Category: February 2018

Put Your Money Where Your Mouths Are

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 DickTaylorBlog.com Last week, I wrote about the power of the human voice. Each of us who decided to make radio a career was… read more

IVaccinate Focuses On The Flu

By: Karole L. White President/CEO, MAB The two-year partnership between MAB and IVaccinate has a new emphasis this year as we turn our attention to the flu season.  This is the particularly dangerous flu season.  It’s not only hitting children and those with a weakened immune system; it’s bringing perfectly healthy people down to their… read more

WNEM-TV Says Goodbye to Al Blinke

On a January 19 newscast, the staff of WNEM-TV (Saginaw) said goodbye to 13-year station veteran, Vice President and General Manager Al Blinke: Blinke announced his retirement in October of 2017, following a 40-year career in broadcasting. He started his career in radio as a reporter, writer and producer at WWJ-AM (Detroit). He moved into… read more

Michigan Radio Podcast Gives Voice to Detroit’s MorningSide

Michigan Radio is launching a local project to give voice to residents of Detroit’s MorningSide neighborhood, as part of the station’s continued participation in the Detroit Journalism Cooperative. The MorningSide Podcast project will recruit residents from the neighborhood to produce regular podcasts of local interest and news for their fellow MorningSide neighbors. Michigan Radio will… read more

Broadcasters Earn Praise in Congress

At the first of what could be several congressional hearings into the Emergency Alert System, lawmakers in Washington on January 25 received much attention to how good a job broadcasters do during a crisis.  Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) said this month’s scare in Hawaii had one positive impact in showing that the EAS worked as… read more

Music Modernization Act Introduced

According to a report in Inside Radio, U.S. Senate introduced legislation titled ‘Music Modernization Act’ as a compromise over music rights. The National Association of Broadcasters has concerns about the bill. According to NAB President Gordon Smith “the current bill text includes unrelated provisions that will almost certainly result in unjustifiable cost increases for local… read more

WKAR Holds Celebration for WKAR Family and PBS KIDS 24/7

On January 27, nearly 800 children, parents and families visited the WKAR studios in East Lansing to celebrate the first birthday of WKAR Family and the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel with “PBS KIDS Day at WKAR!” There were many special guests who helped bring in the fun, including Sparty, Laura Sams and Robert Sams from… read more

What Issues Should Broadcasters be Considering When Taking Advantage of New Rules Abolishing Main Studio and Staffing Requirements?

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP, BroadcastLawBlog.com The FCC last week published a Small Business Compliance Guide for companies looking to take advantage of the FCC’s elimination of the main studio rules and the studio staffing requirements associated with those rules (see our articles here and here summarizing the rule changes). The Compliance Guide points… read more