Category: Broadcasting Industry News

Murrow Awards Presented to Michigan Stations

On October 10, the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) honored news operations nationwide with the 2016 Edward R. Murrow Awards.  Seven Michigan radio and television stations were recipents of 15 2016 Murrow Awards. Among the national winners were two Michigan broadcasters (by category/award): Large Market Radio – News Documentary Not Safe to Drink Michigan Radio… read more

Up North Adds WCKC-FM

Up North Radio, LLC has closed on their purchase of WCKC-FM (Cadillac) and has relaunched the classic rock station as “107.1 The Drive.“ Under the previous ownership of Northern Star Broadcasting, the station had been part of a regional trimulcast with WGFN-FM (Glen Arbor) and WCHY-FM (Cheboygan) as “The Bear.”  Those stations were sold to… read more

NAB Show New York Announced

The National Association of Broadcasters has announced NAB Show New York, scheduled for November 9-10 in New York City. Formerly Content and Communications World, NAB Show New York delivers compelling content, exciting speakers, and all the latest in broadcast technology close to home. NAB Show New York leverages the strength and reach of NAB Show (Las… read more

Blarney Stone Acquires Northern Broadcast

Blarney Stone Broadcasting, Inc. and Northern Broadcast, Inc. have entered into a purchase agreement that will enable Blarney Stone to significantly increase reach and coverage throughout Northern Michigan. Founded in 2012 by Jerry and Sheryl Coyne, residents of Gaylord, Blarney Stone Broadcasting owns and operates WQON (FM), licensed to Grayling; WGRY (FM), licensed to Roscommon… read more

Baraga Radio Network acquires WSRT-FM

Baraga Broadcasting, Inc. and Blarney Stone Broadcasting, Inc. have entered into a purchase agreement that will enable Baraga Radio to significantly increase reach and coverage in northern Michigan. Blarney Stone Broadcasting, Inc. has agreed to sell WSRT (106.7 FM) licensed to Gaylord, to Baraga Broadcasting, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) listener-funded Catholic ministry dedicated to serving… read more

Black Diamond Closes on Northern Star Stations

Black Diamond Broadcast Group has closed on its previously announced acquisition of seven stations and a FM translator from Northern Michigan-based Northern Star Broadcasting for $1.95 million. The transaction encompasses multiple signals in Traverse City/Petoskey, and includes WCBY-AM (1240), WGFM-FM (105.1) and WCHY-FM (97.7)/Cheboygan, along with WGFN-FM (98.1) and WQEZ-FM (95.5)/Glen Arbor, WMKC-FM (102.9)/Indian River, WOEZ-FM… read more

WLEN-FM (Adrian) Wins 2016 NAB Marconi AC Station of the Year

Lenawee Broadcasting Company’s WLEN-FM was named AC Station of the Year at the 2016 National Association of Broadcasters’ (NAB) Marconi Radio Awards. The awards were announced September 22 at the 27th annual NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner and Show, held during the Radio Show in Nashville. The prestigious awards recognize radio’s outstanding personalities and stations. Marconi finalists… read more

Beth Handelong Named WXYZ Local Sales Manager

Beth Handelong is the new local sales manager for WXYZ-TV, the Scripps-owned, ABC affiliate, in the Detroit market. Handelong replaces Cathy Goltz who was promoted to director of sales at WPTV, the Scripps-owned station in West Palm Beach, FL. Before coming to Detroit, Handelong was the national sales manager at WMAR, the Scripps-owned station in… read more