MAB News Archive

Will It Play In Grand Rapids? O’Kelly Examines Music Selection in 1960s Top 40 Radio

Len O’Kelly, longtime radio professional, now Assistant Professor of Multimedia Journalism at Grand Valley State University, recently completed a dissertation on music selection of 1960s era top 40 radio.  Titled “But Will It Play In Grand Rapids? The Role of Gatekeepers in Music Selection in 1960s Top 40 Radio,” the 176-page paper is a fascinating… read more

Craig Russell Joins WUPS/WTWS

Veteran programmer and on-air personality Craig Russell has joined Black Diamond Broadcast Group’s WUPS-FM/WTWS-FM (Houghton Lake) as Program Director for the stations.  In addition, Russell will host the morning show on WUPS. Russell was most recently morning personality at WKHM-FM (Jackson) and also has worked in Grand Rapids and Traverse City.  He told All Access:… read more

Roxanne Steele Joins WYCD

Roxanne Steele, most recently midday host at CBS Radio’s WDZH-FM (Detroit), has moved down the hall (and down the dial) as midday host for the company’s WYCD-FM. Steele attended the Academy of Radio Broadcasting and landed her first on-air job at age 19. After stints in Washington, Texas and Arizona, Steele spent 12 years at WBBM-FM… read more

Kunnath Now Sales Manager at WMGC-FM

Greater Media has announced that Scott Kunnath has been named sales manager at the company’s new throwback hip hop and R&B station, “105.1 The Bounce,” WMGC-FM (Detroit). Kunnath was most recently Director of Sales for Radio One in Detroit and has also worked for ABC/Disney in Detroit, Citadel Broadcasting and CBS Radio. Greater Media VP/Market Manager Steve… read more

WKAR-FM hires Brooke Allen

Radio veteran Brooke Allen has joined Michigan State University’s WKAR-FM as Morning Edition producer and local host, as well as a contributor to Current State. Allen comes to the station from WWJ-AM (Detroit), where she served as an anchor and reporter.  At WWJ, her projects included “Second Chance,” a broadcast series that sought to provide those serving… read more

FOIA Bill Signed Into Law

On June 30, President Barack Obama signed a Freedom of Information Act upgrade that orders the creation of a single federal online portal for info requests. Noting the federal government gets more FOIA requests than ever before, Obama said the bill codifies some of the reforms already made, and allows for ongoing efforts to make… read more

jācapps Cracks The Connected Car Code For Radio

Michigan-based mobile developer jācapps announced a major breakthrough for radio stations, podcasters and Internet radio stations – the ability to appear in even more automobile audio entertainment systems via Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and the SmartDeviceLink system for Ford and Toyota vehicles. jācapps President Paul Jacobs noted, “For us, it’s always been about how radio could… read more