Category: June 2020

Northern Michigan Stations Unite for ‘Ask the Governor’

On Thursday evening (6/18), a coalition of northern and Upper Peninsula Michigan television stations hosted Governor Gretchen Whitmer for a coronavirus town hall, dubbed “Ask the Governor.”   WBUP-TV (Ishpeming), WFQX/WFUP-TV (Cadillac/Vanderbilt), WGTU/WGTQ (Traverse City/Sault Ste. Marie),  WJMN-TV (Marquette) and WLUC-TV (Marquette) joins forces and presented an hour with the Governor, including issues that viewers wanted… read more

WDET Reaches Out to Listeners with Zoom Town Hall

While not the only public broadcaster faced with budget concerns over the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, WDET-FM (Detroit) General Manager Mary Zatina hosted a virtual town hall on Zoom to explain WDET’s situation with its listeners. Like so many businesses and non-profit organizations, WDET has lost a substantial portion of the funding that helps… read more

Blarney Stone Broadcasting Q100 Set to Become One Giant Super Q

Q100  WQON-FM (Grayling)  is raising its voice, dramatically expanding its reach throughout central and northern Michigan. Branded by Blarney Stone Broadcasting as “The Only Place for Rock & Roll,” Q100’s new signals will deliver deep cuts spanning 60 years of Rock & Roll and will be heard across Northern Michigan from Clare up to Sault… read more

FCC rules vacant space not for NextGen TV

Broadcasters will not be allowed to use vacant channel space for NextGen TV deployment, the Federal Communications Commission has ruled and he National Association of Broadcasters has thanked the FCC for clarifying regulations, saying its members are eager to launch the improved services NextGen technology will facilitate. According to a report in Broadcasting+Cable, the FCC… read more

State Police Look to Be More Transparent About Use of Force

Michigan data on the use of force by law enforcement in Michigan will be published annually by the state as part of a new transparency initiative announced Wednesday (6/17), according to a report by Gongwer. Legislators and law enforcement officials announced the Law Enforcement Transparency Collaborative, which is intended to help increase transparency and accountability… read more

No Wholesale Pricing Disclosures to be Required in Drug Advertising – Appeals Court Upholds Lower Court Rejection of HHS Requirement

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP It appears that there will be no requirement imposed on television and cable ads to include disclosures revealing the wholesale prices of prescription drugs in any advertising for those drugs. We wrote about the decision from the US Department of Health and Human Service to impose such a requirement… read more