Category: Broadcasting Industry News

Sovereign Communications Acquires WDBC-AM/WYKX-FM

Upper Peninsula based Sovereign Communications has reached an agreement with KMB Broadcasting to purchase their Escanaba radio stations, WDBC-AM and WYKX-FM. With this acquisition, Sovereign will own a total of 17 stations in the U.P. region, which includes stations in Sault Ste. Marie, Newberry, Marquette and Iron Mountain. President of Sovereign Communications Bill Curtis said… read more

FCC Watch: Three Station Sales Filed at FCC

Longtime Northern Michigan broadcaster Rick Stone has sold his Stone Communications radio stations WJML-AM (Petoskey) and WJNL-AM (Kingsley) to Grand Rapids-based Mitten News LLC, headed by John P. Yob. The application was filed with the FCC on January 30.  The purchase price was $700,000 and also includes an FM translator.  Approval of the sale is awaiting… read more

9&10 News Announces New Creative Division: Mane Content

9&10 News (WWTV and WWUP-TV, Cadillac/Sault Ste. Marie) have announced a new creative division named Mane Content, a full service video production group. Mane Content provides video content for various platforms from television commercials to social media content to sales videos. They are a group of creative professionals with all the gear and the passion to… read more

Entercom Enters Michigan with CBS Merger

On February 2, Entercom Communications Corporation and CBS Corporation announced that Entercom will take over CBS’ radio assets in a “tax free merger.” The combined company will be known as Entercom and will be headquartered in Philadelphia. With the merger, Entercom enters Michigan with the acquisition of Detroit stations WWJ-AM, WDZH-FM, WOMC-FM, WXYT-AM/FM and WYCD-FM. Nationwide,… read more

Watson Upped to GM at WWJ-TV/WKBD-TV

Brian Watson has been named General Manager of CBS-owned stations WWJ-TV/WKBD-TV (Detroit). Watson has been station manager and director of sales for the station since 2016. He’ll continue to lead the sales team in his new role. Peter Dunn, President of CBS Television Stations told TV Spy: “As we expected, Brian has done a terrific… read more

Murrow Awards Deadline is Thursday

This Thursday, February 9 is the deadline to enter the prestigious 2017 Edward R. Murrow Awards. The deadline includes Murrow, Student Murrow and Kaleidoscope entries, which must be received by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, Thursday, February 9, 2017. Judging will take place in March, with regional winners announced in April and those winners automatically move… read more

P&G Wants MRC Standards for Digital Measurement

At the annual IAB Leadership Meeting on January 29, Procter and Gamble’s Chief Brand Officer Marc Pritchard told the audience that P&G will accept only the Media Rating Council (MRC) validated viewability standard for media transacting and that the company expects all of its agencies, media suppliers, and platforms to adopt the standard in 2017…. read more

New “We Are Broadcasters” Spots Available

Available to all broadcasters, NAB members or not. The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has announced that new We Are Broadcasters spots are now available for download. The spots highlight why there’s a big difference between broadcast stations and other sources of information, reminding policymakers and audiences that when Americans seek a trusted news source… read more

Bill Emkow Named WXYZ/WMYD-TV Digital Director

Bill Emkow has been named the new digital director for WXYZ/WMYD-TV (Detroit). Emkow is an innovative media executive with 19 years of experience growing audience engagement on multiple platforms. Most recently, Emkow was the senior content strategist at the Detroit Free Press, where he created original social media content that generated revenue, including “Talkin’ Lions,”… read more