Category: June 2019

Michigan Radio, WJRT-TV and WDIV-TV Win National Murrow Awards

Three Michigan broadcasters have been honored with a National Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA).  The awards were announced on Tuesday. Michigan Radio’s Mornings in Michigan series received a Murrow Award.  The series installment entitled, “The Early Birder Gets the Warblers, Chickadees, and Orioles,” was given the honor for Excellence… read more

NASBA Success Stories Continue

As many readers know, the MAB is a member of the National Alliance of State Broadcast Associations (NASBA), which represents broadcast associations in Washington, filing joint comments in FCC proceedings. In 2017, when FCC Chairman Ajit Pai launched the Media Modernization proceeding, he asked broadcasters to submit comments proposing changes to the FCC’s broadcast rules… read more

Bets are Off for Online Gambling Bills, For Now

Michigan House Republicans and the administration of Governor Gretchen Whitmer are in a stalemate over bills that would allow online casino gambling in the state, according to an article published by Gongwer on Thursday. The House Ways and Means Committee Chairman, Rep. Brandt Iden (R-Oshtemo), and members of the Whitmer administration met Wednesday with stakeholders… read more

Beasley Media Grows in Detroit with Purchase of WDMK

Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. announced June 10 that it entered into a definitive agreement to acquire WDMK-FM and three translators in Detroit from Urban One for $13.5 million in cash. Excluding one-time transaction costs, the acquisition of WDMK-FM is expected to be immediately accretive to Beasley’s free cash flow without materially altering the Company’s leverage…. read more

DOJ Starts Review of BMI and ASCAP Consent Decrees – Exploring the Background of the Issues

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP The Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division announced on June 5 that it was starting a review of the ASCAP and BMI antitrust consent decrees that govern the United States’ two largest performing rights organizations for musical compositions (referred to as the “musical work”). The DOJ’s announcement of the initiation… read more

Bruce Goldsen Elected Radio Board Second Vice Chair

Elections were held at the NAB Board of Directors meeting, June 11-12 in Washington and Michigan’s own Bruce Goldsen, President/Co-owner of Jackson Works, Inc., was elected Radio Board Second Vice Chair. Also at the meeting, Jordan Wertlieb, President, Hearst Television, Inc., was elected chairman of the NAB Joint Board of Directors, NAB announced today. Wertlieb takes… read more