Category: September 2021

Star Country 106.7 Signs On in Northern Michigan

Following its acquisition by MacDonald Garber Broadcasting, WSRT-FM (Gaylord) has returned to the air as “Star Country 106.7.”  The new format launched September 17 following a week of stunting including Christmas music and Classic Rock songs.  According to press reports, the 100kw FM is focusing on country hits of the 80s through early 2000s.  Core… read more

Jeanna Trotman Joins WXYZ-TV

Jeanna Trotman has joined WXYZ-TV (Detroit) as weekend sports anchor. She is also a sports reporter during the week, working in collaboration with Sports Director Brad Galli.  Trotman, once a WXYZ intern, began her television career in 2014 at KAAL, the ABC affiliate in Rochester, Minnesota where she served as Sports Director. Trotman then returned… read more

NAB Announces Refund/Credit Information for Cancelled Show

As mentioned in last week’s MAB News Briefs, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) announced that the 2021 NAB Show scheduled to be held in Las Vegas from October 9–13, 2021 has been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.  This week the association issued information on registrations and refunds for the cancelled show: What will happen… read more

WCSX Unveils Michigan’s Alice Cooper Court

On September 23, WCSX-FM (Detroit) Morning Personality Big Jim O’Brien from Big Jim’s House joined Motor City rock Legend Alice Cooper to unveil Alice Cooper Court at Eloise Asylum (30712 Michigan Avenue) in Westland, Michigan. “Alice Cooper Court” is the third street name created by WCSX honoring Motor City rock icons. Other Detroit area landmarks… read more

Looking at the Court Decision Which Led to the Shuttering of Locast’s Retransmission of Local TV on the Internet

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP In recent weeks, decisions of a U.S. District Court judge in the Southern District of New York led to the suspension of service by the Internet streaming company Locast, which built its business on streaming local television stations generally without obtaining the consent of TV stations or the… read more

WLCO-AM Sold to Smile FM

Townsquare Media has filed an application to transfer the license of WLCO-AM (Lapeer) to group operator Smile FM, based in Imlay City.  The application was filed on September 14.  The proposed Assignee (Smile FM) is also applying to convert the station to noncommercial/educational classification.  WLCO is a 5kw daytimer on 1530 kHz with a two-tower… read more

WGVU Cool Teacher Returns

WGVU Public Media (Grand Rapids) has announced the return of its Cool Teacher contest, saying even though school may still look a bit different this year, learning and fun are still happening in classrooms across West and Southwest Michigan. The station has hosted the contest for 20+ years and the contest highlights dedicated, creative and… read more