Category: September 2019

WKAR Hosts ‘The Future of Television and Data Delivery’ with ATSC 3.0

On September 19, WKAR Public Media and MSU ComArtSci hosted a NextGen TV Day at their East Lansing studios.  The long session featured ATSC 3.0 demos, with presentations from partners working with WKAR’s experimental ATSC 3.0 television station. Gaian Solutions Founder/CEO Chandra Kotaru discussed ATSC 3.0’s ability to provide rich media in education for those… read more

Midwest Communications Relaunches WFAT

Radio Insight reports that Midwest Communications has brought back the WFAT call letters and imaging to Michigan.  “The Fat One” has returned with a classic hits format via AM/FM translator simulcast WFAT-AM (930)/W274AQ (102.7) in Battle Creek.  The stations had been simulcasting WNWN-FM (1560)/W238AL (95.5) (Kalamazoo). The WFAT calls were last in Michigan on what… read more

WXYZ Holds ‘If You Give A Child A Book’ Telethon

On September 12, E.W. Scripps Broadcasting’s WXYZ and WMYD-TV (Detroit) held their annual “If You Give A Child A Book” Telethon.  The effort is part of the nationwide If You Give A Child A Book effort conducted by parent company, the E. W. Scripps Company, and the Scripps Howard Foundation.  Viewer donations were targeted to put… read more

Jackson Radio Works Hosts Free Community Career Day

On Tuesday, Jackson Radio Works’ WKHM-AM/FM and the Commonwealth Commerce Center hosted a Community Career Day from noon to 6 p.m. at the Commonwealth Commerce Center in downtown Jackson. Over 20 employers and businesses in a variety of industries as well as staffing agencies were on hand to accept resumes, possibly have on-site interviews with… read more

Cornerstone University Breaks Ground on New WCSG Studios

Listener-supported WCSG-FM (Grand Rapids) will soon be broadcasting from a new home with ceremonies on September 12 marking the beginning of a $5.7 million remodel of a former church building on the Cornerstone University campus.  The new building will provide radio employees with over 12,000 square feet of usable space and promote a refreshed vision… read more

Governor Looking for Budget Bills

The Associated Press reported  on Tuesday that Governor Gretchen Whitmer urged Republican legislative leaders to quickly send her budget bills before their weekend “getaway” for a GOP political gathering, saying she needs as much time as possible to review and sign them by a September 30 deadline. Republicans countered that they would take final votes… read more

FCC Delays Due Date for Biennial Ownership Reports – But Don’t Forget Other Important Dates for Reg Fees, EAS Test Forms, and New FM Application Forms Next Week

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP On September 17, the FCC announced that the due dates for Biennial Ownership Reports, which had been December 1 of this year, will now be January 31, 2020. The Order announcing that action is available here. The FCC notice says that this additional time is needed to make updates… read more

WPBN Celebrates 65 Years

The past Friday, September 13, WPBN-TV (Traverse City) celebrated its 65th anniversary. The station began broadcasting on February 13, 1954 on Channel 7 and was owned by the Biederman family and their company, Midwest Broadcasting, along with WTCM-AM 1400 (now 580). Company president Les Biederman had signed on WTCM, Northern Michigan’s oldest radio station, in… read more