Month: February 2019

Local Radio Freedom Act Introduced

RadioInk reports that a bipartisan coalition of 124 Members of Congress (119 Reps, five Senators) have introduced resolutions in the House of Representatives and the Senate opposing “any new performance fee, tax, royalty or other charge” on local broadcast radio stations. The Local Radio Freedom Act opposes any potential legislation that would impose new performance royalties… read more

Former WOOD TV News Director Passes

This past weekend, WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids) reported that former news director Patti McGettigan died Saturday (2/16) after a long battle with cancer.  McGettigan was 53. She became WOOD TV’s news director in 2000 and served in that role until leaving the station in 2009 to serve as news director at stations in Indianapolis and Memphis…. read more

Elkins Elected to America’s Public Television Stations Board

By: Julie Sochay, WKAR Public Media Susi Elkins, director of broadcasting and general manager of WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University, has been elected to the board of directors of America’s Public Television Stations (APTS). The announcement was made on February 7. Her three-year term begins Monday, February 25, 2019. APTS is a nonprofit… read more

Conway & Hoffman To Be Inducted into Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame

Former WXYZ-TV (Detroit) Reporter Mary Conway has received the honor of induction into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame.   Conway, who set the standard for automotive and business coverage throughout Michigan, spent nearly 30 years at WXYZ-TV following stops at WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids) and WIFR-TV (Rockford, Illinois). “I am deeply honored and humbled to be… read more

West Michigan Whitecaps Announce New Flagship

Following a format change at its former flagship, Grand Rapids minor league baseball team The West Michigan Whitecaps has announced that the team is moving to a new radio home for its 2019 season:  the simulcast of WJRW-AM/Translator W291DJ (Grand Rapids) and WBBL-AM/Translator W256DM (Muskegon) (collectively “The Ticket”). Additional stations on the Whitecaps Baseball Network… read more

MAB and CMU Deliver State of the State Across Michigan

On February 12, the MAB with much assistance from CMU Public Media, delivered live coverage of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s first State of the State address to member stations throughout the state. The broadcast covered every DMA market in Michigan. Overall, 29 commercial and public radio stations and 28 commercial and public TV stations carried MAB’s… read more