Tag: Issue 7

Remembering TV5’s Sam Merrill

Sam Merrill, a mainstay at WNEM-TV5 (Saginaw), passed away on February 25, 2016. He left behind his beloved wife Katy, and son James. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to James Alexander Merrill, c/o Franklin Templeton, Financial Investment Services, 17628 Oakwood Drive, Spring Lake, Michigan, 49456,… read more

WKQI-FM, WWJ-AM Among 50 NAB Crystal Award Finalists

WKQI-FM (Detroit) and WWJ-AM (Detroit) are among fifty NAB Crystal Award finalists. The award winners will be announced and the finalists honored during the NAB Radio Luncheon at the upcoming NAB Show in Las Vegas on April 19, 2016.

Ed Christian, MAB Hall of Famer, Re-Upped by Saga

According to All Access Music Group, Saga Communications has signed Chairman/Pres./CEO Ed Christian, MAB Hall of Famer, to a new five-year contract extension. A Michigan native,  Ed Christian worked his way through college and earned his bachelor’s degree in mass communications in 1973 at Wayne and his masters’ degree in Management in 1981 from CMU. Ed’s calling… read more

Syma Chowdhry

Reporter Syma Chowdhry Joins WXYZ-TV

Syma Chowdhry, Emmy award-winning reporter, is joining WXYZ-TV’s 7 Action News team as a reporter for “The Now” daily news and information program airing weekdays at 4 p.m. on WXYZ-TV (Detroit). “Syma’s experience makes her an ideal fit for “The Now,”” said Dave Manney, news director for WXYZ and WMYD in Detroit. “She’s adept at the… read more

Virginia Tech Researcher Studying Flint Water Spoke at WKAR

Dr. Marc Edwards leads the Virginia Tech research team credited with revealing deadly lead contamination in the public water supply in Flint. Edwards spoke February 25 at the WKAR-TV (East Lansing) studios in the Communication Arts and Sciences building on the Michigan State University campus. The presentation was streamed as a live webcast at wkar.org. The talk… read more

Call on Congress

MAB on Capitol Hill

MAB’s Executive Committee and some Board members traveled to Washington D.C. February 22-24 for the 2016 National Association of Broadcasters State Leadership Conference (NAB SLC). The conference agenda included presentations by NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith on what Washington policies have in store for broadcasters and digital media companies in 2016, the importance of using social media as… read more

Security Upgrades Coming for the Capitol Building

The Michigan State Capitol building could see more, and better, cameras and traffic barricades under plans discussed by the Capitol Commission last week. While metal detectors were not part of the discussion, the Commission also considered replacing the building’s back-up generator, including air monitoring, as part of an ongoing review of the physical plant. To… read more

Google Won’t Participate in the Spectrum Auction

According to a report in FierceWireless, Google said it will not bid for 600 MHz spectrum licenses in the FCC’s upcoming spectrum incentive auction scheduled for March 2016. Google will join Sprint, Charter Communications and other tech heavyweights in sitting out the event. “Like all those interested in improved connectivity and equitable access, we’ll be… read more