Category: June 2018

Speaker line-up announced for Next-Gen TV Summit

With the first group of U.S. stations now “on-air” with ATSC 3.0 and with Spectrum Repack planning well underway, local station General Managers and Engineering personnel need to know how the upcoming transition to Next-Generation ATSC 3.0 TV transmission will affect their advertising offerings and engineering plans. Broadcaster Associations throughout the Midwest are pooling resources… read more

Bob Seger Boulevard? WCSX Says ‘Yes’

Beasley Media Group’s WCSX-FM (Detroit), in support of a petition to have Bob Seger Boulevard approved by the Ann Arbor Michigan School Board, programmed 24 hours of Bob Seger music this past Saturday, June 2. WCSX-FM’s Big Jim’s House Morning Show challenged WCSX-FM Program Director Jerry Tarrants that they could get more than 9,470 likes… read more

WBET Raises $104k for United Way

Swick Broadcasting’s WBET-FM (Sturgis) has announced that it recently raised $104,330 for the United Way of St. Joseph County, during an 18-hour radio marathon that featured local officials and community business leaders as guest DJs.  The Radiothon was held on May 24. “We are so proud of our local St. Joseph County listeners for their… read more

Holy Family Radio Acquires Vicksburg Signal

On June 1, an application was filed with the FCC to assign the license of non-commercial station WVAV-FM from Vineyard Academy to Holy Family Radio.  The station serves the Vicksburg/Kalamazoo area. The station is being donated.  Holy Family Radio has been programming the station. Holy Family Radio, based in Grand Rapids, owns WVHF-AM, Licensed to Kentwood and… read more

Another Birthday, Another Bash for B93

On June 2, iHeartMedia’s WBCT-FM (Grand Rapids) held its annual “Birthday Bash” concert before a sell-out crowd at Fifth Third Ballpark. The annual concert this year featured a number of country artists, including Rascal Flatts, Gary Allan, Morgan Evans, Devin Dawson and Tyler Rich.  All 7500 seats at the ballpark were sold. This is the first year… read more

WDET To Offer Free Airtime to Non-Profits Through Kyle’s Challenge

WDET-FM (Detroit) and The Kyle John Foundation are awarding $25,000 in promotional support to five, youth-focused nonprofits. Five organizations will receive $5,000 of free airtime on WDET.  One non-profit (Soar Detroit) was already chosen by the Kyle John Foundation, but listeners of the station have been invited to vote to choose the remaining organizations. Soar… read more

Dealing with a Local Political Candidate Who Appears in a Spot Advertisement for a Commercial Business

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP, With election season upon us again, I’ve had one question that has come up repeatedly in the last few weeks about local candidates – usually running for state or municipal offices – who appear in advertisements for local businesses that they own or manage. Often times, these individuals will… read more