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  • Pai Thanks Broadcasters for Education Efforts

    From the NAB: On March 16, NAB, network representatives and station groups had a telephone conference with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and members of his staff regarding broadcasters’ response to the coronavirus outbreak. Chairman Pai thanked broadcasters for their efforts to keep viewers and listeners informed during this rapidly evolving crisis. The chairman specifically thanked NAB… read more

  • Award-Winning College Radio Talk Show will Connect At-Home Students with MSU Scientists on Thursday, April 2

    The Sci-Files, recently recognized as the No. 1 college radio talk show by the MAB Foundation’s  2020 Michigan Student Broadcast Awards, will offer students who are now learning at home the chance to connect with scientists researching at Michigan State University. Students will have the opportunity to virtually meet Michigan State University scientists from the… read more

  • Congress Passes Stimulus Bill that Includes Relief for Broadcasters

    From the NAB: March 27, 2020 Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a $2 trillion stimulus package, which among other things provides substantial funding for business-oriented economic relief in response to the coronavirus pandemic. I am pleased the final legislation includes provisions NAB strongly advocated for on behalf of broadcasters to ensure your ability… read more

  • FCC Extends Due Dates for Quarterly Issues Programs Lists & Children’s Television Reports

    From MAB Washington Attorney David Oxenford: The FCC just released a Public Notice announcing that they are giving stations more time in which to upload their Quarterly Issues Programs lists to their online public file and to file their first Annual Children’s Television Report. The Quarterly Issues Programs list are required to be uploaded to… read more

  • From the President/CEO…

    Dear MAB Members, Like many of you we are working with a very small staff as requested in the Stay at Home/Stay Safe Order by the Governor. There is one, or sometimes two of us, in the office to answer phones and help our members who must stay on the air. Here is what we… read more

  • WDIV Survives in-house Coronavirus Scare

    Tell us how your station is dealing with COVID-19.  What are your plans with your staff, with social distancing and work from home?  Let us know at [email protected] Graham Media’s WDIV-TV (Detroit) already had 80% of its staff working from home as of this past Monday (3/23).  But that number quickly grew to 90% late… read more

  • What The $2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Bill Means For Broadcasters

    Note: As of 5 p.m. Thursday (3/26), the $2 trillion coronavirus bill that passed the Senate late Wednesday night still needs to be approved by the House and signed by the president.  The massive, $2 trillion coronavirus relief package contains a number of provisions designed to help the broadcasting and entertainment workforce, including workers with… read more

  • WMOM-FM Ludington Sold

    Patrick Lopeman’s Bay View Broadcasting has sold WMOM-FM (Pentwater/Ludington) to Hit Radio Media, LLC of Greenville.  The application was filed with the FCC on March 25. Hit Radio Media is equally owned by Jim Chesley of Greenville, Steve Leach of Cape Coral, Fla., and Jeff Lobdell of Grand Rapids.  Chesley is a director and stockholder… read more

  • FCC Indefinitely Postpones FM Auction – Will Refund Upfront Payments and Dismiss Pending Applications

    The FCC has decided to postpone the planned auction of vacant FM radio frequencies (Auction 106) indefinitely.  The auction, which was scheduled to begin April 28, included six construction permits in Michigan.  The FCC has said that they will refund upfront auction payments Public Notice (here) and provide instructions for securing such a refund. The… read more

  • Reminder for Radio: Pre-Filing Renewal Announcements to Begin April 1

    Full power commercial and noncommercial radio stations and LPFM stations, licensed to communities in Michigan and Ohio must begin airing pre-filing license renewal announcements on April 1, 2020. According to MAB Washington Attorney David Oxenford, the first of four of these pre-filing announcements begin on April 1, with further required pre-filing announcements to air on… read more

  • CPB Gets $75 Million in Emergency Funds

    The Corporation for Public Broadcasting gets $75 million in emergency funds in the $2 trillion coronavirus bill that passed the Senate late Wednesday night but still needs to be approved by the House and signed by the president. The money is to keep up facilities of noncommercial TV and radio stations and to help stations, particularly… read more

  • NAB Update: Two New FCC Notices Helpful to Broadcasters

    By: Rick Kaplan, General Counsel & EVP, Legal and Regulatory Affairs National Association of Broadcasters NAB and individual broadcasters continue to work on a daily basis with the FCC to try to address concerns you and other broadcasters have raised during this time of national crisis. I am pleased to report that the FCC announced two… read more

  • Digital ‘Don’ts’ for Radio in the Age of Coronavirus

    By: Seth Resler Jacobs Media Strategies There’s never been an event like the current pandemic in the history of modern radio. I was working at WBCN in Boston when the planes struck the Twin Towers on 9/11. While that was a horrific and heart-wrenching experience, the event itself was a quick surprise, taking less than… read more

  • Longtime Detroit Radio/TV Host Bob Allison Dies At 87

    Longtime Detroit radio and TV host Bob Allison passed away Wednesday, March 25 at age 87.  Allison was the host of the popular radio show “Ask Your Neighbor,” which began on WWJ in 1962 and has been airing on WNZK-AM in recent years, co-hosted with his son Rob.  Other Detroit stations Allison worked for include… read more

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