Category: October 2021

Alpha Media Appoints Zoe Burdine-Fly As Regional President

Alpha Media has announced the appointment of Zoe Burdine-Fly as Regional President, effective November 1, 2021. Ms. Burdine-Fly joins Alpha Media’s leadership team from Townsquare Media. In her role with Alpha Media, she will oversee the operations, talent management and the strategic growth of 13 Alpha Media markets, including Amarillo, Bakersfield, Lincoln and Topeka. Ms…. read more

Jennifer Perez Named Chief Meteorologist at WLUC-TV

Morning Meteorologist Jennifer Perez has been promoted to the position of Chief Meteorologist at WLUC-TV6 & FOX UP.  She will be the first woman to hold the position at the station. “We are thrilled to announce the promotion of Jennifer Perez to Chief Meteorologist,” said WLUC Vice President and General Manager Rick Rhoades. “Jennifer has played… read more

Former Michigan Rep. Dan Benishek has died at 69

Former U.S. Representative Dan Benishek, who represented northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula for three terms in Congress, died last Friday (10/15) at the age of 69. Benishek was a Republican from Crystal Falls. He made veteran affairs one of his top priorities while serving. He represented Michigan’s 1st District from 2011-2017. “We are heartbroken… read more

Max Goldwasser Joins WXMI-TV as Reporter/Anchor

WXMI-TV (Grand Rapids) has announced that Max Goldwasser has joined the station as Reporter/Anchor. Goldwasser, a four-time award-winning journalist who comes to West Michigan from KTVZ-TV in Bend, Oregon where he spent three years “doing just about everything” in front of and behind the camera. He organized and hosted two weeks of Olympics content, covered… read more

WDET Fires Up New Transmitter

Wayne State University’s WDET-FM (Detroit) has announced that it has put their new replacement transmitter on the air this past Tuesday (10/19).  The station reported earlier this year that both its 21-year-old transmitter had failed and its 34-year-old back-up transmitter was having severe issues, compromising sound quality and endangering broadcast continuity. WDET knew the equipment… read more

Defamation by Tweet – Court Case Reminds Broadcasters to Take Cease and Desist Requests about Attack Ads Seriously

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP A recent controversial court of appeals decision on a defamation claim brought by Congressman Devin Nunes sends a signal to broadcasters about the care they need to give to reviewing commercial messages – particularly political attack ads – when questions are raised as to the truth of the assertions made… read more

Important Reminder: Biennial Broadcast Ownership Reports Due December 1, 2021

The Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) Media Bureau recently issued a public notice reminding commercial and noncommercial broadcasters of their obligation to file their 2021 biennial ownership reports on FCC Form 323 or 323-E, respectively. In the notice, the FCC stated that it intends to take enforcement actions against stations that fail to file timely, complete… read more

MAB: “Local Journalists Are a Conduit Between Government and the Public”

Michigan broadcasters shared the importance of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and access to public records with the Michigan House Oversight Committee on Thursday (10/14). “Local journalists are a conduit between government and the public and it’s essential that they have access to public records to protect the promise of transparency and accountability by… read more