MAB News Archive

Congress Advances Bill Requiring Radio To Put Some EAS Alerts On Repeat

The lame duck session of Congress has delivered its first move that could directly impact radio. On a voice vote this week, the House passed the Reliable Emergency Alert Distribution Improvement Act or “READI Act” (H.R. 6096). It would, among other things, require radio and television stations to repeat alerts issued by the president, rather… read more

Jaime McKibbin Passes Away Suddenly

Updated 11/20/20 Scholarship Fund Set Up in Honor of Jamie McKibbin – read more here. Updated 11/19/20 Jamie McKibbin, co-owner and operator of McKibbin Media Group, Inc., licensee of WKHM-AM/FM and WIBM-AM (Jackson) and WCSR-AM/FM (Hillsdale), passed away suddenly November 16, 2020 as a result of a boating accident. McKibbin and a close friend were… read more

WLEN’s ‘Thank a Vet’ 2020 Breaks Record Fundraising for Lenawee County Veterans in Need

On November 11, Lenawee Broadcasting’s WLEN-FM (Adrian) hosted their 15th Annual Thank a Vet day. This day is in celebration of Veterans Day and is an event to raise funds and awareness for homeless and other veterans in need in Lenawee County. $32,859.82 was raised in 12 hours for the “Veterans Dire Need Fund” distributed… read more

FCC Announces Effective Date of Changes in LPFM and Noncommercial Application Processing

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP The FCC announced that changes in its processing of LPFM and Noncommercial (NCE) full-power station applications became effective on October 30.  We wrote about some of those changes here and here.  Of immediate importance is the need to include a certification of reasonable transmitter site assurance in any application for any technical change to an LPFM or an… read more

COVID Didn’t Stop WION’s ‘Treasures for Troops!’

By: Jim Carlyle, co-owner/manager, WION Despite the restrictions that the State of Michigan has imposed in the apparent effort to arrest the pandemic, a team of dedicated people still orchestrated WION’s yearly “Treasures for Troops!” WION Radio (Ionia) is proud to announce that with it’s partners, WGLM in Greenville/Lakeview MI, WRWW-LP at Lowell High School,… read more

Black Diamond Broadcasting Blankets the North with Warmth

The stations of Black Diamond Broadcasting are teaming together with local Toyota dealers to “Blanket the North with Warmth” now through December 6.  The stations will be broadcasting live from varies Toyota dealer to collect new blankets, pillows, sheet and towels for those in need as the cold weather has returned. Everything you donate for… read more

WCMU Teams with Newspaper to Present Virtual Town Hall

On November 17, WCMU Public Media (Mt. Pleasant) will team with the Midland Daily News to present a town hall with Midland County’s top health officials as our guests to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic. Fred Yanoski, director/health officer for Midland County Department of Public Heath, and Dr. Catherine Bodnar, medical director for Midland County Department… read more

FCC Makes Clear that Lowest Unit Charges for Candidate Ads Ends on Election Day

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP The FCC (11/2) released a Public Notice making clear that lowest unit rates (or lowest unit charges) end on Election Day.  Some broadcasters had asked the question, fearful that there would be political advertising bought after Election Day to take positions on issues about counting the vote and other legal matters that could arise in… read more