MAB News Archive

Cokie Roberts Passes

Cokie Roberts, longtime political reporter and analyst at ABC News and NPR, has died due to complications from breast cancer today (9/17) at age 75.  She joined ABC News in 1988 and was co-anchor with Sam Donaldson of the Sunday political show “This Week” from 1996 to 2002.  Roberts’s family released the following statement: “Born Mary… read more

FCC Approves Nexstar-Tribune Deal

On September 16, the Federal Communications Commission approved the acquisition of Tribune Media by Nexstar Media Group.  In a press release, Nexstar stated that the FCC further granted the divestiture applications that have been filed to bring Nexstar into compliance with the local and national television ownership rules. The divestiture applications relate to the previously… read more

Meet Your MAB Foundation Board Member of the Week: Kevin Oswald

Kevin Oswald started his professional broadcasting career at WCEN AM/FM Mt. Pleasant while still a student at Central Michigan University. In 1986 he joined the sales team at Holland Broadcasting Company stations WHTC and WYXX in Holland, Michigan eventually rising through the ranks to manage stations WHTC and WYVN for Midwest Communications. Kevin holds a… read more

MABF Offers Stations Assistance in Meeting EEO Requirements

With the growing concern surrounding the FCC’s EEO Rules, the MAB Foundation has created an opportunity to assist MAB member stations in meeting these requirements. The following is a brief description of an exciting program that will give your station an easy and affordable avenue to gain possible option A points and encourage the future… read more

TV Stations Seek Approval from MHSAA to Telecast/Stream High School Sports Live

The positive response to a May 2019 survey of MAB members asking if they would carry high school sports live or stream was overwhelmingly a YES. Background: The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Board of Directors established a policy decades ago that prohibits live television broadcasts of high school sporting events. With the plethora… read more

DPTV and WKAR Present Downton Abbey Movie Screenings

Both Detroit Public Television (DPTV/WTVS-TV) and WKAR Public Media (East Lansing) will be presenting advance screenings of the new Downton Abbey Movie for its viewers as a fundraiser.  The movie is scheduled for nationwide release on September 20. This Sunday (9/15), DPTV will present an advance screening of the new “Downton Abbey” feature film at… read more

State Budget Talks Stalled

Editor’s note:  Michigan experienced a State Government shutdown over the budget in 2007.   Stations should be prepared that should a shutdown occur again, many services may stop, including writing checks to vendors. The Associated Press reported Wednesday (9/11) that budget talks between GOP Leaders and Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer have broken down in a dispute… read more