Tag: Issue 33

Congress Amends Communications Act and Passes FCC Reform Bills

According to a report in AllAccess, Congress has passed an amended Communications Act, which includes two FCC reform bills. These are: the FCC Process Reform Act (H.R. 2583), and the FCC Consolidated Reporting Act (H.R. 734). House Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) said, “This legislation is further evidence of our dedication to… read more

Exhibitors: Connect at GLBC 2017!

EXHIBITORS CAN CONNECT WITH MIDWEST BROADCASTING AND MEDIA EXECUTIVES AT GLBC 2017! GLBC’s dates have returned to March! Exhibitors can reserve their space now to meet potential clients and showcase all of their new products and services! Show Date Wednesday, March 8, 2017 8:00 am-5:00 pm The Lansing Center, Lansing, MI Senior executives involved in key… read more

WGVU’s Walenta Appointed to Governor’s Council

On September 23, Governor Rick Snyder announced the initial appointments to the Governor’s Council on Genocide and Holocaust Education. The council consists of 15 members appointed by the governor. Among the 15 appointed were Michael Walenta, General Manager of WGVU Public Media at Grand Valley State University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting and… read more

WDIV’s Help Me Hank: The School Project

WDIV-TV (Detroit) (Local 4) has embarked on “Help Me Hank: The School Project,” a 10-month commitment to better the physical environment of Thurgood Marshall Elementary-Middle School in Detroit. The station partnered with the Detroit Public School Community District to identify a school that was in crucial need of building renovations. Thurgood Marshall Elementary-Middle School is… read more

September FCC Open Meeting Items

via Rick Kaplan, General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Legal and Regulatory Affairs, National Association of Broadcasters There are two items of particular note for broadcasters from the September 29 FCC open meeting. The first, the FCC’s proposal designed to open up the MVPD set-top box marketplace, actually did not result in a vote. While the Chairman had adjusted… read more

Blarney Stone Acquires Northern Broadcast

Blarney Stone Broadcasting, Inc. and Northern Broadcast, Inc. have entered into a purchase agreement that will enable Blarney Stone to significantly increase reach and coverage throughout Northern Michigan. Founded in 2012 by Jerry and Sheryl Coyne, residents of Gaylord, Blarney Stone Broadcasting owns and operates WQON (FM), licensed to Grayling; WGRY (FM), licensed to Roscommon… read more

Baraga Radio Network acquires WSRT-FM

Baraga Broadcasting, Inc. and Blarney Stone Broadcasting, Inc. have entered into a purchase agreement that will enable Baraga Radio to significantly increase reach and coverage in northern Michigan. Blarney Stone Broadcasting, Inc. has agreed to sell WSRT (106.7 FM) licensed to Gaylord, to Baraga Broadcasting, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) listener-funded Catholic ministry dedicated to serving… read more

Black Diamond Closes on Northern Star Stations

Black Diamond Broadcast Group has closed on its previously announced acquisition of seven stations and a FM translator from Northern Michigan-based Northern Star Broadcasting for $1.95 million. The transaction encompasses multiple signals in Traverse City/Petoskey, and includes WCBY-AM (1240), WGFM-FM (105.1) and WCHY-FM (97.7)/Cheboygan, along with WGFN-FM (98.1) and WQEZ-FM (95.5)/Glen Arbor, WMKC-FM (102.9)/Indian River, WOEZ-FM… read more

Up North Adds WCKC-FM

Up North Radio, LLC has closed on their purchase of WCKC-FM (Cadillac) and has relaunched the classic rock station as “107.1 The Drive.“ Under the previous ownership of Northern Star Broadcasting, the station had been part of a regional trimulcast with WGFN-FM (Glen Arbor) and WCHY-FM (Cheboygan) as “The Bear.”  Those stations were sold to… read more