Category: June 2019

NAB’s Gordon Smith: Let STELAR Expire

NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith testified on Tuesday morning (6/4) at House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology hearing entitled, “STELAR Review: Protecting Consumers in an Evolving Media Marketplace.” In his prepared remarks, Smith stated, “On behalf of the free and local broadcast television stations serving your hometowns, I appreciate the opportunity to testify… read more

WLEN Holds 6th Annual PSA Contest

Lenawee Broadcasting’s WLEN-FM (Adrian) has announced winners in its 6th Annual PSA Contest.  With the theme of “How do you envision a world of kindness that would: reduce suicide, reduce drug use or reduce bullying,” students in classes, groups and organizations all across Lenawee County were challenged to create public service announcements in audio or video… read more

NAB’s Steven Newberry is Coming to #MABsummer

Steven Newberry serves America’s broadcasters as Executive Vice President, Industry Affairs and Strategic Planning for the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).  He will be among he distinguished guest speakers on hand for the MAB’s Advocacy Conference & Annual Business Meeting on August 5-6 at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids. #MABsummer registration is now open…. read more

Cadillac’s NewsNet Launches In New York, Los Angeles; Adds 23 Affiliates in 5 Months

After 5 months on-air, America’s newest 24/7 news channel now reaches the top 3 TV markets in the country, and is continuing to expand its reach nationwide. NewsNet, based in Cadillac, Michigan, launched January 1 as a subchannel on 18 TV stations across the country. Launch markets included Chicago, Houston, San Francisco and Detroit, and… read more

Bill Black to Program WJLB/WMXD; Kristina Williamson Joins WKQI

iHeartMedia has announced that Bill Black has been named Director of Urban Programming for its Detroit stations, including WJLB-FM and WMXD-FM.  Black joins the company after 13 years at Radio One’s Cleveland, Ohio stations where he programmed WENZ-FM and WZAK-FM.  He was also oversaw the company’s station’s Cincinnati and Columbus. “Bill is a highly successful… read more

Michigan Radio Welcomes StoryCorps MobileBooth to Flint

This August, Michigan Radio will welcome StoryCorps’ renowned Airstream-trailer-turned-recording-booth to Flint, Michigan to collect the stories of local residents. StoryCorps, a nonprofit organization celebrating the stories of everyday Americans, will record interviews in Flint as part of its cross-country MobileBooth tour. Beginning August 6, the StoryCorps MobileBooth will make its stop in front of the… read more

WWJ Afternoon Anchor Greg Bowman To Retire on July 12

Entercom’s WWJ-AM (Detroit) has announced that it’s award-winning Hall of Fame afternoon anchor Greg Bowman is retiring. His last broadcast will be July 12. Bowman has been delivering the news for WWJ Newsradio 950 listeners for the past 29 years. Along with anchoring, Greg has done extraordinary work as a reporter covering everything from presidential inaugurations… read more

FCC Now Accepting ATSC 3.0 Applications

On May 28, the Federal Communications Commission formally began accepting applications from television stations for ATSC 3.0 operations. Applications must be filed by all full- and low-power TV stations, Class A and TV translator stations –except for licensed channel sharing stations—that intend to transmit 3.0. Stations currently on air with 3.0 service are operating under… read more

Ken Kolbe Returns to WGVU

Ken Kolbe has returned to WGVU Public Media to serve as General Manger. He previously served as General Manager for WCMU for nearly five years. Ken has been a professional broadcaster for over 40 years, including more than 20 years in public media. He was also an Adjunct Professor at Grand Valley State University for 15… read more