Category: January 2018

Senate Panel Approves FCC Commissioner

The Senate Commerce Committee voted to confirm Commissioner Brendan Carr for a full five-year term at the Federal Communications Commission. The Senators approved the nomination in a 14-13 party-line vote. Carr, a Republican, was nominated and confirmed in August to a partial term that was set to expire later this year. Prior to his nomination, Carr… read more

First GOP Governors Candidate Town Hall Scheduled

Three of the four Republican candidates for Michigan governor will participate in a town hall with Republican voters scheduled on January 29 in Grand Rapids. Lt. Governor Brian Calley, Dr. Jim Hines and Senator Patrick Colbeck will take part in the town hall. Attorney General Bill Schuette has declined to participate. The event will take… read more

WEMU Hosts State of the Station Breakfast

WEMU hosted its sixth annual State of the Station breakfast  Thursday, January 25, at Weber’s Inn in Ann Arbor.  Vocalist Sarah Casello sang with the Paul Keller ensemble and Jacobs Media VP/General Manager Paul Jacobs delivered the keynote address to WEMU’s key stakeholders that included elected officials, EMU administrators, arts leaders, and WEMU major donors…. read more

Michigan Senate Passes Tax Cut Legislation

According to a report in Gongwer, Senate Republicans unanimously passed legislation to increase the personal exemption for taxpayers.  SB 748 increases the personal exemption to $5,000 by 2021. The legislation is designed to avoid an unintended $1.5 billion windfall for the state in response to the new federal tax law, which would eliminate the current… read more

Murdoch Says Facebook Should Pay for “Trusted” News

News Corp.’s Rupert Murdoch has suggested Facebook should pay for news content shared on the platform from premium publishers – those it has deemed “trusted” publishers – as it enhances Facebook’s reputation and combats fake news. “If Facebook wants to recognize ‘trusted’ publishers then it should pay those publishers a carriage fee similar to the… read more

Julie Zoumbaris Named VP/GM at WNEM-TV

Meredith Corporation has announced that Julie Zoumbaris has been named Vice President and General Manager of WNEM TV (Saginaw), effective Monday, January 22. Zoumbaris replaces Al Blinke, who recently retired after a career in local broadcasting spanning more than 40-years. “Julie was an instrumental member of the TV5 sales team for more than a decade,”… read more

The Robinson Report: Perception

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 “Your perception will determine your reception” ― Bernard Kelvin Clive Elwood, Indiana. A small town filled with solid Americana Values tucked in… read more

Interlochen Sells East Jordan Station

On January 8, Interlochen Center for the Arts filed an application to sell WICV-FM (East Jordan) to Northern Christian Radio for $150,000. WICV is a class A FM, operating on 100.9 mHz with an ERP of 2.8kw at 488 feet HAAT.  The station is presently an affiliate of the Interlochen Public Radio’s “Classical IPR” network.  Interlochen… read more

FCC Announces New Email Address to Contact Enforcement Bureau

On January 9, the FCC Enforcement Bureau announced, that in order to streamline the operation of the Enforcement Bureau’s Field Offices, the Bureau’s Office of the Field Director has established a new email address, [email protected], for the public to use when responding to an enforcement action originating from one of the Bureau’s Field Offices. New enforcement actions will… read more