Category: April 2018

Michael Walenta Announces Retirement

Longtime general manager of WGVU Public Media, Michael Walenta, who led the station through tremendous growth, announced his retirement effective June 29, 2018. Walenta, who came to Grand Valley in 1988, celebrated 30 years at WGVU in January. Under his leadership, WGVU has grown from one FM station and two TV stations to a multi-platform… read more

WKAR Hosts Tour Day This Saturday

This Saturday, WKAR Public Media (East Lansing) will host a station tour as part of the 2018 MSU Science Festival. Viewers are invited to bring their whole family to the WKAR studios for an interactive celebration of all things science. The station’s Curious Crew for hands-on experiments and fun investigations. Also offered is an exclusive behind-the-scenes… read more

DHS to Compile Database of Journalists

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) wants to track journalists, bloggers and other “media influencers” through a database. The DHS’s “Media Monitoring” plan would give the contracting company “24/7 access to a password protected, media influencer database, including journalists, editors, correspondents, social media influencers, bloggers etc.” in order to identify any and all media coverage… read more

FCC Opens Settlement Window for Mutually Exclusive Applicants in Second Translator Window for AMs Seeking FM Translators

According to David Oxenford’s Broadcast Law Blog, the FCC released a Public Notice announcing a window for mutually exclusive applicants filed in the second translator window to attempt to resolve the interference conflicts that the FCC found to exist between certain applications. The conflicting applications are listed on the Excel spreadsheet found here. These are… read more

Entercom’s WWJ-AM NAB Crystal Award Winner

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has announced the 10 winners of the Crystal Radio Awards. Included is WWJ-AM (Detroit), the Entercom-owned all-news station. Since 1987, the NAB Crystal Radio Awards have recognized radio stations for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service. The 2018 NAB Crystal Radio Award recipients listed below were chosen among… read more

CMU’s WCMZ-TV Flint to Sign-Off April 23

WCMU Public Media has announced that WCMZ-TV (Flint) will sign off permanently on April 23, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.  WCMZ was sold in the FCC Spectrum Auction in early 2017. CMU acquired WCMZ-TV (then WFUM-TV) in 2009 from the University of Michigan. The station has posted a viewer Q&A page on their website to let… read more

FEMA Releases 2017 IPAWS/EAS National Test Report

FEMA has released the results of the September 27, 2017 National EAS Test.  The agency reports that overall results were similar to 2016 with improvements in most areas. The largest issues reported to FEMA via ETRS were: 1) 27.1% of errors reported were due to General EAS device configuration errors.  268 EAS participants nationwide reported this. 2)… read more