Category: January 2019

Presser Joins WSNX as PD

iHeartMedia has announced that it has moved WZEE-FM (Madison, WI) APD/MD Aly Presser into the program director position at co-owned WSNX-FM (Grand Rapids).  All Access reports that Presser will eventually take on afternoon on-air duties as well. Presser told the publication, “I am so excited to join the SNX and iHeart/Grand Rapids team. I wouldn’t… read more

WXYZ’s Brad Galli Voted Michigan Sportscaster of the Year

The National SportsMedia Association has named WXYZ-TV (Detroit) sports anchor Brad Galli 2018 Michigan Sportscaster of the Year.  Galli will be honored with other state winners at a ceremony in North Carolina this June. Former WXYZ sports anchors Don Shane (2012) and Larry Adderly (1973) previously won the title. Legendary Tigers broadcaster Ernie Howell won the… read more

2019: Does Talent Really Matter?

Editor’s Note: The views and opinions of this article do not necessarily reflect those of the MAB. Contact the MAB for information on the MAB’s official editorial policy. By: Tim Moore, Managing Partner Audience Development Group Tim Moore will be speaking at the Great Lakes Media Show, March 5-6, 2019 in Lansing.  For more information… read more

WKAR to Host PBS Kids Day January 26

WKAR Public Media will be hosting “PBS Kids Day” on Saturday, January 26 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The event is free for viewers and their families and will feature hands-on activities for kids, resources for parents and a visit from Super WHY! The event will also celebrate the 5th birthday of Curious Crew, a… read more

Ida Tedesco Joins WILX-TV

Gray Television’s WILX-TV (Lansing) has announced a new addition to their on-air staff. Ida Tedesco will join Kirk Montgomery as Co-Anchor of News Ten Today (4:30 – 7:00 a. m. Monday – Friday) starting March 4, alongside Chief Meteorologist Darrin Rockcole. She will also contribute special reports and stories for the station’s new 90-minute evening… read more

MAB, AMA Will Mix in Royal Oak

The MAB is partnering up with The American Marketing Association for a fun night out in Royal Oak! Join us for an opportunity to socialize and connect with professionals within all areas of marketing and broadcasting. Meet board members, expand your network, hear about upcoming events and learn how you can get involved. Stop by… read more

Dave Hildenbrand Joins Kelley Cawthorne

MAB’s lobbying firm Kelley Cawthorne announced this past Monday that Lansing veteran Dave Hildenbrand will join its team of government relations professionals. Hildenbrand was a member of the Michigan Senate from 2011 through 2018. He served as Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee for four years beginning in 2015. As Chair, he oversaw the state’s… read more

WXMI Celebrates 20 years of Local News

On January 11, Tribune Media’s WXMI-TV (Grand Rapids) celebrated 20 years of news coverage.  It was in 1999 when West Michigan viewers got their first 10:00 p.m. newscast. The newscast was only 30 minutes and had the tagline:  At Ten It’s News, At Eleven It’s History. The opening newscast was anchored by Michele DeSelms and… read more

WBBL Grand Rapids Drops Sports for Country; WJRW and WKLQ Flip to Sports

Cumulus Media Has flipped Sports WBBL-FM (Grand Rapids) to Country, using the “Thunder” moniker as part of a simulcast with WTNR-FM (Holland). WTNR was known as “Thunder” from 2004 to 2014, which it switched to the national Cumulus “Nash-FM” branding. Related to this format shift for WBBL, Michigan Media Network has acquired and has begun… read more