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3 Current and Former Michigan Broadcasters Nominated for 2022 Radio Hall of Fame

The Museum of Broadcast Communications has announced the Radio Hall of Fame 2022 nominees. Among the 24 were three past and current Michigan-based personalities:  Mojo in the Morning at WKQI-FM (Detroit); former Grand Rapids personality Kevin Matthews and former Grand Rapids personality Laurie DeYoung. Mojo in the Morning is currently heard on WKQI-FM as well… read more

Judson Beck Appointed WJMN-TV VP/GM as Mike Smith Retires

Judson Beck is the new Vice President/General Manager of Nexstar’s WJMN-TV (Marquette) and sister station WFRV-TV (Green Bay).  Judson, a 37-year broadcasting veteran, replaces Mike Smith.  Smith has retired after 7 years at the helm of the two stations and after 35 years in the business, working as a National Sales Manager, General Sales Manager… read more

WZZM Hires Brooks Blanton as News Director

Tegna’s WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids) has announced the hiring of market veteran Brooks Blanton as its new News Director.  Blanton previously served as News Director of crosstown WXMI-TV from 2013-2021.  “Brooks knows West Michigan so well which is such a benefit. He knows what’s important and relevant to our audience,” said WZZM-TV President and General Manager, Dan… read more

WEMU Announces Two New Staffers in Newsroom

Eastern Michigan University’s WEMU-FM has announced the hiring of two new staff members.  Cathy Shafran has joined the station as News Anchor/Reporter.  Shafran brings nearly 40 years of broadcast experience to the station, having worked as an anchor/reporter at WMAX-AM (Grand Rapids) from 1978-1980 and at WJRT-TV (Flint) as a reporter from 1980-2011. Among her… read more

FCC Proposes 13% Hike in 2022 Regulatory Fees

MAB Washington Counsel David Oxenford shares news that the FCC, in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, has proposed a 13% increase in the annual fees paid by radio stations. NAB President and CEO Curtis LeGeyt issued a statement saying, “The FCC’s regulatory fee proposal subjects local radio broadcasters to a staggering 13% fee increase from last… read more

WOOD-TV Highlights Mental Health Awareness Month

On May 30, Nexstar Media’s WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids) wrapped up Mental Health Awareness month with a special broadcast focusing on programs in West Michigan working to support mental health. The 30-minute special, hosted by anchors Teresa Weakley and Donovan Long, spoke with doctors, therapists and pastors about their mental health work, plus students who are… read more