Grand Rapids

People Moves 2/7: Tommy Carroll Joins WGRD As Program Director

Townsquare Media Rock 97.9 WGRD Grand Rapids MI has appointed Tommy Carroll as Program Director. Carroll joins WGRD from Federated Media Rock “103.9 The Bear” WRBR South Bend IN. He joined WRBR in 2000 as afternoon host and rose to Program Director in 2008 and then became Digital Content Director for Federated’s South Bend cluster in 2013. He will also host afternoons for WGRD. Dick Broadcasting has added Global Media Services’ to mornings at Alternative 96.1 WKZQ-FM Forestbrook/Myrtle Beach SC. The show originates at Dick’s “Rock 92” WKRR Greensboro NC and airs on five other stations including Dick’s Rock stations in New Bern NC and Savannah GA. After departing afternoons at Alpha Media CHR “107.1 The Monkey” WXYK Gulfport/Biloxi...[Read More]

WLHT Rebrands As Mix 95.7

Townsquare Media Hot AC “Channel 95.7” WLHT-FM Grand Rapids MI has rebranded as “Mix 95.7“. No music or talent changes accompanied the name change, which gives the station a fresh coat of paint following the August swap of ‘Fish’ for Curtis Gross as morning co-host with Connie. Connie & Fish had teamed at multiple stations in Wisconsin from 1996-2010 including a decade at CHR “Z104” WZEE Madison. Fish later spent time as part of the morning show at Hubbard Hot AC “KS 95” 94.5 KSTP-FM Minneapolis, while Gross replaced him at WZEE through their move to Grand Rapids in 2012. WLHT ranked fourth in the Grand Rapids market with a 4.7 share in the Summer 2017 Nielsen Audio ratings.

Ken Evans In; Gravy Out At WHTS Grand Rapids Mornings

Cumulus CHR “105.3 Hot-FM” WHTS Coopersville/Grand Rapids MI has made a morning show and programming change. Incoming is former 104.5 WSNX morning host Ken Evans and outgoing is Kevin ‘Gravy’ Canup. Evans exited his role as APD/Morning host at WSNX at the start of this year when it imported WKQI Detroit’s “Mojo In The Morning”. Evans also programmed 103.3 WKFR Kalamazoo and previously worked in the Grand Rapids market at Hot AC “I96” WVTI. Canup had served as Program Director at WHTS since 2007. He added morning show duties in 2011 after hosting nights. He previously worked at stations in Champaign IL and Corpus Cristi TX. No word yet on who will take WHTS programming duties. Remaining in the morning slot with Evans will be existing co-...[Read More]

Another Batch Of Talent Cuts At iHeartMedia

A few more names have been added to the list of cuts at iHeartMedia this week. Fernand Amandi – 10am-12pm host on News/Talk 610 WIOD Miami. B-Rock – Weekend host at CHR “FM 97” 96.9 WLAN-FM Lancaster PA. Tom Campbell – Morning Host at Classic Hits “B101.5” WWBB Providence Dan Eidem – News Director for News/Talk 1510 WLAC Nashville Mackenzie – Midday host at Rock 96.3 WROV Roanoke. Contact at Melissa Kerr – Morning co-host at AC “Sunny 99.9” KTSM-FM El Paso. Co-host Bill Clifton moved to afternoons as the station added the syndicated Murphy, Sam & Jodi for mornings. Travis Moon – Director of Country Programming for Austin/San Antonio. PD of 98.1 KVET-FM and 101.1 KASE Austin and &...[Read More]

101.3 The Brew Grand Rapids Adds Rover’s Morning Glory

iHeartMedia Classic Rock “101.3 The Brew” WBFX Grand Rapids has added the syndicated Rover’s Morning Glory for mornings. Rover replaces local host LT. 101.3 The Brew, The Brew Rocks Grand Rapids, announced today the debut of the Rover’s Morning Glory show, effective January 23, 2017. Rover’s Morning Glory will air weekdays from 6 – 10 a.m. Rover’s Morning Glory features on-air personalities Rover, Duji, Dieter, Charlie and Jeffrey, who focus on pop culture, topical humor and the biggest guests in the world of music, movies, sports and entertainment. The morning show features a variety of popular daily and weekly segments including The Shizzy, The Thursday Hook-Up and Tech Tuesday. The show plans to broadcast from Grand Rapids throughout the year with appearances at some o...[Read More]

Mojo In The Morning Expands To WSNX

iHeartMedia CHR 104.5 WSNX Muskegon/Grand Rapids MI is picking up sister CHR “Channel 95.5” WKQI Detroit’s “Mojo in the Morning” starting Monday, January 16. Mojo replaces “The Morning After” with Ken Evans & Shmitty at WSNX. Evans exits the station, while Lauren ‘Shmitty’ Smith remains in middays. Ken Evans joined WSNX as APD/Morning host in January 2012 after previously hosting middays under the name ‘Kruze’ in 2004-2005. He also programmed CHR 103.3 WKFR Kalamazoo from 2006 through 2011. 104.5 WSNX, West Michigan’s No. 1 Hit Music Station, announced today the debut of the Mojo in the Morning show, effective January 16, 2017. Mojo in the Morning will air weekdays from 6 – 10 a.m. and will continue to broadcast from it...[Read More]

Magic 94.1 Grand Rapids Moves To 104.9

Four months after launching an FM signal and relaunching as “Magic 94.1“, Townsquare Media Urban AC 1410 WNWZ/94.1 W231DD Grand Rapids has moved its translator to 104.9. The new 104.9 W285FO signal allows the translator to upgrade from 88w/138m to 250 watts improving its coverage of the market. The station jumped from a 0.0 share in the Spring 2016 Nielsen Audio ratings to a 0.8 in the Summer book following the launch of the FM signal in June.

Lori Bennett Named Cumulus Grand Rapids OM

Cumulus Grand Rapids has named Lori Bennett as Operations Manager for their five stations cluster and Program Director/Afternoon Host at Country “Nash-FM 94.5” WTNR. Bennett makes a quick return to Cumulus where she was PD/Afternoon Host at sister Hot AC 96.3 WDVD Detroit until her budget related cut in July. In addition to WTNR Bennett will oversee Classic Rock “97 WLAV” 96.9 WLAV-FM, CHR “105.3 Hot-FM” WHTS, Sports “107.3 The Ball” WBBL, and News/Talk 1340 WJRW. Bennett takes the place of Johnboy Crenshaw who relocated to Youngstown OH earlier this summer. Cumulus Media Grand Rapids Vice President/Market Manager Jeff Cartwright announces the promotion of heritage programming talent Lori Bennett to Operations Manager for the 5-station cluste...[Read More]

John Crenshaw Moves To Youngstown As Cumulus OM

Cumulus Media has announced that John Crenshaw will transfer from Grand Rapids MI to Youngstown OH as Operations Manager. Crenshaw currently serves as Program Director/Afternoon Host (on air as Johnboy) of Country “94.5 Nash-FM” WTNR and Regional Operations Manager for the company’s stations in Grand Rapids and northern Michigan. The move is a homecoming for the Edinburg OH native who joined Cumulus in August 2013. He has also previously programmed Clear Channel’s 92.3 WCOL Columbus Cumulus Media announced today that it has appointed John Crenshaw as Operations Manager for its station group in Youngstown, OH. Crenshaw moves to his home state of Ohio from Grand Rapids, MI, where he was Regional Operations Manager for 10 Cumulus stations in Grand Rapids and northern M...[Read More]

Urban AC Magic 94.1 Launches In Grand Rapids

Townsquare Media Urban AC “1410 The Touch” WNWZ/95.7 WLHT-HD2 Grand Rapids MI has launched its FM translator 94.1 W231DD Big Rapids and relaunched as “Magic 94.1“. The revamped station is dropping Westwood One’s “Touch” network for locally originated programming. Former WGPR Detroit Production Director Ed Spillers aka Lee Stevens is serving as Brand Manager/Afternoon host.

Eric Zane Joins WBBL For Mornings

Following his firing in February from the syndicated Free Beer & Hot Wings Show based at Townsquare Rock 97.9 WGRD Grand Rapids, Eric Zane is joining Cumulus Sports 107.3 WBBL for mornings starting on Thursday, April 8. Zane and co-host Kyle Paffhausen will be heard from 6-10am taking the place of Michael Grey and Brett Kane, whose status with the station is unknown. Zane made the announcement on YouTube this morning.

Zac Wellsandt To Oversee iHeart Austin/San Antonio AC & CHRs

Zac ‘Mayhem’ Wellsandt, Program Director/Afternoon Host of iHeartMedia CHR 104.5 WSNX Grand Rapids is heading to Texas to oversee the company’s eight AC and CHR stations in the Austin and San Antonio markets. To be based in Austin, Wellsandt will be Director of CHR/AC Operations for the Central Texas Region overseeing CHR “96.7 Kiss-FM” KHFI, “Pride Radio 97.5” K248CU, Urban “102.3 The Beat” KPEZ, and Alternative “103.1 iHeart Austin” K276EL in Austin and CHR “Mix 96.1” KXXM, AC “Q101.9” KQXT, Rhythmic AC “Hot 104.5” KZEP, and Spanish AC “La Preciosa 105.7” K289BN in San Antonio. iHeartMedia announced today that Zac Wellsandt (Mayhem) has been promoted to Director of CHR/AC Ope...[Read More]

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