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  • MI Press Association Invites MAB Members to Journalism Seminar

    The Michigan Press Association has invited MAB members to attend a seminar titled “Diving in Deep: Reporting on water in Michigan,” to be presented on October 22, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Deeb Conference Room in the MSU Communication Arts and Sciences Building in East Lansing. From PFAS to algae to… read more

  • Meet Your MAB Foundation Board Member of the Week: Kevin Oswald

    Kevin Oswald started his professional broadcasting career at WCEN AM/FM Mt. Pleasant while still a student at Central Michigan University. In 1986 he joined the sales team at Holland Broadcasting Company stations WHTC and WYXX in Holland, Michigan eventually rising through the ranks to manage stations WHTC and WYVN for Midwest Communications. Kevin holds a… read more

  • TV Stations Seek Approval from MHSAA to Telecast/Stream High School Sports Live

    The positive response to a May 2019 survey of MAB members asking if they would carry high school sports live or stream was overwhelmingly a YES. Background: The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Board of Directors established a policy decades ago that prohibits live television broadcasts of high school sporting events. With the plethora… read more

  • DPTV and WKAR Present Downton Abbey Movie Screenings

    Both Detroit Public Television (DPTV/WTVS-TV) and WKAR Public Media (East Lansing) will be presenting advance screenings of the new Downton Abbey Movie for its viewers as a fundraiser.  The movie is scheduled for nationwide release on September 20. This Sunday (9/15), DPTV will present an advance screening of the new “Downton Abbey” feature film at… read more

  • State Budget Talks Stalled

    Editor’s note:  Michigan experienced a State Government shutdown over the budget in 2007.   Stations should be prepared that should a shutdown occur again, many services may stop, including writing checks to vendors. The Associated Press reported Wednesday (9/11) that budget talks between GOP Leaders and Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer have broken down in a dispute… read more

  • WXYT-FM (Detroit) Gets Its Brand on Beer!

    Entercom’s WXYT-FM (Detroit) (97.1 The Ticket) announced the launch of “97.1 The Ticket American Lager” and “97.1 The Ticket DDH Hazy Pale Ale” via Ellison Brewing and Spirits. The beers are available on tap and in limited edition cans throughout Michigan. “97.1 The Ticket is thrilled to launch its very own lager and pale ale,”… read more

  • WLEN, WVAC and ACTV Team Up For Adrian College Sports

    Longtime Adrian College sports radio broadcaster WLEN-FM (Adrian) is teaming up with two other media outlets this season to air Adrian College football, with the introduction of the Adrian College Sports Network. Along with WLEN, the college will livestream games via Adrian College TV on YouTube and on the college’s radio station, WVAC, 107.9 FM,… read more

  • Big Rapids Radio Network Covers Three Local HS Teams This Fall

    Via Big Rapids Radio Network For over 30 years, Big Rapids High School sports have been broadcast live on stations now in the Big Rapids Radio Network. For the past 15 years the football has aired on WWBR-FM (Big Rapids), the Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball on WBRN-AM/FM (Big Rapids). With 4 radio stations serving… read more

  • Two Flint-Saginaw Stations Appoint News Directors

    There’s been a few recent News Director appointments in the Flint-Saginaw market. Gray Television has named Denise Killian as the new News Director at WJRT-TV.  Killian most recently was News Director at KSNW-TV (Wichita, KS).  Her career stops have included Davenport, Dallas, Nashville, Temple and Corpus Christi. In June, longtime News Director Jayne Hodak announced… read more

  • New Concerns About Ads for E-Cigs and CBD (including Vaping Products)

    By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP We’ve written many times about the legal concerns about advertising for various vices – including e-cigs (see, for instance, our article here) and CBD (see for instance our articles here and here). The issues with these products never seem to go away, and in recent days, they have become… read more

  • Bill Ballard, WDCQ-TV Founder, Dies at 90

    By: Thomas Bennett, GM, Delta College Broadcasting, University Center William “Bill” Ballard, founder of WDCQ-TV in University Center died August 25 in Traverse City. He was 90. Ballard previously worked as director of broadcasting and TV station manager at Delta College, licensee of WDCQ. After graduating from Auburn University in Alabama, he went to Delta… read more

  • Great Lakes News Expands Capitol Coverage

    Great Lakes News (GLN), a syndicated news service with 45 radio affiliates in Michigan, is expanding its coverage of political news from the State Capitol in Lansing. Great Lakes News was launched in 2015 with a handful of stations taking the service and has been growing steadily ever since. The demand for timely coverage of… read more

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