Category: February 2017

Peter Payette New IPR Executive Director

The MAB has learned that Peter Payette has been promoted to Executive Director of Interlochen Public Radio. Payette joined the stations in 2000 and was appointed News Director in 2001.  For more than a decade, he hosted the weekly program Points North and has reported on a wide range of issues critical to the culture… read more

2017 GLBC Exhibitor Highlight: Zipwhip

Solidify local connection with Zipwhip Texting Your listeners want to text you – Let them! Over 80% of American adults text, making it the most common cell phone activity. Radio stations are rolling out texting in major markets all over the country. “Texting just creates an ultimate bond with the listener,” Chunky from Portland’s 98.7… read more

FCC Watch: Three Station Sales Filed at FCC

Longtime Northern Michigan broadcaster Rick Stone has sold his Stone Communications radio stations WJML-AM (Petoskey) and WJNL-AM (Kingsley) to Grand Rapids-based Mitten News LLC, headed by John P. Yob. The application was filed with the FCC on January 30.  The purchase price was $700,000 and also includes an FM translator.  Approval of the sale is awaiting… read more

Find your Next Star Employee at the GLBC Career Fair

Do you need to recruit some young, talented, driven individuals? Then it’s time to sign your station up for the MAB Foundation’s most popular and highly attended career fair! The number one request we get from stations is assistance in recruiting future employees. This is why the MAB Foundation hosts several career fairs throughout the… read more

Bills Expand FOIA to Legislature and Governor’s Office

Michigan House of Representatives held a bi-partisan press conference last week announcing reintroduction of the legislation to expand open record laws to include the Legislature and Governor’s office. Last session, the House overwhelmingly passed the legislation, but it stalled in the Senate. The 11-bill package is the first major initiative announced by the new House…. read more

FCC Deregulates Public File Requirement Re: Letters from the Public

New FCC Chairman Ajit Pai chaired his first Commission meeting with a Commission consisting of two Republicans (Pai and Michael O’Rielly) and one Democrat (Mignon Clyburn). The Commissioners unanimously approved a proposal to eliminate a rule requiring commercial TV and radio broadcast stations to maintain copies of correspondence (both letters and emails) from the public… read more

Walden Applauds Pai’s Move to Increase FCC Transparency

U. S. House Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) issued a press release commending FCC Chairman Pai on taking steps to increase the agency’s transparency by releasing the text of two proceedings for public comment. The lawmakers wrote, “This is the type of transparency we’ve… read more

9&10 News Announces New Creative Division: Mane Content

9&10 News (WWTV and WWUP-TV, Cadillac/Sault Ste. Marie) have announced a new creative division named Mane Content, a full service video production group. Mane Content provides video content for various platforms from television commercials to social media content to sales videos. They are a group of creative professionals with all the gear and the passion to… read more

Entercom Enters Michigan with CBS Merger

On February 2, Entercom Communications Corporation and CBS Corporation announced that Entercom will take over CBS’ radio assets in a “tax free merger.” The combined company will be known as Entercom and will be headquartered in Philadelphia. With the merger, Entercom enters Michigan with the acquisition of Detroit stations WWJ-AM, WDZH-FM, WOMC-FM, WXYT-AM/FM and WYCD-FM. Nationwide,… read more