Category: June 2018

Mitten News Acquires WYPV-FM

In an application filed with the FCC on June 15, Michigan Broadcasters, LLC has agreed to transfer the license of its WYPV-FM (Mackinaw City) to John Yob’s Mitten News LLC. Mitten News also owns WJML-AM, Petoskey, WJNL-AM, Kingsley and WWMN-FM, Thompsonville. The purchase price in the application was $200,000.  WYPV operates on 94.5 mHz with 50kw… read more

Sanilac Broadcasting Celebrates 50 Years

On Saturday, June 23, Sanilac Broadcasting (Sandusky) celebrated 50 years of service with a community open house for listeners and advertisers to come by and say hello and get a tour. Sanilac Broadcasting Company was founded in 1968 by George Benko and Robert Benko, when WMIC-AM signed on the air June 27, 1968 from studios… read more

Lauren Crocker Signs Extension at WDVD-FM

Cumulus Media’s WDVD-FM (Detroit) has signed Lauren Crocker to a multi-year extension as co-host of The Blaine Fowler Morning Show, a position she has held since 2015. Prior to WDVD, Crocker was midday talent at Cumulus’ WDRQ/Detroit and morning co-host at WFAS-FM in New York. She has also worked as a Music Director in the… read more

WLUN Adds FSD’s Matt Shepard

WLUN-FM (Midland) (ESPN 100.9) has announced that it has added Michigan Media Network syndicated Shep, Shower ‘N’ Shave hosted by Matt Shepard.  The program will begin airing weekdays from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, July 2. Shepard has been seen on Fox Sports Detroit since 1999 hosting and reporting on the Detroit Tigers,… read more

WCEN Introduces ‘The Moose New Country Ale’

Alpha Media’s WCEN-FM (Saginaw)  has teamed up with Mountain Town Brewing Company to introduce The Moose New Country Ale to be available at area establishments in the coming weeks. Listeners can find the beer at Mountain Town Brewing in Mt. Pleasant, Alma Brewing Company in Alma and Beer & Brats in Midland. “In addition to giving… read more

Ed “Uncle Buck” Buchanan: 1949-2018

Cumulus Media has announced that West Michigan radio legend and longtime on-air host of Grand Rapids’ heritage Classic Rock station WLAV-FM, Ed Buchanan, passed way this past Thursday. Buchanan, 69, known on air as “Uncle Buck,” joined WLAV-FM in 1974 and was “founding father” of its current Classic Rock brand. Most recently, Buchanan hosted LAV’s Uncle… read more

NAB Applauds MMA’s Passage from Senate Judiciary

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Music Modernization Act (MMA) by unanimous voice vote on June 28. The MMA includes language that will formally establish a role for Congress as the Department of Justice reviews consent decrees with the two largest performing rights organizations — ASCAP and BMI — which collectively license over 90 percent of the… read more

Michigan Stations Win at PRNDI Awards

At the 2018 PRNDI (Public Radio News Directors Incorporated) Conference Awards Banquet, held June 23 in Washington, three Michigan public radio broadcasters were honored, winning multiple awards for their work. Winning stations in Michigan include Michigan Radio (WUOM-FM/WVGR-FM/WFUM-FM, based in Ann Arbor), WMUK-FM (Kalamazoo) and Interlochen Public Radio (Interlochen). PRNDI awards is the only national… read more