WLNS-TV to be Acquired By Nexstar

According to the Associated Press and Lansing State Journal, Nexstar has announced that it is buying rival TV station operator Media General after Meredith agreed to allow Media General to get out of a takeover bid for Meredith.

Media General is the parent company of WLNS-TV (Lansing), the Lansing-based television news station that covers eight counties in mid-Michigan. Media General has owned it for two years.




Michigan Interscholastic Press Association and Student Press Law Center Coalition Requests MAB Support

The Michigan Interscholastic Press Association and the Student Press Law Center are working together to build a coalition to push for legislation in Michigan to protect student journalists, including student broadcasters, from unwarranted censorship.

The legislation is modeled on legislation that unanimously passed North Dakota’s Republican-controlled legislation earlier this year. In short, the bill would roll back the decision in a 1988 Supreme Court case (Hazelwood) that allows school officials to censor student journalism as long as they can prove a valid educational purpose. It is a vague and troublesome standard that often leads to unwarranted censorship.

The legislation would not protect student expression that: a. Is libelous or slanderous; b. Constitutes an unwarranted invasion of privacy; c. Violates federal or state law; or d. So incites students as to create a clear and present danger of the commission of an unlawful act, the violation of institution or state board of higher education policies, or the material and substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the institution.

The coalition, led by MIPA, has requested MAB’s support in this effort, and the MAB Board voted unanimously to send a letter of support for this legislation. You can learn more about our group at www.newvoicesmi.com.




Get a First Look at Techsurvey 12 at the 2016 Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference

Fred JacobsSessions presented by Fred Jacobs & Paul Jacobs of Jacobs Media

 

In this two part session on Tuesday May 3, be one of the first in the country to review the results of Jacobs Media’s Techsurvey 12, an annual national web survey that tracks a highly evolving and changing media environment.

Previous Jacobs’ Techsurveys have been uncanny in their ability to predict consumer behavior, while providing actionable data. From the “cell phone only problem” in the first survey, to the satellite radio slowdown, to the rise of smartphones and tablets along with the ascent of Pandora, these national research studies have been predictive and an important part of the digital planning process.

Click here for information and to register for GLBC. Members can register for the full day for only $159!*

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WLNS-TV & Art Van Collect More Than 12,000 Bottles of Clean Water for Flint

WLNS Andrea Ilitch

Image via WLNS Facebook

Together with Art Van, WLNS-TV (Lansing) collected over 12,000 bottles of clean water for the people of Flint. On February 15, trucks were loaded with bottled water and began the trip out to Flint.

The 6 News team, along with Art Van in West Lansing, helped pack two trucks with bottled water to send to their neighbors in Flint.

“Well, when people need help, that’s what we’re here for. And everyone has to help everyone out,” one man said.

One woman dropped off a truck bed full of 60 cases of water.

“God blessed me with my taxes this year,” she said. “So me and another one of my friends decided to go half on them. It’s a pallet of water.”

In just 12 hours, more than 12,000 bottles of clean water filled these trucks. One day’s effort will make a long lasting impact.

Art Van locations across the state of Michigan will be collecting bottled water donations, including cash funds.

Before Monday, Art Van and partners have already delivered 400 tons of water to the city.




WYTZ-FM Hosts a Radiothon to Benefit St. Jude Kids

975 Y CountryWYTZ-FM (Benton Harbor) hosted its 11th annual 2016 Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radiothon broadcasting live from Silver Beach Center in St. Joseph. The fundraiser took place on February 18-19.

This annual event raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, ranked one of the best pediatric cancer hospitals in the country. St. Jude is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. The past 97.5 Y-Country radiothons have raised a total of over $265,000!

The Country Cares for St. Jude Kids program is celebrating its 27th year credited to Randy Owen, the lead singer of the music group ALABAMA. Country Cares has grown to be one of the most successful radio fund-raising events in the nation with more than 200 radio station partners raising more than $500 million in pledges. These pledges will fund research that is shared with our local community hospitals.

Listeners were able to donate during the radiothon by calling in to the phone bank or online at 975ycountry.com or by coming to The Silver Beach Center on February 18 or 19.




House Holds Off on ‘Gag Order’ Fix

Last week, the Michigan House of Representatives scheduled HB 5219 for a floor vote but pulled the bill before the vote could take place. The bill is designed to clarify what local municipalities can say on ballot proposals using taxpayer dollars. HB 5219 currently states that local entities can provide factual and strictly neutral mass communications on the direct impact of local proposals unless it can be reasonably interpreted as attempting to influence an election. Local groups and some lawmakers have said the language is too ambiguous and could lead to expensive lawsuits for local governments.

The bill comes after Public Act 269 was signed by the governor earlier this year. The law prohibits local governments from issuing information to voters by a variety of means, including television and radio, 60 days before an election.




Local 4 Special – “Failure in Flint: Inside the Water Crisis”

WDIV-TVWDIV-TV Local 4 (Detroit) and ClickOnDetroit presented “Failure in Flint: Inside the Water Crisis,” an hour-long special about the Flint Water Crisis on Tuesday, February 16 at 8 p.m. Carmen Harlan and Devin Scillian were live from Flint, MI to examine the dramatic impact of the decision to stop buying water from the city of Detroit, the latest on the devastating health effects, and what the next steps will be to find solutions to this crisis.

Hank Winchester, Local 4’s consumer reporter, continued his in-depth investigating of the impact this emergency is having on the community of Flint – most importantly, the children.

Local 4’s investigative unit, The Defenders, took viewers through the latest on the FBI investigation, the reality for the citizens of Flint, and what will make Flint’s water safe again.

In addition to reporting by Harlan, Scillian, and Winchester, Local 4’s Kevin Dietz, Karen Drew, and Kimberly Gill contributed to the news special.

Gill profiled the “Faces of Flint” and the impact this disaster will have for years to come.  “Faces of Flint”  is an NBC News and WDIV-TV partnership that gives a platform to the children of Flint. There are multiple ways to follow the story using the hashtag #FacesOfFlint on social media.

“Local 4 News is dedicated to seeing the stories of Flint through until residents have safe tap water, the infrastructure is fixed, and the policy makers ensure that this will not ever happen again,” said Local 4 News Director Kim Voet.




Michigan Radio Covered by Columbia Journalism Review

Michigan Radio’s coverage of the Flint water crisis was the recent subject of an article at the Columbia Journalism Review (CJR).

For those efforts, Michigan Radio has won applause from listeners and industry peers. Steve Carmody is proud of what the service has done—but he also thinks about what might have been different.

“It just gnaws on me that when people were saying they can’t drink this water in May or June of 2014, I was taking, ‘Don’t worry, it’s safe’ as an answer” from state officials,” he said in recent interview. “It just sticks in my craw. I should’ve seen this earlier. That will bother me for the rest of my career.”

According to CJR, despite the fact that early pushes for more information did not happen, Michigan Radio took up the Flint water crisis as a priority once the public health concern became evident.

Read the in-depth article here.




Weekly CAP Messages From Michigan State Police

The Michigan State Police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSPEMHSD) has moved to a new location in Dimondale.  During the move, the EMnet terminal was relocated and is not scheduled to be reinstalled for another two weeks.  You will not be receiving another weekly CAP test from MSPEMHSD until early March. Currently, the EMnet terminal at the MSPEMHSD office is the backup terminal, and all emergency messages will be sent out using the terminal at the Michigan Intelligence Operation Center (MIOC).

Please contact Alisha Clack at [email protected] or 517-484-7444 if you have any questions.




WMHW Undergoes Format Changes

101.1 FM The BeatOn February 15, WMHW (Mount Pleasant), CMU’s School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts’ two HD student run radio stations, underwent an exciting format change.

91.5 FM The Mountain switched from a Modern Rock to an Adult Album Alternative (AAA) format, and 101.1 The Beat converted from (AAA) to a Hip Hop format.

Mountain 91.5WMHW (Wilbur Moore Hall Wireless) started in the Fall of 1972 as a BCA co-curricular radio station. 91.5 FM began as a 10-watt college station and has grown to its current 13,000-watt level with  broadcast signal that ranges from Bay City to Cadillac and Houghton Lake to St. Johns. This extensive coverage area lends itself well to the new (AAA) format which focuses on current music and appeals more to adults than teenagers.

For more than 40 years, WMHW has been providing students professional, hands-on training, which makes them highly marketable in the radio industry after graduation. Transitioning from a modern rock format, which has virtually no presence in today’s industry and is solely a “campus” format, to a popular AAA format will certainly benefit CMU’s future radio broadcasters from both a programming and administrative standpoint.

91.5 FM will continue to provide its live seasonal coverage of CMU Women’s Basketball, Softball, Men’s Baseball, and Mount Pleasant High School Football.

Both 91.5 and 101.1 can be heard over the air and streamed worldwide at www.wmhw.org.