“Our viewers will quickly see the passion and enthusiasm Jamal and Adriana have for local sports,” Taz Painter, WZZM news director, said in a statement. “They both want to focus on finding and telling the uniquely West Michigan stories of the athletes, coaches, fans, and sports programs in our area.”
Posts Tagged ‘WZZM’
Viewers of Grand Rapids ABC affiliate WZZM had a hard time escaping those pesky political ads this election season.
According to MLive, in the week before the election, WZZM aired 1,820 ads, the most of any station in the country. The report says the high number may not be a fluke, the station may make itself attractive to political ad buyers.
The Michigan Campaign Finance Network observed the state’s top 150 political action committees raised $60.1 million since Jan. 1, 2013, through the end of October 2014 — a 73 percent increase compared to the previous election cycle.
Founder Rich Robinson and his organization now are busy crunching final ad spending numbers from across the state, but he said it’s likely WZZM had relatively inexpensive ad rates to attract a greater number of advertisers.
“There was a lot of money chasing a finite inventory of ad time,” Robinson wrote in an email. “Maybe its programming lineup had particular appeal.
“Also, it has chosen not to place ad contracts of ‘issue’ ads about state candidates in its public file. That probably makes it somewhat more attractive to entities that don’t want to leave a trail of their activity.”
TerHaar started at the Grand Rapids, Mich. ABC affiliate as an intern in 2003 and worked her way up to producer of the noon show. In 2009, she left for WJHG in Panama City, Fla. to work as a multimedia journalist and anchor. She was recently named assistant news director there.
“Meredith’s love for West Michigan is contagious and her excitement about anchoring and telling stories at her home station is clear,” WZZM news director, Taz Painter said in a statement. “I know our viewers will enjoy welcoming her into their homes as much as the WZZM 13 team will enjoy welcoming her back.”
The station said TerHaar replaces longtime anchor Jennifer Pascua, who moved to the 5:00 p.m. show.
“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.”
“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.
“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.”
Last week, his old station, Gannett owned WBIR in Knoxville, said goodbye with a list of what Painter would find in Grand Rapids, videotaped tributes from colleagues, and an appearance by Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, who brought a bag of Chuy’s Mexican Food and a proclamation declaring April 9 “Taz Painter Appreciation Day.”
“And I understand what this qualifies you for, if you pull out of town and you’re speeding,” said Burchett while handing Painter the proclamation. “If you show that to the sheriff’s deputies that they just put the taser on stun.”
Watch the video after the jump. Read more
“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.
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.
NEXT PAGE >>