Category: November 2017

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

The Robinson Report: Time

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 “So Much Wasted Time.” – David Cassidy’s last words (according to his daughter, Katie) Riding through the belly of America this past… read more

Why Do People Buy What They Buy?

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: Dick Taylor,  CRMC/CDMC DickTaylorBlog.com If you’re in sales, this is probably the question that haunts you most: Why do people do the things they do? Daniel… read more

WHMI Raises Over $43,000 for Food Bank

WHMI-FM (Howell) just wrapped up a fundraising partnership between the station and the Gleaners Community Food Bank, which exceeded all expectations in terms of generosity. Bridget Brown, the Director of Donor Relations for Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan says that an unofficial final tally of money received during WHMI’s 12 Days of Gleaners indicates… read more

WNEM Hires Former MAB Foundation Scholarship Winner

Kylee Miller has joined WNEM-TV (Saginaw) as Meteorologist.  Miller attended an Early College Alliance program (ECA) at Eastern Michigan University her junior and senior year of high school where she graduated with her associate’s degree.  Miller continued to pursue a meteorology degree at Central Michigan University. She graduated with her degree in Meteorology, a minor… read more

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