Category: November 2018

Hey Alexa – Remind Me How Much You Are Increasing My SoundExchange Music Royalties

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP, At almost every broadcast conference, there is a discussion of using Alexa, Google Home and other smart speakers and digital assistants to increase the reach of broadcast radio stations. Discussions of how to get listeners to tune in and how to monetize the listeners on these new platforms are… read more

WSYM To Air Lansing Silver Bells Parade

Again this year, E.W. Scripps’ WSYM-TV (Lansing) will air the city’s annual Silver Bells Electric Light Parade this Friday Night beginning at 6 p.m.  It’s the 5th year the station has broadcast the parade live. The parade will have 76 illuminated floats and marching bands with an expected crowd of 60,000 people along the parade… read more

Meet Your MAB Board Member of the Week: Brad Lanser

Brad Lanser is Vice-President, General Manager of Lansing Broadcasting.  Brad began his career in broadcasting a little over 20 years ago. He started out as a Sales Consultant and later took over the General Manager duties along with becoming Vice-President and eventually, part owner.  Lanser Broadcasting currently operates two radio stations (JQ99 and “The Pledge”) in the… read more

WJLB Begins 35th Annual Coats For Kids Benefit

On November 3, iHeartMedia’s WJLB-FM (Detroit) kicked off its 35th annual Coats for Kids radiothon.  It’s a fundraiser for the Salvation Army of Metro Detroit. The kickoff live broadcast aired from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from the Adams Butzel Community Center. Senior Vice-President Tony Travatto told All Access: “iHeartMedia/Detroit is passionate about the greater Detroit community… read more

WKAR Announces Endowment for Student Experiential Learning

WKAR Public Media (East Lansing), mid-Michigan’s source for PBS, NPR and award-winning original television and radio programming, has announced a $4,000 goal for “Give Green Day” on November 27. Each year at WKAR, MSU student interns experience hands-on training, live production and the dynamic environment WKAR offers for nurturing tomorrow’s storytellers in an ever-changing media landscape…. read more

Diane Kniowski Joins Univision

Former MAB Board Chair (2009) Diane Kniowski has joined radio and television group owner Univision Communications as President and Regional GM of Local Media.  Kniowski will be based in Univision’s Doral, Florida headquarters and will report directly to Univision CEO Vincent Sadusky. Sadusky is the former President/CEO of Media General, which owned WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids) where Kniowski… read more

Nielsen Audio Announces Annual Market Rank Revision including Michigan Tweaks

Nielsen Audio has just released its Fall 2018 population rankings, resulting in some minor tweaks around the country.  Among the bigger moves seen in the new rankings is that of the Tampa-St. Petersburg radio market. It jumps to #18 from #19.  Lakeland-Winter Haven, Fla., market up from #91 to #88. In Michigan, markets unchanged include Detroit… read more


NAB Overview: 116th Congress Leadership and Committee Projections

The next Congress will mean new faces and perspectives and a switch to the Dem-controlled House of Representatives. The shift will have implications for several issues of importance to the broadcasters. Below you’ll find the NAB’s overview of the next Congressional Leadership and Committee Projections, including Energy and Commerce, Judiciary, Ways and Means and Finance… read more