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Governor Whitmer has announced that the State of the State Address
will be held 7pm on Wednesday, January 27, 2021
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  • Retired WBKB-TV GM Cher Allen Passes; Broadcast Management Scholarship Announced

    Cherryl “Cher” Lynn Allen, a long-time employee of WBKB-TV (Alpena), passed away Friday, January 15 at MidMichigan Medical Center in Alpena. Allen worked for 35 years for WBKB in many roles, retiring as the general manager. She loved making memories with family and friends. She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church and a board… read more

  • State of the State Address Scheduled for January 27

    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will deliver her third State of the State Address on Wednesday, January 27. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the State of the State address will be held virtually, in compliance with CDC and the State of Michigan’s best practices. Under normal circumstances, Governor Whitmer would request the House Chambers to deliver… read more

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Education Toolkit Launched To Support Local Journalists

    The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) on Thursday (1/14) announced the launch of an online toolkit to help local journalists craft COVID-19 vaccine education messages that best resonate with their audiences. The toolkit is designed to provide journalists with… read more

  • FCC Issues an EAS Enforcement Advisory

    The Federal Communications Commission is reminding broadcasters and other EAS participants of their obligations to comply with the Emergency Alert System rules, including ensuring that alerts are accessible to persons with disabilities. “In reporting on the most recent national level test of the EAS, the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau noted improvements in… read more

  • WJR’s Frank Beckmann Announces Retirement

    WJR-AM (Detroit) Mid-Morning On-Air Host Frank Beckmann has announced his retirement after a 48-year radio career with the Detroit station. A sports broadcasting legend, Beckmann has hosted “The Frank Beckmann Show” on WJR weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to Noon for the last 18 years. His last show will air on Friday, March 26, 2021. Named… read more

  • News Organizations Request Greater Transparency From Federal Agencies on Capitol Riot, Ongoing Threats

    A coalition of news organizations on Thursday (1/14) sent a letter to federal law enforcement agencies calling for greater transparency and timely, vital information about the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol Building and the possibility of further violence, including at the upcoming inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. “The… read more

  • WXYZ-TV Giving Away More than 10,000 Books to Children

    With donations this past summer from station employees and the community, plus a matching contribution from the Scripps Howard Foundation, WXYZ-TV/WMYD-TV (Detroit) was able to collect over 10,000 books for children that will be distributed beginning on January 19. “I am so proud of the team at WXYZ-TV and TV20 Detroit, and our viewers, for… read more

  • Former WNMU-TV General Manager Bruce Turner Passes

    Bruce Turner, who is known for his legendary impact on public broadcasting in Upper Michigan, has died.  According to Eric Smith, Director of Broadcast & AV Services at NMU, Turner died Saturday (1/9) following a brief illness. He was 82.  Turner retired from NMU in 2019 following a 56-year career as WNMU-TV’s original station manager. In… read more

  • WGHN/WMPA Stuffed the Bus for Christmas

    On December 19, WGHN-FM/WMPA-FM/Oldies 94.9 (Grand Haven)  hosted their 8th Annual Stuff the Bus with the local Culver’s and Dean Transportation.  This year they brought the Grand Haven and Spring Lake Rotarian’s onboard as partners and were able to provide over two tons of food for the Love in Action, Salvation Army, The People’s Center… read more

  • 21 for 21 … 21 Programming Ideas for the New Year 2021

    By: Gary Berkowitz Berkowitz Broadcast Consulting As we enter 2021, here are 21 programming points that will help you construct a “solid foundation” for your station in the new year. As each of the 21 points are released, they will appear here. Please check out my YouTube videos at 1. The music library and… read more

  • Michigan Broadcasters Invited to Alabama Engineering Webinar

    The Alabama Broadcasters Association is invited Michigan broadcasters to participate for free in their monthly engineering webinar series.  The first webinar will be this Tuesday, January 19 from 11 a.m. to Noon Eastern Time and will feature Bert Goldman, president of Goldman Engineering Management, Inc. Goldman brings more than 40 years of experience and specializes… read more

  • WMJO’S “SANTA JOE” Delivers Over 1,000 Toys to Two Saginaw Hospitals 

    The pandemic did not stop MacDonald Broadcasting’s SANTA JOE from delivering boxes and bags of toys to kids spending their holiday week in the Hospital … and beyond Christmas.  The toys are “gifted” to children who are hospitalized throughout the year. 97.3 JOE FM’s 7th Annual SANTA JOE promotion began in mid-January, asking listeners to… read more

  • Bridges Named VP of Programming of Macdonald-Garber

    Robby Bridges has been named VP of Programming/South at Macdonald-Garber Broadcasting. Bridges will oversee programming for the company’s Traverse City and Cadillac MI clusters including country WLXV-FM and adult hits WZTC-FM, with day to day responsibility for heritage CHR WKHQ. He will continue to host “Robby and Rochelle” mornings on the station as well. “I’m… read more

  • Anne Carlini Joins WLLZ For Mornings

    iHeartMedia has announced that longtime market veteran Anne Carlini has joined its classic rock WLLZ-FM (Detroit) as Morning Show host. Carlini spent 30 years cross town at rocker WRIF-FM (Detroit).  She most recently was midday host at Black Diamond Broadcasting’s WGFM/WGFE (Traverse City). WLLZ program director Casey Krukowski told All Access, “We are excited to… read more

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