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  • Art Vuolo Remembers 9-11 with Documentary on Radio’s Reaction

    Michigan-based “Radio’s Best Friend” Art Vuolo, Jr. has put together an extended 20th anniversary video of the awful attack on America, that as Art describes it, is “the only such special that shows how RADIO reacted on that terrible day. It’s a totally different perspective. It’s been aired on hundreds of radio stations across the… read more

  • Michele Aenlle-Hayes Joins WDIV-TV As National Sales Manager

    Graham Media Group’s WDIV-TV (Detroit) has announced today that Michele Aenlle-Hayes has been named the new National Sales Manager for the station.  Aenlle-Hayes most recently was a Sales Executive for LocaliQ, part of the USA Today Network. In her new role, Aenlle-Hayes will work with national clients on ad schedules for broadcast and digital, building… read more

  • McKibbin Media’s Greg Jackson Receives Distinguished Service Award

    McKibbin Media Group (Jackson) has announced that it’s very own Greg O’Connor is the recipient of Jackson College’s 2021 Distinguished Service Award.  The Jackson College Board of Trustees presents this award each year to an individual or individuals who demonstrate exemplary service both to the community and to the College. Honorees are selected for their… read more

  • Michigan Learning Channel Presents Statewide “Return to School” Townhall

    On September 8, the Michigan Learning Channel, Detroit Public Television and the COVID313 Coalition presented “Michigan’s Great Return to School Statewide Town Hall.”  The 90-minute virtual live event was presented on Facebook along with the Michigan Learning Channel and DPTV’s One Detroit websites.  The program featured discussion, guidance and resources to help make this a… read more

  • Monthly Engineering Spotlight: Justin Poquette

    MAB’s Engineering Spotlight is back on a monthly basis.  Nominate an engineer you know!  Email Dan Kelley at [email protected] Justin Poquette is Director of Network Engineering for Radio Results Network (Escanaba), a 5, then 9, then 10 and now 15 radio station group, He’s been there for 10 years part time *board op//engineering intern* and… read more

  • WRIF’s Steve Black Publishes Sci-Fi Novel

    Industry veteran and WRIF-FM (Detroit) weekend personality Steve Black has announced the publication of a new book, a sci-fi novel titled “The Last Child.” The book is about Kyle Jordan, the last child ever born on Earth as humankind faces the prospect of extinction. “I wanted the story to be as real as possible,” Black… read more

  • Brandstatter and Dierdorf to Retire at End of 2021 Michigan Football Season

    Prior to the start of the season opening Michigan Wolverine Football game on September 4, play-by-play announcer Jim Brandstatter and analyst Dan Dierdorf announced they both will be retiring at the end of the season.  Brandstatter has been heard on Michigan radio in some form since 1987. He was previously the color analyst while Frank… read more

  • Detroit SMPTE Presents “ATSC 3.0 – Update and Lessons Learned”

    The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) Detroit Section will host a free virtual meeting open to all members, guests and non-members on Tuesday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m. The topic will be “ATSC 3.0 – Update and Lessons Learned” with speaker Mike Schmidt of Heartland Video Systems. This virtual meeting is free… read more

  • Broadcast Regulation Update

    By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week (8/28-9/3), with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations. In a significant win for television broadcasters, a federal district court in… read more

  • WXYZ-TV Helping to Give the Gift of Literacy

    Scripps Media’s WXYZ-TV (Detroit) has launched its annual “If You Give a Child a Book …” campaign, supported by the Scripps Howard Foundation.  In a release, the station says “we believe giving children books can take them to new places, open their imaginations, fuel big dreams, plant the seeds for future success and help break… read more

  • iHeart Media’s Sports WMAX-FM Rebrands at “The Game”

    iHeartMedia has branded long-time sports outlet WMAX-FM (Holland/Grand Rapids) from “ESPN 96.1” to “96.1 The Game.”  Although the station will continue to air programming from ESPN, the new branding includes the Michigan Sports Network’s “X’s and Bro’s” hosted by Anthony Bellino for mornings and “The Huge Show” hosted by Bill Simonson for afternoons.  These changes… read more

  • Beasley Names New WRIF PD; Launches New Sports Station

    Beasley Media Group/Detroit made several announcements this past week.  The company (8/31) has promoted Jade Springart to the Program Director position at 101 WRIF-FM. She will begin her new position immediately. Springart, who has been with the station for the past 15 years and started working at the station as a promotions intern, most recently… read more

  • A Win for Broadcasters: FCC Regulatory Fees Drop

    On August 26, the FCC released its 2021 Regulatory Fee Order, which can be found here: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-21-98A1.pdf. The efforts of various State Broadcast Associations, including your MAB as well as the NAB were very successful, and as a result: The proposed regulatory fees for broadcasters dropped by about 9%. As a result, the FCC’s large… read more

  • Interlochen Public Radio Partners With TADL

    This fall, the classical music side of Interlochen Public Radio (IPR) and the Traverse Area District Library (TADL) will launch a new partnership as part of an initiative to bring more classical music into the local community. The new series will take place every second Sunday of the month at 1 p.m. in the McGuire… read more

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