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Local Stations Bring Live Coverage Through the Night as Man’s Violent Rampage Rocks Grand Rapids

It was the deadliest shooting rampage ever to occur in Western Michigan. The havoc caused by Rodrick Dantzler on Thursday in Grand Rapids was so widespread that reporters had to specify that they were reporting live at just one of multiple crime scenes.

On Thursday afternoon, Dantzler, who has been described as having bipolar disorder, entered the homes of two former girlfriends, killing them both as well as others present in the houses at the time, including his own 12-year-old daughter. In all, Dantzler killed seven people in the span of a couple of hours and then led police on a car chase through Grand Rapids, eventually holing himself up in a house and taking three hostages.

WWMT, WXMI, WOOD, and WZZM all preempted their regularly scheduled programming on Thursday evening to bring live coverage of Dantzler’s rampage, which ended around 11:30 p.m. when the suspect shot himself.

Here’s a station-by-station breakdown of the local TV coverage… 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.”

Suzanne Geha Receives Standing Ovation at First Public Appearance Since Leaving WOOD

Suzanne Geha made her first public appearance this morning since departing WOOD last month after 30+ years with the Grand Rapids NBC-affiliate.

Geha received a standing ovation from the crowd as she took the stage to introduce her friend, and former rival, Anne Doyle at an event for the women’s professional organization Inforum.

No WOOD personnel appeared to be in attendance, according to The Grand Rapids Press, but there were a few staffers from WZZM, which ran a newspaper ad recently honoring Geha’s legacy. (WZZM’s coverage of Geha’s appearance above).

“This is not the end. There are many more chapters for Suzanne Geha,” Doyle told WZZM.

Suzanne Geha’s Former Colleague: ‘It’s Time for Women to Power Up’

“It absolutely bothers me,” says former WZZM anchor Anne Doyle (near right) about WOOD‘s recent dismissal of Suzanne Geha (far right, circa 1975). “She was publicly humiliated by the station that she has been the face of and brand for several decades.”

Doyle, 62, told the The Grand Rapids Press recently that WOOD showed a total lack of respect for a journalism pioneer. Doyle and Geha rose through the ranks of their respective stations in the early 70s, eventually landing at the anchor desk during a time when men still held most of the stations’ on-air positions.

Doyle went on to join Detroit’s WJBK, becoming one of the country’s first female sports anchors.

“I think women are lulled into this perception that everything is fine,” Doyle told the Press. “Everything is not fine. It’s time for women to power up.”

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

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