Category: February 2020

Governor Whitmer Activates State EOC in Response to Coronavirus; MAB Announces Extra Precautions at Media Show

Today (2/28), Governor Gretchen Whitmer activated the state Emergency Operations Center to coordinate with state, local and federal agencies to help prevent the spread of Novel Coronavirus. The governor, Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Director Major General Paul Rogers, and Captain Emmitt McGowan of the Michigan State Police… read more

MAB Goes to Capitol Hill!

This past week, your MAB traveled to Washington for the NAB Leadership Conference and to meet with lawmakers to share success stories and discuss issues facing broadcasters in Michigan. 18 Members joined the MAB February 24-25. (L-R) Dan Boers, WOOD-TV; Tim Feagan, iHeartMedia; Andrew Kohlrieser of Congressman Bill Huizenga’s office; Kim Krause, WXMI-TV; Kevin Dunaway,… read more

Over $20,000 Raised During WLEN 2020 Kiwanis Radio Auction

The Kiwanis Club of Adrian, in partnership with Lenawee Broadcast’s WLEN-FM, hosted its 26th Annual Radio Auction on February 8. The auction featured hundreds of items donated by local businesses up for bid. The event was broadcast live, raising over $20,000 to benefit the Adrian community. Major Event sponsors included Old National Bank, Iott Insurance… read more

Three Michigan Stations Finalists in NAB Crystal Awards

Three Michigan stations have been announced as finalists for the 33rd annual NAB Crystal Radio Awards. Congratulations to WKQI-FM (Detroit), WSGW-AM (Saginaw) and WWJ-AM (Detroit). Since 1987, the NAB Crystal Radio Awards have recognized radio stations for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service. Winners will be announced and the finalists honored at the We… read more

Midwestern Broadcasting Closes on WKLT; New Morning Show and Simulcast

On February 24, Midwestern Broadcasting closed on its purchase of Northern Broadcast’s WKLT-FM (Kalkaska/Traverse City) and, on first day of ownership, brought back Steve ‘Omelette’ Normandin to the station’s morning show.  “Omelette & Friends” was previously heard on WKLT from 2006-2016.  He later hosted mornings on WGFN/WCHY.  Joining ‘Omelette’ will be Derek ‘Sasquatch’ Geisser, who… read more

WKAR’s Elkins Speaks on NextGen TV at APTS Public Media Summit

WKAR Public Media (East Lansing) Director of Broadcasting and General Manager Susi Elkins spoke this past Tuesday (2/25) at the 2020 APTS Public Media Summit in Washington, D.C. during a session titled “Collaboration with National Partners on Spectrum Opportunities.”  WKAR is one of the public stations that is currently experimenting with NextGen TV technology and… read more

March Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters—Children’s Television Reports, Lowest Unit Rate Windows, EEO Audit Responses, AM Revitalization Comments, License Renewal Preparation and More

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP As the calendar flips to March, many of us have put our trust in Punxsutawney Phil’s weather forecasting expertise that an early spring is coming. A surer place to put our trust, however, is in the guarantee that there are always some regulatory dates about which broadcasters should be… read more