|Blarney Stone Broadcasting expanding throughout Northern Michigan by acquiring Northern Broadcast including heritage rocker, WKLT|
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 (1009 reads)
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.
|Important: EAS National Test Reporting Requirements|
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 (334 reads)
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:
|Lifelong Radio Owner Ken Radant Passes Away|
Friday, September 23, 2016 (234 reads)
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
|MABF Elects 2016-2017 Board of Directors and Officers|
Thursday, September 8, 2016 (1193 reads)
The Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) elected their 2016-2017 Board of Directors and Officers during the Michigan Association of Broadcasters' Annual Meeting on August 30 at the Inn at St. John's.
The newly elected officers include:
- Chair - Jennifer Williams, Greater Media, Inc. (photo, right)
- Vice Chair/Chair-Elect - Paul Jacobs, Jacobs Media/jacAPPS
- Secretary/Treasurer - Pam Manor, WNEM-TV
- Immediate Past Chair - Sue Goldsen, Jackson Radio Works
Directors elected to serve a second term include:
Board members elected to serve a first term include:
- Wendy Hart, Spartan Sports Network
- Paul Jacobs, Jacobs Media/jacAPPS
- Jam Sardar, WLNS-TV
- Stephen Schram, Michigan Public Media
The MABF congratulates the newly elected officials and looks forward to working with them in the year ahead. For more information about the MABF and its board members, contact the MABF office at email@example.com.
- Mary Helen Ciaravino, Washtenaw Community College
- Marla Drutz, WDIV-TV, Graham Media
- Eric Hammerstrom, Marquette Senior High School
- Jim Lutton, WWMT-TV
- Jon Whiting, Michigan State University
|Debbie Kenyon Elected Chairman of MAB|
Friday, September 2, 2016 (1073 reads)
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.
|Barry Baker Passes|
Friday, September 2, 2016 (1112 reads)
Right: Barry Baker at the MAPB Booth, 2009 Great Lake Broadcasting Conference (GLBC);
Left: Barry speaking at the 2015 MAB/MAPB Advocacy Conference
Barry Baker, retired General Manager of Delta Public Broadcasting, died August 30, 2016. His funeral was held at the Davidson/Hermelin Chapel at Clover Hill Park on Thursday, September 1. The Rabbi David Nelson officiated.
Surviving are Barry's wife Sherri Baker, his son Brett Baker and daughter Carrie Platner; his sister Marlene Krauetzker and brother James Baker. Grandchildren Dillian Tacey and Ryan Harris. His parents Marcia and Paul Baker predeceased him.
Photo right: Barry Baker in 2015 after receiving the Professional MAPB Public Media Impact Award.
Barry was a valued member of the Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters prior to his retirement and served on many committees. Barry was an active participant in the MAB Foundation, annually attending the Career Fairs, speaking at conferences and serving as a mentor at the speed networking events. Barry loved speaking to the student that attended these functions and encouraging them in their careers in broadcasting.
Barry was witty, personable, a kind man who approached each issue with great wisdom. He will be missed by his friends at the Michigan Association of Public Broadcasting and broadcasting associates across the nation.