Category: June 2018

iHeart’s WMAX-FM to Broadcast CMU Football

Central Michigan University Athletics has announced that iHeartMedia’s WMAX-FM (ESPN 96.1) will be airing CMU Football in the Grand Rapids market.  The station will air the games through the IMG/Chippewa Sports Network. The all-sports station will begin carrying CMU football broadcasts starting with the Sept. 1 opener at Kentucky. If a scheduled CMU football game… read more

WLNS-TV/WLAJ-TV Begin Channel Sharing

At 12:01 a.m. on June 11, Lansing television stations WLNS-TV and WLAJ-TV began channel sharing on channel 25.  Nexstar Broadcasting, owners of WLNS, sold its spectrum during the auction.  WLAJ, which has a shared services agreement with WLNS, agreed to share its channel. Both stations retain their virtual channel designation. On its website, WLNS is… read more

WJRT-TV Wins NABEF Service to America Award

WJRT-TV (Flint) was the recipient of a National Association of Broadcasters Educational Foundation Service to America Award, honoring the station’s dedication to serving its community through an annual Diaper Drive. The award ceremonies were held in Washington, D.C. on June 12. The award recognizes outstanding community service by local broadcasters. WJRT’s Angie Hendershot accepted the… read more

Geoffrey Starks to be Nominated as New FCC Commissioner

Geoffrey Starks, who currently serves as an Assistant Chief in the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau, was nominated by President Trump to fill the FCC Commissioner’s seat currently held by Mignon Clyburn. Commissioner Clyburn has announced that she will be stepping down. If confirmed by the Senate, Starks will be the second Democratic Commissioner, joining Jessica Rosenworcel…. read more

DHHS Plans Hepatitis A Awareness Campaign

According to a report in Gongwer, there are currently 218 diagnosed cases of Hepatitis A in Michigan.  The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) said it will run a media campaign from June through August to encourage public information about the potentially fatal disease, urging people to be vaccinated. The department did not provide… read more

What Anthony Bourdain Taught Me About Radio Broadcasting

Editor’s Note: Our MAB Digital Guru’s weekly post usually appears in our Web/DIgital/Social section of MAB NewsBriefs.  This week, however, I’ve elected to put Seth’s piece in our programming section.  -Dan Kelley The views and opinions of this article do not necessarily reflect those of the MAB. Contact the MAB for information on the MAB’s… read more

FCC Grants TV Stations Extension on Certain Audible Crawl Requirements

On May 25, the FCC granted a petition filed jointly by the NAB and disability advocacy groups to extend the May 26, 2018, compliance deadline for the emergency-graphics-to-speech rule for five more years. The FCC issued an Order that delays the compliance deadline until May 2023. To monitor progress on achieving the desired visual-to-aural capabilities, the… read more

Geoffrey Starks Will Receive FCC Nomination

President Donald J. Trump has announced that he is nominating Democrat Geoffrey Starks to the Federal Communications Commission to fill the seat Mignon Clyburn announced in April she would be leaving. “NAB strongly supports President Trump’s selection of Geoffrey Starks to a seat on the Federal Communications Commission,” said National Association of Broadcasters President and… read more