Tag: Issue 114

WHTC Celebrates 70 Years!

Midwest Communication’s WHTC-AM (Holland) celebrated its 70th year on the air July 31, with a morning full of special programming filled with memories.  The event attracted listeners and staff past and present, including Michigan Representative Fred Upton  (R-MI 6th District). General Manager Kevin Oswald presided over a ribbon cutting and building dedication honoring long-time host, Juke… read more

WLEN Raises $11k for Neighbors of Hope

On July 13-14. Lenawee Broadcasting’s WLEN-FM (Adrian) hosted “Hoping for a Home,” a 24-hour event that raised funds and awareness for the new Neighbors of Hope Women and Children’s Center. The center is being formed to assist homeless women in Lenawee County with housing and transition while keeping their families together. Over $11,000 was raised… read more

WKAR’s Susi Elkins, Gary Blievernicht Talk ATSC 3.0

By: Russ White, MSU Today Michigan State University and WKAR-TV (East Lansing) have received a license from the Federal Communications Commission to launch an experimental next generation TV broadcasting station to focus on digital advancement and internet based connectivity. Listen to Russ White’s interview with WKAR Public Media’s Susi Elkins and Gary Blievernicht: Based on a… read more

Tactics that Increase Ratings. Yes, These do Work!

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: Gary Berkowitz Berkowitz Broadcast Consulting As we approach the fall book, here are 10 “easy to implement” tips that will make a difference in the way you… read more

Hackers set off Sirens in Genesee County

Genesee County 911 Board Director Mark Emmendorfer has told WEYI-TV (Flint) that the county has been having problems with their emergency warning sirens being set off–and that they are now searching for the culprit or culprits behind the incidents. The warning sirens in Genesee County have been activated a handful of times over the span… read more

House Passes Bill to Raise Pirate Radio Fines

The House of Representatives has unanimously passed the “PIRATE” Act (H.R. 5709) – legislation introduced by Representatives Leonard Lance (R-NJ) and Paul Tonko (D-NY) to combat illegal radio operations. Specifically, the bill would: Increase fines for illegal pirate radio operation as much as $2 million for ignoring warnings to shut down a pirate station as… read more

Appeals Court Upholds FCC’s UHF Discount

A three-judge panel of the federal court of appeals in Washington dismissed a challenge to the FCC vote last fall to restore the UHF discount. As a result, the UHF discount remains in place while the FCC continues its review of the national cap. The court did not set a deadline for the FCC’s cap… read more

Court Rules to Uphold Straight-Ticket Voting Stays

A federal court struck down this week a 2015 Michigan law removing the straight-ticket voting option from the ballot. This means that Michigan voters will continue to have the option to select a party’s slate of candidates by making a single selection on their ballot. U.S. District Judge Gershwin Drain ruled that Public Act 268… read more