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#MABshow Alert: Gray Television’s Greta Van Susteren will Deliver 2020 Keynote

Just days ahead of Michigan’s Presidential Primary, Greta Van Susteren, the longtime political commentator and host of Gray Television’s “Full Court Press,” will deliver the keynote address at the 2020 Great Lake Media Show. The Great Lakes Media Show will take place March 3 and 4 at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing. Learn more… read more

Neilsen: U.S. Hemp-based CBD market could be a $2+ Billion Industry in 2020

Nielsen is projecting that the U.S. hemp-based CBD market could be a $2.25 billion to $2.75 billion industry in 2020. These conservative projections already account for hampered FDA rulings and other possible speed bumps for the hemp-CBD marketplace. Of course, broadcasters at this point are largely excluded from taking a piece of the cannabis advertising… read more

WOOD-TV’s Julie Brinks and Maranda Named Among “Influential Women”

WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids) General Manager Julie Brinks, along with on-air host Maranda, have been recognized as two of West Michigan’s “Most Influential Women.” The Grand Rapids Business Journal released its list of 50 women leaders in the West Michigan community on January 8.  Brinks and Maranda were chosen out of a list of nearly 250 applicants…. read more

WKAR Announces Launch of Apollo Public TV Platform in Partnership with Gaian Solutions

NextGen TV Accelerator Platform, Apollo PublicTV Platform Enables Public Broadcasters to Conceive, Design and Launch NextGen TV Services for Local Communities WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University and Gaian Solutions, Inc., announce the launch of Apollo PublicTV Platform, a NextGen TV accelerator platform for public broadcasters. Apollo PublicTV Platform offers broadcasters a suite of… read more

ENCO Founder Gene Novacek Passes

The MAB has learned that Eugene Novacek, who founded Southfield-based broadcast technology company ENCO has died from pancreatic cancer at age 61.  He passed away in New York City on January 1. Novacek was a professional engineer (P.E.) who held engineering degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He had early jobs at Bechtel… read more

WMUK Adds Second Frequency for Classical Programming

Western Michigan University’s WMUK-FM (Kalamazoo) has announced that it is expanding both its news and information programming as well as classical music and fine arts programming with the addition of a second frequency.  On January 20, the station will split its programming with WMUK 102.1 increasing the amount of news and information programming hours with… read more

McKibbin Media Acquires WCSR-AM/FM

After closing on the purchase of Bruce and Sue Goldsen’s Jackson Radio Works’ stations on December 16, Jamie and Katina McKibbin and their McKibbin Media Group have announced the purchase of WCSR-AM/FM (Hillsdale) from longtime second-generation owner Michael Flynn.  WCSR has been in the Flynn family since 1961. McKibbin, speaking to the Hillsdale Daily Reporter,… read more