Category: May 2022

WDET Partners with StoryCorps to Foster Connection Across America’s Political Divides

WDET-FM (Detroit) has partnered with StoryCorps — the national nonprofit dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs — as part of StoryCorps’ One Small Step Radio Station Hubs project. Citizens from across the political spectrum are invited to participate by signing up at wdet.org/onesmallstep. WDET is one… read more

Landowners Warned of Potential Liability of Up to $2,000,000 for Pirate Radio Operations on Their Property

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP The FCC (5/4/22) made public four letters to landowners warning them that there were unlicensed FM radio operations coming from their properties and warning that, if the transmissions continued past the 10-business day response period, the landowners could be held liable for penalties up to $2,000,000 for the unlicensed operations coming from their… read more

NextGen TV Service Evoca Partners with Heritage Broadcasting in Northern Michigan

Evoca, a new NextGen television service has announced the service will launch in Traverse City, Michigan this May. In partnership with Heritage Broadcasting. area residents will also have access to the regional sports network MISportsNow Plus.  Heritage owns WWTV/WWUP-TV in Cadillac. For $25 per month plus a receiver and no contract, Evoca subscribers will have… read more

No National EAS Test in 2022

According to FEMA, there will be no EAS or IPAWS test for broadcasters in 2022. This was announced at the NAB last week. According to a report appearing in Inside Radio, FEMA Deputy Assistant Administrator Antwane Johnson stated: “It will not happen this year.  We are planning to do that in the early part of… read more

More FCC Broadcast Applications Moving to LMS – Including Requests for STAs

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP The FCC this week released a Public Notice (that we mentioned in our update on regulatory dates for May) announcing that, on May 17, many new applications and other filings will be migrating to the FCC’s newer LMS filing platform.  These include many of the documents that had been, until recently, filed in the… read more

Governor Whitmer Signs Legislation Expanding Open Meetings Act

On May 2, Governor Whitmer signed House Bill 4705, which expands the Open Meetings Act to require certain state public bodies to create and maintain audio recordings of their meetings, expanding transparency and accountability. This brings the total of bipartisan bills signed to 811. “Transparency and accessibility are critical to ensuring people trust their state… read more