Category: June 2018

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

WGHN-AM and WMPA-FM Flip Formats

On May 26, owners Will Tieman and Wendy Hart have flipped WMPA-FM (Ferrysburg) has flipped to a new classic rock format as “Classic Rock 93.1.“  The station had previously featured a country music format. WMPA Program Director Jesse Bruce is hosting a local request show at 12 p.m. as well as afternoons from 3-7 p.m…. read more

WKAR Completes Channel Repack

On June 1, WKAR-TV (East Lansing) announced that it has completed its channel repack move from channel 40 to channel 33 and is now operating at full power. The station made the FCC-required frequency change on Tuesday, May 29, but in the days following the switch, broadcasting continued at low power to a reduced coverage… read more

Reminder: Register your C-Band Satellite Dishes

Radio and Television stations that receive programming via large C-band satellite dishes   should consider registering their downlinks prior to July 18 to protect their reception. On April 19, the FCC issued a public notice freezing the filing of new or modification applications for fixed-satellite service (FSS) earth station licenses, receive only earth station registrations and fixed microwave licenses in… read more

Urgent: Sage ENDEC Update Available

Sage Alerting Systems has announced the availability of an important firmware update for its Sage 3644 (blue) EAS box. Users with the 3644 must install this update to permit the ENDEC to continue to receive EAS CAP alerts from FEMA.   A FEMA signing certificate will expire at 11:45 a.m. on June 24, 2018; if this… read more