Category: January 2020

Did You Know that There is a Rule that Broadcasters Have to Tell Their Audience that a Program Is Recorded When It Seems to Be Live? – FCC Sends a $50,000 Reminder

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Did you know that the FCC has a rule that requires that a broadcaster notify its audience that a program has been pre-recorded when the program “creates the impression” that it is live? Probably many broadcasters had forgotten about that rule (if they ever knew it existed). This week… read more

Help Celebrate 100 Years of Radio

From the NAB:  Radio turns 100 this year! To celebrate this important milestone, we’re kicking off a year of #Radio100 and putting the spotlight on radio’s enduring value. Our first feature, released in conjunction with Martin Luther King Jr. Day, highlighted radio’s integral role in fostering democracy and civil discourse. We’re using #Radio100 on social… read more

MAB’s Matt Treadwell to Coordinate Great Lakes Media Show

Due to recent staff changes at the MAB, Matt Treadwell, Marketing and Communications Manager for MAB, will also take on the responsibility of managing the Great Lakes Media Show with the usual help of all MAB staff.  “Everything is pretty much done,” said Matt. “We are just working on registration, last minute details and confirmations.”… read more

Erika Beasley Promoted to VP/Digital Content at Beasley Media Group

Beasley Media Group has announced that Erika Beasley has been promoted to Vice President of Digital Content at Beasley Media Group. Beasley most recently served as the Corporate Digital Content Director for Local Markets since 2019. In her new role, she will be responsible for overseeing content creation on the company’s many digital platforms. Previously,… read more

WZZM-TV’s New Initiative: Get Kids Reading

TEGNA-owned WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids) has announced a new initiative to get families reading: 13 Reads! Children from families who read and have books in the home have more success in life than those who don’t. Reading early affects their whole lives. We are asking parents and grandparents to read to their children and encourage them… read more

WMU Trustees’ Vote Brings WMUK Closer To Buying A Second Signal

Western Michigan University’s WMUK-FM (Kalamazoo) has won approval by the University’s Board of Trustees to acquire WKDS-FM from the Kalamazoo Public Schools (KPS). The Trustees approved a $191,000 plan, which includes a cash payment to the KPS as well as leasing fees, a studio refit at the school district and underwriting trade for KPS. WMUK… read more

Sovereign-AMC UP Deal Filed with FCC; Two Stations Spun To Separate Buyer

Applications were submitted to the FCC past week for a deal originally announced back in October, 2019.  At that time, Armada Media Partners, based in Fond du Lac, Wis., announced the purchase of Sovereign Communications radio stations based in Marquette and Iron Mountain. However, that deal has been restructured with two FMs being spun off… read more

FCC Chairman Pai Visits WLEN!

The Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, dropped by the studios of Lenawee Broadcasting’s WLEN-FM (Adrian) on January 23, during a visit for some meetings in Toledo, OH and looking at some rural fiber build out in the Tecumseh and Petersburg areas. During an on-air interview, the Chairman said he’s been very impressed… read more

63 Michigan Stations Air Governor Whitmer’s State of the State Address

We are proud to announce that Sixty three (63) Michigan broadcast stations, 27 television and 36 radio, carried the Governor’s State of the State address. The list of stations includes members of the MAB as well as the Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters (MAPB). The MAB provided commercial television broadcasters with a “clean” feed of… read more