Month: May 2019

Meet Your Foundation Board Member of the Week: Julie Brinks

Julie Brinks serves as Vice President and General Manager of WOOD-TV (NBC), WOTV-TV (ABC) and WXSP-TV (My Network) and associated digital services including woodtv.com and wotv4women.com, serving Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Battle Creek. Brinks has accumulated over 30 years of experience in local and national sales management, local programming and content, new business development, operations and strategic… read more

Jim Rademaker Named Interim GM at WCMU Public Media

Central Michigan University has named Jim Rademaker Interim General Manager of WCMU Public Media. The appointment comes following former WCMU general manager Ken Kolbe’s announcement that he was joining WGVU in Grand Rapids as their general manager. Rademaker joined WCMU in December 2015 as director of development and community engagement. He was promoted to assistant general manager… read more

MediaBrew Acquires Great Lakes Radio Marquette Stations

MediaBrew Communications Marquette, LLC has agreed to purchase radio properties and new media businesses serving the Upper Peninsula of Michigan from Great Lakes Radio, Inc. The group includes stations WFXD (FM & HD) (Marquette), WKQS-FM (Negaunee), WRUP (FM) (Palmer); and translators W291CJ (Marquette), W260AG (lshpeming), W248BU (lshpeming) and W286BC (Marquette).  The application for the transfer… read more

New Self-Regs For Sports Gambling Ads Similar to Alcohol’s

According to a report in InsideRadio, the American Gaming Association (AGA) has issued a new set of self-regulations for sports betting advertising and marketing. Its  new “Responsible Marketing Code for Sports Wagering”  has parallels to restrictions placed on alcohol advertising. The new code comes on the first anniversary of the Supreme Court striking down the Professional… read more

WXYZ Celebrates ‘The Brightest and Best’

  E.W. Scripps’ WXYZ-TV (Detroit) held its 40th annual Brightest and Best celebration at its studios on May 11.  The celebration recognizes the academic achievements of local graduating high school seniors. Each year, the station invites more than 200 honorees and their families to attend.  This year’s celebration included a Twitter scavenger hunt.  Students also had the opportunity… read more

Jacobs Media and jācapps Announce Free Webinar: Radios Mobile Strategy

via Jacobs Media Strategies: “What we learned at Techsurvey 2019” Without question, mobile devices and smart speakers have changed the way people consume media. While new audio competitors to radio have emerged, the industry has responded. Today, most radio stations have mobile apps, and there are a growing number of stations providing their stream and… read more

Lansing Radio Legend Earle Robinson Passes

Longtime WKAR Radio on-air personality Earle Robinson has died.   His death was reported by the station on May 13.  His work at WKAR began with a music program in 1974, but he’s best remembered for bringing sports news to  listeners, first on a call-in show co-hosted with Jim Adams, then later hosting Sportstalk by himself. … read more

WOOD-TV Unveils Next-Generation Studio

On May 13, Nexstar Broadcasting’s WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids) unveiled its new state-of-the-art studio.  The studio improvements enhance the viewing experience and give journalists advanced storytelling tools. The set, designed by a Nexstar internal team including WOOD team members, features more than 200 LED video panels that provide seamless canvases to create and innovate. Newscast producers… read more

MAB Hosts State Capitol Advocacy Day

On May 14, the MAB hosted its annual State Capitol Advocacy Day,  an event that brought many broadcasters to Lansing to meet with the state lawmakers on the issues affecting our industry. Overall, MAB members met with 54 legislative offices during the Advocacy Day. We discussed the need to reform public notice, our support for… read more