Category: July 2019

Brian Hatfield Joins MacDonald Broadcasting as Operations Director

Veteran radio programmer and Michigan native Brian Hatfield has been appointed Operations Director for MacDonald Broadcasting in Saginaw effective immediately. He also becomes Program Director for Country WKCQ-FM, while overseeing operations of Adult Hits WMJO-FM and AC simulcast partners WSAM-AM and WSAG-FM. Most recently, he headed Hatfield Media and was National Sales Director for the… read more

WCRZ Roof Sit 2019 Nets $48,000

Townsquare Media’s Cars 108 WCRZ-FM (Flint) held its 4th annual three-day “Roof Sit” for the Whaley Children’s Center July 17-19 at a Grand Blanc McDonald’s restaurant.  Despite temperatures in the low to mid 90s, morning personalities Pat and A.J., along with Mindy Williams, CEO of the Whaley Children’s Center were on the roof from 6… read more

WKHM Raises Nearly $7K for Jackson Area Charities

Jackson Radio Works’ WKHM-FM (K-105.3) and WKHM-AM (NewsTalk 970AM/101.5FM) held their annual Live Radio Charity Auction on this past Tuesday, July 23 from 7 to 10 a.m.  Forty-one area businesses and individuals participated by donating items for listeners to place bids on by calling in to the radio stations. Sixty-eight total auction items included both fun… read more

WILX Collects School Supplies with Operation Backpack

Once again this year, Gray Television’s WILX-TV (Lansing), along with its community partners, is collecting backpacks and other school supplies for children in need. The program has been going on since 2004 with St. Vincent Catholic Charities. The station is asking viewers to donate new backpacks, spiral notebooks, pocket folders, binds, pens and pencils, crayons,… read more

Looking at Equal Opportunities – When Does the Appearance of a Political Candidate on a Broadcast Program Trigger Equal Time Obligations?

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP In the last few days, much has been written about the decision of a national radio broadcaster to prohibit the host of a country music radio program from airing an interview of a Democratic Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on a nationally syndicated program. This decision has prompted many questions… read more

Are You Set for August 7?

Although the MAB has advised its members in Michigan, FEMA and the FCC issued a joint release on July 24, regarding the nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 2:20 p.m. Eastern Time.  The nationwide test will be sent to radio and television stations through FEMA’s Integrated Public… read more