Category: March 2017

The Robinson Report: In Your Words

Editor’s Note: The views and opinions of this article do not necessarily reflect those of the MAB. Contact the MAB for information on the MAB’s official editorial policy. By: Kevin Robinson Robinson Media Passion is a funny and fleeting thing; and, at times, void of common sense. Colleague and Radio Genius Fred Jacobs recently reflected… read more

WRIF Introduces “iPhone Stickers”

Detroit’s WRIF-FM (“The Riff”) is the first radio station to take advantage of Apple’s new iOS stickers, with the release of the Dave & Chuck WRIF iPhone sticker pack, provided by jacapps, a Detroit-based application developer. As a result of Apple’s introduction of custom stickers to iPhone messages, WRIF listeners may begin to enjoy a selection of… read more

Blarney Stone Broadcasting Wins Best Small Business Award

Blarney Stone Broadcasting is one of 12 companies from around the state selected to receive the Michigan Small Business Development Center’s Best Small Business Award. These companies were chosen from more than 5,500 small businesses that the Michigan SBDC provided with confidential counseling in 2016. The Best Small Business award recipients were identified based on… read more

Rich Fisher Passes

Longtime Michigan newsman and Detroit TV anchor Rich Fisher has passed away. Fisher died March 24 after a lengthy battle with cancer.  He was 67. Fisher spent 7 years at WJBK-TV (Detroit) before resigning in 1997.  He later anchored a late-news broadcast at WWJ-TV (Detroit) up until 2002. Prior to WJBK, Fisher spent 12 years as… read more

Are you a Contract Engineer?

The MAB is putting together a new member resource:  a list of available contract engineers working in the state, available for stations in the event they need assistance. The list will appear on the MAB website. To be included, please send your name, company name (if applicable), location and contact information to Dan Kelley [email protected]…. read more

Statewide Tornado Drill & Test – April 19, 2017

In cooperation with the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division, and with the endorsement of the MAB Board of Directors, the National Weather Service will conduct a test with the Tornado Warning EAS Code at 1:00pm Eastern Time on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 as part of Michigan’s Severe Weather Awareness Week. The… read more

FCC Watch: CBS Radio Files Transfer Applications

CBS Radio, as part of their previously announced merger with Entercom Communications Corporation, has filed applications to transfer its radio stations from various licensing divisions to Shareholders of Entercom Communications. The applications were filed on March 20, 2017. CBS Detroit radio stations being transferred are: WWJ-AM/WXYT-FM/WDZH-FM from CBS Radio East  WXYT-AM from CBS Radio Inc. of… read more

Presidential Budget Eliminates Funding for Public Media

President Trump’s proposed budget eliminates funding for public media and the arts.  The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), is the nonprofit agency that primarily channels funding for programming and operations to local public radio and TV stations nationwide. Additional funds go to National Public Radio (NPR) and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), who supply programming… read more

“Big Boy” Returns to Detroit Radio

Beasley’s WMGC-FM (105.1 The Bounce) has announced that “Big Boy” has returned to Detroit radio, joining “Shay Shay” to anchor the station’s morning show. In a press release, the station notes that “Big Boy has been blessed to be able to talk on the radio for a living since he was 17 years old.  It’s not only… read more