Category: September 2017

U.S. District Court Strikes Down 2016 Federal Overtime Rule

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas overturned the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) 2016 overtime rule, which altered the salary level needed for executive, administrative and professional employees to be deemed exempt from federal minimum wage and overtime pay requirements. While this court ruling is likely to end the principal litigation… read more

Recordkeeping Rules for Third-Party Fundraising by Noncommercial Broadcasters to be Effective November 13, 2017

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP, BroadcastLawBlog.com In July, we wrote about the effective date of the FCC’s new rules allowing non-CPB noncommercial stations to interrupt their normal programming to raise funds for third-party charitable and non-profit organizations (we wrote here about the decision itself), for up to 1% of their total airtime. In July,… read more

Michael Patrick Shiels Releases New Book

“Michigan’s Big Show” host Michael Patrick Shiels, has just co-authored a new book with Ken Raynor, head professional at Cape Arundel Golf Club in Kennebunkport, Maine. I Call Him “Mr. President”: Stories of Golf, Fishing and LIfe with my Friend George H. W. Bush was released in hardcover on September 5. The book tells the… read more

NAB Offers Station Repack Resources

Whether your station is going off the air or moving to a new frequency because of the recent spectrum incentive auction, your viewers need to prepare for these upcoming changes. To that end, the National Association of Broadcasters has developed tools for stations in English and Spanish to use to explain to viewers the changes… read more

WJRT-TV and Cumulus Help Red Cross Hurricane Relief

  On September 14, Gray Television’s WJRT-TV (Flint), with help from the Cumulus Media Flint radio stations, raised more than $24,000 during a 7-hour telethon for the Red Cross to spend on hurricane relief efforts in Texas and Florida. Volunteers took well over 300 donations during the telethon, breaking organizers’ expectations for the event. “The… read more

Friends Remember Glenn Haege

Many visitors turned out from 12 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at E. J. Mandziuk & Son Funeral Home in Sterling Heights to pay their repects to  Glenn Haege, America’s Master Handyman® and host of “The Handyman Show with Glenn Haege” on Detroit radio for 34 years. Haege passed away September 11, 2017 after a short battle… read more

FCC’s Peter Doyle to Retire

Peter Doyle has announced that he will retire from his position as chief of the Media Bureau’s Audio Division, a position he has held since 2001. Doyle joined the commission in 1995 and served as assistant Deputy Chief beginning in 1998 until his promotion to chief counsel in 2001, according to an FCC press release at… read more

WZZM-TV, Kendall College of Art and Design collaborate for ArtPrize Entry

TEGNA’s WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids) has teamed up with the talented students at the Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) to create a news set to be entered into the annual ArtPrize compeition that takes place in the city every year. “Working with the students has been an exciting experience,” said Jon… read more

WWTV/WWUP-TV’s Michelle Dunaway takes on the Red Walk For Families

WWTV/WWUP-TV (9&10 News/Cadillac),  McDonald’s, Highpoint and Nature & Me R.V. will join forces for the “Red Walk for Family” on September 28. The event is to bring awareness to Northern Michigan communities about the important role the Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan (RMHWM) plays in providing comfortable accommodations and so much more to our… read more