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  • WLNS, MAB Partner with AG, SOS to Offer Statewide Election Special on October 28

    WLNS-TV (Lansing), in partnership with the MAB, is inviting stations across the state to carry a very important election town hall meeting. “Making It Count: A Voter Information Town Hall” will air Wednesday, October 28 from 7 – 8 p.m. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson will take voter questions… read more

  • Public Television Stations Partner with Michigan Educators to Build New Statewide Learning Service

    Michigan Learning Channel to provide instructional content to support the work of teachers and parents through universally available platforms Michigan’s public television stations, in partnership with leading educators and community leaders, have announced the creation of the Michigan Learning Channel. Organized by Detroit Public TV, the network will deliver instructional content programming to students, parents… read more

  • WHMI Hosts Congressional Race Debate With 8th District Candidates Slotkin, Junge

    On October 6, Krol Communication’s WHMI-FM (Howell) hosted a debate between Michigan’s 8th District Democratic incumbent Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin of Holly and Republican challenger Paul Junge of Brighton.  The debate was the third and final debate between the candidates. WHMI News Director John King moderated the one-hour broadcast, which was heard live on the station… read more

  • WKZO Airs State District 61 Candidate Debate

    On October 16, Midwest Communication’s WKZO-AM/FM (Kalamazoo) aired a live debate between candidates vying for the Michigan House District 61 seat.  WKZO’s Ken Lanphear and Jeana Gondek moderated the debate between Democratic candidate and Kalamazoo County Commissioner Christine Morse and Republican candidate Bronwyn Haltom, who discussed various issues concerning Michigan residents. Both are campaigning for… read more

  • WCMU Offers Broadcast Journalism Workshop

    On October 16, WCMU Public Radio (Mt. Pleasant) held its Broadcast Journalism Workshop.  Selected students will be given a paid summer 2021 internship, in which they will produce broadcast stories for WCMU, print stories for a newspaper and web content for both. Sixteen CMU students joined the workshop both in-person and virtually for an intensive… read more

  • Beasley Detroit Hosts ‘Solutions Not Slogans’ Zoom Event

    On October 20, Beasley Media Group’s 105.9 KISS-FM (WDMK-FM) On Air Personalities Mason and Angie Star, along with 105.1 The Bounce (WMGC-FM) Morning Show Host Gello and The Detroit Praise Network’s (93.5, 98.3, 99.9) Randi Myles, hosted a zoom conference call with community leaders to discuss ways to encourage listeners residing in Metro Detroit area… read more

  • Paycheck Protection Extensions to Local Media Gets New Push In Senate

    Local media outlets as well as live venues, restaurants and other small businesses would be in line for more than $370 billion of support in a bill introduced by a group of Senate Democrats, according to a report in InsideRadio. The bill, which they have titled the Heroes Small Business Lifeline Act, would extend the… read more

  • Looking at FCC Non-Vacancy Specific EEO Outreach Efforts – the ‘Menu Options’ – in a Pandemic World

    By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP In the last few weeks, we have received several inquiries from broadcasters about the FCC’s enforcement of its requirements that broadcasters conduct non-vacancy specific outreach efforts to educate their communities about broadcast employment opportunities and to train their staff to assume greater responsibility at stations and otherwise assist them in their career development… read more

  • Gordon Smith Says Broadcast News is ‘Indispensable’ at 100th Anniversary of Radio is Celebrated at NAB New York

    National Association of Broadcasters President Gordon Smith has a somewhat unique vantage point when it comes to journalism, according to a report in Inside Radio. He has been on the other side of the microphones and cameras, having spent a dozen years as a Republican Senator from Oregon. At a time when some politicians are… read more

  • Spotify Now Allows Anybody to Create a Radio Show with Music

    By: Seth Resler Jacobs Media Strategies Last week, Spotify unveiled a new feature that enables podcasters to add songs to their shows. This overcomes a major hurdle that podcasters have endured for years: music licensing issues which prevented them from legally including music in their shows. The practical upshot of this feature is that anybody… read more

  • Are Your Personalities ‘Difference Makers’

    By: Gary Berkowitz Berkowitz Broadcast Consulting There’s a lot of noise out there in radio-land these days. Digital. Internet advertising. Podcasting, Apps, Alexa and many others. Now don’t get me wrong, I think that’s all important. Very important. But, we may need to slow down for a second and look at an area that is… read more

  • Free Online Session: Battleground Michigan – A Virtual Election Briefing featuring Rachel Bitecofer

    MAB members have been invited by the association’s lobbyist firm Kelley-Cawthrone to register and log in to view “Battleground Michigan: A Virtual Election Briefing.” The online event will be live Wednesday, October 21 from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. The program will feature Rachel Bitecofer, who has appeared on nationally televised networks as the “election whisperer.”… read more

  • MIOSHA Issues COVID-19 Emergency Rules to Clarify Requirements for Employers

    The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) within the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) is one of the first state OSHA programs to promulgate rules which clarify the safety requirements employers must follow to protect their employees from COVID-19. Governor Gretchen Whitmer On Wednesday (10/14) signed her concurrence of the need… read more

  • SBA Issues Notice Regarding PPP Loans and Changes of Ownership

    In a recently issued procedural notice, the Small Business Association (“SBA”) addressed a lingering question of borrowers and lenders related to the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) process: What procedures are required for changes of ownership of an entity that has received PPP funds? The notice, issued on October 2, describes what impact a change or… read more

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