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  • Senate Floats Bare Bones Renewal of STELAR, Michigan Broadcasters Urge Senator Peters to Voice Opposition

    Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Chair of the Senate Commerce Committee, introduced a straight forward bill to renew STELAR this week. In response, MAB television members have flooded Michigan Sen. Gary Peters’ office with letters in opposition, asking him to let the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Commerce Committee, Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), know… read more

  • A Radio Station’s Guide to Launching a Blog

    By: Seth Resler, Jacobs Media Strategies Creating online content is a key component of a radio station’s online marketing strategy. It starts with a blog — a section of your station’s website where new content can continually be published. For some broadcasters, the idea of launching a blog can feel intimidating. In this short video,… read more

  • George Beasley to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award from the Broadcasters Foundation of America

    George Beasley, Founder and Chairman of Beasley Media Group, will be honored with the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Broadcasters Foundation of America’s Golden Mike Award dinner. The gala, which is an annual fundraising event for the Broadcasters Foundation’s mission of helping broadcasters in need, will be held on Wednesday, March 4 at the… read more

  • WOOD-TV’s Bill Steffen Celebrates 45 Years

    On Tuesday, WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids) Chief Meteorologist Bill Steffen celebrated 45 years of tracking weather in West Michigan.   Steffen came to West Michigan in 1974, joining the staff of WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids).  It was during the blizzard of 1978, with every other meteorologist snowed in, he did every weathercast on the station, morning noon and… read more

  • WYCD Hosts Fox Theatre Benefit for Military Families

    On November 6, Entercom’s WYCD-FM (Detroit) hosted “Stars and Strings,” a benefit for military families with an artist lineup that would look impressive on a major festival bill, let alone performing together in the relatively intimate environment of a theater: Heavyweight hit-makers including Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Ryan Hurd, Jon Pardi… read more

  • WJBK’s Ken Krato Passes

    Former WJBK-TV (Detroit) Editor/Journalist Ken Krato passed away at age 77 on October 31.  Krato, who retired from the station in 2015 after nearly five decades, was the recipient of numerous awards during his career, including at least two prestigious Edward R. Murrow Honors.   He began his career at the Miami Herald before joining United… read more

  • PBS and WKAR Unveil New Look on Eve of PBS 50th Anniversary

    via Refresh of Iconic Logo Modernizes Brand to Better Connect with Viewers in the Digital Age PBS announced this week an update to its iconic brand, including a refreshed logo, bold color palette, custom typeface and illustration style. The new identity will roll out throughout 2020 as PBS celebrates its 50th anniversary. With the… read more

  • WRIF Launches Station History Podcast

    Beasley Media Group’s WRIF-FM (Detroit) has announced unveiling of The History Of WRIF podcast. 101 WRIF-FM, originally launched in 1971, has been on the air in Detroit for over 48 years and is considered one of the longest running “active rock” stations in the United States. With a rich history and an incredible roster of… read more

  • Cromwell Group Expands into Michigan

    Nashville, Tenn.-based group owner Cromwell Group, which operates 31 stations in Tennessee, Illinois and Kentucky is moving into Michigan with purchase of WABJ-AM/WQTE-FM (Adrian) from Friends Communications of Michigan.  The sale was filed with the FCC on November 1. Cromwell Group was established in 1969 when Founder/President Bayard H. Walters applied to the FCC for… read more

  • It’s Beginning to Sound Like Christmas in Detroit and Grand Rapids

    ‘Tis the season!  This past week, several stations in Detroit and Grand Rapids made the flip to full-time holiday music, to air through Christmas Day.   In Detroit, Entercom’s WDZH-FM (98.7 The Breeze) flipped its format to full-time Holiday Music beginning at 6 a.m. on November 1.  A few hours later, at 8:15a.m., iHeartMedia’s WNIC-FM (Detroit)… read more

  • Twitter Bans Political Ads – Doing What Broadcasters are Forbidden to Do

    Editor’s note:  On Thursday, November 21, 2019 from 3 – 5 p.m., the MAB will present a live webinar “Preparing for the 2020 Elections” with David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP and Bobby Baker, FCC.  2020 is bound to be a very active year for political broadcasting. Who do you have to sell advertising time… read more

  • MAB Has a New Headquarters Building

    By Karole L. White, MAB President/CEO At their last meeting the MAB Board voted to purchase an existing building at 222 N. Chestnut St. in downtown Lansing, rather than build a new building from the ground up. You may recall that MAB owned 5.5  acres of land on Ottawa Street that was purchased from the… read more

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“Preparing for the 2020 Elections”

David OxenfordNovember 21, 2019
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

with David Oxenford
and Bobby Baker

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Your future employees!