Category: Broadcasting Industry News

FREE WEBINAR: Jacobs Media to Present the Techsurvey 2021 Results, Sponsored by Veritone

Jacobs Media will present its Techsurvey 2021 results in a free webinar on Thursday, May 6, at 2 p.m. Eastern, sponsored by Veritone. This year’s annual study, “Radio in the Year of COVID,” is comprised of more than 42,000 core radio listeners from 470 participating stations and charts the impact of COVID-19 and its disruptive… read more

Mike Schram Joins WILX as News Director

Veteran News Director Mike Schram has joined Gray Television’s WILX-TV (Lansing) as News Director, effective May 3. A graduate of Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, he started his career in broadcast journalism as a newscast producer at WLNS-TV in Lansing. He then spent several years as a producer at sister Gray station WJRT-TV (Flint). … read more

Kresge Foundation Joins Listeners to Fund New Transmitter for WDET

On April 22, the Kresge Foundation and Wayne State University’s WDET-FM (Detroit) announced a foundation grant to replace the station’s aging and failing transmitter to ensure over-the-air broadcasts for years to come. Station general manager Mary Zatina said that Kresge’s grant of $150,000 complements more than one thousand donations, large and small, raised from generous… read more

WLUC’s Steve Asplund Announces Retirement; Andrew LaCombe Named Next News Director

Veteran WLUC-TV (Marquette) News Anchor Steve Asplund has announced that he will retire in February 2022 after more than 42 years at the station.  WLUC Vice President and General Manger Rick Rhoades recently made the announcement. “Steve has served this station and this community for over 40 years,” Rhoades said. “No one is more trusted with… read more

Winners Announced in 2020 MAPME Broadcast Contest

The annual Michigan Associated Press Media Editors broadcast competition has announced their winners in the 2020 Michigan APME awards. In the broadcast category, General Excellence awards for 2020 went to WLNS-TV (Lansing); WDET-FM (Detroit) and WKAR-AM/FM (East Lansing). Michigan’s APME’s “Rising Star” broadcast award went to Angeline McCall of WXMI-TV (Grand Rapids). The Kalamazoo Gazette… read more

Chris ‘Boatman’ Herlein Passes

The MAB is sad to pass along word that Chris Herlein, affectionately known as “Boatman” by friends and listeners of WWKR-FM (Hart/Ludington), passed away April 18 at age 54, reportedly after contracting the COVID-19 virus. Herlein passed away at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital. In a article pubished in Shorelinemedia.net, his daughter Heidi Bennet recalled that… read more

Former WXYZ Anchor Diana Lewis Honored by Detroit Urban League

  On April 8, The Urban League of Detroit & Southeastern Michigan (ULDSEM) virtually held its 42nd Annual Salute to Distinguished Warriors Event. This annual event, which honors the legacy and impact of individuals that have contributed immeasurably in the areas of human and civil rights.  Among the honorees is retired WXYZ-TV news anchor Diana… read more