Category: August 2016

The Robinson Report: The Score

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: Kevin Robinson Robinson Media  “Writing a tune is like sculpting. You get four or five notes, you take one out and move one around and you… read more

Brian Watson Named VP/Station Manager at CBS Detroit Television Stations

Peter Dunn, President of CBS Television, has announced that Brian Watson has been named VP/Station Manager at the CBS Television Stations (WWJ-TV and WKBD-TV) in Detroit.  Watson has been VP/Director of Sales since 2012. Watson replaces Tom Canedo, who is moving to the CBS-owned CW affiliate in Atlanta, Georgia. Dunn told TV Spy “Brian is a… read more

Jackie Green Joins WHTS-FM (Grand Rapids)

Cumulus Media has announced that Jackie Green will be joining its on-air staff as host of “Afternoons with Jackie Green” on WHTS-FM (Hot 105.3).  Green previously worked as a reporter for WXMI-TV in Grand Rapids and spent four years as midday host on WGRD-FM, also in Grand Rapids. Green is 2011 graduate of Ferris State… read more

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.

Traffic Director Spotlight: Shari Money

Nominate a Traffic Director you know!  Email Dan Kelley at [email protected] Shari Money is Traffic Director at Townsquare Media in Flint, including stations WCRZ-FM, WFNT-AM, WLCO-AM, WQUS, WRCL-FM and WWBN-FM. Shari has been in traffic for 20 years and with her present company for 10 years. Q1: What is your favorite comfort food? Shari:  Pizza. Q2: Which Superhero would you… read more

FCC Votes to Retain Cross Ownership Ban

The FCC has voted to retain its ban on newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership. Reuters reports that the panel voted 3-2 along party lines to retain the existing rules, which have been criticized as outdated and not reflecting marketplace trends. The rules circulated to the Commissioners reportedly included Wheeler’s proposal to allow waivers for newspapers or stations determined… read more

Lawmaker Calls on Senate to Include Electronic Data in Constitution

State Representative Jim Runestad (R-44) called for the Michigan Senate to take action on a joint resolution extending Michigan’s constitutional prohibition against unreasonable government search and seizures to include electronic data and communications. So far, there has not been a commitment from the Senate to do so. House Joint Resolution N passed the House in June… 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