MAB News Archive

Want a New Radio Station? FCC Proposes Procedures for a July 2021 Auction, Lists Channels to be Sold, and Imposes a Freeze on Certain Applications

6 Michigan Permits in Auction By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP The FCC on Tuesday (2/9) announced plans to hold an auction to award construction permits allowing the winners to build new radio stations. The auction notice includes 136 FM channels and, in a new wrinkle, 4 AM opportunities, for which bids will be able to be placed once the… read more

Special Bulletin: Sports and Online Casino Game Betting Update

By Karole L. White,  MAB President/CEO Deputy Executive Director/General Counsel to the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB), Dave Murley met with more than 50 Michigan broadcasters via a Zoom call yesterday, hosted by our government relations consultant, Rob Elhenicky of Kelley Cawthorne and the MAB. He explained some of the rules and regulations that impacted… read more

WDIV, ClickOnDetroit Honor Contributions of African-Americans

WDIV-TV, the Graham Media Group owned NBC affiliate in Detroit, has announced their continuing commitment to honoring African American achievement through an initiative called Celebrating Black History Month. Throughout February, viewers from early morning to late evening will see a wide range of stories and profiles in various newscasts and programming on ClickOnDetroit showcasing Black… read more

Michigan Radio to host An Evening with NPR White House Correspondent Franco Ordoñez

On Wednesday, February 24, 2021, at 7:00 p.m., Michigan Radio will continue the station’s Speaker Series with a virtual event featuring NPR White House Correspondent Franco Ordoñez. Franco Ordoñez is a White House Correspondent for NPR’s Washington Desk. Before he came to NPR in 2019, Ordoñez covered the White House for McClatchy. In those roles… read more

WDET’s Ismael Ahmed Receives globalFEST’s Pioneer Award

WDET-FM (Detroit) program host Ismael Ahmed has been honored with globalFEST’s Pioneer Award in recognition for his work fusing the power of culture and equity at the community and national levels. globalFEST is one of the country’s preeminent organizations dedicated to promoting global and American regional musical traditions. Ahmed was one of five honorees at… read more

Woodward Sports Network and Beasley Media Group Announce Groundbreaking Partnership

On February 3, Woodward Sports Network (WSN), Detroit’s first all-digital sports media company announced a sports content distribution partnership with Beasley Media Group. Under the partnership, Woodward Sports will provide daily highlights from the world of sports. It will feature WSN talent such as Sean Baligian, former Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell, four-time Stanley… read more

Gray to Acquire Quincy Media

On February 1, Gray Television, Inc. (“Gray” or “ we”) (NYSE: GTN) announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Quincy Media, Inc. (“Quincy” or “ QMI”) for $925 million in cash. Upon closing the transaction, Gray will own television stations serving 102 television markets that collectively reach 25.4 percent of US television… read more

Looking at the Performance Complement and Other Rules that Apply to Webcasting Companies Relying on the Sound Recording Statutory License

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP We are waiting on the Copyright Royalty Board to release its decision setting the royalties that webcasters (including broadcasters who simulcast their over-the-air programming on the Internet) will pay to SoundExhange for the public performance of sound recordings in the period 2021 through the end of 2025.  As we wrote here, that decision would normally have been released in… read more