Category: March 2019

Nominations for 2019 MAPB Public Media Impact Awards Due June 5

There will be up to two awards given — one Professional (all professionals including volunteers working in public broadcasting) and one Donor (individuals or foundations). The recipients will be recognized at the 2019 MAB Advocacy Conference and Annual Meeting, August 6 at the J.W. Marriott in Grand Rapids. MAPB Public Media Impact Online Nomination Form… read more

Step into the World of Virtual Reality … Career Fair Edition

The MAB Foundation is excited to host an upcoming media career fair event that is completely online!  You can sort through candidates and set up meetings without having to leave your comfortable office. It’s simple: Assign a hiring agent to participate Promote your participation through a series of PSAs Send the MABF at least one… read more

FCC approves $150M in Repack Funds for LPTVs, Radio

FCC Commissioners unanimously voted to approve $150 million in funding for low-power TV and FM radio stations that are disrupted by the post-spectrum auction repack. Congress directed the agency to add LPTVs and FMs to the funding list and set a deadline of March 23 to do it. The funding was included in the Ray Baum Act FCC… read more

State Supreme Court Orders Arguments in FOIA Case Involving Schuette

The Michigan Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether state government can claim immunity as a defense for disclosing public records. The case involves former Attorney General Bill Schuette’s refusal to conduct a search to see if his office sent emails involving public business using private email accounts. The court ordered the arguments in Progress Michigan v…. read more

Meet your MAB Foundation Board Member of the Week: Steve Schram

Steve Schram is Executive Director and General Manager of Michigan Public Media, overseeing Michigan Radio-WUOM, the NPR news and information public radio station at the University of Michigan. Michigan Radio is the state’s most listened to public radio station, and serves over 510,000 listeners weekly from its statewide broadcast signals and online audio streaming. Under… read more

Upton to Co-Chair Public Broadcasting Caucus

Four seasoned federal legislators – two Democrats and two Republicans – will co-chair the Public Broadcasting Caucus in the 116th Congress. Taking seats as co-chairs are Republicans Fred Upton (6th-MI) and John Yarmuth (3rd-KY) and Democrats Earl Blumenauer (3rd-OR) and Mark Amodei (2nd-NV). Rep. Upton chaired the House Energy & Commerce Committee for six years,… read more

‘Free Beer & Hot Wings’ adds Cheese

The syndicated “Free Beer & Hot Wings” show, based at WGRD-FM (Grand Rapids)  has announced the addition of Kelly Cheesborough (aka Kelly-Cheese) to the program, beginning April 1. Cheesborough joins the program from WSTR-FM (Atlanta, GA), where she held the role of Executive Producer of the “Jeff and Jenn Show.” “After an exhaustive national search,… read more

MAB Teams Up With MSU to Promote Media Sales Careers to Generation Z

The 2018-2019 MSU school year has been a learning experience for MSU sales students and MAB members alike. It’s also been a very rewarding experience! Since September, MAB member stations have participated in the Sales Leadership Program at Michigan State University.  This program allows members to meet and network with students from MSU that are… read more

Newago/Whitehall: WLAW, WWSN to Swap Frequencies

Radio Insight reported on Thursday that Cumulus Media will be swapping the dial positions of its country-formatted WLAW-FM (Newago), currently 92.5, and adult contemporary-formatted WWSN-FM (Whitehall), currently 97.5. The flip is expected to fill the loss of a Cumulus Country signal along the Lake Michigan coast created by WTNR-FM’s recent move to the more inland 107.3… read more