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Discussion pertaining to Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Muskegon, Battle Creek, Big Rapids, and Michiana
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Post by LouPerry » Fri Mar 13, 2015 12:04 pm

From Peterson Newsletter..."Congrats to the team at WKZO/Kalamazoo, as the Midwest Communications-owned News/Talker took home a divisional ‘Station of the Year’ trophy — it’s fifth since 2008 — at this week’s Michigan Association of Broadcasters’ annual Broadcast Excellence Awards. Proud WKZO Brand Manager Jeremy Lawrence calls it a “privilege” to work with WKZO’s award-winning team (they also took home six additional trophies at this year’s MAB awards) adding, “The Michigan Association of Broadcasters are only making official what we’ve known every single day here at the station — that this is a fantastic group that pour themselves into producing great content every time they come to work. I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of it.”

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Re: WKZO/Kalamazoo

Post by uncleducky » Fri Mar 13, 2015 9:45 pm

wow, they must not listen to the morning show when Powers was on air. Must of when they got rid of Roger Taylor and went with the comedy hour on Saturday mornings when they got the big push.

My question why don't they have a local morning show from 6am-8am on Saturdays?

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Post by MWmetalhead » Sat Mar 14, 2015 10:27 pm

Who were the other entrants?

The news coverage was certainly better under Fairfield's ownership, but the long-form programming on the station during those years bored me to tears. There aren't nearly enough interesting things going on around K'zoo to fill a 100% local schedule from 6a to 7p. The station also seemed to avoid discussing any & all controversial or polarizing political topics back then. Not sure how anyone under the age of 70 would've been able to stand listening for more than 15 minutes.

WKZO sounded really sharp at first shortly following the sale to Midwest, but within the past few years, it's gone downhill. Shame they couldn't get secure broadcast rights for the Tigers when they had the FM simulcast. The inability to do so made the FM simulcast pointless.


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Re: WKZO/Kalamazoo

Post by Trophyhead » Sun Mar 15, 2015 8:02 am

Here's a link to the MAB Award winners list. ... 20List.pdf

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Re: WKZO/Kalamazoo

Post by Master Shake » Mon Mar 16, 2015 10:42 am


We were live and local from 5 am-7 pm under Fairfield -can't forget the extra hour for farm programming at 5! And you're right that some of the long-form programming was wretched. No matter what they tried, 10-12 and 1-3 wound up getting sold for infomercials in 30 minute blocks on a fairly regular basis. The programming was anchored solidly by Lori Moore in the morning and Dave Jaconnette from 3-7, and his show was highly underrated - and literally so. Dave did a great job with those four hours every day.

When I was there in the late 1990s, the news staff was 6. SIX!!! Can you imagine a news staff of six people now outside of Detroit?? We were probably a pretty pricey operation from a payroll standpoint, even if none of us were making much.

WKZO is now down to just John McNeill until Sam Herald returns to the station. They have the ability to sound bigger than they are, like other stations, thanks to partnerships with other stations under the Midwest Communications umbrella. John is a good reporter; if he had the staff PD Richard Piet and News Director Laura Lehman had 15 years ago, that station could compete with anyone in the country.

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