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5/28/20 3:00pm Governor Whitmer Press Conference
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  • WLUC-TV Fills U.P. Food Banks with Virtual Can-A-Thon

    Gray Television’s WLUC-TV (Marquette) is raising money for area food banks with the “WLUC Virtual Canathon.” Unlike past “canathons” and with social distancing in place, food banks are asking for monetary donations to be sent directly to them.  A list of participating food banks that WLUC viewers can donate to is listed on the station… read more

  • Nexstar Promotes Marci Daniels to Vice President and General Manager of its Lansing Broadcast and Digital Operations

    Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. has announced that it has promoted Marci Daniels to Vice President and General Manager of its broadcast and digital operations in Lansing, overseeing WLNS-TV (CBS) and WLNS.com. In her new role, she will also oversee Nexstar’s relationship with Shield Media’s WLAJ-TV (ABC) and ELAJ-TV (CW) under a joint operating agreement. Ms. Daniels… read more

  • Interlochen Public Radio Receives Google New Initiative Grant for COVID-19 Coverage

    Interlochen Public Radio has received $5,000 from Google News Initiative’s Journalism Emergency Relief Fund. The Journalism Emergency Relief Fund was founded to support the production of original journalism for local communities in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund provides financial assistance to small- and medium-sized news organizations around the globe producing original news for… read more

  • WKAR Adds Spanish Language Programming

    WKAR NewsTalk (AM870/105.1FM) (East Lansing) is now devoting two hours each weekday afternoon to Spanish language news and information. “One of our objectives at WKAR is to keep everyone informed,” said Drew Henderson, radio station manager for WKAR Public Media. “As we face a global pandemic, having access to timely, trustworthy information can save lives…. read more

  • NATAS Michigan Announces 42nd Annual Regional EMMY® Nominations

    Television stations, cable networks, ad agencies and production houses throughout Michigan have received nominations for this year’s National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences/Michigan 42nd Annual Regional EMMY® Awards. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s awards ceremonies will be streamed on June 20 at 7 p.m.  More information here. For a complete list of… read more

  • Jason Jennings, Former Northern Michigan DJ, TV Reporter Turned International Best-Selling Author on Business Leadership Passes Away

    Famed sales and management trainer, business author and Upper Peninsula native Jason Jennings has passed away, according to posts made on his social media accounts. The following message appeared on his Facebook page on Wednesday (5/20): Dear Jason Jennings Followers, It is with great sadness we regrettably inform everyone that our Jason Jennings has passed… read more

  • Whitmer Tells NBC ‘Today’ Show That She Has Spoken with Biden Campaign About VP Ticket

    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Tuesday (5/19) during an interview on NBC’s “Today” show that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has contacted her about the possibility of her joining his ticket as the candidate for vice president. Until Tuesday’s interview, Whitmer has said there has been no contact with the Biden campaign about running for… read more

  • The Law of Defamation and Political Advertising Argued in Trump Suit Against Wisconsin TV Station

    By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Political “issue advertising” – advertising run by groups like PACs and political parties rather than a candidate’s authorized campaign committees – is a rough and tumble world in which broadcasters can often find themselves in the middle. We’ve written extensively (here, here and here) about how issue advertising can… read more

  • From the President: MAB Funding Shaken

    By: Karole L. White, MAB President/CEO As all of you have suffered the loss of revenue, we have lost several NCSA Partners this spring as well. It has put a significant strain on our budget. Others just postponed their messages until Fall. We have a few new NCSA Partners as a result of, but not… read more

  • Both Senate, House Considering Expansion of PPP Lifelines to Include Local Media

    Broadcasters may soon be able to take advantage of the Paycheck Protection Program after a bipartisan-backed bill was introduced in the Senate on Wednesday (5/13) that would allow local radio and television stations and newspapers to tap into the federal government’s small business loan forgiveness program, according to a report in InsideRadio. While stations and… read more

  • WKAR Promotes Karel Vega to Managing Editor, Sophia Saliby Named New ‘All Things Considered’ Host

    Michigan State University’s WKAR Public Media announced May 8 that “All Things Considered” host Karel Vega had been named radio news managing editor and that Sophia Saliby will take over as Michigan’s capital region ATC host this month. Vega joined WKAR in January 2017 and has been ATC’s local host since July of that year…. read more

  • J. Steele Promoted to Assistant Program Director at The BOUNCE

    Beasley Media Group announced on May 8 that J. Steele had been promoted to Assistant Program Director at WMGC-FM (Detroit). Steele joined the station in April 2019 and can be heard on 105.1 The BOUNCE each weekday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. “J. Steele brings extensive programming background to the position and has proven… read more

  • 5 Michigan Stations Honored with Regional Murrow Awards

    The Radio and Television Digital News Association announced on Tuesday (5/12) the winners of the 2020 Regional Edward R. Murrow awards; and three radio stations and two television stations in Michigan have been recognized as winners. For small market radio, WMUK-FM (Kalamazoo) was honored for Feature Reporting. In large market radio, WDET-FM (Detroit) also won… read more

  • WSGW Recognized for Community Service with NAB Crystal Award

    WSGW-AM (Saginaw) was one of 10 radio stations across the nations to be honored on Wednesday (5/13) as part of the the 33rd annual NAB Crystal Radio Awards. Since 1987, the NAB Crystal Radio Awards have recognized radio stations for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service. The 2020 NAB Crystal Radio Award recipients listed… read more

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