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WZZM to Launch 5:00 p.m. Newscast

WZZM_2009_Logo (1)Grand Rapids ABC affiliate WZZM has announced it is launching a 5:00 p.m newscast on September 8.

Nick LaFave and Juliet Dragos will anchor the 30-minute show.

In a statement, Janet Mason, president and GM of WZZM said, “We’re very excited to be able to offer this important local newscast at 5 p.m. to West Michigan news consumers.” Read more

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WZZM Moves Van Ameyde Off Anchor Desk, Names Replacement

two wzzm anchorsGannett owned ABC affiliate WZZM has announced it’s moving Lee Van Ameyde (pictured right) off the anchor desk and into the role of managing editor of its Watchdog Investigative Team.

“No one knows West Michigan like Lee does,” WZZM news director Taz Painter said in a statement. “Our Watchdog team couldn’t be in better hands.”

The station also named Nick LaFave (left) as Van Ameyde’s replacement on the weekday evening newscasts. He will join Juliet Dragos starting in early September. Read more

WZZM’s Dan Harland Moving from Sports to News

harland wzzmGrand Rapids, MI, ABC affiliate WZZM has announced sports anchor Dan Harland will be the new morning anchor.

Harland will join Lauren Stanton and meteorologist Aaron Ofseyer on August 7.

“We expect Dan will go after the news of the day with the same passion he has for sports stories,” Janet Mason, president and GM of WZZM said in a statement.

Harland started his carer at WZZM in 2003 as a sports anchor after graduating from Southern Illinois University.

WZZM Expands Noon News

WZZM_2009_LogoGrand Rapids ABC affiliate WZZM is adding thirty minutes to its weekday Noon show.

“We are thrilled about expanding this extremely popular newscast,” Janet Mason, president and GM of WZZM said in a statement. “Our viewers will now have the opportunity to enjoy more of their favorite local news and weather during their lunch hour.”

Lauren Stanton and meteorologist Aaron Ofseyer will anchor the news which will run until 1:00 p.m. beginning Tuesday, May 27.

WZZM Names Taz Painter News Director

taz painter smallTaz Painter has been named news director at WZZM, the ABC affiliate in Grand Rapids, Mich. Painter begins in his new role on April 14.

It is a move within Gannett for Painter, who has been managing editor at WBIR, the NBC affiliate in Knoxville, since 2007. He previously worked at KOAT in Albuquerque and WYFF in Greenville, S.C.

“Taz has a passion for creative storytelling, with an emphasis on watchdog and advocacy journalism, on all multimedia platforms. He brings a wealth of experience from his years at the top-rated station in Knoxville,” WZZM president and general manager Janet Mason said in a statement.

Painter replaces Stanton Tang, who is leaving WZZM to be closer to his family.

News Director Stanton Tang Leaving WZZM

wzzm logoStanton Tang is stepping down from his post as news director of WZZM in Grand Rapids, Mich., to be closer to his family out West, mlive.com reports.

WZZM president and general manager Janet Mason told mlive.com that Tang will stay with the station for the next few months. “We’ve agreed on a timeline that gives him time to finalize his plans and the station time to find our next news director,” Mason said.

Tang has been the ABC affiliate’s news director since 2009. He joined WZZM as an executive producer in 2005. Prior to that, he worked at KLAS in Las Vegas, KCRA in Sacramento and KPNX in Phoenix.

Viewers Respond To Stations ‘Sandy’ Relief Efforts

After Hurricane Sandy swept through the North East leaving a trail of destruction its wake, many local stations, station groups and networks stepped up to raise money to help in relief efforts.  Here’s a round up of what their efforts gained:

>WZZM in Grand Rapids, MI and the American Red Cross raised over $33,000 to help the victims of Sandy.  The station held an 11-hour telethon for the effort.

“Our viewers and digital users showed their generosity,” Janet Mason, president and general manager of the ABC affiliate, said in a statement posted to TVNewsCheck.   “We asked them to make a difference, and they responded with their big hearts.” Read more

Meteorologist Hally Vogel Leaving Grand Rapids for Detroit’s WXYZ

Meteorologist Hally Vogel is jumping up in the market ranks, moving from Grand Rapids to Detroit. Vogel, who has been with Grand Rapids ABC-affiliate WZZM for the past seven years, is set to join Detroit’s WXYZ next month.

“I am thrilled about the opportunity to move closer to my family in the Detroit area,” Vogel said, “but sad to leave so many friends and great people that I’ve gotten to know during my time here in Grand Rapids.”

Vogel currently appears on WZZM’s morning newscast alongside anchors Derek Francis and Lauren Stanton. Her last day with the station is set for May 31st.

“Hally has been an integral part of our morning team and weather team,” said WZZM president and general manager Janet Mason. “We will really miss her and wish her much success in Detroit.”

Rival Station Takes Out Newspaper Ad to Honor Dismissed WOOD Anchor Suzanne Geha

A Grand Rapids station is honoring veteran anchor Suzanne Geha for her 30+ years on local TV, although its not the station that Geha once worked for.

Earlier this month, Geha was unceremoniously let go by NBC-affiliate WOOD and now crosstown rival WZZM, an ABC-affiliate, is celebrating Geha’s career with kind words and an ad in last Sunday’s Grand Rapids Press.

“Thank You, Suzanne, for over 30 years…” reads the ad (right), “You’ve made us all better!”

“I think she’s made WZZM 13 better, because competition always makes a business better, and she’s been an aggressive competitor over the years,” WZZM general manager Janet Mason told the Press on Monday. Read more