Category: January 2020

WADL Launches 10 p.m. Newscast

Adell Broadcasting’s WADL-TV (Detroit) has announced the premiere of a nightly 10 p.m. newscast.  Veteran Detroit television reporter Kevin Dietz is the host of “News Now with Kevin Dietz,” a Monday-Friday program. Adell CEO Kevin Adell told the Detroit Free Press that the new half-hour show is not competing with newscasts on other stations in… read more

Houghton Community Broadcasting Finds Forever Homes for Homeless Pets

Houghton Community Broadcasting (WCCY-AM, WHKB-FM, WOLV-FM) has again found forever homes for homeless pets as it has wrapped up another edition of “The 12 Dogs of Christmas.” Working with the Copper Country Humane Society, a local non-kill shelter, the three station group in Houghton uses it’s airtime after Christmas Day to highlight dogs that currently… read more

WKBD-TV Back in the News Business

On January 22, CBS Television Station’s WKBD-TV (Detroit) debuted a new nightly 10 p.m. newscast.  Broadcasting and Cable reports that the Detroit newscasts will be produced by the CBS duopoly in Dallas. WKBD has hired multimedia journalists to create news content. “We’re back in the business of news in Detroit on WKBD,” said VP/GM Brian… read more

“Come See Us At The Superb Owl” – Don’t Try This At Home! 2020 Update on Super Bowl Advertising and Promotions

By: Mitchell Stabbe, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP via the Broadcast Law Blog For several years, I have posted guidelines about engaging in or accepting advertising or promotions that directly or indirectly reference the Super Bowl without a license from the NFL (see, e.g. our articles here and here). It’s that time of year again, so… read more

FCC to Host KidVid Webinar

On Thursday, January 23, 2020, from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time, the FCC’s Media Bureau will host a webinar reviewing the functionality of, and changes to, the Commission’s revised Children’s Television Programming Report. The Report has been amended to implement changes adopted by the Commission regarding the children’s programming rules and broadcasters’ related reporting… read more

PIRATE Act Passes Senate, and Now on to the President for Signature – Provides for Big Fines and Enforcement Sweeps in Big Markets

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP The PIRATE Act, to crack down on pirate radio, passed the Senate last week after having passed in the House of Representatives last year. It now goes to the President for signature. We’ve written about this legislation several times before (see for instance, our articles here and here). In… read more

Michigan ABIP Program Field Notes: 2019 Inspections

By:  Mark Croom, Riverfront Communications, LLC It’s been a privilege to visit broadcast facilities around the state as the Alternate Broadcast Inspection Program representative for the Michigan Association of Broadcasters for the past two calendar years. It’s always interesting to see what kind of shape I’ll find stations in from the compliance standpoint. Here are… read more

NAB Announces Executive Changes

NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith announced (1/16)  that NAB Chief Operating Officer Chris Ornelas will be departing the organization February 1 to become general counsel for Beasley Media Group, where he will oversee all legal matters for the multiplatform media company, including its 64 radio stations. Ornelas will be replaced by Curtis LeGeyt, NAB’s… read more

WNMU-TV Unveils New Sports Broadcasting Equipment

WNMU-TV (Marquette), in partnership with Northern Michigan University Athletics, is setting up new production equipment for producing NMU sports telecasts.  Equipment highlights include Sony broadcast cameras with 72-power Canon zoom optics and Ross video switching with multi-view monitoring along with a host of other production enhancements. Not only will this new equipment enhance viewers’ experience with… read more