Tag: Issue 48

Spectrum Auction Includes Flint’s WCMZ-TV

On February 8, Central Michigan University outlined plans for its five public television and eight radio stations following the Federal Communications Commission’s landmark broadcast spectrum auction, which was conducted to gain spectrum for the nation’s cellular and digital services. CMU Public Broadcasting will continue to operate its radio stations and four TV stations across central… read more

Pai Revokes Wheeler’s Regulations

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced that the commission was revoking a number of orders and reports issued in previous Chairman Tom Wheeler’s term, what Pai called “midnight regulations.” Pai said, “In the waning days of the last administration, the Federal Communications Commission’s bureaus and offices released a series of controversial orders and reports. In some… read more

Chairman Pai Institutes Greater Transparency

According to a report by TVNewsCheck, FCC Chairman Pai on February 7, released a “process reform measure” that changes previous commission procedure that he said he has sometimes found “inappropriate and disrespectful.” Pai said, “I started a pilot program under which the Federal Communications Commission publicly released the text of two items to be voted… read more

FCC Lifts Quiet Period for Broadcasters

According to a report in Broadcasting & Cable, the FCC lifted the quiet period and enabled broadcasters who participated in the incentive auction to talk freely and negotiate among themselves to buy or sell their stations. In January of 2016, the FCC imposed the gag order to prevent broadcasters from colluding before or during the… read more

Senate Committee Passes FOIA Exemptions

Information on bids, quotes or proposals involved in a procurement process would be exempt from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) until after the contract is awarded under Senate Bill 69, which was voted out of the Senate Government Operations Committee. The information would be publicly available after a vendor is selected, but trade secrets,… read more

What Amazon Could Teach Radio

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:  Dick Taylor,  CRMC/CDMC Dick Taylor Blog https://dicktaylorblog.com/ I can’t think of a more competitive marketplace than one that offers infinite choice. This is the marketplace that… read more

WWJ-AM Raises 1.45 Million+

On February 10, CBS Radio’s WWJ-AM (Detroit) held its 14th annual Winter Survival Radiothon for THAW (The Heat and Warmth Fund), raising more than $1.45 million to help thousands of families in southeastern Michigan who cannot afford to heat their homes or keep their lights on this winter. The one-day event had the station broadcasting… read more

Engineering Spotlight: Erik Jones (Cumulus Media/Ann Arbor)

Nominate an engineer you know!  Email Dan Kelley at [email protected] Erik Jones is Chief Engineer for Cumulus Media Ann Arbor (WWWW-FM/WQKL-FM/WTKA-AM/WLBY-AM) and IT Support Engineer for Cumulus Media Great Lakes Region.  Erik has been in his present position since October of 2012. Q: Please share with us a brief engineering resume. Erik: I graduated from Specs Howard in July… read more

Michigan Radio accepts duPont-Columbia Award for Flint Documentary

via Steve Chrypinski, Michigan Radio Members of Michigan Radio’s news team were in New York on Jan. 25 accepting the station’s first Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award. Michigan Radio received the prestigious award for the documentary, Not Safe to Drink. The Not Safe to Drink documentary traced the story of the Flint water crisis. The… read more