Category: September 2020

2020 Annual Regulatory Fees Due by September 25 – Fee Filer Now Open and FCC Accepting Waiver Requests

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP The FCC released a Public Notice late Friday afternoon (9/4) announcing the annual regulatory fees for 2020 will be due by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on September 25, and setting out the procedures for payment.  Another Public Notice announced that the fee filing system is now open to accept fee payment.  A third Public Notice set out… read more

WCMU Public Media Names Jim Rademaker as General Manager

WCMU Public Media, central and northern Michigan’s leading PBS and NPR station, announced Tuesday (9/8) that Jim Rademaker has been named as General Manager. Rademaker transitions into the role after being the station’s Interim General Manager for more than a year. “I’m excited to be a part of and lead the WCMU team,” Rademaker said…. read more

WDIV Names Dianna Sharpe New Business Manager

WDIV-TV (Detroit), the Graham Media Group owned NBC affiliate, announces the appointment of Dianna Sharpe as the station’s new Business Manager. Sharpe will replace Kathy Salazar, the current Vice President and Business Manager, who announced her retirement in August. Sharpe and Salazar will work in tandem until the end of the year. Sharpe will lead… read more

WYCD Earns CMA Nomination

Nominees for the CMA Broadcast Awards are out in the field of Country Radio. Entercom’s WYCD-FM (Detroit) is included as a nominee for Major Market Radio Station of the Year.  The CMA awards will be announced on November 11 on ABC-TV.  Here is the full list of this year’s nominees: National Personality of the Year… read more

WTLZ Holds Annual ‘Family Affair’ School Supply Giveway

On September 5, Alpha Media’s WTLZ-FM (Saginaw) held its second annual “Family Affair” school supply giveaway at the Dow Events Center. This year, it was a drive-thru event to pass out school supplies. In an interview with WNEM-TV, afternoon personality Yvonne Daniels said, “We know that it takes a village to take care of children… read more

Calling all TRAFFIC! Zoom Lunch Anyone?

By: Denise Weston, Director of Membership and Services First, here is a link to the new survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3WSDQXN. We will use the responses to spotlight our traffic peeps in our newsletter. There is also a request for a picture. You may include one of you or something that represents you. It’s mid-2020 and due to… read more

NAB Applauds House ‘Expanding Broadcast Ownership Opportunities Act’

NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith applauded the passage of the “Expanding Broadcast Ownership Opportunities Act of 2019” on Wednesday (9/9) by the House Energy & Commerce Committee. “Broadcasters cheer today’s bipartisan advancement of Rep. Butterfield’s legislation to reinstate the diversity tax certificate program and provide meaningful opportunities for more diverse ownership of broadcast stations,”… read more

Governor Whitmer Signs Bill to Provide Funding for Enhanced Federal Unemployment Benefits

On September 8, Governor Whitmer signed Senate Bill 745, which appropriates $2.8 billion in supplemental funding from federal revenues awarded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to cover a temporary $300 per week enhanced federal payment for eligible Michiganders receiving unemployment benefits. As part of the FEMA program, the additional $300 per week in unemployment… read more

Oregon Congressman Looks to Resurrect FCC Incubator Program, Includes TV in Bill to Grow Ownership Diversity

A federal appeals court stuck down an FCC radio incubator program before it even began last year. That effort has found new hope in Congress, where U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) has introduced a bill that would not only revive an incubator for radio but include television too. “As a former radio station owner in… read more