Category: 2019

WDET’s Michelle Srbinovich Leaving to Join New Journalism Venture

After a decade at Detroit’s public radio station, WDET General Manager Michelle Srbinovich has resigned and accepted a position with the American Journalism Project (AJP). Srbinovich’s last day at WDET will be July 12. “It’s been an absolute honor to serve as the leader of this critically important public institution, a role that I was… read more

Bruce Turner Retires from WNMU-TV

After 56 years on the job, WNMU-TV (Marquette) Station Manager Bruce Turner has retired.  A retirement party was held June 28 in Marquette.  Among those attending were MAB CEO/President Karole White and State Senator Ed McBroom (R-38), who presented Turner with a legislative tribute for his good work in the Upper Peninsula. During his time… read more

WGPR Debuts ‘The Morning Hustle’

Radio One’s WGPR-FM (Detroit) has announced a new morning drive show, “The Morning Hustle with Angie Ange, “On Air” Jordan and Lore’l.  The show is based at sister station WKYS-FM in Washington, D.C. and will be heard in Detroit beginning July 15. VP/GM Kathy Stinehour said, “We think the vibe of this new show will… read more

Battle Creek’s WBCK Turns 71!

On July 9, 1948, WBCK went live as the third radio station to join the Battle Creek area. WBCK started as a 1000-watt directional AM station at 930 on the dial was built right after World War II, as building materials finally became available again. The station was built just east of the Battle Creek… read more

900th Program Milestone for Traverse City Radio Program, ‘Words to the Wise’

On Tuesday, July 16, Midwestern Broadcasting’s WTCM-AM (Traverse City) morning host Ron Jolly and Mike “The Professor” Sheehan will broadcast the 900th edition of their weekly radio program, “Words to the Wise” live from the stage of the Traverse City Opera House. Words to the Wise is believed to be the longest-running radio program of… read more

FCC Adopts Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Review EEO Rules

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP When the FCC initiated its most recent EEO audits, we mentioned that the Commission was planning a rulemaking to review the effectiveness of its EEO rules for broadcasting and multi-channel video operators. The FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking to review these rules has now been released. This review was prompted by complaints raised in… read more

FCC Approves Revamped Kids TV Rules

At its July 10 meeting, the FCC updated its children’s television programming rules, providing “broadcasters greater scheduling flexibility, enables them to offer more diverse and innovative educational programming and relieves unnecessary burdens while ensuring that educational programming remains available to all children.” The commission added that the updates “reflect the myriad changes in the media… read more

State Rep. Coleman Introduces MSP Emergency Notification Program Bill

The MAB has learned that State Rep. Kevin Coleman (D-16) has introduced a bill (H.B. 4697), which would require Michigan State Police (MSP) to create an emergency notification program to “rapidly disseminate useful information in a predetermined manner to radio and television stations within in this state and to wireless devices through the existing wireless… read more