Category: February 2020

Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame to Induct New Members

Six new members will be inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame on April 26, 2020 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center at Michigan State University in East Lansing. New honorees include former WXYZ-TV (Detroit) reporter Bill Proctor, whose investigations led to the creation of the University of Michigan Law School’s Innocence Clinic.  Proctor… read more

WDRQ Detroit Becomes New Country 93.1

Cumulus Media has refreshed its Detroit Country-formatted station WDRQ-FM, relaunching the station as “New Country 93.1.”  The change took place February 18. The station has been known as “93.1 Nash-FM” since December 2013.  With the change in handle, afternoon host Bill ‘Broadway’ Bert will move his “Electric Barnyard” from afternoons to mornings with Kristina ‘Krissy’… read more

Michigan Radio’s Bryce Huffman Explores Black History in America with Live Dates Around State

Michigan Radio West Michigan Reporter and Same Same Different podcast host/creator Bryce Huffman is hosting three live events around the state that will explore the importance of black history in America — how it’s being taught and its impact on black identity. At each event Bryce and his panel will be discussing these and other… read more

Gray Television to Buy Lansing LPTV

On February 14, an application was filed with the FCC to transfer the license of WLNM-LD (Lansing) from Tri-State Christian TV, Inc. to Gray Television.  Gray also owns full-power WILX-TV (Lansing), plus WJRT-TV (Flint) and WLUC-TV (Marquette). The deal permits Tri-State to program one digital subchannel on WLNM for five years after Gray takes ownership…. read more

WYCD’s Chuck Edwards, Beasley’s George Beasley Named To Country Radio Hall Of Fame!

At ceremonies on February 19, The Country Radio Hall of Fame has announced its 2020 inductees and there are a couple of names known to Michigan broadcasters.  The honorees include Chuck Edwards, of “Chuck, Rachael and Grunwald In The Morning” on Entercom’s WYCD-FM (Detroit). Chuck has spent the past 20 years at WYCD/Detroit where he… read more

Litigation Continues as Court Rejects GMR Motion to Dismiss RMLC Lawsuit – and RMLC’s Request to Dismiss GMR Claims

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Global Music Rights, the relatively new performing rights organization that signed a number of composers of popular songs away from ASCAP and BMI in order to seek higher music royalties for the public performance of their works on radio stations and other media platforms (see our articles here and… read more