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  • 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

  • NAB’s Smith tells Senate: ‘Americans Turn to Their Local Broadcasters First for the Most Trusted and Reliable Information’

    NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith testified on Thursday (4/15) before the Senate Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications, Media, and Broadband to promote broadcasting as the best investment for the Administration’s vaccine-promoting advertising message, which is backed by over $1 billion in COVID-19 aid funding. He spoke during the subcommittee hearing, “Shot of Truth: Communicating… read more

  • Paul Jacobs to Receive MSU Outstanding Alumni Award

    Michigan State University’s school of Communication, Arts and Sciences has announced Paul Jacobs, Vice President/General Manager of Jacobs Media and President of jācapps is a recipient of its Outstanding Alumni Award. The announcement was made by Dean Prabu David on behalf of the department’s Alumni Board. Jacobs is one of five MSU graduates receiving the… read more

  • Closing Out the Incentive Auction and TV Repack – FCC Reminds Broadcasters of End Dates for Submitting Invoices for Repacking Expenses

    By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP The Commission’s staff last week issued a Public Notice reminding broadcasters that  the reimbursement program for those broadcasters displaced by the repacking of the television band after the incentive auction is coming to an end.  The FCC reminded broadcasters eligible for reimbursement (including certain FM stations and LPTV licensees… read more

  • Timothy Nicholson Elected Chair Of Detroit Public TV’s Board Of Trustees

    Detroit Public TV’s (DPTV) Board of Trustees has elected as its new chair Timothy Nicholson, the chief operating officer of PVS Chemicals, Inc. He replaces Hannan Lis, principal and chief operating officer of The WW Group, Inc., who served two years and will remain on the board as a trustee. The board also elected the… read more

  • WDIV Presents ‘Coronavirus Crisis: The Vaccines’

    On April 14, WDIV-TV (Detroit) presented a live, hour-long special called “Coronavirus Crisis: The Vaccines.” The hour-long primetime special was hosted by anchors Devin Scillian and Kimberly Gill along with the station’s Good Health Medical Expert Dr. Frank McGeorge. McGeorge interviewed Dr. Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Advisor to President Biden, about why he thinks things… read more

  • Audacy Study Finds Radio, TV News Sway Those Who Are Hesitant To Get COVID-19 Vaccine

    Audio has the power to sway those reluctant to get a COVID-19 vaccine, followed closely by TV news, according to a new survey from Audacy (formerly Entercom). Results from the radio company’s Vaccine Hesitancy Custom Survey show that audio is the most trusted source of information about the COVID vaccination (46%), just ahead of TV… read more

  • Specs Howard School of Media Arts in Transition

    The Detroit Free Press reports that The Specs Howard School of Media Arts, responsible for the careers of thousands of radio and TV professionals in Michigan and beyond, is poised for a major transition. The paper reports that the 51-year-old broadcasting school is in talks with “another highly regarded school” to absorb the Specs Howard name… read more

  • WCFX Sold to Black Diamond

    In an application filed with the FCC on April 9, Traverse City-based Black Diamond Broadcast Group is acquiring Grenax Broadcasting’s WCFX-FM (Clare/Mt. Pleasant). Black Diamond Broadcasting, owned by life-long Michigan residents and long-time broadcasters Mike Chires and Norm McKee, own and operate radio stations throughout central and northern Michigan, including Houghton Lake based 98.5 WUPS,… read more

  • 3 Key Differences Between Your Radio Station’s Desktop Website and Mobile Website

    By: Seth Resler Jacobs Media Strategies Sometimes, when listeners visit your radio station’s website, they do so using desktop or laptop computers; sometimes they do so using mobile devices, like a phone or tablet. Do not treat these two groups of visitors the same. The key to creating a compelling web experience for visitors is… read more

  • Are You Taking Full Advantage of Your MAB Membership?

    By: Karole L. White, MAB President/CEO The MAB Sales and Leadership Helpline just launched last month is available to all MAB Member stations and staff. I thought you should see some of the great comments from people after they have spoken with Mark Levy, Revenue Development Resources, the person behind the MAB Sales & Leadership… read more

  • Supreme Court Reinstates 2017 FCC Changes to Broadcast Ownership Rules Including the End to Newspaper-Broadcast Cross-Ownership Ban – But Radio Changes Yet to Come

    By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP On April 1, The United States Supreme Court released its decision upholding the FCC’s 2017 changes to its ownership rules in the FCC v Prometheus Radio Project case (see our summary here).  Those rules had been put on hold in 2019 by a decision by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals which… read more

  • WDIV’s Larry Spruill Honored among Michigan Chronicle’s ’40 Under Forty’

    On April 1, the Michigan Chronicle honored 40 professionals who inspired others through vision and leadership, exceptional achievements and community service participation.  WDIV-TV (Detroit) reporter Larry Spruill, was one of those recognized during the virtual ceremony. Spruill was nominated because of his extensive coverage during the George Floyd Protests in the summer of 2020 as… read more

  • WKHM’s Scott Clow Wears Dress to Raise Money for Charity

    In an effort to promote Covid-19 vaccination on the first day it becomes eligible to anyone 18 and over, while also raising money for a good cause, WKHM-FM’s (Jackson) Scott Clow of the K-105.3 Morning Show took a celebrity up on a special challenge. Comedian Amy Schumer recently donned a formal evening gown when she… read more

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