Category: COVID-19

WKAR Presents COVID Diaries: On the Front Line | American Portrait

On October 1 at 10 p.m., WKAR Public Media (East Lansing) will present “COVID Diaries: On the Front Line,” a WKAR original special produced as part of the PBS American Portrait project. Produced under social distancing and other health and safety guidelines required during a pandemic, the story is told through video captured remotely through… read more

WOLV Hosts COVID-19 Town Halls

Houghton Community Broadcasting’s 97.7 The Wolf (WOLV-FM) has begun broadcasting a series of town hall meetings to inform local residents of the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic to the Keweenaw Peninsula and the U.P. Produced by the Health Research Institute at Michigan Technological University, “COVID-19 Impact & Response,” features moderators Steve Elmer and Kelly Kamm,… read more

WKAR Teams Up with MSU’s College of Engineering for Mask Video

WKAR Public Media (East Lansing) has collaborated with Michigan State University’s College of Engineering to produce a video showing the effectiveness of wearing a mask during the current COVID-19 pandemic.  Entitled “Display it, don’t spray it,” the video features Dr. Rob Stephenson, science educator and Emmy-award winning host of WKAR’s Curious Crew, along with high-resolution, slow-motion… read more

Governor Whitmer Signs Bill to Provide Funding for Enhanced Federal Unemployment Benefits

On September 8, Governor Whitmer signed Senate Bill 745, which appropriates $2.8 billion in supplemental funding from federal revenues awarded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to cover a temporary $300 per week enhanced federal payment for eligible Michiganders receiving unemployment benefits. As part of the FEMA program, the additional $300 per week in unemployment… read more

MHSAA Council Reinstates 2020 Football Season; Full Fall Competition Schedule Authorized

The Fall 2020 football season was reinstated Thursday (9/3) by the Representative Council of the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) after Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order 176 lifted restrictions that previously did not allow the sport to be played. Whitmer’s executive order also allows for an immediate start of competition boys soccer; Lower Peninsula… 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

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

WIKB Presents Virtual Livestock Auction

With the COVID-19 Pandemic here, Iron River Community Broadcasting’s WIKB-FM (Iron River) conducted avirtual livestock auction on August 7 in conjunction with the Iron County Youth Market Livestock Council (ICYMLC). The auction was heard on WIKB-FM 99.1 and also available with a live online video feed on WIKB’s and ICYMLC’s Facebook pages. Bidding can be… read more