Month: June 2019

Local Radio Freedom Act Gains More Support

As of June 13, nine more members of the House of Representatives and one Senator have added their co-sponsorship to the Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA), which is a resolution opposing “any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge” on local broadcast radio stations. In the House, more support came from Representative James Baird… read more

Brian Thomas Joins Townsquare Grand Rapids as OM

Townsquare Media/Grand Rapids has announced the addition of veteran programmer Brian Thomas as its new Operations Manager. He’ll also oversee the company’s 17 Classic Hits stations. Thomas’ previous posts include Program Director at WCBS-FM New York, WLS-FM Chicago, KFRC/San Francisco, WEZB (B97)/New Orleans and most recently Cumulus Media in Atlanta. “Townsquare is excelling in local… read more

Melissa Smith Moves to WWTV/WWUP

WWTV/WWUP-TV (Cadillac) has announced that Melissas Smith has joined the station as the new co-anchor of “the four” with Michelle Dunaway. Formally an anchor/reporter with WPBN/WTOM-TV and a Traverse City resident, Melissa started with the station this past Monday, June 3. Former “the four” co-host Charlie Tinker is transitioning to continue his anchoring duties for… read more

Michigan GOP Sues Over Petition Drive Rules

A lawsuit filed June 5 by the Michigan Republican Party to force implementation of new petition drive rules Michigan’s Republican-led House and Senate took a fight over tough new petition drive rules, despite the law’s invalidation by Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel. The new law would make petition drives more difficult by limiting groups to… read more

NAB’s Gordon Smith: Let STELAR Expire

NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith testified on Tuesday morning (6/4) at House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology hearing entitled, “STELAR Review: Protecting Consumers in an Evolving Media Marketplace.” In his prepared remarks, Smith stated, “On behalf of the free and local broadcast television stations serving your hometowns, I appreciate the opportunity to testify… read more

WLEN Holds 6th Annual PSA Contest

Lenawee Broadcasting’s WLEN-FM (Adrian) has announced winners in its 6th Annual PSA Contest.  With the theme of “How do you envision a world of kindness that would: reduce suicide, reduce drug use or reduce bullying,” students in classes, groups and organizations all across Lenawee County were challenged to create public service announcements in audio or video… read more