WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids) made it official this past Wednesday, formally announcing the appointment of Brad Kessie as the television station’s news director. Kessie joins the station from WLOX-TV in Biloxi, Mississippi. He brings 14 years of news directing experience, overseeing a market leading, award-winning content team at WLOX-TV.
McKibbin Media Group (MMG) has announced that it has launched a new Morning Show on its flagship station, WKHM-FM (K105.3 FM) (Jackson). The K105.3 Morning Show will now feature Jared (Jrod) Hammond and newly hired Micki Morgret as co-hosts of the show, bringing a new flare and excitement to the program.
Cumulus Media has announced that it has appointed Brian Vander Ark as On-Air Host, Afternoons, for Classic Rock station 97 LAV/WLAV-FM (Grand Rapids). Vander Ark, a native of West Michigan, is best known as lead singer and songwriter of Rock band, The Verve Pipe.
Michigan-based broadcast equipment supplier ENCO has joined forces with Benztown and Compass Media Networks to bring its SpecAI ad creation solution to an expansive customer base in the North American radio broadcast market. The three companies will work together on strategic business development initiatives that emphasize how the technology can help broadcasters create spec ads for sponsors on demand,
This past Sunday (10/16), the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Michigan Chapter, inducted six honorees into the distinguished Gold & Silver Circles. One of the highest honors given by NATAS, the Michigan Silver Circle recognizes television professionals who have performed distinguished service within the television industry for 25 years or more, a significant part of which was done within the chapter’s region of Michigan.
Gray Television’s WNEM-TV (Bay City/Saginaw) has announced that Lauren Piesko has joined its news staff. Piesko, an Oakland County native is a 2021 Central Michigan University Broadcast/Cinematic Arts graduate with a Journalism/Political Science minor.
Adrian Public Schools Athletic Director, Chad O’Brian had this to say about John: “For the past 50 years Lenawee County athletes have had the pleasure of being broadcast by John Koehn. We here at AHS are especially fortunate to have him cover our football, basketball, and baseball teams. John’s commitment to our athletic programs and all Lenawee County athletes is truly an amazing achievement.
Yesterday (10/19), Midwest Family’s WCSY-FM (South Haven/Benton Harbor) (COSY FM) began its 10th annual Project Personal Care campaign. It’s an opportunity to help those less fortunate with personal care items. The campaign is organized by the Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency and the station.
A former general manager of WLUC-TV (Marquette) has passed away. Larry Busse was the station’s GM from December, 1973 through September, 1975.
This week Scripps’ WXYZ-TV/WMYD-TV (Detroit) is having some fun with their annual employee chili cook-off, held in conjunction with Michigan’s Rivalry week…the week when Michigan meets Michigan State in college football.