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Blarney Stone Broadcasting, Inc. and Northern Broadcast, Inc. have entered into a purchase agreement that will enable Blarney Stone to significantly increase reach and coverage throughout Northern Michigan.
Founded in 2012 by Jerry and Sheryl Coyne, residents of Gaylord, Blarney Stone Broadcasting owns and operates WQON (FM), licensed to Grayling; WGRY (FM), licensed to Roscommon; WMQU (AM), licensed to Grayling.
Northern Broadcast has agreed to sell assets including WKLT (FM), licensed to Kalkaska; WKLZ (FM), licensed to Petoskey; WFCX (FM), licensed to Leland; WFDX (FM), licensed to Atlanta; WSRT (FM), licensed to Gaylord; WSRJ (FM), licensed to Honor, Michigan. The agreement also includes FM translator station W263CD, licensed to Boyne City; FM translator station W252DA, licensed to Petoskey, and all broadcast assets of Northern Broadcast, including its six dominant transmitting towers.
A national test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) is scheduled for 2:20 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time this Wednesday, September 28, 2016. A secondary test date is October 5, 2016, "if necessary."
All EAS participants are required to participate in this nationwide test. This test will use the National Periodic Test (NPT) code, the location code for "All of United States." FIPS number: 000000; and will be issued via FEMA Open IPAWS.
There are two reports that must be filed with the FCC. One report is due by midnight eastern time the day of the test. Click below to see the forms and for more information:
The MAB is saddened to announce that past board member and owner of Barry Broadcasting, Ken Radant has passed away.
Kenneth Raymond Radant
January 1, 1936 - September 20, 2016
Ken’s radio career began in 1953, when as a senior in high school, he became a weekend disc jockey at WOAP in Owosso. He kept the job during his college years at Alma and Michigan State University, graduating from MSU in 1958.
Ken and Marjorie, his partner in life and WBCH, were married June 15, 1957. They moved to Hastings in 1958 after Ken accepted an air and news position at WBCH. He was made manager of the station in 1960, and the couple later purchased the station. Radant liked to say the W goes on all radio stations east of the Mississippi and the BCH stands for Barry County/Hastings. Those call letters served the station well when it decided to play country music, saying WBCH stands for World’s Best Country Hits.
First elected in 1968 to serve on the Barry County Board of Commissioners, Radant was reelected to seven consecutive two-year terms and chair for three terms. He was appointed by Gov. William Milliken and reappointed by Gov. James Blanchard as the state appointee to the Barry County Social Services Board, on which he served for 14 years. He was president of the Barry County Chamber of Commerce and member of its board of directors for 45 years. He also sat on the Michigan Association of Broadcasters board of directors and the International Broadcaster’s Idea Bank.
A faithful and active member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church since 1958, Radant served many years as a lay reader, treasurer, vestry member and on diocesan committees.
Ken’s funeral service will be at Emmanuel Episcopal Church (315 W Center St, Hastings, MI 49058) at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, with visitation with the family at 10 a.m.
Details of the arrangement are available here: http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Kenneth-Raymond-Radant-103964273
At its annual business meeting, held Tuesday, August 30 at the Inn at St. John's in Plymouth, Michigan, Debbie Kenyon, Senior Vice President/Market Manager for CBS Radio Detroit, was unanimously elected the 71st Chairman of the MAB, one of the largest and most successful state broadcast associations in the nation. Ms. Kenyon will lead the 369 member stations, representing over 9,000 jobs in broadcasting and related industries, with an economic impact of over $1.62 billion GDP on the state.
Ms. Kenyon has been on the MAB board since 2007 and rose through the chairs to the top elected position. Also elected to her executive committee are: Vice Chairman/Chairman Elect Peter Tanz, Midwest Communications; Secretary/Treasurer Gary Baxter WSYM-TV; At-Large Director Zoe Burdine -Fly, Townsquare Media and Immediate Past Chair Ed Fernandez, E. W. Scripps Co.
"I am honored to hold the position of Chairman over the next year. We are in an exciting time in our industry and I look forward to helping move the organization forward along with staff, board and members," said Ms. Kenyon.
Kenyon has managed her six award winning stations for eight years. She lives in the Detroit area with her husband and three children.
See the complete MAB Board of Directors list here.
Stations: The FCC has released a new EAS Handbook (2016 Edition). A copy of the Handbook must be located at normal duty positions or EAS equipment locations when an operator is required to be on duty and be immediately available to staff responsible for administering EAS tests.
Download here: http://buff.ly/2bPW98j
Please click HERE to find the official list of candidates in the primary election. The links are provided through the Secretary of State website.
For a link to the candidates' campaign managers, please click HERE (members only section)
MAB Washington Counsel David Oxenford has updated his Political Broadcasting Guide for Broadcasters. The revised guide is much the same as the one that he published two years ago, formatted as Questions and Answers to cover many of the issues that come up for broadcasters in a political season. This guide is only that – a guide to the issues and not a definitive answer to any of the very fact-dependent legal issues that arise in election season. But we hope that this guide at least provides a starting point for the analysis of issues, so that station employees have a background to discuss these matters with ad buyers and their own attorneys.
Download the guide here.