Category: November 2019

Beasley Buys Overwatch League’s Houston Outlaws

Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc., a multi-platform media company providing advertising and digital marketing solutions across the United States through its radio broadcast and digital operations, announced today that it acquired the Overwatch League’s Houston Outlaws esports team from an affiliate of Immortals, LLC (d/b/a Immortals Gaming Club). The Overwatch League is the first major global… read more

Flint Gospel Radio Personality Sam Williams Passes Away at 93

WDZZ-FM (Flint) air personality Sam Williams, host of the popular “Sunday Morning Gospel,” has passed away at age 93.  He hosted the program for 40 years and helped launch the radio station in 1979 as Flint’s first black-owned FM radio station. In an interview with WJRT-TV, WDZZ Program Director August Wallace described William’s voice as… read more

STELAR Bill Passes House Judiciary Committee

Chairman Nadler (D-NY), Ranking Member Collins (R-GA) and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) reached a compromise Wednesday evening on Lofgren’s amendment relating to the required time frame within which AT&T must serve all 210 markets with local-into-local (180 days) in order to use the bill’s narrowed/permanent distant signal license for RVs/trucks and short markets on an… read more

FCC Announces Schedule for Transition to Annual Children’s Television Reports

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Earlier this week, the FCC released a Public Notice announcing its plans for the initiation of new annual reporting requirements for TV stations under the revised Children’s Television Rules. As we wrote here, the FCC this summer adopted changes in the rules governing the broadcast of educational and informational… read more

STELAR Renewal Update: Thank You Members

Thanks to our TV members who gave an all-out effort to appeal to Senator Gary Peters asking him to let STELAR expire. Yesterday (11/14), the Senate Commerce Committee was scheduled to mark-up a bill offered by Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) that would reauthorize the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELAR) for five years. NAB… read more

WLEN’s ‘Thank A Vet’ Fundraiser Raises $30,570.69

On November 11, WLEN-FM (Adrian) hosted it’s 14th Annual Thank a Vet Day. This day is in celebration of Veterans Day and is an event to raise funds and awareness for homeless and other veterans in need in Lenawee County. The event raised $30,570.69 between 5 a.m. and 7 p.m. for the “Veterans Dire Need… read more

WXYZ-TV Teams Up with Art Van for 11th ‘Together We Can’ Community Food Drive

For the 11th consecutive year, WXYZ-TV (Detroit) and Art Van Furniture are teaming up with Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan to fight hunger in metro Detroit with their annual “Together We Can” food drive. They will be collecting non-perishable food donations from through Saturday, November 30. “We know every can, bag or box… read more

State Legislative Report

State of Michigan issues and concerns facing broadcasters: Time Change Bill Back Again (11/12/19) The House passed a bill to stop the biannual time change leaving Michigan on Daylight Savings Time.  Representative Michele Hoitenga (R-102) introduced the bill (H.B. 4303) which now moves to House Ways and Means Committee. This bill was introduced a year… read more

WNMU-TV Welcomes New Producer and Host

Northern Michigan University’s WNMU-TV (Marquette) has announced that Elizabeth Peterson has joined the station as our new Producer and Host. Peterson has worked for Northern Michigan University for the past six years as the sales manager for the Northern Center. Prior to that, she was at WLUC-TV (Marquette) where she co-anchored with Steve Asplund and… read more