MAB News Archive

Appeals Court: MCCA Not Subject To FOIA

A divided opinion of the Court of Appeals has held the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) is a public body but, it is not subject to the state’s Freedom of Information Act because of a legislative amendment in the Insurance Code. That amendment, the court said, “did not alter, amend, change or dispense with any… read more

Reminder: Effective Date for Increased FCC Application Fees

According to the Broadcast Law Blog, August 30 was the new effective date for the FCC application fee increases. These application fees are paid with most FCC applications – including applications for the purchase and sale of broadcast stations, applications for new and modified station technical facilities, for special temporary authority with license renewal applications and even… read more

Barry Baker Passes

Barry Baker, retired General Manager of Delta College Public Broadcasting, passed away August 30, 2016. His funeral was held at the Davidson/Hermelin Chapel at Clover Hill Park on Thursday, September 1. The Rabbi David Nelson officiated. Surviving are Barry’s wife Sherri Baker, his son Brett Baker and daughter Carrie Platner; his sister Marlene Krauetzker and brother… read more

MAPB Honors 2016 Public Media Impact Award Donor Recipient

On Tuesday, August 30 at the the Inn at St. John’s, the Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters (MAPB) presented the MAPB Public Media Impact Award to Bucky Love. Bucky Love has given from the heart, to WGVU Public Media for over 30 years – her nonprofit of choice when it comes to a champion for… read more

2016 MAB Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Julie Koehn

The MAB and MAB Foundation (MABF) presented the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award to Lenawee Broadcasting Company/WLEN-FM (Adrian) President and General Manager Julie Koehn during MAB awards ceremonies on Tuesday, August 30 at the Inn at St. John’s. Julie began her broadcasting career in 1985 as an account executive after graduating from Michigan State University with a… read more

Meet the 2016 Class of the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame

The MAB and MAB Foundation (MABF) inducted three outstanding individuals into the 2016 class of the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame on Tuesday, August 30 at the Inn at St. John’s. Inducted were Paul Jacobs, VP/GM of Jacobs Media and President of jacAPPS (Bingham Farms); Paul W. Smith, Radio Host and Columnist, WJR-AM (Detroit); and Stephen Schram, Executive Director and General Manager for… read more

WWTV/WWUP-TV Welcomes New News Director

Heritage Broadcasting’s WWTV/WWUP-TV (Cadillac) is pleased to announce that Sean Mahon has accepted the role of 9&10 News/Fox 32 News Director. Mahon returns to 9&10 News from WDIV-TV (Detroit). His career started at 9&10 news in the late 1990’s as Chief Photojournalist.  Mahon has been nominated twice for Emmy Awards. “Sean is highly regarded with colleagues throughout… read more

MAB Honors 2016 Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award Recipient

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) and MAB Foundation (MABF) presented the 2016 Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award on Tuesday, August 30 at the Inn at St. John’s to Congresswoman Candice Miller (R-10). This prestigious award is given to a lawmaker, and/or other public official, for their dedicated service to Michigan citizens and the… read more

MAB Past President Peter Kizer Dies

It is with a sad heart that MAB announces that  MAB Past President (1974) Peter Kizer passed away August 24, 2016 at the age of 86. Kizer was one of the founders of the National Association of Television Program Executives (NAPTE), former owner of Federal Broadcasting, which owned WWJ-AM along with eight other TV and radio… read more

Nexstar-Media General Merger Approved by DOJ

TV Newscheck reports that the Department of Justice has said it will approve Nexstar Broadcasting’s $4.6 billion purchase of Media General with the requirement that Nexstar sell seven television stations in six markets, all outside Michigan. Nexstar currently owns one television station in Michigan,  WJMN-TV (Marquette).  Media General owns WOOD-TV/WOTV-TV/WXSP-CD (Grand Rapids) and WLNS-TV (Lansing).  In addition,… read more