Category: September 2021

McKibbin Media’s Greg Jackson Receives Distinguished Service Award

McKibbin Media Group (Jackson) has announced that it’s very own Greg O’Connor is the recipient of Jackson College’s 2021 Distinguished Service Award.  The Jackson College Board of Trustees presents this award each year to an individual or individuals who demonstrate exemplary service both to the community and to the College. Honorees are selected for their… read more

Michigan Learning Channel Presents Statewide “Return to School” Townhall

On September 8, the Michigan Learning Channel, Detroit Public Television and the COVID313 Coalition presented “Michigan’s Great Return to School Statewide Town Hall.”  The 90-minute virtual live event was presented on Facebook along with the Michigan Learning Channel and DPTV’s One Detroit websites.  The program featured discussion, guidance and resources to help make this a… read more

Brandstatter and Dierdorf to Retire at End of 2021 Michigan Football Season

Prior to the start of the season opening Michigan Wolverine Football game on September 4, play-by-play announcer Jim Brandstatter and analyst Dan Dierdorf announced they both will be retiring at the end of the season.  Brandstatter has been heard on Michigan radio in some form since 1987. He was previously the color analyst while Frank… read more

Detroit SMPTE Presents “ATSC 3.0 – Update and Lessons Learned”

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) Detroit Section will host a free virtual meeting open to all members, guests and non-members on Tuesday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m. The topic will be “ATSC 3.0 – Update and Lessons Learned” with speaker Mike Schmidt of Heartland Video Systems. This virtual meeting is free… read more

Broadcast Regulation Update

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week (8/28-9/3), with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations. In a significant win for television broadcasters, a federal district court in… read more

WXYZ-TV Helping to Give the Gift of Literacy

Scripps Media’s WXYZ-TV (Detroit) has launched its annual “If You Give a Child a Book …” campaign, supported by the Scripps Howard Foundation.  In a release, the station says “we believe giving children books can take them to new places, open their imaginations, fuel big dreams, plant the seeds for future success and help break… read more

iHeart Media’s Sports WMAX-FM Rebrands at “The Game”

iHeartMedia has branded long-time sports outlet WMAX-FM (Holland/Grand Rapids) from “ESPN 96.1” to “96.1 The Game.”  Although the station will continue to air programming from ESPN, the new branding includes the Michigan Sports Network’s “X’s and Bro’s” hosted by Anthony Bellino for mornings and “The Huge Show” hosted by Bill Simonson for afternoons.  These changes… read more

Beasley Names New WRIF PD; Launches New Sports Station

Beasley Media Group/Detroit made several announcements this past week.  The company (8/31) has promoted Jade Springart to the Program Director position at 101 WRIF-FM. She will begin her new position immediately. Springart, who has been with the station for the past 15 years and started working at the station as a promotions intern, most recently… read more