Category: June 2021

WDET Announces ‘Artist Next Door’ Initiative

Six Southeast Michigan artists have been selected by a jury of artists and journalists to demonstrate their art, heritage and culture through an innovative program, The Artist Next Door, hosted by WDET-FM (Detroit) and made possible by a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). The artists representing mixed media, painting,… read more

Nationwide EAS Test Scheduled for August 11, 2021: Verification of EAS Information Due by July 6 in ETRS

Special via David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Last week, the FCC issued a Public Notice announcing an August 11, 2021 nationwide EAS test, with a backup date of August 25 if there are conditions that prevent the test from occurring on the initial date.  The test is scheduled for 2:20 PM EDT.  For broadcasters, this test will… read more

Townsquare Names Mary Fork at Market President/CRO for Southwestern Michigan

Townsquare Media Inc. announced June 15 that Mary Fork has been appointed as Market President/Chief Revenue Officer for Southwest Michigan, leading its “Digital First” strategy and driving strategic multi-platform sales and content initiatives across the region, which includes Kalamazoo and Battle Creek. Mary spent nearly the last decade leading teams for Comcast/Effective throughout Southeast Michigan…. read more

Summit Technology Group Named Exclusive Engineering Partner of IBA

On June 15, the Independent Broadcasters Association (IBA) announced a new partnership with Keego Harbor-based Summit Technology Group, making them the exclusive provider of broadcast engineering solutions to the over 1500 member stations that make up the IBA. Effective June 16th, all association members will have direct access to the national team of broadcast, electrical… read more

Michigan Radio’s Sarah Cwiek Wins McCree Advancement of Justice Award

Michigan Radio reporter Sarah Cwiek has been selected as a winner of the 2021 Wade H. McCree Advancement of Justice Awards, sponsored by the Michigan Press Association Foundation. Cwiek was recognized for her investigation “Tax foreclosure lawsuit asks: How much can government take from property owners?” The story shows how citizens, especially those at risk… read more

Webcasting Royalties Going Up – Copyright Royalty Board Releases Rates and Terms for 2021-2025

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP The Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) on Friday (6/11) released the rates and terms for webcasting royalties for 2021-2025, and the rates are going up.  While the full decision explaining the reasoning for the rate increases will not be released to the public until the parties to the case have… read more

Whitmer: State will Open to Full Capacity June 22

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced (6/17) an accelerated end of all COVID-19 epidemic orders on gatherings and masking as COVID-19 cases continue to plummet following increased vaccinations. Beginning June 22, capacity in both indoor and outdoor settings will increase to 100% and the state will no longer require residents to wear a face mask. “Today is… read more

FCC Approves Repeating EAS Alerts

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday (6/17) unanimously approved several updates to its rules governing the Emergency Alert System (EAS). The FCC concluded alert repetition can be integrated into alert origination software as an automated function. That will allow the alert originator to program how, when, and for which EAS event codes it will need… read more