Category: Connecting to Local Communities

Federal Judge Orders Census Counting to Continue to October 31

A federal judge in California on Thursday (9/24) ruled that the 2020 Census will not end on September 30 as previously planned, but will and instead be extended to conclude on October 31. The Trump administration filed a notice on Friday (9/25) to appeal that decision, according to a report on NPR. Michigan Census 2020… read more

Entercom Holds Radiothon to Raise Money for Detroit Police Athletic League

On September 21,  Entercom/Detroit radio stations teamed together for the “Step Up to The Plate” Radiothon from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Entercom stations highlighted special prizes for donors every hour and brought stories about the great work PAL does in the community. The first 25 people to donate $1,000 received dirt from the… read more

WSAQ Raises Nearly $150K in Community Roofsit

Radio First/Liggett Communication’s WSAQ-FM (Port Huron) has raised a record $148,405 to benefit the Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN) Council. Q Country 107 WSAQ morning show host Matt Markham has spent this past week living on top of the MI Mutual Mortgage Building, soliciting donations for the CAN council. Markham told WJBK-TV that “We all… read more

WTLZ Holds Annual ‘Family Affair’ School Supply Giveway

On September 5, Alpha Media’s WTLZ-FM (Saginaw) held its second annual “Family Affair” school supply giveaway at the Dow Events Center. This year, it was a drive-thru event to pass out school supplies. In an interview with WNEM-TV, afternoon personality Yvonne Daniels said, “We know that it takes a village to take care of children… read more

WCMU Public Media hosts Back-to-School Virtual Conversation

On September 2, WCMU Public Media (Mt. Pleasant) hosted a “virtual conversation” on Zoom, offering insight on how local Michigan communities are approaching both online and in-person learning while keeping their communities safe.  “Returning to School” featured speakers including Superintendent of Gaylord Community Schools, Brian Pearson; Superintendent of Bay City Public Schools, Stephen C. Bigelow,… read more

WDIV Hosts Virtual Education Town Hall on Return-to-School Plans

On August 13, Graham Media Group’s WDIV-TV (Detroit) hosted a very successful live, virtual “Education Town Hall” on the return to school plans amid the coronavirus pandemic. Devin Scillian and Paula Tutman were joined by parents, students, and education leaders from across the state to answer questions on the complicated decisions being made by schools… read more

WQHH Holds 7th Annual Backpack Giveway

For the 7th year in a row, MacDonald Broadcasting’s Power 96.5 WQHH-FM (Lansing) held its annual Backpack Giveway on August 20.  This year’s event, held at the Don Johnson Fieldhouse in Lansing took all precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The station gave away free school supplies for local grade school kids on a first come,… read more

With COVID-19, West Michigan iHeart Stations to Present ‘Flashback Fridays’

MLive is reporting that West Michigan iHeart stations, faced with the postponement of the 2020 high school football season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be offering sports fans “Flashback Fridays” beginning August 28. The company’s WMAX-FM (Grand Rapids) and WMUS-FM (Muskegon) will be airing classic high school football matchups from the past for 10… read more

MHSAA Issues New TV Broadcast Rules; No Changes for Radio

The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) has notified Athletic Directors around the state that they’ve updated their rules on live video broadcast/streaming of events with limited spectatorship.  While radio rules remain the same, these changes loosen the rules for television and local over-the-air TV stations and cable channels may now broadcast games live. The… read more