MAB News Archive

Incumbent Sen. Gary Peters Begins Airing 2 New Ads

Sen. Gary Peters’ campaign began airing two new advertisements in markets across the Michigan on Wednesday (5/13), touting efforts to protect the state’s businesses during the new coronavirus pandemic and bringing manufacturing back from China, according to a report in Gongwer. The Bloomfield Township Democrat won his seat as Michigan’s junior Senator in 2014 and… read more

Comments Due June 12 on Proposal to Expand the Use of Distributed Transmission Systems by TV Stations Operating with ATSC 3.0 Transmission Systems – What is Being Asked?

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP The FCC’s proposal to expand the use of Distributed Transmission Systems by television stations operating with the new ATSC 3.0 transmission system was published in the Federal Register May 13 (here). That publication announces that the comment deadlines on the FCC’s DTS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking are due by… read more

Still Waiting: Update on FEMA’s Free PPE Masks for Michigan Broadcasters

Many Michigan broadcasters have completed the MAB survey regarding the distribution of the anxiously anticipated FEMA cotton washable masks. At this time the MAB has not received any masks to distribute. Once they are received we will contact everyone that has completed the survey available at this link: The NAB, who is coordinating the… read more

WGHN/WMPA Puts COVID-19 Pandemic Front and Center

WGHN-AM/FM and WMPA-FM (Grand Haven) has been making sure their listeners are informed about the reality of COVID-19, both in terms of the seriousness of the threat it represents and in making sure people understand that everyone has the power to fight the disease. The WGHN Morning Show “Good Morning Grand Haven” has focused on… read more

Nielsen: Radio is ‘Comfort Food’ as Media Consumption Rises Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

From Nielsen Insights: As more Americans opt to stay home amid growing concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), media consumption is, unsurprisingly, peaking. Yet amid the various media options consumers have to choose from, including streaming platforms and connected TVs, a recent Nielsen survey found that 83% of consumers say they’re listening… read more

Broadcasters Foundation of America to Pay Record Number of Grants This Year; Announces COVID-19 Emergency Grants

In an exclusive article, InsideRadio reports that the Broadcasters Foundation of America (BFA) is on target to pay out a record amount in grants to broadcasters who have fallen on hard times, thanks to a sharp increase in the number of applicants who have met the nonprofit’s qualifications.  Jim Thompson, BFA President, told the publication,… read more

Flint Stations Host Congressional Town Hall

On Thursday, May 7, Flint/Saginaw/Bay City TV stations came together again for the second time in a week to present another COVID-19 Town Hall, this time featuring Congressmen Dan Kildee (D-5) and John Moolenaar (R-4). The two U.S. Representatives took questions from a trio of reporters, each representing their respective television stations in the market. … read more

CMU Public Radio Debuts New Signal in FM Station Network

CMU Public Radio’s network of stations expanded in recent days with the debut of WCMV-FM (Leland). The former WFCX was purchased by Central Michigan University late last year from Northern Broadcast and was closed on last week. WCMV’s 20.5kw signal provides full coverage over much of the northwest lower peninsula, including Traverse City.  CMU previously… read more

Former Michigan Radio Host Jenn White Named National Host of WAMU, NPR’s 1A

WAMU-FM (Washington, DC) announced on Thursday (5/7) that Jenn White has been selected as the new host of the nationally syndicated NPR show 1A. No stranger to public media, White comes to 1A from WBEZ Chicago, where she hosts the station’s midday talk program Reset with Jenn White. She also hosted WBEZ’s critically acclaimed podcasts… read more