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  • WMYD Airs Series on Michigan’s African American Vote

    Scripps Media’s WMYD-TV (Detroit) is airing a series of special programs leading up to the November election that explores the impact of the African American vote on the outcome of the election and the future of Michigan. The series “Inside Michigan’s African American Vote,” airs Sundays at 11 a.m. on WXYZ through Nov. 1, 2020…. read more

  • AM Translator Construction Deadlines May Be Extended

    The FCC has announced that holders of FM translator construction permits awarded to AM stations in Auctions 99 and 100 that expire on or before June 30, 2021 have an opportunity to extend the permit’s expiration date by up to six months. The bureau “is aware that shutdowns associated with the pandemic have forced stations… read more

  • WYCD’s Rob Stone and Holly Hutton Launch National Entercom Night Show

    Entercom has announced that WYCD-FM (Detroit) afternoon personalities Rob Stone and Holly Hutton have been tapped for a new national evening show to air on Entercom-owned country stations nationwide. The program is part of a new initiative by the company to launch national midday and evening shows for its country programmed radio stations. Meanwhile, Rob… read more

  • WITL Adds Cadillac Jack and Erica Gray to Mornings

    Townsquare Media’s WITL-FM (Lansing) has announced that Cadillac Jack and Erica Gray have joined the station for mornings.  Cadillac Jack’s previous on-air stints include WYCD-FM (Detroit), WQYK-FM (Tampa) and WXTU-FM (Philadelphia). Gray previously hosted middays at WBTU-FM (Fort Wayne),WKYS-FM (Gainsville, FL) and mornings at WBTI-FM (Port Huron). “We are beyond excited to have Caddy &… read more

  • WOLV Hosts COVID-19 Town Halls

    Houghton Community Broadcasting’s 97.7 The Wolf (WOLV-FM) has begun broadcasting a series of town hall meetings to inform local residents of the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic to the Keweenaw Peninsula and the U.P. Produced by the Health Research Institute at Michigan Technological University, “COVID-19 Impact & Response,” features moderators Steve Elmer and Kelly Kamm,… read more

  • WKAR Teams Up with MSU’s College of Engineering for Mask Video

    WKAR Public Media (East Lansing) has collaborated with Michigan State University’s College of Engineering to produce a video showing the effectiveness of wearing a mask during the current COVID-19 pandemic.  Entitled “Display it, don’t spray it,” the video features Dr. Rob Stephenson, science educator and Emmy-award winning host of WKAR’s Curious Crew, along with high-resolution, slow-motion… read more

  • Media Bureau Regulatory Fee Instructions Issued – No Fees for Translator CPs

    By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP The Media Bureau (9/8) issued its Fact Sheet for the Annual Regulatory Fees for 2020 – expanding on the information available in the various public notices released last week, about which we wrote here.  This Fact Sheet sets out the general information as to how much is owed by various classes of… read more

  • Governor Tells Business Leaders State Of Emergency Could Continue For ‘Months’

    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told Michigan business leaders on Thursday (9/17) the state of emergency she enacted in March to respond to the coronavirus pandemic will likely last months longer, according to a report in Gongwer. She outlined a similar timeline in an opinion piece published on Friday (9/18) in The Detroit Free Press. Speaking to… read more

  • Nathan A. Simington Nominated to FCC

    The White House announced Tuesday (9/15), that President Trump intends to nominate longtime telecom lawyer Nathan A. Simington, who is currently senior advisor in the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) specializing in network and telecommunications policy, to the Federal Communications Commission. He is being picked to replace current Commissioner Mike O’Rielly, who’s nomination for… read more

  • Climb the Ladder in Programming

    By: Gary Berkowitz Berkowitz Broadcast Consulting Want to climb the ladder in Programming? Bring these five ideas to a sales meeting. I recently attended a webinar that featured NY real estate magnate and Shark Tank star Barbara Corcoran. She was most impressive and discussed many things about the sales process that related to the radio… read more

  • On Your Radio Station Website, Use Language That Puts Listeners First

    By: Seth Resler Jacobs Media Strategies Talent coaches frequently tell radio DJs to use words that put the listener first in their on-air breaks. For example, instead of saying, “Coming up, I’ve got your chance to win a thousand dollars,” a DJ should say, “Coming up, YOU could be a thousand dollars richer.” It’s good… read more

  • Michigan Census Needs More Help!

    By: Karole L. White, MAB President/CEO The Census in Michigan needs our help to reach the 4.3 million rural areas and hard to count populations. It is unfortunate that the U.S. Census and the COVID-19 pandemic shared the same time span. COVID has taken over the top news slots. In spite of the challenges, Michigan… read more

  • 2020 Annual Regulatory Fees Due by September 25 – Fee Filer Now Open and FCC Accepting Waiver Requests

    By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP The FCC released a Public Notice late Friday afternoon (9/4) announcing the annual regulatory fees for 2020 will be due by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on September 25, and setting out the procedures for payment.  Another Public Notice announced that the fee filing system is now open to accept fee payment.  A third Public Notice set out… read more

  • EAS IPAWS Signing Certificate Expires October 28, 2020

    Users of Sage and DASDEC ENDEC EAS equipment are reminded that a signing certificate used by FEMA to validate CAP alerts will expire on October 28, 2020 at 14:05:29 UTC. Manufacturers have released a firmware update that you must install to permit your ENDEC to continue to receive EAS CAP alerts from FEMA after that date…. read more

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