MAB News Archive

A Win for Broadcasters: FCC Regulatory Fees Drop

On August 26, the FCC released its 2021 Regulatory Fee Order, which can be found here: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-21-98A1.pdf. The efforts of various State Broadcast Associations, including your MAB as well as the NAB were very successful, and as a result: The proposed regulatory fees for broadcasters dropped by about 9%. As a result, the FCC’s large… read more

WILX-TV Announces On-Air Changes Including New Branding

Gray’s WILX-TV (Lansing) has announced an updated look and lineup this past week.  The station has launched new on-air graphics, including a new red logo and tagline Breaking News & First Alert Weather. This coincided with the appointment of Darrin Rockcole as First Alert Chief Meteorologist. Rockcole, who retired from television news last July after 30… read more

September Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters: Regulatory Fees, Media Ownership and Sponsorship Identification Comments, Auction Applications, and More

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP As fall approaches and kids head back to school, be sure not to lose track of the regulatory dates and deadlines in September.  We outline some of those dates below.  One date is applicable to all commercial broadcasters, the obligation to pay regulatory fees.  While the exact due… read more

Debbie Hamlett to Join WCMU as Executive Director/General Manager

WCMU Public Media (Mt. Pleasant) has announced that Debbie Hamlett will be joining the station as its new Executive Director/General Manager, effective October 4. Hamlett has 20 years experience in public media. Hamlett joins WCMU from Nebraska Public Media, where she held a dual role as Executive Director for the station’s 501c3 Foundation board and… read more

Donovan Long Named Co-Anchor of WOOD-TV News 8 Daybreak

Nexstar Broadcasting’s WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids) has announced that Donovan Long has officially joined the station’s News 8 Daybreak as co-anchor alongside Teresa Weakley. Long makes the move from the station’s weekend morning newscasts, where he has been anchoring for two years. His commitment to excellent journalism has been recognized with two Emmy Awards and Michigan… read more

Associate Member Spotlight: The Bonnell Foundation – $25,000 in College Scholarships Given

The Bonnell Foundation: Living with Cystic Fibrosis provides resources and tools to navigate the difficulties of living with cystic fibrosis. They also offer college scholarships to those affected by cystic fibrosis, medical assistance and lung transplant grants. The Bonnell Foundation gave $25,000 in college scholarships and thousands of dollars in financial assistance this year thanks… read more

WDIV-TV Highlights Historic Detroit Station WGPR-FM

As part of its coverage of National Black Business Month, on August 24, WDIV-TV (Detroit) Reporter/Anchor Evrod Cassimy took a look inside the city’s historic WGPR-FM.  As Detroit’s first Black-owned Detroit radio station, WGPR is still thriving today. The station is owned and operated by the International Free and Accepted Modern Masons, after being purchased… read more