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  • Michigan’s Huizenga Latest Co-Sponsor of Local Radio Freedom Act

    Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI2) is the latest co-sponsor of the Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA). LRFA is a bipartisan Sense of the H ouse resolution which opposes any new fees, taxes, or royalties on local radio stations. The Michigan Broadcasters Association supports the measure and urges all members of Congress to cosponsor it. There are… read more

  • Michelle Dunaway Joins WXMI-TV

    WXMI-TV (Grand Rapids) has hired former WWTV/WWUP-TV anchor Michelle Dunaway.  Dunaway will be joining Fox-17’s Morning News as anchor/reporter. She made the announcement on her social media pages including this announcement on her Facebook page: “In continuing coverage of our life’s transitions, I am beyond thrilled to announce my next big career move – back… read more

  • WLEN’s “Thank A Vet” Breaks A New Record!

    Lenawee Broadcasting’s WLEN-FM (Adrian) broke a record with its annual “Thank A Vet” fundraiser this year, raising $34,697.50 in 12 hours for the “Veterans Dire Need Fund,” distributed through Housing Help of Lenawee. Now in its 16th year, the fundraiser is in celebration of Veterans Day and is an event to raise funds and awareness… read more

  • Alpha Media Names New Regional VPs; Foster to Oversee Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin

    Alpha Media, which operates radio stations across 44 markets in the United States, announced this past Monday (11/15) the promotion of Brian Foster and Les Tuttle to the roles of Regional Vice Presidents. Foster will oversee Alpha markets in Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan, while Tuttle will handle Missouri, Minnesota and select markets in Iowa. Both… read more

  • Bring Your Radio DJs Together to Show Gratitude This Thanksgiving

    By: Seth Resler Jacobs Media Strategies As a holiday, Thanksgiving always seems to get the short shrift. Sure, it lacks the sex appeal of Halloween, it’s not as lucrative as Christmas and it has a dubious origin story. But the spirit of this holiday is more important than ever during these tense times. There’s something… read more

  • Michigan Radio Expands Service in Lansing on 89.7 FM, WLNZ

    Michigan Radio has announced that it has expanded its coverage in the Lansing area on 89.7 FM, WLNZ. Through a partnership with Lansing Community College, licensee of WLNZ, Michigan Radio will provide public radio programming for the Lansing station, with a simulcast of its NPR news and information programming and award winning statewide news coverage…. read more

  • OSHA Suspends Enforcement of COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Businesses

    The Hill reports that The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is suspending enforcement of the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for large private businesses after a federal appeals court upheld a stay on it last week. OSHA said in a statement published on its website Friday night that while it is confident in its… read more

  • Beasley Media Group Detroit Unveils the RIFF Rock Hall

    Beasley Media Group Detroit’s WRIF-FM has officially launched “The RIFF Rock Hall,” an online experience highlighting 50 years of Detroit’s legendary rock station. Through its unique interactivity, listeners can easily move from room to room, clicking through five decades of history in an immersive virtual environment, showcasing WRIF’s rock n’ roll leadership and innovation in… read more

  • FCC Clears Gray Acquisition of Meredith Stations

    On November 12, the FCC has approved Gray Television’s acquisition of the Meredith TV stations and granted the transfer of the licenses to Gray. In making the ruling the FCC denied two objections to the acquisition: “We find that the informal objections are without merit and that grant of the Applications would serve the public interest,… read more

  • WDRQ Raises Funds to House 10 Area Homeless Vets

    Cumulus Media announced that its WDRQ-FM (Detroit) held the Broadway’s Veterans Matter Honor-Thon on Thursday, November 11, driving emergency funds to provide 10 local homeless veterans with long-term housing. The Honor-Thon aired from 6-10 a.m. during the morning show. In those four hours, listeners donated $7,100. During the 8am hour, sponsor JDog Junk Removal provided… read more

  • With Two Nominations to Fill Out the FCC, What Are the Issues for Broadcasters?

    By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP With the Administration’s decision to renominate Jessica Rosenworcel for another term on the FCC and to select her as the permanent chair of the Commission, and the nomination of Gigi Sohn to fill the vacant seat on the FCC, and assuming both are confirmed by the Senate (though… read more

  • FCC Announced Closing of NCE Application Window

    On November 10, the FCC’s Media Bureau announced the close of the Non-Commercial Educational application window and introduced an immediate freeze on any amendments to applications submitted during the window. The window officially closed at 6 p.m. Eastern on November 9.  The freeze, which will be in effect through November 29, will allow Bureau staff… read more

  • MAB’s Sam Klemet Talks to Jeremy Whiting of MSU’s Award-Winning IMPACT 89

    Several weeks ago, IMPACT 89 (WDBM-FM), Michigan State University’s student-run radio station received national acclaim as recipient of the 2021 College Media Association Four-Year College Radio Station of the Year Pinnacle Award. As a follow-up to the award, Incoming MAB President/CEO Sam Klemet sat down with IMPACT 89 General Manager Jeremy Whiting to discuss the… read more

  • How to Handle COVID Vaccination Requirements with Online Event Registration

    By: Seth Resler Jacobs Media Strategies In-person events continue to slowly return across the country even as the COVID-19 pandemic stretches on. Inevitably, your radio station will host or sponsor an in-person event that may or may not have requirements in place to address the pandemic. For example, they could require proof of vaccination, recent… read more

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