Tag: Issue 68

Broadcaster Bill Thompson Hangs Up His Headphones

On December 12, longtime Michigan broadcaster Bill Thompson, surrounded by family, friends and colleagues, celebrated a 40-year radio career with a retirement party in Lansing. Thompson’s career began as a weekend announcer and DJ at WFYC-AM (Alma) in 1975 and after graduation from Central Michigan University in 1978, moved on to WSOO-AM (Sault Ste. Marie) as… read more

Congresswoman Dingell will be Special Guest at Awards Banquet

Each summer, the MAB’s Advocacy Conference allows its members an important opportunity to hear from and network with broadcast industry peers as well as legislative experts and leaders. That is why the MAB is excited to announce that Congresswoman Debbie Dingell will be a special guest at this year’s MAB Awards Banquet on August 22 at Crystal… read more

Sen. Stabenow to Receive MAB Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award

Sen. Debbie Stabenow will be honored with the MAB’s “Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award” during the August 22  MAB Awards Banquet at Crystal Mountain Resort. Senator Stabenow grew up in Clare, where her family owned the local Oldsmobile dealership, and her mother was Director of Nursing at the local hospital. She graduated at the top… read more

Pai: $1.75 Billion is Not Enough for Spectrum Repack

According to a report in Broadcasting & Cable, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai testified in front of the Senate Commerce Committee that the agency does not think that the $1.75 billion Congress set-aside for the post-incentive auction repack will be sufficient. The agency’s current estimate is that it will take $2.1 billion to cover broadcasters’ moving expenses…. read more

Station Information Packets, Old School Marketing Techniques That Still Work and Show Your PD Some Love!

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: Gary Berkowitz Berkowitz Broadcast Consulting Some new tips for programming and management: Fill out your Nielsen SIP (Station Information Packet). They may say you don’t have… read more

WKHM Raises Thousands for Area Charities

K-105.3 (WKHM-FM) and NewsTalk 970AM/101.5FM (WKHM-AM) (Jackson) hosted their annual Live Radio Charity Auction on July 20 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. A total of 31 area businesses and organizations participated by donating items for listeners to place bids on by calling in to the radio station. Radio co-hosts Scott Clow & Mallory Sullivan of… read more

Dave & Chuck The Freak Expand to Boston

Beasley Media Group, Inc., has announced that the company’s Detroit-based WRIF-FM Dave & Chuck the Freak Morning Show will now be simulcast on the company’s WBOS-FM (ALT 92.9) in Boston, effective July 24. The consistently rated #1 award-winning morning show will be heard in both markets from 5:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. The Dave & Chuck… read more

Michigan Radio Revisits Detroit’s Long, Hot Summer of Rebellion

Michigan Radio (WUOM-FM/WFUM-FM/WVGR-FM) has gone to social media, specifically Twitter, to mark the events of the 1967 Detroit uprising. On July 23, the station began tweeting the events of the 1967 Detroit uprising as they happened, as though Michigan Radio were on the scene, documenting in real time the confusion and chaos that spread through the… read more

Detroit Air Personality Bob Bauer Passes

Former WLLZ-FM, WABX-FM and WCSX-FM radio personality Bob Bauer passed away July 21 at his home in Pinckney.  He was 63 years old. Bauer was a 1979 graduate of Specs Howard School of Media Arts. WCSX-FM Program Director Doug Podell, who hired Bauer for afternoons when he was PD at WLLZ, remembers Bauer hosting annual food… read more