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  • Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame to Induct New Members

    Six new members will be inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame on April 26, 2020 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center at Michigan State University in East Lansing. New honorees include former WXYZ-TV (Detroit) reporter Bill Proctor, whose investigations led to the creation of the University of Michigan Law School’s Innocence Clinic.  Proctor… read more

  • MAB Names Jayne Hodak as Executive Director of Programs

    The MAB has hired Jayne Hodak as the Executive Director of Programs! Jayne has an extensive history in Michigan Broadcasting, spending more than 25 years in television newsrooms across the state. Most recently, she served as the News Director for WJRT-TV (Flint). She has also worked at stations in Traverse City, Lansing and Detroit. Jayne… read more

  • How to Aircheck Yourself on the Cheap

    By: Seth Resler Jacobs Media Strategies As a podcaster, I find myself in a situation that was foreign to me during my radio days: as an air talent without a program director to provide critical feedback. Feedback is, of course, how broadcasters get better. As much as we sometimes fear aircheck sessions, they make us… read more

  • Lt. Gov. Gilchrist Signs Marijuana Bills Into Law

    On February 19, Michigan Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist signed House Bills 4126 and 4127 into law.  Both laws pertain to the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA). House Bill 4126 requires the MRA to promulgate a rule requiring marijuana establishments to include a warning on marijuana packaging for women who are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or… read more

  • Jade Springart Named APD and Midday Host at WRIF

    Beasley Media Group has announced that Jade Springart has promoted to Assistant Program Director and Midday Host at WRIF-FM (Detroit). She will begin her new position immediately. Springart has been with the station for the past 12 years. She most recently served as the Music Director and as a weekend on-air personality at WRIF. In… read more

  • Michigan Radio’s Bryce Huffman Explores Black History in America with Live Dates Around State

    Michigan Radio West Michigan Reporter and Same Same Different podcast host/creator Bryce Huffman is hosting three live events around the state that will explore the importance of black history in America — how it’s being taught and its impact on black identity. At each event Bryce and his panel will be discussing these and other… read more

  • Gray Television to Buy Lansing LPTV

    On February 14, an application was filed with the FCC to transfer the license of WLNM-LD (Lansing) from Tri-State Christian TV, Inc. to Gray Television.  Gray also owns full-power WILX-TV (Lansing), plus WJRT-TV (Flint) and WLUC-TV (Marquette). The deal permits Tri-State to program one digital subchannel on WLNM for five years after Gray takes ownership…. read more

  • WYCD’s Chuck Edwards, Beasley’s George Beasley Named To Country Radio Hall Of Fame!

    At ceremonies on February 19, The Country Radio Hall of Fame has announced its 2020 inductees and there are a couple of names known to Michigan broadcasters.  The honorees include Chuck Edwards, of “Chuck, Rachael and Grunwald In The Morning” on Entercom’s WYCD-FM (Detroit). Chuck has spent the past 20 years at WYCD/Detroit where he… read more

  • Litigation Continues as Court Rejects GMR Motion to Dismiss RMLC Lawsuit – and RMLC’s Request to Dismiss GMR Claims

    By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Global Music Rights, the relatively new performing rights organization that signed a number of composers of popular songs away from ASCAP and BMI in order to seek higher music royalties for the public performance of their works on radio stations and other media platforms (see our articles here and… read more

  • WXYZ Launches Day of Giving Telethon with Humane Society

    On February 13 and 14, Scripps’ WXYZ-TV (Detroit) is presenting the Michigan Humane Society’s annual Telethon fundraiser, presented by Purina.  Telethon segments are running both days all day long on the station. The Telethon plays a major role for the organization and funds raised from the event support MHS programs and services, including cruelty investigation,… read more

  • Finalists Announced in 2019 Michigan APME Broadcast Contest

    Finalists have been announced in the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors 2019 radio and TV contest.  The awards in actual order of finish — first or second — will be announced at the annual Michigan APME annual awards banquet April 4 in Lansing. The General Excellence, Rising Star and First Amendment award winners also will be… read more

  • When Does a Radio Station Project Deserve Its Own Website?

    By: Seth Resler Jacobs Media Strategies From time to time, radio broadcasters will ask me whether an initiative their station is working on warrants the creation of a website separate from the radio station’s website. We might be talking about a morning show, a concert festival or a large contest. For example, let’s say your… read more

  • IPR News launches new series “Our Global Neighborhood”

    Interlochen Public Radio has announced a new eight-week series where the station sits down with residents who moved to northern Michigan from across the globe. Our Global Neighborhood takes news consumers into the lives of their neighbors who decided to reside in our part of the world after experiencing a much different life in another… read more

  • WIOG Hosts 2nd Annual Covenant Kids Radiothon

    Cumulus Media’s WIOG-FM (Bay City/Saginaw/Flint) is hosting the second annual Covenant Kids Radiothon February 13-14 to raise funds in support of local pediatric patients at Covenant HealthCare. The radiothon airs live on the station 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. February 13-14.  Listeners will hear life-changing stories from Covenant Kids and their families as WIOG raises… read more

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