Category: May 2019

WZZM’s Janet Mason Announces Retirement

WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids) President and General Manager, Janet Mason, has announced her plans to retire this summer after 22 years at the station and 44 years in the broadcasting industry. Mason was named President and General Manager of WZZM 13, the TEGNA owned ABC affiliate in Grand Rapids and West Michigan in January 1997. She… read more

WKZO’s Retired John McNeill Receives State Tribute

By: Jeana Gondek, WKZO WKZO’s newly retired John McNeill was recently recognized for his 40-plus years of radio reporting. At Tuesday night’s Kalamazoo County Commission meeting, McNeill was presented with a special award. The state tribute was created and written by Senator Sean McCann. It was also signed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the entire state… read more

WKAR-FM Names New Morning Edition Host

WKAR Public Media has announced that Mary Ellen Pitney will join the station as the Capital Region host and local producer for NPR’s Morning Edition on 90.5 FM WKAR-FM at Michigan State University. The announcement was made May 23 by Reginald Hardwick, Digital News Director at WKAR. Pitney joins the WKAR news team on June 10,… read more

Deal Reached in Michigan Auto Insurance Health Care Coverage

Gongwer reports that Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, and House Speaker Lee Chatfield confirmed publicly this morning  that the Democratic governor and the Republican legislative leadership reached an agreement on a bill to change how auto insurance covers health care for those injured in traffic crashes. “After constructive conversations over the past week,… read more

Video Looking at the Basics of the Online Public Inspection File and Quarterly Issues Programs Lists

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Looking for a brief explanation of the online public inspection file and Quarterly Issues Programs List, and how they will be viewed in connection with the upcoming license renewal cycle – including the potential fines for violations of the rules? The Indiana Broadcasters has just released this video of… read more

NATAS Michigan Announces 41st Annual Regional EMMY® Nominations

Television stations, cable networks, ad agencies and production houses throughout Michigan have received nominations for this year’s National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences/Michigan 41st Annual Regional EMMY® Awards. Tickets are now on sale for the EMMY® Awards ceremonies, to be held at the MotorCity Sound Board Theater on Saturday, June 15. Ticket purchase information is here…. read more

Congressman Tim Walberg will speak at #MABsummer, receive MAB’s Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award

Congressman Tim Walberg (R-7) has joined the list of speakers who will be on hand for the MAB’s Advocacy Conference & Annual Business Meeting on August 5-6 at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids.  Additionally, he will be honored with the MAB Board of Director’s Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award during the conference’s concluding Awards… read more

Meet Your Foundation Board Member of the Week: Julie Brinks

Julie Brinks serves as Vice President and General Manager of WOOD-TV (NBC), WOTV-TV (ABC) and WXSP-TV (My Network) and associated digital services including and, serving Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Battle Creek. Brinks has accumulated over 30 years of experience in local and national sales management, local programming and content, new business development, operations and strategic… read more