Category: September 2019

WPBN Celebrates 65 Years

The past Friday, September 13, WPBN-TV (Traverse City) celebrated its 65th anniversary. The station began broadcasting on February 13, 1954 on Channel 7 and was owned by the Biederman family and their company, Midwest Broadcasting, along with WTCM-AM 1400 (now 580). Company president Les Biederman had signed on WTCM, Northern Michigan’s oldest radio station, in… read more

FCC Approves Nexstar-Tribune Deal; WXMI-TV Goes To Scripps

On Monday, September 16, the FCC approved the sale of Tribune Media to Nexstar Media Group.  The company closed and began operating the former Tribune stations on Thursday. As part of the deal, Nexstar was required to spin-off stations in certain Tribune markets where they already had stations, including Grand Rapids. WXMI-TV, formerly owned by… read more

Meet Your MAB Foundation Board Member of the Week: Kevin Oswald

Kevin Oswald started his professional broadcasting career at WCEN AM/FM Mt. Pleasant while still a student at Central Michigan University. In 1986 he joined the sales team at Holland Broadcasting Company stations WHTC and WYXX in Holland, Michigan eventually rising through the ranks to manage stations WHTC and WYVN for Midwest Communications. Kevin holds a… read more

MABF Offers Stations Assistance in Meeting EEO Requirements

With the growing concern surrounding the FCC’s EEO Rules, the MAB Foundation has created an opportunity to assist MAB member stations in meeting these requirements. The following is a brief description of an exciting program that will give your station an easy and affordable avenue to gain possible option A points and encourage the future… read more

TV Stations Seek Approval from MHSAA to Telecast/Stream High School Sports Live

The positive response to a May 2019 survey of MAB members asking if they would carry high school sports live or stream was overwhelmingly a YES. Background: The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Board of Directors established a policy decades ago that prohibits live television broadcasts of high school sporting events. With the plethora… read more

DPTV and WKAR Present Downton Abbey Movie Screenings

Both Detroit Public Television (DPTV/WTVS-TV) and WKAR Public Media (East Lansing) will be presenting advance screenings of the new Downton Abbey Movie for its viewers as a fundraiser.  The movie is scheduled for nationwide release on September 20. This Sunday (9/15), DPTV will present an advance screening of the new “Downton Abbey” feature film at… read more

State Budget Talks Stalled

Editor’s note:  Michigan experienced a State Government shutdown over the budget in 2007.   Stations should be prepared that should a shutdown occur again, many services may stop, including writing checks to vendors. The Associated Press reported Wednesday (9/11) that budget talks between GOP Leaders and Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer have broken down in a dispute… read more