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Governor Whitmer COVID-19 Press Conference Wednesday 8/5
Audio recording available here

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  • NAB Applauds Elimination of Radio Duplication Rule

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  • Oral Arguments Heard in GOP Challenge to Governor’s Executive Authority

    The feud between Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Republican Legislature over executive authority that has been fueled by the coronavirus pandemic saw its latest day in court on Tuesday (8/6) as oral arguments were heard before the Court of Appeals, according to a report in Gongwer. The appeal mounted by the GOP in House of Representatives… read more

  • FCC Eliminates Rule Requiring Broadcast Station Tower Owners to Give Access to Competing Stations

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  • WILX Meteorologist Darrin Rockcole Retires

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  • Interlochen Public Radio, DPTV Remember Gov. William Milliken

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  • Format Flips in Lansing, Grand Rapids

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  • 97.1 The Ticket’s Jamie Samuelsen Passes Away at 48

    Jamie Samuelson, longtime host at Entercom’s WXYT-FM (Detroit) 97.1 The Ticket, passed away Saturday (8/1) at the age of 48. Samuelsen had been battling colon cancer since January 2019. He announced his condition just days before on July 27 with his morning co-host Mike Stone. “Each morning since my diagnosis, I got up, turned on… read more

  • NAB President Gordon Smith ‘Expected to Make a Full Recovery’ Following Stroke

    NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith suffered a stroke Tuesday evening (8/4), according to a statement released on Wednesday by the National Association of Broadcasters. “He is responding well to treatment, is stable and alert, and is resting comfortably,” the statement said. “His prognosis is good, and he is expected to make a full recovery…. read more

  • A Picture Says 1,000 Words. What Do The Pictures on Your Radio Station’s Website Say?

    By: Seth Resler Jacobs Media Strategies I’ve devoted a lot of time in this column discussing the importance of choosing the right words for your website. Whether it’s making sure that you’re using clear terms in your website’s main menu or conducting a website usability test to make sure that the site’s verbiage isn’t causing… read more

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  • Congressman Moolenaar Adds Name to LRFA

    U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar (R-4) on Wednesday (7/30) became the sixth Michigan Congressman to cosponsor H.Con.Res 20, known as the Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA). Congressmen Moolenaar joins Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-12), Fred Upton (R-6), Tim Walberg (R-7), Paul Mitchell (R-10) and Bill Huizenga (R-2) as one of the 225 bipartisan LRFA cosponsors. The resolution… read more

  • House Members Seek to Expanded COVID-19 Aid for Local Broadcasters

    A bipartisan congressional duo has called on Congress to take care of broadcasters in the next COVID-19 aid package by allowing individual stations that are part of larger groups to qualify as local businesses eligible for the money, according to a report in InsideRadio. Reps. Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.) and Tom Emmer (R-Minn.), co-chairs of the Congressional… read more

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