Category: August 2016

iHeartMedia Detroit and Grand Rapids Debut New Show

Two iHeartMedia sports/talk stations in Michigan, WDFN-AM (Detroit) and WMAX-FM (Grand Rapids) have debuted a new afternoon show with veteran Detroit broadcaster Gregg Henson joining WMAX afternoon hosts “Big Drew” McCarthy and Jim Costa. The new show, “Gregg, Big Drew and Jim” is heard on both stations weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m.

Appeals Court Denies Stay of Decision That Keeps Straight Ticket Voting

The 6th U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied Secretary of State Ruth Johnson’s request for a stay of a lower court decision placing a preliminary injunction on the law enacted this year ending straight ticket voting. The three-judge panel unanimously held that the state “offered only vague and largely unsupported justifications of fostering voter… read more

MAB Meets with Congressman Dave Trott (R-11)

Last week, the MAB met with Congressman Dave Trott (R-11) as part of our summer in-district advocacy outreach. MAB members brought the Congressman up to date on the issues affecting the Michigan broadcasting industry, including progress and the timeline of the FCC incentive spectrum auction and the impact the subsequent repacking process will have on… read more

Traffic Director Spotlight: Dorothy Maxwell

Nominate a Traffic Director you know!  Email Dan Kelley at [email protected] Dorothy Maxwell is Regional Traffic Director at iHeartMedia in Detroit, including stations WMXD-FM and WJLB-FM.  In addition, Dorothy oversees traffic operations for three other markets.  Dorothy has been in traffic for 20 years and with her present company for 13 years. Q1: What is your favorite comfort… read more

Robby Bridges Now Director of FM Programming for Cumulus/Detroit

All Access reports that Cumulus has promoted Robby Bridges to Director of FM Programming of its Detroit cluster.  Bridges will oversee WDRQ-FM and WDVD-FM.  He has been with the stations since April, 2014 as program director for WDRQ.  Bridges will continue his current role as afternoon personality for WDVD-FM. Cumulus/Detroit operations manager Mike Wheeler told… read more

Radio Creates Traffic

Editor’s Note: The views and opinions of this article do not necessarily reflect those of the MAB. Contact the MAB for information on the MAB’s official editorial policy. By:  Dick Taylor,  CRMC/CDMC Dick Taylor Blog Radio is like the Rodney Dangerfield of media; it doesn’t get any respect. Ask any business owner what form… read more

Programmatic Advertising Buying and the FCC’s Political Broadcasting Rules

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP With the national presidential conventions complete, and most of the state primaries for Congressional, state and local offices either behind us or to occur in the next few weeks, the most concentrated period for the purchase of political advertising on broadcast stations is now upon us, to peak… read more

Tugging at Emotions Through Broadcast Journalism

A 2015-2016 SAC Member shares her passion for broadcast journalism By: Lauren Butzer, Rockford High School ’16, Grand Valley State University I fell in love with storytelling at a very young age. No matter fiction or nonfiction, a story has the power to stir up many different emotions in people. It doesn’t matter if a… read more