Category: Broadcasting Industry News

Washington Post’s ‘The Fix’ Names Top Political Reporters in Each State: 4 Michigan Broadcasters Included

On October 27, the Washington Post’s daily 2020 political column “The Fix” announced its list of the top political reporters in each state.  Four Michigan Broadcasters, three of them public, were cited for their political reporting. “With so many local and regional news organizations struggling right now — some for their very survival — their… read more

FCC Approves All-Digital ‘Option’ for AM Radio

At their October open meeting on October 27, the FCC, as expected, approved rules that would permit AM broadcasters to be able to voluntarily choose whether and when to convert to all-digital operation from their current analog or hybrid analog/digital signals. In a release, the agency wrote that all-digital broadcasting offers AM listeners significantly improved audio… read more

Graham Media Group Hires Caroline Chambers As Senior Director, Diversity & Inclusion

Graham Media Group, owners of WDIV-TV (Detroit) has announced that Caroline Chambers will join the company as its first Senior Director, Diversity and Inclusion effective November 2.     Most recently, Chambers was the Vice President, National Director of Diversity Initiatives for Comerica Bank. In that role, she was responsible for internal and external diversity program… read more

WCSX to Celebrate ‘Glenn Frey Day’ November 6 with Benefit

Beasley Media Group has announced that WCSX-FM (Detroit), in conjunction with the Mayor of Royal Oak, will proclaim Friday, November 6, 2020 as “Glenn Frey Day” in honor of the late Eagles co-founder and Michigan native. Station Morning Show Personality Jim O’Brien from Big Jim’s House Morning Show will broadcast live on that day from 6… read more

iHeartMedia Flips West Michigan’s WBFX to Classic Hits

Following the station’s coverage of Michigan State University’s football season opener last Saturday (10/24), iHeartMedia flipped the format of WBFX-FM (Grand Rapids) to classic hits, and is now the “Fun Hits You Know,” on the new “BIG 101.3 FM.”  The station is playing the biggest hits from the ’60s and ’70s, with a healthy dose… read more

Public Television Stations Partner with Michigan Educators to Build New Statewide Learning Service

Michigan Learning Channel to provide instructional content to support the work of teachers and parents through universally available platforms Michigan’s public television stations, in partnership with leading educators and community leaders, have announced the creation of the Michigan Learning Channel. Organized by Detroit Public TV, the network will deliver instructional content programming to students, parents… read more

WHMI Hosts Congressional Race Debate With 8th District Candidates Slotkin, Junge

On October 6, Krol Communication’s WHMI-FM (Howell) hosted a debate between Michigan’s 8th District Democratic incumbent Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin of Holly and Republican challenger Paul Junge of Brighton.  The debate was the third and final debate between the candidates. WHMI News Director John King moderated the one-hour broadcast, which was heard live on the station… read more

WKZO Airs State District 61 Candidate Debate

On October 16, Midwest Communication’s WKZO-AM/FM (Kalamazoo) aired a live debate between candidates vying for the Michigan House District 61 seat.  WKZO’s Ken Lanphear and Jeana Gondek moderated the debate between Democratic candidate and Kalamazoo County Commissioner Christine Morse and Republican candidate Bronwyn Haltom, who discussed various issues concerning Michigan residents. Both are campaigning for… read more

WCMU Offers Broadcast Journalism Workshop

On October 16, WCMU Public Radio (Mt. Pleasant) held its Broadcast Journalism Workshop.  Selected students will be given a paid summer 2021 internship, in which they will produce broadcast stories for WCMU, print stories for a newspaper and web content for both. Sixteen CMU students joined the workshop both in-person and virtually for an intensive… read more

Beasley Detroit Hosts ‘Solutions Not Slogans’ Zoom Event

On October 20, Beasley Media Group’s 105.9 KISS-FM (WDMK-FM) On Air Personalities Mason and Angie Star, along with 105.1 The Bounce (WMGC-FM) Morning Show Host Gello and The Detroit Praise Network’s (93.5, 98.3, 99.9) Randi Myles, hosted a zoom conference call with community leaders to discuss ways to encourage listeners residing in Metro Detroit area… read more