Category: March 2019

Statewide Tornado Drill: Wednesday, March 27

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared  March 24-30 to be Michigan’s Severe Weather Awareness Week.  Broadcasters and Emergency Management partners statewide are encouraging Michiganders to conduct a statewide tornado drill at 1 p.m. ET this Wednesday, March 27.   Broadcaster participation will take place with an EAS Required Monthly Test at 1 p.m. on March 27.  As with… read more

E.W. Scripps to Acquire WXMI-TV

The E.W. Scripps Company is acquiring eight television stations in seven markets from the Nexstar Media Group, Inc. transaction with Tribune Media as it continues executing its plan to enhance the strength and operating performance of its Local Media portfolio. The acquisition grows the Scripps local television station footprint to 59 stations in 42 markets… read more

Greg Smith Named WXYZ-TV Local Sales Manager

Greg Smith has been named local sales manager of E.W. Scripps’ WXYZ_TV (Detroit).  Smith is an accomplished sales executive in Metro Detroit with traditional and digital media sales and marketing experience. Most recently, he was vice president and general manager of Cumulus Media Detroit, where he managed WDVD-FM and WDRQ-FM. He has also served as the general sales… read more

Brian Holmes to join Up North Radio

Up North Radio has announced that Brian Holmes will join its WBZX-FM (Big Rapids) as afternoon host, starting in April.  He will also serve as an account executive from the station as well as sister stations WCKC-FM and WCDY-FM, both based in Cadillac. “Over 20 years ago, (WBZX co-owner) Dom (Theodore) talked of his dreams… read more

Bill to End Daylight Saving Time Introduced

State Representative Michelle Hoitenga (R-Manton) introduced House Bill 4303 to eliminate the biannual time change nationally established in the 1960s. Similar legislation was introduced in 2015 and 2017 but was never voted out of committee. The language of the original bill would keep Michigan on Eastern Standard Time, but Hoitenga wants to amend it to daylight saving time year-round… read more

Senators Ask AT&T/DirecTV to Carry Local into Local

Four U.S. Senators are pushing AT&T/Direct TV to deliver local TV station signals on Direct TV to 12 rural communities across the country, including one in Alpena, that receive imported programming from affiliates in New York or Los Angeles. The lawmakers wrote a letter (read here), saying their constituents are shortchanged by lack of access to local broadcasting… read more

Post NAB Detroit 2019!

Key Code Media is bringing the best of the NAB 2019 show back to Detroit on Tuesday, May 21 at Punch Bowl Social … as well as over 30 leading vendors showing the latest in media and entertainment technology. Come for the education, great food and drink and the chance to mix and mingle with… read more