Category: March 2020

Larry Smith Passes

Longtime Michigan broadcaster and former MAB Board Member Larry Smith passed away unexpectedly in Rocky Mount, N.C., on March 14.  He was 74. Smith was born in Port Huron, Mich., on June 9, 1945, son of the late Charles and Marian (Cook) Smith. He married Kathleen Marie Smith on March 28, 1981, in Port Huron…. read more

FCC Chairman Commends Broadcasters’ Coronavirus Response, Calls for Further Action

From the FCC (3/17/20): Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai held a conference call yesterday with television and radio broadcasters and broadcaster trade associations to thank broadcasters for their efforts to educate the American people about the coronavirus pandemic and discuss additional ways that broadcasters can help Americans stay safe and informed during the coronavirus… read more

FCC’s 2018 Abolition of Main Studio Rules Means Broadcast Studios Do Not Need to Be Open to the Public During Coronavirus Outbreak

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP We’ve heard that some broadcasters are worried about staffing their main studios and allowing the public to visit the studios in this period where the government and health authorities have called for social distancing. With the elimination of the main studio and studio staffing rules back in 2018 (see… read more

WRIF’s James Campbell Named Host of Nationally Syndicated CheckpointXP Show

Beasley Esports, a division of Beasley Media Group, LLC has announced on March 11 that WRIF-FM (Detroit) producer James Campbell has been named the new host of the company’s nationally syndicated radio program, CheckpointXP. The show, heard on 70 radio stations across the United States and Canada on the Sun Broadcast Group Network, is also… read more

Robby Bridges & Rochelle Gagnon Join WKHQ

The “Robby and Rochelle” radio show will move to weekday mornings at MacDonald Garber Broadcasting’s heritage CHR WKHQ-FM (Traverse City) beginning March 30. The show, hosted by Robby Bridges and Rochelle Gagnon, was previously heard at WDVD-FM (Detroit) and WSHK-FM (Portsmouth, N.H.). Bridges assumes the reigns of programming as PD, while Gagnon will take on… read more

WXYZ Salutes Amanda Barberena – ‘One of Journalism’s Next Rising Stars’

MAB Foundation scholarship recipients were honored as part of the Student Awards Lunch at the Great Lakes Media Show on March 4. Amanda Barberena, the recipient of the Scripps Howard Foundation, WXYZ-TV 7 Detroit Scholarship, , was spotlighted by the station just days after the scholarship was presented. Barberena is a junior at Michigan State… read more

McKibbin Media Debuts ‘99.5 The Dale’ in Hillsdale

Following the closing of its purchase of WCSR-AM/FM, McKibbin Media has flipped WCSR-AM and its companion FM translator to a country format under the handle “99.5 The Dale.” The station is Hillsdale County’s only country format radio station, broadcasting on both 1340 AM and 99.5 FM. WCSR-FM 92.1 continues with its adult contemporary format featuring… read more

mediaBrew Launches New 106.1 ‘The Sound’

On March 2, mediaBrew Communications launched a new station in Marquette, the “all new 106.1 The Sound.”  The station is a soft adult contemporary format, branded as a place to “rediscover your favorite songs you haven’t heard in decades.” Core artists to be heard on the station include The Beatles, Chicago, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac,… read more