Category: October 2021

William Palmer Pyle: 1937-2021

As we announced last Friday at press time, W. Palmer Pyle, former President and Founder of Northern Star Broadcasting, passed away September 30th, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona, surrounded by his loved ones. He was born on June 12th, 1937, in Keokuk, Iowa to William and Cathryn [Johnson] Pyle, and was the oldest of three boys…. read more

Michigan Broadcasters are Sharing our Story with Members of Congress

This week, MAB staff and members from stations across the state had the opportunity to meet in-person with Representatives Lisa McClain (R-MI10) and Peter Meijer (R-MI3) at their district offices as well as Representative John Moolenaar (R-MI4) virtually. Advocacy is a core mission of the MAB and as our industry evolves, it’s critical to keep… read more

Things To Consider Before Accepting Cannabis Advertising

By: Scott R. Flick, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman Editor’s note: Washington broadcast attorney Scott Flick has given us permission to reprint a recent post he shared with members of the National Alliance of State Broadcasters Association (NASBA). Here are Scott’s points: Marijuana remains illegal at the federal level, and since broadcast stations rely on federal… read more

Earlene McMichael to Leave WMUK

Western Michigan University’s WMUK-FM (Kalamazoo) announced that veteran journalist and local Morning Edition host Earlene McMichael is leaving the station after a 9-year run.  McMichael will be joining Kalamazoo Valley Community College as its Marketing Project Manager, effective November 1, where she will apply her journalistic skills to publications, social media and much more. Over… read more

Allen Media Group Completes Acquisition Of WJRT-TV

On September 24, Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group, LLC (AMG) division Allen Media Broadcasting announced that it has completed its $70 million cash acquisition of broadcast television station WJRT-TV, the ABC affiliate for the Flint-Saginaw market. With the closing of this cash purchase from Gray Television, Allen Media Broadcasting now owns and operates 32 broadcast… read more

Remember – Political Ads for State and Local Races Trigger FCC Political Obligations

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP We are nearing the end of September and, in many jurisdictions, we are in the heart of political season – though mostly for state and local elections. While most broadcast stations don’t think much about the FCC’s political broadcasting rules in odd-numbered years, they are required to do… read more