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  • U.S. Sen. Stabenow, Congressman Upton to Speak at Annual Business Meeting – Register for Free

    U.S. Sen. Stabenow, Congressman Upton will Provide Federal Updates at Annual Business Meeting Rob Elhenicky will Give Insight on the Primary’s Impact on Political Advertising Budgets The Annual Business Meeting of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters will be hosted on Zoom this year. Join us to gain valuable insight into Congressional efforts toward economic recovery… read more

  • Sinclair Appoints Jennifer Rieffer as Flint VP/GM

    Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. announced that Jennifer Rieffer has been promoted to Vice President/General Manager for WSMH-TV (FOX) in Flint, effective August 3. She also will oversee Sinclair’s provision of services to WEYI-TV (NBC) and WBSF-TV (CW) under joint sales agreements. Rieffer is currently Vice President/General Manager of WDKY-TV (FOX) in Lexington, Ken. The announcement… read more

  • Congressman Moolenaar Adds Name to LRFA

    U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar (R-4) on Wednesday (7/30) became the sixth Michigan Congressman to cosponsor H.Con.Res 20, known as the Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA). Congressmen Moolenaar joins Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-12), Fred Upton (R-6), Tim Walberg (R-7), Paul Mitchell (R-10) and Bill Huizenga (R-2) as one of the 225 bipartisan LRFA cosponsors. The resolution… read more

  • House Members Seek to Expanded COVID-19 Aid for Local Broadcasters

    A bipartisan congressional duo has called on Congress to take care of broadcasters in the next COVID-19 aid package by allowing individual stations that are part of larger groups to qualify as local businesses eligible for the money, according to a report in InsideRadio. Reps. Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.) and Tom Emmer (R-Minn.), co-chairs of the Congressional… read more

  • House Dems Match GOP In Funds Raised For Period, Far Behind In Cash on Hand

    State House Democrats remain woefully behind their Republican counterparts when it comes to cash on hand heading into the general election but kept fundraising close in the second quarter of 2020, according to a report from Gongwer. The Michigan House Democratic Fund raised $788,692 and The House Republican Campaign Committee raised $794,685 between April 21… read more

  • WLUC’s David ‘Buck’ LeVasseur Dies at 70

    WLUC-TV (Marquette) reports that Buck LeVasseur, longtime station employee and creator/host of the show Discovering passed away July 28 at age 70. LeVasseur was with WLUC-TV for more than three decades, starting in the news department in 1976.  In 1980, Discovering was created and he was the host, producer, reporter and videographer for the weekly… read more

  • Lexi Krupp Joins IPR as Science Reporter for Northern Michigan

    Interlochen Public Radio (IPR) has announced that Lexi Krupp has been hired as the station’s new science and conservation reporter. Krupp comes to IPR from Gimlet Media, where she helped the “Science Vs” podcast team distinguish what’s fact from what’s not, and has written for a range of publications including Audubon and Vice. She will… read more

  • WXYZ, WXMI Team Up for Back-to-School Virtual Town Hall

    On July 30, Scripps Media’s WXYZ-TV (Detroit) and WXMI-TV (Grand Rapids) teamed together to present a virtual town hall on returning safely back to school. Moderated by WXYZ anchors Carolyn Clifford and Glenda Lewis and WXMI Anchor Mike Avery, the program brought in experts including State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice, Dr. Joneigh Khaldum, Chief Medical… read more

  • WHAK/WHSB Founder Harvey Klann Passes

      True North Radio Network has reported the July 25 death of WHAK-FM/WHSB-FM (Rogers City/Alpena) founder Harvey Klann. Klann was 97. He was born on June 11, 1923 in Rogers City to Alfred and Hattie (Dost) Klann. He was a lifelong resident of Rogers City, except for time spent in the military during World War… read more

  • Scott Jameson Named Director of Programming at Beasley Detroit

    Beasley Media Group has announced Scott Jameson has been named Director of Programming of Beasley Media Group’s Detroit-based radio cluster. In his new role, Jameson will be responsible for overseeing the programming of WRIF-FM, WCSX-FM, WMGC-FM, WDMK-FM and the Praise Network. He will begin his new position on  August 3. Jameson most recently served as… read more

  • A Deeper Look at the FCC’s Proposal to Eliminate Program Duplication Rules for AM But Not FM Stations – Looking to All Digital AM?

    By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP FCC rules currently prohibit radio stations in the same service (AM or FM) that have over 50% overlap of their principal community contours (the 70 dBu for FM stations and the 5 mV/m contour for AM stations) from duplicating more than 25 per cent of the total hours in… read more

  • Voice Command Considerations When Picking a Name for Your New Radio Station

    By: Seth Resler Jacobs Media Strategies When gearing up to launch a new radio station, one of the most important decisions you can make is the name of that station. Naturally, there are all sorts of traditional branding factors that go into this decision. But as voice command interfaces like Alexa and Siri continue to… read more

  • Michigan Casinos to Open, New Executive Order on Restaurant and Bars

    Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Director Robert Gordon issued an Emergency Order July 29 reinforcing Executive Orders 2020-160 and 2020-161 and allowing for civil fines of up to $1,000 and referral to licensing agencies for violations. This new order rescinds a June 5 order referencing earlier versions of the governor’s orders. “Michigan’s… read more

  • Sen. Gary Peters Agrees to 2 Public Television Debates with Challenger John James

    Incumbent U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) agreed on Friday (7/24) to two televised debates with Republican Senate hopeful John James to be hosted by WGVU Public Media and Detroit Public Television, accoring to a report on MLive. Gongwer reported earlier in the week that James called on incumbent Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) to participate in… read more

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