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  • WILX-TV Announces Sports Team Changes

    Gray Television’s WILX-TV (Lansing) has announced that longtime Lansing sports reporter Fred Heumann will take on the role of co-Sports Director with the WILX Sports Team on August 1, 2021. Heumann will play a pivotal role in the day-to-day operations of the sports department. “We are fortunate to have Fred and Tim Staudt’s decades of… read more

  • WCSX-FM Morning Personality Big Jim O’Brien Signs Multiyear Renewal Deal with Beasley

    Beasley Media Group has renewed a multiyear deal with WCSX-FM (Detroit) morning personality Big Jim O’Brien. The veteran Motor City on-air personality, who has been officially serving as the morning host for the past six years, has worked at the station for a total of 18 years. “It’s been an honor to create Big Jim’s… read more

  • Longtime Michigan Broadcaster Don Backus Retires

    Veteran Michigan Broadcaster and broadcast equipment marketing professional Don Backus has announced his retirement.  Backus spent two decades on the station side, in ownership, management, sales, on-air and news.  He is also known for this work representing companies like Rohde & Schwarz, ENCO, BE and Audio Broadcast Group. Backus attended Michigan State University in East… read more

  • More Michigan Congressmen Sign LRFA

    The MAB is pleased to announce another cosponsor has signed on to H.Con.Res.33, the House Local Radio Freedom Act. Congressman John Moolenaar (R-4) has joined fellow Representatives Jack Bergman (R-1), Debbie Dingell (D-12), Fred Upton (R-6) and Tim Walberg (R-7) in support of the resolution. The NAB reports that they are up to 159 cosponsors… read more

  • DASDEC Releases Required Update

    Following last week’s advisory from Sage regarding the availability and required installation of an update due to the expiring IPAWS digital certificate, DASDEC has announced their firmware update to meet the August 21, 2021 deadline. As with Sage, there is no charge from DASDEC for this update.  Digital Alert System’s Ed Czarnecki says you must… read more

  • Allen Media Buys Gray Television’s WJRT-TV

    Gray Television, Inc. has reached an agreement to divest WJRT-TV, its ABC affiliate for the Flint-Saginaw, Michigan television market, to Byron Allen’s Allen Media Broadcasting, LLC for $70 million dollars in cash. Gray’s sale of WJRT-TV facilitates regulatory approvals for its pending acquisition of the Local Media Group division of Meredith Corporation by removing the… read more

  • WADL To Become Detroit’s MyNetworkTV Affiliate

    Adell Broadcasting’s WADL-TV (Detroit) has announced that it has secured the market’s MyNetworkTV affiliation, and will make the switch September 20.  Scripps-owned WMYD-TV is the current affiliate of the network in the city. WADL is currently an independent station, airing primarily first-run syndication and off-network programming. In a press release, owner Kevin Adell says “he… read more

  • NAB Statement on Recent Incidents Involving Broadcast Journalists

    In response to recent incidents of violence involving broadcast journalists, NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith released the following: “NAB is gravely concerned by recent incidents of violence directed against broadcast journalists who are covering local news. A cornerstone of American democracy is the right of the free press to document the stories and events… read more

  • WNMU-TV Welcomes Ellen Doan as New MLC Engagement Coordinator

    Northern Michigan University’s WNMU-TV has announced that Ellen Doan has joined the station as Engagement Coordinator for the Michigan Learning Channel. The Michigan Learning Channel is a statewide public television partnership offering instructional content to support the education of students and to provide alternative resources for families and teachers. Designed to enrich school learning, the… read more

  • WKHM-FM Chooses Local Charities to Benefit From 13-hour Radiothon

    McKibbin Media Group’s WKHM-FM (K105.3) (Jackson) has set its second annual Charity Radiothon for Friday, July 30th, 2021. The on-air talent of K105.3, Jared “J-Rod” Hammond, Scott Clow, and Jenny Lewis will be broadcasting live from the K105.3 studio for 13 hours to accept donations and completing crazy dares from their listeners based on fundraising… read more

  • WLAV Brings the Blues Back to Grand Rapids

    Cumulus Media’s WLAV-FM (Grand Rapids) has announced three “Blues On The Grand” concerts this summer.  All three concerts are free on Thursdays at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in Grand Rapids. Billed as the “LAV/Miller Late Blues On The Grand Powered by Impact Power Sports” series, the outdoor concerts on Thursdays will feature Memphis blues-rock guitar Eric Gales… read more

  • Sage Issues Update and NPT Advisory

    Sage Alerting Systems has released a bulletin regarding their Digital ENDEC model 3644 to users in the United States, covering two issues: A) FEMA Signing Certificate updates: Action required before August 21, 2021. A signing certificate used by FEMA to validate CAP alerts will expire on Aug 21, 2021 at 21:00:00 UTC. Sage has released… read more

  • Give Away Radio Station Stickers to Capture Listener Contact Info

    By: Seth Resler Jacobs Media Strategies One of the most important things you can use your radio station’s website to do is to capture contact information from your listeners. By capturing their email addresses and other information, you can reach these listeners again later and activate them. Many stations give stuff away as a way… read more

  • WLEN and WQTE Team Up for Food Drive

    Lenawee Broadcasting’s WLEN-FM (Adrian) and Southeast Michigan Media’s WQTE-FM (Adrian) have announced that they are teaming up for community good. Each Tuesday for four weeks, the stations will host a county food drive to benefit local food pantries. The Bigg E (WQTE) and John Koehn (WLEN) will kick-off on July 13th at The Market House… read more

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