Category: November 2017

WDTW-FM Flips to Alternative

iHeartMedia has announced the debut of an Alternative format on WDTW-FM (Detroit), as “Alt 106.7.”  The station launched November 21 and is rolling out with 10,000 songs commercial-free, playing music from the likes of The Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, Linkin Park, twenty one pilots, Blink 182, The Killers and more. “The city… read more

SoundExchange Royalties Going Up for Webcasters in 2018

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP, BroadcastLawBlog.com The Copyright Royalty Board announced in the Federal Register, here, that the sound recording royalty rates paid to SoundExchange will be increasing next year.  In December 2015, when the CRB set the current royalty rates that apply from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2020 (see our articles here and here), the CRB… read more

Caroline Beasley Wins Leadership Award

Beasley Media Group CEO Caroline Beasley was recognized among this year’s honorees at the 2017 Women Who Lead Luncheon, presented by the Alliance for Women in Media (AWM).  The event took place November 14 in New York City. “I am humbled to be recognized by AWM with this distinguished honor,” said Beasley. “It is a… read more

WMGC Presents Bikes For Kids

Beasley Media Group’s WMGC-FM (Detroit) has kicked off The 105.1 Bounce’s Bikes for Kids Holiday Collection. The Bounce’s BIGG & Foolish with Shay in the Morning know that when you ask most kids in the Motor City what they would like for Christmas, the answer is clear… a new bike! The station will ask listeners to donate new… read more

WCMU’s Warm Hearts Provides Winter Warmth

WCMU Public Radio’s (Mt. Pleasant) Warm Hearts, Warm Homes campaign has returned for its fourth season to fuel home-heating assistance across central and northern Michigan.  The campaign kicked off November 28. The collaberation between Consumers Energy, Isabella Bank and WCMU Public Radio listeners aims to generate $67,000. The matching funds, triggered by donations from WCMU Public Radio listeners,… read more

NWS Detroit Office To Begin Winter Squall Warnings

The National Weather Service’s Detroit office will begin issuing Snow Squall Warnings when necessary beginning January 3, 2018. As an EAS event, this will only affect broadcasters who monitor the National Weather Service Radio originating from the Detroit office.  This includes stations in the EAS Southeast, East Central and Lenawee/Washtenaw regions.  NWS considers this to be… read more

NRSC Creates PI Codes for Every FM Translator

The National Radio Systems Committee (NRSC) has unveiled a new resource for broadcasters that utilize FM translators, providing a unique Radio Data System (RDS) Program Identification (PI) code for every FM translator in the United States. FM translators have been a source of growth for the radio broadcast industry in recent years. Regulatory efforts such… read more

FCC To Vote on Blue Alerts

According to a report in Inside Radio, the FCC is getting ready to approve the creation of Blue Alerts. The agency scheduled a vote next month that will create the new Emergency Alert System (EAS) code “BLU” which will be similar to codes for civic emergencies and weather events. The code would give state and… read more

FCC To Review Ownership Caps

According to the NAB’s SmartBriefs, the FCC formally initiated a notice of proposed rule-making to review the national ownership cap for TV stations that limits the number of stations a single entity can own, which is now set at 39 percent of U.S. TV households. The review of the ownership cap is tied to another… read more

WION Sends ‘Treasures for Troops’

WION Radio (Ionia) hosted its fourth annual “Treasures for Troops” campaign November 13-20 with help from The Muir Village Market, The Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce, and Young Chevrolet-GMC. This year’s drive met it’s new goal of sending 200 large “Flat Rate” boxes  to deployed soldiers! WION’s listeners contributed items at drop off locations throughout their… read more