2 GR radio hosts silenced by iHeart restructuring
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — iHeart Media, owner of several local stations, announced restructuring nationwide, which means there are at least two fewer voices on Grand Rapids radio.
Longtime DJ Dave Conrad announced on Facebook Tuesday that hes no longer the afternoon host on B Hes been on local radio for decades.
Conrad is well known to radio listeners and is a proponent for living donors after he underwent a kidney transplant in
He thanked those who supported him throughout the years on Twitter.
News 8 Political Reporter Rick Albin, whos been on WOOD Radios morning show for the past six years, learned he will no longer be on the radio.
The changes will not impact his TV role at WOOD TV8 as WOOD Radio is owned by a different company.
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JACKSON, MI – Robert Howard Blodgett, a former Wyoming resident and homebuilder who once hosted a popular radio call-in show, died last week while serving his prison sentence for extortion.
Blodgett, 63, fell ill at the Parnell Correctional Facility and was transported to the Allegiance Health Center in Jackson, where he died on Nov. 27 of natural causes, according to a spokesman for the Michigan Department of Corrections.
The former owner of Blodgett Construction and Home Improvement Co. Blodgett once hosted a Saturday morning home improvement show for WOOD-AM He served as president of the Grand Rapids Home Builders Association in
Blodgett was arrested and charged with extortion in January after a high-profile eight-hour standoff with police outside of his condominium in Byron Township.
According to testimony by Wyoming police officers, Blodgett tried to get his ex-wife to write him a check for $5, and threatened to kill her if she refused.
Blodgett pleaded guilty to a charge of extortion in September, and was sentenced to two years to 20 years in state prison.
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Radio station in Grand Rapids, Michigan
|City||Grand Rapids, Michigan|
|Broadcast area||Grand Rapids, Michigan|
|Branding||NewsRadio / WOOD|
|Affiliations||Fox News Radio, CBS Radio Network, Premiere Radio Networks, Talk Radio Network, Michigan IMG Sports Network, Michigan Radio Network|
(iHM Licenses, LLC)
|WBCT, WBFX, WMAX-FM, WSNX-FM, WSRW-FM, WTKG|
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|FurnWOOD Broadcasting; station funded originally by furniture manufacturers|
WOOD is a news/talkradio station broadcasting at kHz and MHz in Michigan, United States. WOOD is licensed to Grand Rapids, Michigan and WOOD-FM to Muskegon, Michigan. The studios and offices are located at 77 Monroe Center in Downtown Grand Rapids. The station is owned by iHeartMedia.
WOOD is the oldest radio station in West Michigan and one of the oldest in the world, having signed on September 16, as WEBK as a marketing tool for the C.J. Litscher Company, a seller of radio receivers. The station's original owners were backed by the Furniture Manufacturers Association of Grand Rapids. At their suggestion, the station became WOOD on January 13,
It broadcast on Sundays and Wednesdays at kc. during its early years in order to avoid competition with stations in Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland—all of which could easily be heard in West Michigan.
It went through numerous owners over the years before being bought by John King (known as John Kunsky until ) and George Trendle, owners of WXYZ in Detroit, in They bought Grand Rapids' second radio station, WASH, a year later; the two stations had shared the same frequency, for four years. The station operated as WOOD-WASH (with WASH on the air during the day and WOOD at night) until , when the WASH license was dropped. At about the same time, WOOD's broadcast power was increased from watts to 5, watts.
In , the fledgling American Broadcasting Company bought the King-Trendle stations, but the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) forced ABC to sell WOOD since it had been an NBC affiliate since After a two-year dispute between competing buyers, the station was finally sold to Harry Bitner, former general manager of the Hearst newspaper chain, in Time Inc. bought WOOD in and owned it until , when a local group bought the station. After a series of ownership changes over the next quarter-century, Clear Channel (now iHeartMedia) bought WOOD in Over the years the station's format evolved from full-service Middle of the Road into standard News/Talk.
Today, WOOD's Program Director Phil Tower leads an airstaff that includes an all-news morning program, West Michigan's Morning News with Steve Kelly, Bret Bakita, Lauren Smith, and Rick Albin. West Michigan Live begins at 9am with host Justin Barclay. The rest of the day is filled by: Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Dave Ramsey, Clyde Lewis, and Coast to Coast AM all regular programs of WOOD Radio's weekday lineup from iHeart's Premiere Networks.
Weekend programs and hosts include: Coast to Coast AM, Leo LaporteThe Tech Guy, Frontlines of Freedom (military), Bill Cunningham, Jill On Money and local how-to programming including Auto Talk, the Repcolite Home Improvement Show, and the Flowerland Garden Show.
WOOD Radio's local newsroom provides local, regional and national news every day of the week, plus newscasts from Fox News Radio. It also utilizes reports and breaking news coverage through an ancillary affiliation with CBS News Radio. The WOOD newsroom is staffed by morning anchor Tony Allen.
WOOD Radio has received "Station of the Year" honors in the Michigan Association of Broadcasters for the , , , and Broadcast Excellence Awards in the Commercial Radio - Market 2 division. In earning " Station of the Year", WOOD received numerous news and programming awards, with five entries receiving 'Best In Category' recognition, and three receiving 'Merit' recognition.
WOOD Radio is the Grand Rapids home of University of Michiganfootball and basketball and Grand Rapids Griffins ice hockey.
Since , the station's mascot has been Willie Wood, a cartoon woodpecker.
- WOOD-FM for information on WOOD 's simulcast on FM.
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