Category: October 2017

WDIV’s Andrew Humphrey to Receive Alumnus of the Year Award

On October 26, WDIV-TV (Detroit) Meteorologist and Reporter Andrew Humphrey, CBM, will be at the University of Michigan to receive the Climate & Space (CLaSP) department’s Alumnus of the Year Award and give an accompanying lecture.  His lecture is titled “Broadcast Meteorology: Weather and Communications in the 21st Century.” Humphrey is an Emmy award winning meteorologist and… read more

FCC Votes to Eliminate Main Studio Rule

On October 24,  the FCC voted 3-2 to eliminate the almost eight-decade old requirement that radio and television broadcasters maintain a main studio in or near their community of license. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai had said it had become outdated because in the digital age the community has access and can engage with stations via… read more

House Committee Approves Critical Infrastructure FOIA Exemption

Legislation exempting critical cybersecurity data from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was unanimously reported from the Michigan House Communications and Technology Committee last week. Under the bill, HB 4973, the state’s plans to protect its information technology infrastructure and any assessments of the plans or equipment would not be public information. Michigan State Police… read more

WNMU’s Walton on Candidate Forum Panel

On October 24, WNMU-FM (Marquette) News Director Nicole Walton participated on a media panel along with representatives from the Marquette Mining Journal and WLUC-TV for a candidate forum between two candidates: Democrat Sara Cambensey and Republican Rich Rossway.  Both are running for the 109th District State Representative seat formerly held by John Kivela who died… read more

Finding Success

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: Dick Taylor,  CRMC/CDMC DickTaylorBlog.com When I was growing up, kids, when asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” would respond with things… read more

The Robinson Report: Legend

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 “I won’t be a rock star – I will be a legend.” – Freddie Mercury Tom Petty – Dead. The news swept… read more

Court Rejects Appeal of FCC Decision Not to Mandate Multilingual EAS Alerts

The MAB and the SECC are currently surveying all Michigan Broadcast Stations and Cable Systems at the request of the FCC (see below).  If you have not been contacted for your information, please contact Dan Kelley at the MAB:  [email protected] and you will be provided a link to your station’s information. By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker… read more

Benefit Held For WJRW’s Dave Jaconette

On October 17, a benefit was held for WJRW-AM (Grand Rapids) Program Director/Talk Show host Dave Jaconette. Jaconette recently suffered a stroke. His friends and colleagues are  calling out for the community to turn the tables and support the local broadcaster. The fundraiser was held at Vander Mill Winery and Vineyard with 20 percent of all… read more

Update: New Advertising Disclaimers on E-Cig and Cigar Advertising Still on for 2018

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP, BroadcastLawBlog.com Last year, the FDA adopted requirements to tag advertisements for vaping and e-cig advertising with a warning that e-cigs contain nicotine and that nicotine is an addictive chemical. These requirements were to go into effect in 2018. In the last week, I have received several questions about these… read more