Tag: Issue 19

Townsquare Launches Urban AC in Grand Rapids

Townsquare Media has launched a new AM/FM Translator simulcast in Grand Rapids.  WNWZ-AM is now heard on FM translator W231DD 94.1 and is operating as “Magic 94.1.” Radio Insight reports that former WGPR-FM (Detroit) Production Director Ed Spillers (aka: “Lee Stevens”) is serving as Brand Manager/Afternoon Host. The new station website is here.  The station is… read more

MAB’s Pam Cutler Joins WLNS-TV

MAB’s loss is WLNS-TV’s gain.  Pam Cutler, who has been working with stations all over the state with traffic and copy for the MAB NCSA and PEP programs, is leaving to join the staff of Media General’s WLNS-TV (Lansing) as Log Editor/Traffic Assistant. Pam has been with the Michigan Association of Broadcasters since 2012 and begins her… read more

Congress Passes Bill on FCC Rule Publication

Last week, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed the FCC Reform bill. This week, the legislation was passed by the full U.S. House of Representatives. The bill, HR 2589, introduced by Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC) requires the FCC to publish rule changes on the same day as they are adopted and publish the changes… read more

U.S. House Recognizes Broadcasters’ Role in Emergencies

The House of Representatives passed the Securing Access to Networks in Disasters (SANDy) Act, H.R. 3998, sponsored by Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ). This bill makes several changes to wireless and emergency networks in order to improve disaster response. It officially recognizes the role radio and television broadcasters play in emergency situations. This legislation: Ensures that… read more

Snyder Signs Legislation Blocking Petition Signatures Older Than 180 Days

Governor Rick Snyder has signed a bill, Senate Bill 776, which prohibits the state from counting signatures older than 180 days that were collected for ballot proposals and constitutional amendments. This means that, beginning immediately, petition signatures for constitutional amendments or initiated legislation collected 180 days before the proposals are turned into the state will… read more

WRIF-FM’s Dave & Chuck the Freak Morning Show Named Best Radio Program by Hour Detroit

Greater Media has announced that WRIF Morning Personalities Dave and Chuck the Freak have been named “Detroit’s Best Radio Program” for the third consecutive year by Hour Detroit Magazine. The morning show will be featured in the publication’s June issue, which features the results of its annual readers’ survey. “We’re blown away that people would take… read more

WCMU Public Radio Celebrates Garrison Keillor!

On June 25, WCMU Public Radio (Mt. Pleasant) will celebrate Garrison Keillor and his 40+ years with “A Prairie Home Companion.” The date will be the second to last show with Garrison as host, and the station is hosting a benefit dinner and a listening party at the Bovee University Center on the campus of Central Michigan… read more

Detroit Sportscaster Al Ackerman Dies

Former Detroit sportscaster Al Ackerman passed away June 6 at the age of 90.  Family members say Ackerman died at his home in Florida. Ackerman worked at WXYZ-TV during the 70s, alongside Bill Bonds, Marilyn Turner, and John Kelly.  Later, he was Sports Director at WDIV-TV where he coined the “Bless You Boys” rallying cry for the… read more

Jim Mathis

What is Your Job? Move Over and Move Up!

By: Jim Mathis, IPCS, CSP, MDiv J&L Mathis Group, Inc. www.jimmathis.com “There is no success without a successor.” -John Maxwell If you are in a leadership position, your job involves being a coach, cheerleader,  emergency responder, trainer, mentor, and visionary, to name just a few. But, have you ever heard that your job is to be… read more

FCC Proposes Earth Station Update Extension

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued a Public Notice regarding an extension of the deadline that TV stations using satellite newsgathering trucks will have to install a tracking beam so neighboring satellite TV operators can find them if they cause interference. TV Technology reports that nearly three years ago, the Federal Communications Commission ordered… read more