Category: May 2018

Congress Proposes Increases for Pirate Radio Fines

A bipartisan group of lawmakers has introduced the Preventing Illegal Radio Abuse Through Enforcement Act or “PIRATE” Act to allow the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to fine someone who “willfully and knowingly” operates an unlicensed radio station up to $100,000 for each day they’re on the air –  up to a maximum $2 million per… read more

10 Common Traits of Winning AC Stations

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: Gary Berkowitz Berkowitz Broadcast Consulting Have you ever looked at the ratings and wondered: How do certain AC’s always come out on top? Do a “programming x-ray”… read more

Cable Pushes for Centralized Retrans Election

According to a report in Multichannel, executives from Comcast, Charter and NCTA-The Internet & Television Association met with the Media Bureau Chief Michelle Carey and other FCC staffers last week to talk up their proposal for centralized retrans elections. The agency, in one of its moves to ease regulatory paperwork, proposed to allow more electronic… read more

Are your personalities ‘Difference Makers’?

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: Gary Berkowitz Berkowitz Broadcast Consulting   There’s a lot of noise out there in radio-land these days. Digital. Internet advertising. Podcasting, Apps, Alexa and many others. Now… read more

Longtime Michigan DJ Bob Steel Passes

The MAB has learned that longtime Michigan DJ/Air Personality Robert Arthur “Bob Steel” Leets passed away April 25 at age 76. Under the stage name of “Bob Steel”, Leets became a well-known radio and car show DJ. He was a long time member of the Buick Club of America. He was actively involved in the Back… read more

WSDP Student DJ Featured on WDIV-TV’s ‘4Frenzy Spotlight!’

Canton High School student Fiona Hughes was recently recognized with a WDIV-TV (Detroit) “4Frenzy Spotlight” for her work as the Program Director for Plymouth-Canton High School’s WSDP-FM radio.  Station Manager Bill Keith and Assistant Station Manager John Kreger both recommended Hughes for the spotlight. In the spotlight, Hughes is noted for being at the station every… read more

WJMK Radio Launches in Saginaw-Bay City

WJMK Radio has debuted in the Saginaw-Bay City market, offering listeners the Me-TV Music oldies music format.  Created and on-the-air in Chicago, WJMK is the first station in the country to adopt the syndicated format. The station has most recently had the WHHQ call letters, but was purchased by Northern States Broadcasting Corporation for $175,000.  The… read more