Category: April 2017

WDIV Detroit’s Paul Gross named Fellow of American Meteorological Society

By Dave Bartkowiak Jr., ClickOnDetroit.com WDIV-TV (Detroit) Meteorologist Paul Gross is being recognized with high honors from the American Meteorological Society. Paul has been named a Fellow of the Society and has won an Emmy from the Michigan Chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences. The University of Michigan’s atmospheric science department… read more

Michigan Radio Reporter Kate Wells named Young Journalist of the Year

Via Steve Chrypinski, Michigan Radio The Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) has named Michigan Radio reporter Kate Wells the ‘Young Journalist of the Year.’ The award was presented at the Detroit SPJ’s annual banquet April 19. In naming Wells ‘Young Journalist of the Year,’ the judges called her a “multi-talented journalist”… read more

The Robinson Report: Creation

Editor’s Note: The views and opinions of this article do not necessarily reflect those of the MAB. Contact the MAB for information on the MAB’s official editorial policy. By: Kevin Robinson Robinson Media “The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative… read more

NMU Professor to run for Congress

A Northern Michigan University professor has announced his candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives 1st Congressional District. Department of Communications and Performance Arts Professor Dwight Brady made his announcement  April 24 at the Marquette County Courthouse. The seat is currently held by Republican Rep. Jack Bergman. The 1st District covers the Upper Peninsula and the… read more

Midwest Communications Flips WLMI-FM to Top 40

Midwest Communications has changed the format of its WLMI-FM (Lansing) from Classic Hits to Top 40, effective today, April 26.  The station has adoped the “i-92.9 Lansing’s New Hits” as its moniker,  The station launched this morning playing 5,000 songs in a row, commercial-free. And, with the format change comes a new Brand Manager for… read more

New Flint Water PSAs Available for TV, Radio

New Public Service Announcements featuring Flint Mayor Karen Weaver are now available on the MAB website.  These PSAs promote the CORE (Community Outreach and Education) Program.  Among the activities the CORE program provides is proper water filter installation and maintenance, along with other water, nutrition and health issues. TV and radio spots may be downloaded… read more

Proposal to Eliminate Main Studio Rule

According to a report in Inside Radio, the FCC is circulating a proposal to relax radio’s Main Studio Rule. A law firm, Garvey Schubert Barer (GSB) has formally petitioned the Commission to repeal the regulation for all radio and television stations. The firm says in the petition, that doing away with the Main Studio Rule… read more

FCC Releases Names of TV Repack Regional Coordinators

According to MAB’s Washington, D.C. Attorney David Oxenford, the FCC released a Public Notice announcing FCC staff members who will help to coordinate the repacking of the TV spectrum. Each of these FCC staff members has been assigned a particular geographic area in which they will be responsible for contacting broadcasters to help to coordinate the repacking… read more

Lawmaker’s Bill Will Eliminate Daylight Saving Time

State Representative Pete Lucido (R-36) introduced legislation (HB 4011) to place the entire State of Michigan under the Eastern Time Zone (EST), and do away with the Daylight Saving Time (DST). Currently, only two other states in the nation, Alaska and Hawaii, do not have DST. If passed, HB 4011 would direct Governor Snyder to… read more

FCC Finds Online Sources Satisfy EEO Requirements for Wide Dissemination of Job Openings by Broadcasters and MVPDs

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP www.broadcastlawblog.com The FCC on Friday (4/21) released a declaratory ruling making it significantly easier for broadcasters and MVPDs to meet their EEO obligations imposed by FCC rules. These rules for broadcasters and MVPDs (cable and satellite TV providers) require that these businesses, when filling job openings, widely disseminate information… read more