Tag: Issue 28

FCC Detroit Enforcement Office to Close in January

The MAB has learned that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Detroit Enforcement Office, located in Farmington Hills, will close on January 7, 2017. On August 12, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) came to a mutual agreement on the procedures and mitigation steps the parties will take regarding… read more

The Robinson Report: The Score

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: Kevin Robinson Robinson Media  “Writing a tune is like sculpting. You get four or five notes, you take one out and move one around and you… read more

Brian Watson Named VP/Station Manager at CBS Detroit Television Stations

Peter Dunn, President of CBS Television, has announced that Brian Watson has been named VP/Station Manager at the CBS Television Stations (WWJ-TV and WKBD-TV) in Detroit.  Watson has been VP/Director of Sales since 2012. Watson replaces Tom Canedo, who is moving to the CBS-owned CW affiliate in Atlanta, Georgia. Dunn told TV Spy “Brian is a… read more

Jackie Green Joins WHTS-FM (Grand Rapids)

Cumulus Media has announced that Jackie Green will be joining its on-air staff as host of “Afternoons with Jackie Green” on WHTS-FM (Hot 105.3).  Green previously worked as a reporter for WXMI-TV in Grand Rapids and spent four years as midday host on WGRD-FM, also in Grand Rapids. Green is 2011 graduate of Ferris State… read more

iHeartMedia Detroit and Grand Rapids Debut New Show

Two iHeartMedia sports/talk stations in Michigan, WDFN-AM (Detroit) and WMAX-FM (Grand Rapids) have debuted a new afternoon show with veteran Detroit broadcaster Gregg Henson joining WMAX afternoon hosts “Big Drew” McCarthy and Jim Costa. The new show, “Gregg, Big Drew and Jim” is heard on both stations weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m.

Appeals Court Denies Stay of Decision That Keeps Straight Ticket Voting

The 6th U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied Secretary of State Ruth Johnson’s request for a stay of a lower court decision placing a preliminary injunction on the law enacted this year ending straight ticket voting. The three-judge panel unanimously held that the state “offered only vague and largely unsupported justifications of fostering voter… read more

MAB Meets with Congressman Dave Trott (R-11)

Last week, the MAB met with Congressman Dave Trott (R-11) as part of our summer in-district advocacy outreach. MAB members brought the Congressman up to date on the issues affecting the Michigan broadcasting industry, including progress and the timeline of the FCC incentive spectrum auction and the impact the subsequent repacking process will have on… read more

Traffic Director Spotlight: Dorothy Maxwell

Nominate a Traffic Director you know!  Email Dan Kelley at [email protected] Dorothy Maxwell is Regional Traffic Director at iHeartMedia in Detroit, including stations WMXD-FM and WJLB-FM.  In addition, Dorothy oversees traffic operations for three other markets.  Dorothy has been in traffic for 20 years and with her present company for 13 years. Q1: What is your favorite comfort… read more

WKAR Puts the Fun in Fundraising

Michigan State University’s WKAR-TV (East Lansing) is having a little fun with their fundraising effort this summer, with the help of Emmy award-winning actor Timothy Busfield,  who joined the University’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences this past June. Along with Susi Elkins, Interim Director of Broadcasting and General Manager of WKAR, station staff, plus a… read more