Category: May 2016

WGVU Presents Oldies Concert at Ballpark

On June 4, Grand Valley State University’s WGVU-AM (Grand Rapids) presents their annual free “Real Oldies at the Ballpark” concert, co-sponsored by the West Michigan Whitecaps and Pine Rest Christian Health Services. This year’s concert will feature The Buckinghams and the West Side Soul Surfers.  In addition, the event will include a classic car show… read more

Eagle Radio Group Purchased By Armada

Armada Media Partners, based in Fond du Lac, WI is pleased to announce the purchase of the Eagle Radio Group Radio Stations based in Marquette and Escanaba, MI. Eagle Radio operates stations 94.9 “The Bay” WUPZ-FM, 96.7 “Yooper Country” WUPG-FM, 100.3 “The Point” WUPT-FM and 107.3 “The Eagle” WUPF-FM. Armada Media Partners also owns and… read more

WLNS News Crew Helps Clean Up Lansing

On May 6, members of the WLNS-TV (Lansing) news staff helped Habitat for Humanity’s “Rock The Block” day in Lansing. WLNS anchors Sheri Jones and Chivon Kloepfer, along with meteorologist Emily Wahls, joined other companies and organizations and offered a days worth of sweat to help clean up, paint, and repair homes and yards in Lansing’s Old Town… read more

House Passes Public Threat Alert System

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a public threat alert system in an effort to “lessen the scale of future tragedies.” House Bill 5442 passed 106-2 and would require the Department of State Police to establish and maintain a public threat alert system plan to activate as called for under departmental policies. The plan would… read more

Legislation Speeds Up Public Notice For Contaminated Water

Under the new legislation proposed by State Representative Sheldon Neeley (D-34), state regulators will have two business days to notify residents of water contaminants such as arsenic or lead, instead of the 30 days in current law. House Bill 5120, taken up by House Government Operations Committee, shortens the window in which the Department of… read more

Appeals Court Rejects Open Meetings Claims Against U of M

According to the Michigan Court of Appeals, informal meetings of the University of Michigan Board of Regents do not violate the state’s Open Meetings Act. The unanimous decision, in Detroit Free Press v. University of Michigan Regents (COA docket No. 328182), upheld a finding by the Court of Claims that the constitutional provision giving the… read more

FCC Looking to Change Public File Obligations

The FCC released the tentative agenda for its May 25 Open Meeting. Topping the agenda is an item that could lift a burden from commercial broadcasters.  The FCC will vote on adopting a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to eliminate the requirement that commercial broadcast stations retain copies of letters and emails from the public in… read more

E. Harold Munn, Jr: 1928-2016

The MAB is sad to share the news that E. Harold Munn, Jr. passed away Tuesday, April 26. Munn’s name is familiar to most MAB members as head of the longtime broadcast engineering consulting firm, E. Harold Munn, Jr., and Associates, based in Coldwater. Munn received his Federal Communications Commission (FCC) radio license at age… read more

2015 BEA Winners Announced!

On May 2, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) and the MAB Foundation (MABF)  presented the annual Broadcast Excellence Awards during ceremonies held at the Lansing Center.  Hosted by Kolt Communications President/CEO Robert Kolt, both commercial and public radio and television stations throughout the State of Michigan were honored for their accomplishments in 2015.  Every win demonstrated… read more