Category: August 2020

NAB Launches Broadcast Resource Hub with Access to New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resource Center

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) today announced the launch of the Broadcast Resource Hub, a comprehensive one-stop-shop for resources, tools and information on the most relevant issues impacting local radio and television stations. The online portal provides access to various resources created by NAB and the NAB Leadership Foundation (NABLF). “NAB has created a variety… read more

WKAR’s Gary Blievernicht Announces Retirement

Gary Blievernicht, highly respected engineer in the Michigan broadcasting industry and nationwide, has announced his retirement from WKAR and MSU, effective early February 2021. Blievernicht is senior director of engineering for WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University. During his 28 years at MSU, Blievernicht led WKAR’s transition from analog to digital television broadcasting, headed… read more

WDIV Hosts Virtual Education Town Hall on Return-to-School Plans

On August 13, Graham Media Group’s WDIV-TV (Detroit) hosted a very successful live, virtual “Education Town Hall” on the return to school plans amid the coronavirus pandemic. Devin Scillian and Paula Tutman were joined by parents, students, and education leaders from across the state to answer questions on the complicated decisions being made by schools… read more

Focusing on Compliance, FCC Rescinds Some Political File Consent Decrees

More than one hundred broadcasters have signed consent decrees with the Federal Communications Commission to close investigations over whether they did not put required documents into their political files quickly enough. But some of those agreements are now being rolled back as part of a deal with the National Association of Broadcasters that sets a… read more

WQHH Holds 7th Annual Backpack Giveway

For the 7th year in a row, MacDonald Broadcasting’s Power 96.5 WQHH-FM (Lansing) held its annual Backpack Giveway on August 20.  This year’s event, held at the Don Johnson Fieldhouse in Lansing took all precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The station gave away free school supplies for local grade school kids on a first come,… read more

WSGW and Gray Television Receive NAB Leadership Foundation 2020 Service to America Awards

On August 22, The National Association of Broadcasters Leadership Foundation presented the 2020 Service to America Awards, recognizing outstanding community service by local broadcasters. Winners were announced during the Celebration of Service to America Awards program, which aired on hundreds of stations nationwide. “Over the past year, America’s local radio and television stations have demonstrated… read more

2 Michigan Broadcasters Named as Radio Wayne Finalists

RadioInk has announced the finalists for the 2020 Radio Wayne Awards, to be presented virtually September 15 on Facebook and YouTube. It’s the 28th year Radio Ink will present Radio’s most prestigious awards in sales, marketing, and management. Finalists include Jeff Marcero (Cumulus Detroit) in the Sales Manager category and Peter Kowalski  (Entercom Communications/Detroit) in… read more

With COVID-19, West Michigan iHeart Stations to Present ‘Flashback Fridays’

MLive is reporting that West Michigan iHeart stations, faced with the postponement of the 2020 high school football season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be offering sports fans “Flashback Fridays” beginning August 28. The company’s WMAX-FM (Grand Rapids) and WMUS-FM (Muskegon) will be airing classic high school football matchups from the past for 10… read more

WLAJ-TV and WBMI-FM Sales Announced

A couple of Michigan station sales have been announced this past week.  An application for assignment of WLAJ-TV (Lansing) was filed with the FCC on August 21.  The seller is WLAJ-TV LLC., headed by Sheldon Galloway of Lafayette, La.  WLAJ-TV LLC has owned the station since 2013. The buyer is Mission Broadcasting of Witchita Falls, Texas,… read more