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NEW: Governor Gretchen Whitmer/AG Dana Nessel Press Conference
Tuesday, 7/7/20, 2 pm. Eastern
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Resources for Journalists Covering Protests

We are gravely concerned about recent violence against journalists across the nation, as well as reports from some localities that have sought to prevent journalists from covering the news by including them in town curfews. This page includes tips from RTDNA, Poynter and others on how journalists can stay safe while doing their jobs during these difficult times.


  • MAB Annual Business Meeting and Election of Directors Will Be Held Virtually on August 11

    The Michigan Association of Broadcasters will hold its Annual Business Meeting and Election of Directors via Zoom this year. Save the Date:  The Michigan Association of Broadcasters Annual Business Meeting Tuesday August 11, 2020 at 10:00 am. Hear Ye, Hear Ye, All members wishing to be heard concerning the business of the Michigan Association of… read more

  • No National EAS/WEA Test This Year

    Due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency response, FEMA will not conduct a national test of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) this year. FEMA is moving the next national test of the system to 2021 out of consideration for the unusual circumstances and working conditions for those in the broadcast… read more

  • Beasley Media Group Detroit Collaborates with Local Community Leaders to Host ‘Solutions Not Slogans’

    On June 25, Beasley Media Group’s 105.9 Kiss FM (WDMK-FM/Detroit) 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 bridge the gap between residents and the… read more

  • NATAS Michigan Announces 42nd Annual Regional EMMY® Winners

    With an online ceremony held this past Saturday (6/20), National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences/Michigan announced the winners of the 42nd Annual Regional EMMY® Awards.  Television stations, both commercial and public, cable networks, ad agencies and production houses throughout Michigan were honored. This was the first year the awards were presented online, due to… read more

  • Michigan Radio Debuts ‘Kids These Days’ Podcast By Teens, About Teens

    Michigan Radio has announced the debut of Kids These Days, a new podcast that offers an insider’s perspective on what it’s like to be a teenager today. This limited-run podcast is hosted by teens, and is a collaboration between Community High School in Ann Arbor and Michigan Radio’s Peabody Award-winning podcast team. Topics range from… read more

  • Former WATZ General Manager ‘Uncle Don Rhea’ Passes

    The MAB has learned that former WATZ-AM/FM (Alpena) General Manager Don Rhea passed away June 20 at the age of 88.  Born Jack D. Rhea in 1931, he was known professionally as “Uncle Don Rhea.” Rhea spent more than 25 years on-air at KCKN-AM/FM in Kansas City, Kansas  He also put KBUC-FM, San Antonio, Texas,… read more

  • WJBK’s Sherry Margolis Announces Retirement

    After 35 years as an anchor at WJBK-TV (Detroit), Sherry Margolis has announced she is retiring.  The announcement was made Wednesday (6/24) during the station’s 5 p.m. newscast. “It’s been my home for more than 35 years. It’s been the most amazing, remarkable, wonderful career that anybody can ever hope for,” Margolis said Wednesday.  “I… read more

  • Longtime Lansing Broadcaster Mychal Grenawalt Retires after 40 Years

    After 40 years in the broadcasting industry, longtime Lansing-area broadcaster Mychal Grenawalt has announced his retirement.  He has spent the last seven years as a senior account executive with Nexstar Broadcasting’s WLNS/WLAJ-TV. After starting in the Detroit market running co-op programs for broadcast, Grenawalt joined the sales team for the launch of WJXQ-FM (Lansing).  He… read more

  • Reminder: Political Refresher Webinar Available for Viewing

    On April 16, MAB Washington counsel David Oxenford presented a political refresher webinar for MAB members. With so many primaries to be held this summer for both state and federal office, this is a good time to review the political rules even in this time of social distancing. He discussed which advertisers can buy political… read more

  • FCC Seeking Comment on the Origination of Programming by FM Translators

    By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Should broadcasters be able to originate programming on FM translators? Playing off the proposal to allow limited amounts of programming on FM boosters – basically the insertion of local ads, news, or emergency alerts – in the zonecasting proposal on which the FCC took comments earlier this year (see… read more

  • 8 Elements That Radio Shows Can Use On Their Shownotes Webpages

    By: Seth Resler Jacobs Media Strategies Last week, I wrote about how radio shows — especially morning shows — can borrow the practice of creating “shownotes” pages from podcasters and use them as part of a broader digital strategy to grow their audience through email, social media, and search engines. In that post, I outlined… read more

  • Northern Michigan Stations Unite for ‘Ask the Governor’

    On Thursday evening (6/18), a coalition of northern and Upper Peninsula Michigan television stations hosted Governor Gretchen Whitmer for a coronavirus town hall, dubbed “Ask the Governor.”   WBUP-TV (Ishpeming), WFQX/WFUP-TV (Cadillac/Vanderbilt), WGTU/WGTQ (Traverse City/Sault Ste. Marie),  WJMN-TV (Marquette) and WLUC-TV (Marquette) joins forces and presented an hour with the Governor, including issues that viewers wanted… read more

  • WDET Reaches Out to Listeners with Zoom Town Hall

    While not the only public broadcaster faced with budget concerns over the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, WDET-FM (Detroit) General Manager Mary Zatina hosted a virtual town hall on Zoom to explain WDET’s situation with its listeners. Like so many businesses and non-profit organizations, WDET has lost a substantial portion of the funding that helps… read more

  • Blarney Stone Broadcasting Q100 Set to Become One Giant Super Q

    Q100  WQON-FM (Grayling)  is raising its voice, dramatically expanding its reach throughout central and northern Michigan. Branded by Blarney Stone Broadcasting as “The Only Place for Rock & Roll,” Q100’s new signals will deliver deep cuts spanning 60 years of Rock & Roll and will be heard across Northern Michigan from Clare up to Sault… read more

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