Category: May 2019

Detroit Public Television, Michigan Radio, WDET, WJR, WJBK, WXYZ All Receive Honors at Detroit Chapter SPJ Awards

At a banquet held May 2, the Detroit Chapter of Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ Detroit) announced winners of its 2019 Excellence in Journalism Awards. Broadcast winners for various stories include Detroit Public Television, WDET-FM (Detroit), WJR-AM (Detroit), WJBK-TV (Detroit) and WXYZ-TV (Detroit).  A complete list of winning entries with comments from the judges is… read more

Third Local Primary Station Coming to Northwest EAS Region

Following last week’s news regarding St. Clair County, EAS improvements continue in Michigan.  At this past January’s State Emergency Communications Committee Meeting (SECC), a longtime problem in the state’s lower-peninsula Northwest EAS region was addressed. Over the years, some EAS participants reported difficulties in receiving the region’s LP-2 station, licensed to Indian River, Michigan.  WMKC-FM’s… read more

Midwest Communications’ Terry Stevens to Lansing

Midwest Communications has announced that Terry Stevens has been transferred to the company’s Lansing cluster and assumes the role of Operations Manager.  He previously worked as Brand Manager at sister station WOZZ-FM in Wausau, Wisc. ,and has been with the company since 2001. A Cincinnati, Ohio native, Stevens will oversee WWDK-FM, WJXQ-FM, WLMI-FM and WQTX-FM…. read more

Bill Harris to Step Down from Anchor Desk

Bill Harris, anchor at WEYI-TV and WSMH-TV (Flint) announced last week that he plans to step down from daily newscast anchoring at the end of May. Harris has spent more than 50 years in broadcast journalism – including the last 40 years anchoring and reporting at various stations in the Flint-Saginaw television market. The nine-time… read more

NTCA asks FCC to Expand Ownership Ban

According to a report in TVNewsCheck, the Internet and Television Association (NTCA) urged the agency to tighten the rules barring a single company from owning multiple network affiliate stations in the same market. The group wants the FCC to extend the ban beyond the four major broadcast networks to include multicast streams and low-power stations. The… read more

Alexa Won’t Help If Listeners Don’t Know Who To Ask For!

Editor’s Note: The views and opinions of this article do not necessarily reflect those of the MAB. Contact the MAB for information on the MAB’s official editorial policy. By: Gary Berkowitz Berkowitz Broadcast Consulting Lately, you can’t pick up a trade without reading an article about Alexa and smart speakers. The consensus is that smart speakers… read more