Category: March 2017

NAB Wants Changes to the FCC’s Repack Plan

According to a report in Broadcasting & Cable, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has petitioned the FCC to reconsider its “flawed” framework and timeline for repacking TV stations after the incentive auction, saying not to do so will hurt broadcasters and their viewers. The auction’s official ending date is scheduled for the end of… read more

NAB to Present “Awareness in Reporting” Event

Join the Conversation About Reporting on Race When: 12:30pm ET 4/12/17 Where: Livestream or in-person in Washington, D.C. Local radio and TV broadcasters are part of the communities they serve. During times of unrest, they capture and reflect the voices and feelings of those around them. As first informers, trusted reporters, investigators and public servants,… 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

March 29 Vietnam Veterans Day

On Tuesday, March 28, Senator Mike Kowall (R-White Lake) and Senator Margaret O’Brien (R-Portage) introduced a resolution that the members of the Michigan Senate proclaim March 29, 2017, as “Vietnam Veterans Day.” The resolution encourages all citizens of the state of Michigan to honor our Vietnam Veterans. Read the complete resolution below. In conjunction with… read more