104.3 with a totally Detroit-focused format as "Detroit's Boulevard", a pop-rock outlet featuring music from native Metro Detroiters. Alongside mainstream acts such as Bob Seger, Eminem, Kid Rock, Madonna, and Motown artists the stream will also give exposure to lesser-known names such as The Ready Set, Blue October, and Mike Posner. Listen on WOMC-FM HD3 or via CBS Radio's app, Radio.com.
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  • WADL-TV Ch. 38 Detroit, the help of a very generous benefactor whose wish is to remain anonymous, is teaming up with Citi Trends and The Bel Air 10 Theater to distribute new coats to needy school children from the area on Saturday, January 25th at 8AM at the Bel Air 10 Theater on 10100 East Eight Mile Road in Detroit. Parents must bring children with them along with an ID and some form of child health insurance proof. Coats will be available to school age children only.
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  • Larry Lujack Memorial Video now available: Leave it to Art Vuolo, "Radio's Best Friend", to prepare a video tribute in memory of Chicago radio icon Larry Lujack. Vuolo has video of Super Jock from as far back as 1976! The entire tribute runs 73 minutes, reflecting the number of years he lived.

    An abbreviated version has been posted on YouTube; visit the home page of Art's web site at www.vuolovideo.com where the uncut version is available. See why Larry Lujack was a radio original.

 

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 22, 2014

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AllAccess.com:

MIDWEST COMMUNICATIONS Talk WHTC-A/HOLLAND, MI has named DAN SPADAFORA as Brand Manager and morning host. SPADAFORA, most recently studio host for GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY football on CLEAR CHANNEL Sports WMAX (ESPN 96.1)/GRAND RAPIDS, where he did news and production work for sister News-Talk WOOD-A-F, previously served as the Dir./Broadcasting and Media Relations for independent minor league baseball's JOLIET SLAMMERS. He is also a former intern at WHTC.

Full story: Dan Spadafora Named Brand Manager/Morning Host At WHTC (Wed, 1/22)

 


 

Jackson Citizen-Patriot:

The ever-popular K105.3 FM Chili Cook-Off is back. This year's event will be from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at the American 1 Events Center, 200 W. Ganson St.

Full story: Annual K105.3 FM Chili Cook-Off set for Sunday at American 1 Events Center (Wed, 1/22)

 


 

WZZM-TV Ch. 13 Grand Rapids:

Grand Rapids, MI-WZZM 13, the Gannett owned ABC affiliate in Grand Rapids Michigan is thrilled to learn that our very own Take Five and Company Associate Producer, Eddie Rucker has been named the 2014 William Glenn Trailblazer Honoree.

Full story: WZZM's Eddie Rucker Giants Awards Honoree (Wed, 1/22)

 

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 14, 2014

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Fine Tuning:

  • WDTK Adding: Sean Hannity to the lineup at Salem Communications/Detroit News/Talk WDTK AM 1400 next Monday. Hannity's program will air live from 3 - 6 p.m. on WDTK and on the station's FM translator at FM 92.7 Detroit. WDTK General Manager Chris MacCourtney commented, "The opportunity to bring Sean Hannity aboard was one we felt we could not pass up. Sean was an instant hit when he came to Detroit and he continues to be one of the most popular Talk personalities in the market."

    Detroit becomes Salem's 4th market (Detroit, Chicago, Dallas, Washington) to clear Hannity's show following the very public breakup between Cumulus and the Premiere Networks' syndicated conservative talker. Hannity had been heard in Detroit on Cumulus' News/Talk WJR AM 760 from 2001 until late last year.
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  • Hired: Jeff Parker to co-host mornings at MacDonald-Garber's Top 40 WKHQ-FM 105.9 Charlevoix/Traverse City. Parker, who leaves cajun country in Shreveport LA to head to Northern Michigan, will be paired with Heather Leigh.

 


 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

A pair of local blues favorites will headline this year's WRKR/Budweiser Blues Series at the Kalamazoo State Theatre.

Full story: Tab Benoit, Tommy Castro lead this year's WRKR/Budweiser Blues Series lineup (Tue, 1/14)

 

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 13, 2014

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Grand Rapids Press:

If you tuned in to WFGR-FM in Grand Rapids this morning, you know Classic Hits 98.7 wasn't the same. Andy and Dave in the Morning weren't along for drive time.

Full story: WFGR-FM's Andy and Dave in the Morning are no more at Classic Hits 98.7 (Mon, 1/13)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

LANSER BROADCASTING Contemporary Christian WJQK (JQ99)/GRAND RAPIDS kicked off a new countdown show this past weekend, RADIATE, airing SUNDAY from 12p-2p ET. Hosted by MD/JEREMY HENRY, and comprised of the top 20 songs of the week as heard on WJQK, RADIATE also features artist interviews and segments focusing on how they radiate CHRIST.

Full story: WJQK Launches Radiate Countdown Show (Mon, 1/13)

 

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 10, 2014

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Port Huron Times-Herald: (pay site)

Wonderful News Radio WNFR becomes 90.7 Hope FM on Monday. Brian Smith, program director for the adult contemporary Christian radio station, said the change is a long time coming.

Full story: Changing stations: WNFR switches to 90.7 Hope FM ($ - Fri, 1/10)

 


 

Traverse City Record-Eagle: (pay site)

A broadcasting company with radio stations throughout northern Michigan purchased 12 radio stations in Colorado. A press release from MacDonald Garber Broadcasting said the company acquired the new radio stations under the name Always Mountain Time, LLC.

Full story: Radio co. gets 12 new stations ($ - Fri, 1/10)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Half a season into his gig as a TV analyst, Chris Osgood is having a blast. He was at SAP Center on Thursday morning to gather information to use later in the evening, when he was to provide color during FSD's broadcast of the Detroit Red Wings' game against the San Jose Sharks.

Full story: Chris Osgood sees himself as work in progress as Detroit Red Wings TV analyst (Fri, 1/10)

 


 

Detroit News:

Most of us are happy to enjoy extended periods away from the job, but for the first time in my life, I'm not feeling that same way. After three weeks away from my Detroit News column and WJR radio show, I'm absolutely looking forward to returning to work after what I can only describe as the most bizarre holiday season I've ever encountered.

Full story: Back to work, after a Christmas to remember (Fri, 1/10)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

WSNX-FM morning personality Nicole Hughet said farewell this morning to listeners on the Top 40 radio station in Grand Rapids. Hughet is relocating to Dallas.

Full story: Grand Rapids radio personality Nicole Hughet signs off on WSNX-FM after four years (Fri, 1/10)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Andy O'Riley and Dave Kaechle have exited mornings at Townsquare Media/Grand Rapids Classic Hits WFGR-FM 98.7. The duo had been with the station for just over a year - no replacement show has been named.
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  • Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV-TV Ch. 4 will restore it's over-the-air Noon newscast starting on Monday, January 13. The station had dropped the 12 p.m. program in the fall when it launched an 11 a.m. show 'Live in the D'. Now both will air from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

 

 

 

Grand Rapids Press:

WOOD TV8 anchor Susan Shaw is leaving the 11 p.m. newscast after 19 years at the NBC-TV affiliate in West Michigan. WOOD TV8's Marlee Ginter joins anchor Brian Sterling tonight for 24 Hour News 8 at 11 p.m. as well as at 10 p.m. on WXSP-TV...

Full story: WOOD TV8's Susan Shaw is out, Marlee Ginter is in, as 11 p.m. news anchor (Mon, 1/6)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • WJLB-FM It appears that Clear Channel/Detroit Urban WJLB-FM 97.9 has parted ways with the morning show hosted by Coco, Foolish and Mr. Chase. The trio have been stripped from the station's web site (fm98wjlb.com) and were not on the air this morning.
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  • Greater Media Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 has changed up their HD2 offering, dropping deeper Classic Rock 'Deep Trax' in favor of 50s - 60s Oldies. More info on the switch is coming soon according to 'CSX PD Jerry Tarrants.
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  • The Detroit Tigers are thinking spring with an announcement today that 22 of the team's Spring Training exhibition games will air live on the radio (WXYT/Detroit, some games on FM 97.1, others on AM 1270) along with 4 on cable TV network Fox Sports Detroit (March 10th, 13th, 23rd, and 27th). This spring marks the 78th training camp for the Tigers in Lakeland, Florida - the team's pitchers and catchers are due to report in 44 days on February 19th.

 


 

Detroit News:

Detroit hip-hop station WJLB-FM (97.9) has made a change in its morning programming, and has let go long-running morning show hosts Coco and Foolish. Station management could not be immediately reached for comment. Coco and Foolish's co-host, Mr. Chase, will reportedly stay with WJLB.

Full story: WJLB terminates longtime morning hosts Coco, Foolish (Mon, 1/6)

 


 

MLive.com:

Management at Detroit hip hop/R&B station FM 98 WJLB apparently were keeping quiet Monday about reports the station has fired popular morning hosts Coco and Foolish.

Full story: Detroit's FM 98 WJLB stays mum on Coco and Foolish firing reports; fans show anger online (Mon, 1/6)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

After doing play-by-play of a couple outdoor college hockey games last week at Comerica Park, Dan Dickerson was looking forward to getting behind a radio microphone again on Monday to talk baseball.

Full story: Dan Dickerson excited to talk baseball as Tigers announce spring training broadcast schedule (Mon, 1/6)

 

 

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