Category: COVID-19

NAB’s Gordon Smith Discusses Capitol Hill Efforts on RBR+TVBR Podcast

NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith gave a 13-minute update on Tuesday’s (5/26) RBR+TVBR Coronavirus INFOCUS podcast about the organization’s efforts to gain federal relief for local radio and television broadcasters as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold across the country. “We have been very active on Capitol Hill” Smith said, adding that the NAB’s issues have… read more

Jacobs Media Survey Finds Radio Listening Rebounding as Stay-at-Home Orders Ease

InsideRadio reports there’s more evidence radio listening is rebounding in May following a decline due to stay-at-home orders enacted in March and April to stem the spread of the coronavirus, according to an online survey conducted in mid-May by Jacobs Media. “It’s a really, really positive story,” Jacobs Media President Fred Jacobs said on Wednesday… read more

Interlochen Public Radio Receives Google New Initiative Grant for COVID-19 Coverage

Interlochen Public Radio has received $5,000 from Google News Initiative’s Journalism Emergency Relief Fund. The Journalism Emergency Relief Fund was founded to support the production of original journalism for local communities in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund provides financial assistance to small- and medium-sized news organizations around the globe producing original news for… read more

Michigan Restaurant Leader Tells Senate Committee It Will Take Industry 18 to 20 Months to Bounce Back

A seemingly vague road map to recovery and the inevitability of massive debt were among the top concerns shared by Michigan restaurateurs and retailers on Tuesday (5/19) during a Senate committee discussion regarding the safe reopening of the state’s economy, according to a report in Gongwer. John McNamara, Vice President for Government Affairs at the… read more

Both Senate, House Considering Expansion of PPP Lifelines to Include Local Media

Broadcasters may soon be able to take advantage of the Paycheck Protection Program after a bipartisan-backed bill was introduced in the Senate on Wednesday (5/13) that would allow local radio and television stations and newspapers to tap into the federal government’s small business loan forgiveness program, according to a report in InsideRadio. While stations and… read more

WILX Raisies more than $10K to ‘Feed the Frontline’

Partnering with PCFU and local restaurants, Gray Media’s WILX-TV (Lansing) has raised more the $10,000 in its ongoing effort to “Feed the Frontline.” On Monday (5/11), the station announced that donations had totaled $10,551 as it served up lunch with Ryan’s Roadhouse to Sparrow Clinton Hospital. The “Feed the Frountline” effort began on  April 14… read more

FCC Chairman Praises Broadcasters for Public Service Commitment at NAB Show Express

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai told a virtual NAB Show Express audience on Wednesday (5/13) that legacy public service commitment of the nation’s broadcasters is “showing up in spades” during the pandemic, according to a report in Broadcasting+Cable. Following the FCC’s May 13 public meeting, Pai was interviewed by NAB President Gordon Smith at the NAB… read more

Still Waiting: Update on FEMA’s Free PPE Masks for Michigan Broadcasters

Many Michigan broadcasters have completed the MAB survey regarding the distribution of the anxiously anticipated FEMA cotton washable masks. At this time the MAB has not received any masks to distribute. Once they are received we will contact everyone that has completed the survey available at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BJGT8RT The NAB, who is coordinating the… read more