Month: March 2019

FCC approves $150M in Repack Funds for LPTVs, Radio

FCC Commissioners unanimously voted to approve $150 million in funding for low-power TV and FM radio stations that are disrupted by the post-spectrum auction repack. Congress directed the agency to add LPTVs and FMs to the funding list and set a deadline of March 23 to do it. The funding was included in the Ray Baum Act FCC… read more

State Supreme Court Orders Arguments in FOIA Case Involving Schuette

The Michigan Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether state government can claim immunity as a defense for disclosing public records. The case involves former Attorney General Bill Schuette’s refusal to conduct a search to see if his office sent emails involving public business using private email accounts. The court ordered the arguments in Progress Michigan v…. read more

Meet your MAB Foundation Board Member of the Week: Steve Schram

Steve Schram is Executive Director and General Manager of Michigan Public Media, overseeing Michigan Radio-WUOM, the NPR news and information public radio station at the University of Michigan. Michigan Radio is the state’s most listened to public radio station, and serves over 510,000 listeners weekly from its statewide broadcast signals and online audio streaming. Under… read more

Upton to Co-Chair Public Broadcasting Caucus

Four seasoned federal legislators – two Democrats and two Republicans – will co-chair the Public Broadcasting Caucus in the 116th Congress. Taking seats as co-chairs are Republicans Fred Upton (6th-MI) and John Yarmuth (3rd-KY) and Democrats Earl Blumenauer (3rd-OR) and Mark Amodei (2nd-NV). Rep. Upton chaired the House Energy & Commerce Committee for six years,… read more

‘Free Beer & Hot Wings’ adds Cheese

The syndicated “Free Beer & Hot Wings” show, based at WGRD-FM (Grand Rapids)  has announced the addition of Kelly Cheesborough (aka Kelly-Cheese) to the program, beginning April 1. Cheesborough joins the program from WSTR-FM (Atlanta, GA), where she held the role of Executive Producer of the “Jeff and Jenn Show.” “After an exhaustive national search,… read more

MAB Teams Up With MSU to Promote Media Sales Careers to Generation Z

The 2018-2019 MSU school year has been a learning experience for MSU sales students and MAB members alike. It’s also been a very rewarding experience! Since September, MAB member stations have participated in the Sales Leadership Program at Michigan State University.  This program allows members to meet and network with students from MSU that are… read more

Newago/Whitehall: WLAW, WWSN to Swap Frequencies

Radio Insight reported on Thursday that Cumulus Media will be swapping the dial positions of its country-formatted WLAW-FM (Newago), currently 92.5, and adult contemporary-formatted WWSN-FM (Whitehall), currently 97.5. The flip is expected to fill the loss of a Cumulus Country signal along the Lake Michigan coast created by WTNR-FM’s recent move to the more inland 107.3… read more

House Passes Open Records Expansion

The Michigan House has passed a package of bills adding the Governor’s office to the Freedom of Information Act and creating Legislative Open Records Act (LORA) for State Legislature. The bills have been referred to the Senate; however, it’s been reported that Majority Floor Leader Mike Shirkey (R-16) does not support the package. To date, this is the… read more

Advertising for CBD – Safe for Broadcasters?

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP In the last few months, we probably have had more questions about advertising for CBD products than any other topic. At this point, CBD products seem to be sold in nearly every state in the country, and discussions about CBD’s effectiveness seem to be staples on national and local… read more