Tag: Issue 103

What’s Changed in 98 Years?

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 In the year 2020, commercial radio will celebrate its 100th birthday. Hopefully, by then, America’s two largest broadcasters will be out of… read more

May Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters – FCC Meeting, FM Translator and LPTV Filing Windows, Political Windows and More Consideration of Music Reforms

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP, BroadcastLawBlog.com May is one of those months where there are neither deadlines for EEO Public File Reports nor for any of the quarterly filings of issues/programs lists and children’s television reports. But the lack of these routine filing deadlines does not mean that there are no dates of interest… read more

McGuire Named Director of Development at WKAR

Melanie McGuire has been named Director of Development and Major Gifts for WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University. The announcement was made today by Susi Elkins, Director of Broadcasting and General Manager of WKAR. McGuire steps into the role beginning May 29. As Director of Development and Major Gifts, McGuire will oversee all fundraising… read more

Urban One To Sell The Assets Of WPZR-FM

Urban One, Inc. announced May 1 that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell the assets of one of its Detroit radio stations, WPZR-FM (Detroit), to Educational Media Foundation, of California. As part of the deal, Urban One will receive 3 FM translators that service the Detroit metropolitan area, and these signals will be… read more

Sinclair Announces WXMI-TV Spinoff

As part of Sinclair Broadcasting’s effort to gain regulatory approval to acquire Tribune Media, New York City-based Standard Media Group LLC announced on May 1 that it entered into a definitive agreement with Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. of Hunt Valley, Md. to acquire Grand Rapids-based WXMI-TV and eight other stations around the country. Tribune currently… read more

Rebecca Thiele Leaves WMUK

WMUK-FM (Kalamazoo) has announced that after six years, producer/host/reporter Rebecca Thiele is leaving the station to join Indiana Public Media’s WFUI-FM/WTIU-TV in Bloomington. In her years at WMUK, Thiele grew to become the producer and host of Arts & More, the station’s weekly look at arts and culture in southwest Michigan, and WMUK’s “beat” reporter… read more

WRIF Serves Up Drinks For A Great Cause

Beasley Media Group’s WRIF-FM (Detroit) has been partnering with the The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) which works to treat and cure Type 1 Diabetes. This charity is particularly important to WRIF Music Director Jade Springart, who has Type 1 Diabetes. Starting in 2017, WRIF put together a “Charity Bartending” Event where Jade spent a few… read more

FCC May Take Tiered Approach To Loosen Ownership Caps

According to a report from Inside Radio, the Federal Communications Commission is set to launch its quadrennial media ownership review later this year. The agency is setting a course for allowing radio operators to not only own more stations in some markets, but also change the mix of what’s allowed on each band. Specifics are… read more

WOOD-TV Will Host First GOP Debate on May 9

Republicans running for Michigan governor will participate in two televised debates before the August primary election. The May 9  debate will air at 7:00 p.m. on  WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids), WLNS-TV (Lansing), WJMN-TV (Marquette), WJRT-TV (Flint) and WFQX-TV (Cadillac). WDIV-TV (Detroit) will live stream the event on ClickOnDetroit.com. All four viable candidates will participate: Attorney General… read more