Category: May 2019

Meet Your MABF Board Member of the Week: Marla Drutz

Marla Drutz is Vice President and General Manager of WDIV in Detroit. Prior to joining Graham Media Group (formerly Post-Newsweek Stations) in July 2008, Drutz had been with E.W. Scripps Company. In January 2002, she was named director of programming and special projects, responsible for the programming purchased, production and scheduling of five Scripps TV… read more

Scotty Gunther Joins Up North Radio’s WCDY

Up North Radio’s WCDY-FM (Cadillac) has teamed up with Comedian, Author, and Speaker Scotty Gunther to create a very different PM Drive show on the station.  Gunther, simply known as “Scotty” will host the show weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m. “We are experimenting to find a completely different style of radio content,” says Up… read more

Nessel Declares Major Components Of Petition Changes Unconstitutional

On May 22, Michigan Attorney General announced that the key portion of the 2018 law establishing new requirements for groups wanting to put referendums, initiative petitions and constitutional amendments before voters are unconstitutional. Gongwer reports that Nessel said the most contentious part of the bill, that no more than 15 percent of a group’s signatures… read more

WLNS Continues its Partnership with Habitat For Humanity

Nexstar Broadcasting’s WLNS-TV (Lansing) this week partnered again with Habitat for Humanity Capitol Region’s “Women Build” program to renovate a home on Lansing’s north side. Women Build is a program that celebrates women eliminating inadequate housing by building or repairing homes and improving communities. This year’s project is working on a home rehab for Congolese… read more


NAB Demands Answers from FCC for 20% Higher Annual Fees

According to a report in Inside Radio, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has issued a letter to the FCC stating that because it has offered no explanation for the “remarkable” increase for its size, it’s nearly impossible for the industry’s trade group to offer any feedback on the proposed assessment. Under the FCC’s proposed menu… read more

Government Relations Director Elena Palombo to leave the MAB on May 31

After eight years serving the MAB and its members, Government Relations Director Elena Palombo has resigned her position, effective May 31. During her time with the MAB, Elena served as an advocate for the broadcast industry in Lansing and on Capitol Hill, working on issues involving the spectrum auction and repack, performance tax, drone regulation, pirate… read more


NAB Files Comments Supporting Voluntary All-Digital AM

On May 11, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) filed comments with the FCC supporting a petition to allow AM stations to broadcast an all-digital AM signal on a voluntary basis. In late March, Texas-based Bryan Broadcasting filed a Petition for Rulemaking asking the commission to initiate a proceeding to authorize the MA3 all-digital mode of… read more

Date of Next National EAS Test Announced

FEMA has submitted a filing to the FCC indicating that the next national EAS test will be on Wednesday, August 7, at 2:20 p.m. Eastern. As in the past, the test will use the NPT (National Periodic Test) code and will be issued through the Primary Entry Point network. Note that there is a typo… read more