MAB News Archive

MAB’s Matt Treadwell to Coordinate Great Lakes Media Show

Due to recent staff changes at the MAB, Matt Treadwell, Marketing and Communications Manager for MAB, will also take on the responsibility of managing the Great Lakes Media Show with the usual help of all MAB staff.  “Everything is pretty much done,” said Matt. “We are just working on registration, last minute details and confirmations.”… read more

Erika Beasley Promoted to VP/Digital Content at Beasley Media Group

Beasley Media Group has announced that Erika Beasley has been promoted to Vice President of Digital Content at Beasley Media Group. Beasley most recently served as the Corporate Digital Content Director for Local Markets since 2019. In her new role, she will be responsible for overseeing content creation on the company’s many digital platforms. Previously,… read more

WZZM-TV’s New Initiative: Get Kids Reading

TEGNA-owned WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids) has announced a new initiative to get families reading: 13 Reads! Children from families who read and have books in the home have more success in life than those who don’t. Reading early affects their whole lives. We are asking parents and grandparents to read to their children and encourage them… read more

WMU Trustees’ Vote Brings WMUK Closer To Buying A Second Signal

Western Michigan University’s WMUK-FM (Kalamazoo) has won approval by the University’s Board of Trustees to acquire WKDS-FM from the Kalamazoo Public Schools (KPS). The Trustees approved a $191,000 plan, which includes a cash payment to the KPS as well as leasing fees, a studio refit at the school district and underwriting trade for KPS. WMUK… read more

Sovereign-AMC UP Deal Filed with FCC; Two Stations Spun To Separate Buyer

Applications were submitted to the FCC past week for a deal originally announced back in October, 2019.  At that time, Armada Media Partners, based in Fond du Lac, Wis., announced the purchase of Sovereign Communications radio stations based in Marquette and Iron Mountain. However, that deal has been restructured with two FMs being spun off… read more

FCC Chairman Pai Visits WLEN!

The Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, dropped by the studios of Lenawee Broadcasting’s WLEN-FM (Adrian) on January 23, during a visit for some meetings in Toledo, OH and looking at some rural fiber build out in the Tecumseh and Petersburg areas. During an on-air interview, the Chairman said he’s been very impressed… read more

63 Michigan Stations Air Governor Whitmer’s State of the State Address

We are proud to announce that Sixty three (63) Michigan broadcast stations, 27 television and 36 radio, carried the Governor’s State of the State address. The list of stations includes members of the MAB as well as the Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters (MAPB). The MAB provided commercial television broadcasters with a “clean” feed of… read more

WILX-TV “Give Blood Telethon” Nets 100+ Donation Appointments

On January 22, Gray Television’s WILX-TV (Lansing) partnered with the American Red Cross and Townsquare Media’s WITL-FM to host the Give Blood Telethon.  The telethon aired from 5-8 p.m. and more than 112 blood-donation appointments were scheduled during that time. Many of the people who made those appointments were first-time donors. A single donation provides potentially… read more

Reminder: Lowest Unit Rate in Effect January 25

MAB Washington Attorney David Oxenford has advised broadcasters throughout the country regarding the effective date for the lowest unit rate ahead of the presidential primaries.  In Michigan the effective date is January 25, 2020.  Stations should be certain station employees understand the requirements that go along with political advertising, including lowest unit charge and the… read more