Category: March 2020

From the President/CEO…

Dear MAB Members, Like many of you we are working with a very small staff as requested in the Stay at Home/Stay Safe Order by the Governor. There is one, or sometimes two of us, in the office to answer phones and help our members who must stay on the air. Here is what we… read more

What The $2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Bill Means For Broadcasters

Note: As of 5 p.m. Thursday (3/26), the $2 trillion coronavirus bill that passed the Senate late Wednesday night still needs to be approved by the House and signed by the president.  The massive, $2 trillion coronavirus relief package contains a number of provisions designed to help the broadcasting and entertainment workforce, including workers with… read more

WMOM-FM Ludington Sold

Patrick Lopeman’s Bay View Broadcasting has sold WMOM-FM (Pentwater/Ludington) to Hit Radio Media, LLC of Greenville.  The application was filed with the FCC on March 25. Hit Radio Media is equally owned by Jim Chesley of Greenville, Steve Leach of Cape Coral, Fla., and Jeff Lobdell of Grand Rapids.  Chesley is a director and stockholder… read more

FCC Indefinitely Postpones FM Auction – Will Refund Upfront Payments and Dismiss Pending Applications

The FCC has decided to postpone the planned auction of vacant FM radio frequencies (Auction 106) indefinitely.  The auction, which was scheduled to begin April 28, included six construction permits in Michigan.  The FCC has said that they will refund upfront auction payments Public Notice (here) and provide instructions for securing such a refund. The… read more

Reminder for Radio: Pre-Filing Renewal Announcements to Begin April 1

Full power commercial and noncommercial radio stations and LPFM stations, licensed to communities in Michigan and Ohio must begin airing pre-filing license renewal announcements on April 1, 2020. According to MAB Washington Attorney David Oxenford, the first of four of these pre-filing announcements begin on April 1, with further required pre-filing announcements to air on… read more

CPB Gets $75 Million in Emergency Funds

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting gets $75 million in emergency funds in the $2 trillion coronavirus bill that passed the Senate late Wednesday night but still needs to be approved by the House and signed by the president. The money is to keep up facilities of noncommercial TV and radio stations and to help stations, particularly… read more