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  • Aricka Truchan Joins WRSR-FM/Flint

    Krol Communication’s WRSR-FM (Flint) has announced that Aricka Truchan (formerly McCauley) has joined the station as morning show co-host alongside longtime morning host Johnny Burke. Truchan, a 12 year radio veteran, is a graduate of Specs Howard School of Media Arts.  She has worked in Toledo, Rockford, Port Huron, Ft. Wayne, Midland as well as… read more

  • WKAR’s New Interim GM Says Focus is on Increasing Access, Engagement

    WKAR Public Media (East Lansing) is saying goodbye Friday (5/27) to longtime General Manager and Director of Broadcasting Susi Elkins as she leaves the organization to take a position with the Michigan State University Federal Credit Union. Shawn Turner is stepping in to serve as the station’s Interim General Manager.  He is a professor in the… read more

  • This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters

    By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week (5/14-20), with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations. The FCC issued a draft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to be considered… read more

  • Matthew ‘Mojo’ Lersch Returns to the Lansing Airwaves

    Townsquare Media has announced that Matthew ‘Mojo’ Lersch has joined their cluster in Lansing in a dual-station air personality role.  Lersch joins the station’s WITL-FM as morning drive co-host, paired up with Kristen Matthews for the 5:30 to 10 a.m. shift as “The WITL Wake Up Show With MJ and Kristen.” Lersch also adds afternoon… read more

  • Smile FM Buys WGVS-AM from Grand Valley State

    Imay City-based Smile FM has added its second AM station to its roster of stations, purchasing WGVS-AM (Muskegon) from Grand Valley State University.  As reported in your MAB News Briefs, the university shut down both WGVS and WGVU-AM (Kentwood-Grand Rapids) on January 7 of this year after stating they would turn in the licenses for… read more

  • Broadcasters Urge FCC to Leave EAS Unchanged, Calling It ‘Vital Backup’

    In comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission, broadcasters are urging the Commission to not mess with success. “Although internet connectivity can be affected by weather and other extreme conditions, the legacy EAS system is always available to provide a resilient, redundant pathway when internet outages occur,” the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) wrote. It… read more

  • Amazon Has Made It Easier for Radio Stations to Build Alexa Skills

    By: Seth Resler Jacobs Media Strategies Smart speakers can be a small but important source of streaming for radio stations. We recently published the results of Techsurvey 2022, the radio industry’s largest online survey of radio listeners. The data shows that while smart speaker growth has stalled among radio listeners, 35% of respondents report owning… read more

  • MSU’s Bob Gould Wins 39th AEJMC Edward L. Bliss Award for Distinguished Broadcast Journalism Education

    The winner of this year’s Edward L. Bliss Award for Distinguished Broadcast Journalism Education is Bob Gould, a Professor of Practice in the School of Journalism at Michigan State University. Gould began his career as a television news photographer in 1990 at WILX-TV in Lansing, spending the rest of his professional career at WZZM-TV in… read more

  • 7 Michigan Broadcasters Recipients of 2022 Regional Murrow Awards

    The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) has announced the recipients of the 2022 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards.  The 7 Michigan broadcasters won a total of 13 awards in Region 7, which is shared with Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.  Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Murrow set as a standard for the… read more

  • Ruppel Named Director of Content for Townsquare Lansing

    Jonathan “JR” Ruppel is named Director of Content for Townsquare Media’s cluster in Lansing, effective June 1. He’ll also become Program Director for Country WITL-FM and Classic Rock WMMQ-FM, with oversight of News/Talk WJIM-AM and Sports WVFN-AM. Rupple joins the company from Country WPOR and Classic Country WZAN & W268CS (970 AM & 101.5 The… read more

  • WCSX Announces the Stone Soup Freedom Wrap to Honor Veterans Across America

    Beasley Media Group’s WCSX-FM (Detroit) has announced that Big Jim’s House Stone Soup Project has taken the fundraiser for Vets Returning Home to a National Level with “The Freedom Wrap.” Big Jim’s House will take the 1974 Ford Bronco Stone Soup truck and will wrap it in pictures of Veterans from all over the country… read more

  • Industry Veteran Dick Rakovan Dies

    One-time WJR-AM (Detroit) General Sales Manager Dick Rakovan has passed away.  For 20 years, Rakovan, known to many as “Rackets,” served 20 years with the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) where he was Senior VP of Membership. Rakovan began his broadcast career at the former WKBW-AM (Buffalo, NY) working as a salesman. His first role in… read more

  • Why You Should Fill Your Website With Text, Not Your Emails

    By: Seth Resler Jacobs Media Strategies Email marketing is a crucial component of your digital strategy. When used effectively, an email newsletter can get people to return to your website, tune in to your radio station or show up to station events. You should use email to engage with your audience on a regular basis…. read more

  • Stephen A. Marks: 1950-2022

    The Michigan Association of Broadcasters are mourning the loss of Stephen Marks, President and CEO of The Marks Media Group and former MAB Board and Foundation Chairman. Marks passed away on Wednesday, May 11 at the age of 72. “Stephen was an icon in the broadcasting industry and his passion was only outweighed by his… read more

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