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  • Former WXYZ VP/GM Jeanne Findlater Pens Op-Ed in Detroit Free Press

    Former WXYZ-TV Vice-President and General Manager (1979-1987) Jeanne Findlater recently penned an op-ed piece for the Detroit Free Press celebrating the elevation of women to key roles in media and other corporate environments.  Headlined “One responsibility of women leaders in the 1980s – don’t spoil it for other women.”  In her post, Findlater writes about… read more

  • Reece Cole Joins WXMI-TV Weather Team

    WXMI-TV (Grand Rapids) has announced that Meteorologist Reece Cole has joined the station as the newest member of the Fox 17 Weather Team.  Reece made his on-air debut during Sunday’s (1/16) 10 p.m. newscast.  He will appear on-air weekend evenings and some newscasts during the week. Cole joins the station from KSWO-TV in Lawton, OK, where… read more

  • GMR Settlement: FAQ for Broadcasters

    The Radio Music Licensing Committee (RMLC) and Global Music Rights (GMR) have released a FAQ document to assist broadcasters with the recently announced GMR conditional settlement offer.  Broadcasters are reminded that to participate, your submission to GMR is required by January 31, 2022. 1. How were rates determined, and why wasn’t a revenue-based model used?… read more

  • MacDonald Broadcasting Brings Seth Justice to Nights at WKCQ

    MacDonald Broadcasting’s WKCQ-FM (Saginaw) has announced the hire of Seth Justice for the station’s evening shift. Justice arrives from WRKZ-FM/The Blitz (Columbus, OH). “Seth is a bright, talented up-and-comer,” said WKCQ OM Jason Adams. “In a time when it’s very challenging to find and develop the next generation of radio stars, we feel lucky to… read more

  • WDRQ Moves Kennedy to Afternoon Drive

    Cumulus Media’s WDRQ-FM (Detroit) has moved midday personality Kevin Kennedy to afternoons.  He replaces Bill “Broadway” Bertschinger, who left the station last week.  Kennedy arrived at WDRQ in December of last year after having worked with Cumulus Detroit Director of FM Programming David Corey in Boston, doing afternoons at Country WKLB-FM for four years until… read more

  • 7 Ways to Strengthen the Calls to Action On Your Radio Station’s Website

    By: Seth Resler Jacobs Media Strategies When listeners come to your radio station’s website, what do you want them to do? Do you want them to stream the station? Sign up for the email newsletter? Enter a contest? Purchase tickets to a station event? It’s important to know the goals of your website. Once you’ve… read more

  • NAB Opens Entries for 2022 Crystal Awards; Service to America Awards

    The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the National Association of Broadcasters Leadership Foundation has announced that entries are now being accepted for both the NAB Crystal Radio Awards as well as the 2022 Celebration of Service to America Awards. The NAB Crystal Radio Awards are presented annually at the NAB Show in Las Vegas…. read more

  • Former Michigan Radio Broadcaster Keith Curry Passes

    AllAccess reports that veteran programmer and personality Keith R. Edwards (Curry) has died.  As of press time, no details on the cause of his death have been made public. Curry spent quite a few years of his career in Michigan, working at Cumulus’ WKFR-FM (Kalamazoo) and WDRQ-FM (Detroit).  He also spent time at iHeartMedia’s WSNX-FM… read more

  • Hot Topic for 2022: Tech Regulation

    By: Jonathan Cohen, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP My law firm partner, Jonathan Cohen, has been closely monitoring the developments in the regulation of social media and other big tech platforms by the current administration.  He offers these thoughts on likely areas of legislative and regulatory action in this area in the coming year – David… read more

  • SEJ Announces Diversity Fellowships for Journalists

    The Society of Environmental Journalists and The Uproot Project are partnering to offer diversity fellowships (worth up to $2000) to support journalists’ attendance at #SEJ2022 in Houston. Conference Diversity Fellowships will provide: Complimentary SEJ one-year membership/renewal, if eligible ($70 value) Complimentary member-rate registration for #SEJ2022 inclusive of ticketed events ($550 value) Up to five (5)… read more

  • Great Lakes Media Show to go Digital in 2022!

    From MAB President/CEO Sam Klemet: The Michigan Association of Broadcasters’ primary mission is to support our members and provide opportunities to learn and grow. And no event gives Michigan broadcasters a greater opportunity to collaborate and learn as an industry like the annual Great Lakes Media Show. This year’s event is slated for March 2-3… read more

  • WDET Teams Up with MSU with new Podcast

    WDET-FM (Detroit) has teamed up with Michigan State University’s Science Gallery to present a 10-episode podcast series titled “Tracked and Traced.”  The series is named after the science gallery’s 10 week exhibit, which also explored themes of surveillance.  New episodes released every other week, starting early 2022. Hosted by Natasha T Miller and Antajuan Scott and… read more

  • FCC Plans to Adopt Two Minor Changes to its Political Broadcasting Rules – What is Being Changed?

    By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP The FCC, at its January 27 monthly open meeting, will be voting on the adoption of two relatively minor changes to its political broadcasting rules.  While some press reports suggested that the changes would expand the FCC’s jurisdiction into online political advertising, in fact the draft of the FCC’s Report… read more

  • Townsquare’s WLHT Welcomes Laura Hardy

    Townsquare Media has announced that Laura Hardy joined its WLHT-FM (Grand Rapids) as co-host of the “Big Joe Show.” The Big Joe Show is helmed by Michigan native Joe Pesh, and Hardy joins the show after a nationwide search for a co-host that was epitomized by the idea of ‘Local First.’ Hardy, known as “Regular… read more

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