Category: October 2019

All Things Christmas…

By: Gary Berkowitz Berkowitz Broadcast Consulting The crisp feel of fall is here and that can only mean one thing; the holidays are just around the corner. Many retail locations are already decorated for the season and soon, hundreds of radio stations across the US will switch to all Christmas programming. With that in mind,… read more

FCC Issues ‘Clarifications’ of Political Broadcasting Public File Disclosure Requirements – Significantly More Disclosures to Be Required on Issue Ads

Editor’s note:  On Thursday, November 21, 2019 from 3 – 5 p.m., the MAB will present a live webinar “Preparing for the 2020 Elections” with David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP and Bobby Baker, FCC.  2020 is bound to be a very active year for political broadcasting. Who do you have to sell advertising time… read more

Kendall Taylor Adds Music Director to Role at WDVD

Cumulus Media has announced that Kendall Taylor, Assistant Program Director and Midday Host at the company’s WDVD-FM (Detroit) has added Music Director to her duties at the station. Detroit Director of FM Programming Lance Tidwell said, “Kendall has been such an important team member and she contributes so much to WDVD. She brings great ideas… read more

WWTV/WWUP, WTCM Host JobFest 2.0

On October 8, Heritage Broadcasting’s WWTV/WWUP-TV (Cadillac) and Midwestern Broadcasting’s WTCM-AM/FM (Traverse City) teamed together to present JobFest 2.0 at the Park Place Hotel and Convention Center in Traverse City.  The event was held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  More than 20 employers were on hand to meet potential employees. This is the second… read more

WKAR Produces Food Science Series for PBS Digital

WKAR Public Media (East Lansing) has announced that its new digital series “Serving Up Science” is being featured by PBS on their digital platforms.  The series is hosted by Michigan State University (MSU) science writer Sheril Kirshenbaum.  The program answers questions like “Farmed or Wild?” “Why does cheese stink?” and “Why should meat rest?”  PBS… read more

WCMU Debuts Environmental Documentary

On October 16, WCMU Public Television (Mt. Pleasant) debuted a new hour-long documentary exploring the critical relationship between coastal wetlands and the quality of the Great Lakes. “Linking Land and Lakes: Protecting the Great Lakes’ Coastal Wetlands” chronicles the work of 15 universities and government agencies as scientists collect data to help restore an ecosystem… read more

Television Broadcasters Announce OTT Innovation Alliance; Cadillac’s Heritage Broadcasting a Charter Member

Broadcast groups Morgan Murphy Media, Gray Television, Heritage Broadcasting and independent powerhouse WFMZ, announced the formation of an OTT Innovation Alliance on October 17. The group plans to create innovative ways to reach in- and out-of-market viewers using the power of OTT. In partnership with Syncbak, the world leader in live local OTT, the OTT… read more

Flavored Vape Ban Temporarily Halted

The Michigan Court of Claims has halted the state’s ban on flavored vapes on Tuesday, issuing a preliminary injunction against the ban, which began on October 2. In an article in the Detroit Free Press, Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Diane Stephens said, “The harm done to vape businesses that would have to shut down… read more