Tag: Issue 133

WBBL Grand Rapids Drops Sports for Country; WJRW and WKLQ Flip to Sports

Cumulus Media Has flipped Sports WBBL-FM (Grand Rapids) to Country, using the “Thunder” moniker as part of a simulcast with WTNR-FM (Holland). WTNR was known as “Thunder” from 2004 to 2014, which it switched to the national Cumulus “Nash-FM” branding. Related to this format shift for WBBL, Michigan Media Network has acquired and has begun… read more

The Client Is Never Satisfied

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:  Paul Weyland President, Paul Weyland Communication Strategies Paul Weyland will be speaking at the Great Lakes Media Show, March 5-6, 2019 in Lansing.  For more information and… read more

2019 Regional EAS RMT Schedules Posted

The MAB has posted the monthly RMT schedules for 2019 on its website.  The schedules indicate the date and time of the RMT in each region and who the originator of the test will be (usually a local primary station, though in some instances the test may be originated at the local emergency management level)…. read more

Todd Mohr Acquires WDBC/WYKX

Longtime Michigan Broadcaster Todd Mohr’s newly-formed Aurora Media, LLC  has reached an agreement to acquire WDBC-AM and WYKX-FM (Escanaba) from KMB Broadcasting, Inc.  The purchase price was announced at $400,000.  The price also includes FM translator W233CT, which rebroadcasts WDBC. KMB Broadcasting, owned principally by James and Betty Cooke, has  has owned the stations since… read more

Michigan Radio’s ‘Believed’ Podcast Named Best Coverage of a News Story by The A.V. Club

Via Steve Chrypinski, Michigan Radio The A.V. Club has named the “Believed” podcast from Michigan Radio and NPR as the “Best Coverage of a News Story” podcast on its annual “Podmass Superlatives” list, 2018. The entertainment webzine gives this nod to the investigative reporting podcast just as the series wraps up with its Epilogue episode,… read more

Senate Democrats Announce Leadership Lineup

Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-27) announced the Senate Democratic Caucus’ leadership positions with eight new members serving in the leadership positions below him. Sen. Stephanie Chang (D-1) of Detroit will serve as a minority floor leader. The minority whip for the Democrats will be Sen. Winnie Brinks (D-29) of Grand Rapids and the minority caucus… read more

Meet Your MAB Board Member of the Week: Rob David

Robert David’s career in the radio broadcasting industry spans four decades, all of them in Michigan. He is currently the President / General Manager of Handyman Productions, a radio program syndication and marketing firm working with various radio talk programs around the country. The company had previously produced and distributed the award-winning ‘Handyman Show with… read more

America’s Newest 24/7 National News Network is Based in Northern Michigan

With the new year came a new source for news for cord-cutters in markets including Chicago, Houston, San Francisco and Detroit. It’s a new, 24-hour news network known as NewsNet, and while it’s seen in cities across the country, it’s broadcasting to the entire nation from right here in Michigan. “We’ve been broadcasting 24-hour local… read more