MAB News Archive

Michigan Census Needs More Help!

By: Karole L. White, MAB President/CEO The Census in Michigan needs our help to reach the 4.3 million rural areas and hard to count populations. It is unfortunate that the U.S. Census and the COVID-19 pandemic shared the same time span. COVID has taken over the top news slots. In spite of the challenges, Michigan… read more

2020 Annual Regulatory Fees Due by September 25 – Fee Filer Now Open and FCC Accepting Waiver Requests

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP The FCC released a Public Notice late Friday afternoon (9/4) announcing the annual regulatory fees for 2020 will be due by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on September 25, and setting out the procedures for payment.  Another Public Notice announced that the fee filing system is now open to accept fee payment.  A third Public Notice set out… read more

WCMU Public Media Names Jim Rademaker as General Manager

WCMU Public Media, central and northern Michigan’s leading PBS and NPR station, announced Tuesday (9/8) that Jim Rademaker has been named as General Manager. Rademaker transitions into the role after being the station’s Interim General Manager for more than a year. “I’m excited to be a part of and lead the WCMU team,” Rademaker said…. read more

WDIV Names Dianna Sharpe New Business Manager

WDIV-TV (Detroit), the Graham Media Group owned NBC affiliate, announces the appointment of Dianna Sharpe as the station’s new Business Manager. Sharpe will replace Kathy Salazar, the current Vice President and Business Manager, who announced her retirement in August. Sharpe and Salazar will work in tandem until the end of the year. Sharpe will lead… read more

WYCD Earns CMA Nomination

Nominees for the CMA Broadcast Awards are out in the field of Country Radio. Entercom’s WYCD-FM (Detroit) is included as a nominee for Major Market Radio Station of the Year.  The CMA awards will be announced on November 11 on ABC-TV.  Here is the full list of this year’s nominees: National Personality of the Year… read more

WTLZ Holds Annual ‘Family Affair’ School Supply Giveway

On September 5, Alpha Media’s WTLZ-FM (Saginaw) held its second annual “Family Affair” school supply giveaway at the Dow Events Center. This year, it was a drive-thru event to pass out school supplies. In an interview with WNEM-TV, afternoon personality Yvonne Daniels said, “We know that it takes a village to take care of children… read more

Calling all TRAFFIC! Zoom Lunch Anyone?

By: Denise Weston, Director of Membership and Services First, here is a link to the new survey: We will use the responses to spotlight our traffic peeps in our newsletter. There is also a request for a picture. You may include one of you or something that represents you. It’s mid-2020 and due to… read more

NAB Applauds House ‘Expanding Broadcast Ownership Opportunities Act’

NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith applauded the passage of the “Expanding Broadcast Ownership Opportunities Act of 2019” on Wednesday (9/9) by the House Energy & Commerce Committee. “Broadcasters cheer today’s bipartisan advancement of Rep. Butterfield’s legislation to reinstate the diversity tax certificate program and provide meaningful opportunities for more diverse ownership of broadcast stations,”… read more