Category: February 2018

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, 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


On January 18, Ave Maria Communications filed an application to transfer the license of WHHQ-AM (Bridgeport) to Northern States Broadcasting Corporation for $175,000.  The station serves the Saginaw/Bay City Market. Ave Maria also operates WDEO-AM (Ypsilanti) and WMAX-AM (Bay City).  Northern States Broadcasting Corporation is headed by Susan and Philip Bernstein of Chicago.  WHHQ operates on 1250 kHz… read more

Olympic Gold Medalist Meryl Davis joins WDIV’s Winter Games Coverage

WDIV-TV (Detroit) has announced that Olympic gold medalist Meryl Davis has joined the station for coverage of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. Davis and her skating partner, Charlie White, became the first U.S. Olympic ice dance gold medalists of the 2014 Winter Olympics. “We started following Meryl before the Vancouver Olympics in 2009…. read more

Doug Podell Joins WDRQ-FM

Longtime Detroit radio personality Doug “The Doc” Podell has joined the staff of Cumulus Media’s WDRQ-FM (Detroit). Podell will be on air Saturdays and Sundays from 2 to 7 p.m. Podell’s radio career in the Detroit area dates back to 1976, with his most recent stint being at WCSX 94.7 FM. He worked as the… read more