Tag: Issue 20

Longtime Broadcast Engineer Ren Flagg Passes

The MAB has learned that Renwood Carl “Ren” Flagg passed away on June 14 at the age of 78.  Flagg was a longtime broadcast engineer in Michigan, starting in 1961 as a transmitter engineer with WWTV/WWUP-TV in Cadillac and Sault Ste. Marie. In 1967, he joined WJRT-TV in Flint as an engineer overseeing studio operations… read more

WQON-FM Hosts Radio Forum on Energy

On June 17, Blarney Stone Broadcasting’s WQON-FM (Grayling) hosted an on-air forum on energy moderated by station co-owner Jerry Coyne, featuring local leaders from the energy community. Sheryl Coyne, President of Blarney Stone Broadcasting, said her radio network is proud to serve as host of such an important event designed to educate listeners on the… read more

Stand Out From The Crowd

By: John C. Lund The Lund Consultants, Inc. www.lundradio.com Many companies make cell phones and computers, but Apple managed to cut a unique path that led to sales numbers all other companies covet. In the process, the Apple name gained strength as the “i” moniker became a marker for innovation. Apple has mastered standing out in… read more

Senate Committee Greenlights Internet Gaming Bills

Senate Bills 889 and 890 allowing eight Michigan casinos to launch their own Internet gaming websites were voted out of the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee, despite testimony claiming the bills are unconstitutional and would cost the state “hundreds of millions of dollars” in lost revenue from tribal casinos. Legislation includes a statement that says the… read more

MABPAC Fundraiser: Let’s Go to the Ballpark!

Please join the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Political Action Committee (MABPAC) for the Detroit Tigers v. Chicago White Sox baseball game and fundraiser on Monday, August 29, prior to the 2016 MAB Summer Advocacy Conference. Guests will enjoy the game and picnic-style dinner and drinks in one of the private party suites located by third base…. read more

Broadcast Auction Bids Heat Up

The FCC is stepping up the pace of the bidding rounds in the forward part of the incentive auction. Beginning June 13, the agency started conducting three rounds of bidding per day, up from the previous two. Initially, experts suggested that the reverse auction could run a maximum of 51 rounds. However, the new schedule… read more

The Robinson Report: “Utility”

By: Kevin Robinson Robinson Media  It rings inside – like it was yesterday. As a young talent and just off a record ratings book, the ‘consultant’ came to visit and outlined that the big audience, during my show, was a product of – the music. NOT personality. The explanation was classic – radio is like… read more

John Gay Joins WDZH-FM

CBS Radio’s WDZH-FM (Detroit) has announced the hiring of Jon Gay as the station’s new midday air talent.  Gay, known on-air as “Jag” comes to the station from New Orleans, where he was program director and afternoon drive host at KVDU-FM. Gay previously worked at WKQI-FM (Detroit) between June 2011 and December 2012. CBS Radio SVP/Market… read more

WWMT-TV Welcomes Mara Thompson

WWMT-TV (Kalamazoo) has hired former WPBN/WTOM-TV (Traverse City) news reporter Mara Thompson.  Thompson joined the station on June 6. Thompson is a 2014 graduate of Michigan State University, majoring in journalism with a concentration in electronic news. While at MSU, she was an announcer for the Big Ten Network Student U and was an anchor and… read more