Category: March 2018

Repack Funding Included In Omnibus Appropriations Deal

The Congress passed a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending package to fund the federal government through September 30. The legislation includes the full $1 billion in additional funding for the broadcast repack. Specifically, the legislation provides the $1 billion in repack funds over two fiscal years – $600 million in the current fiscal year (FY18), which… read more

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NAB: Available Spectrum Should Go to Broadcasters

According to a report in Broadcasting & Cable, the National Association of Broadcasters filed comments with the FCC emphasizing the importance of allowing broadcasters to use available spectrum instead of turning it over for broadband use. Using “white spaces” for broadcast could help eliminate consumer disruption and expedite the transition to Next Gen TV, the… read more

PBS President will Deliver Keynote at 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference

  PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger will deliver a keynote address at the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference May 29-June 1, the Detroit Regional Chamber has announced. She will discuss the importance of building trust and restoring confidence in the critical institutions of government, media and business. For 14 consecutive years, PBS and its member… read more

WGHN’s Sherry Wilson Passes

The MAB has sadly learned that WGHN (Grand Haven) afternoon News Anchor Sherry Wilson (Woelkers) has passed away at age 62 on March 22. Wilson was a radio veteran of more than 13 years. She began her West Michigan career at WMUS (Muskegon) as an air personality, later working at WKBZ as the Public Service… read more

Solve for “X”: NFL is to Super Bowl® as USOC is to Olympics® as NCAA is to X® (There Is More Than One Correct Answer!)

By: Mitchell Stabbe, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP via the Broadcast Law Blog It was almost exactly one year ago that we reported that the National Collegiate Athletic Association filed a trademark infringement action in federal court against a company that ran online sports-themed promotions and sweepstakes under the marks “April Madness” and “Final 3.” The… read more

Thank You 2018 MAB Members!

Your MAB has many exciting things happening in 2018!  We are moving to a temporary location while our new building is under construction, we are launching a new website, there are Third Thursday webinars, the job bank website, legislative updates, political broadcasting webinars, Snack and Learns, celebrating 70 years of Michigan broadcasters and so much… read more

WLUC Announces New Newscast

WLUC-TV (Negaunee-Marquette) has announced that it is launching a new half hour live news program, “TV6 First Look”, beginning April 23.  The program will be a production of TV6 News, and will be seen weekdays at 5 p.m. Eastern. WLUC-TV Vice President and General Manager, Rick Rhoades said, “We know that our viewers here in Upper… read more

Al Sharpton Joins WFDF

WFDF-AM (Detroit), the market’s only black talk radio station, welcomes Rev. Al Sharpton with his show “Keeping it Real.” “Rev. Al Sharpton is the most iconic civil rights leaders of our time! I have known Rev. Al Sharpton for 30 years and I look forward to him joining our 910AM Superstation family,” says Kevin Adell, CEO…. read more