Category: September 2016

House Votes to Open Legislative, Governor Records

Legislation expanding the Freedom of Information Act to mostly open up legislative and the governor’s documents passed the Michigan House of Representatives. The 10-bill package mostly ended the exemption the governor has always had from the Freedom of Information Act and created the Legislative Open Records Act (LORA) that declares what records of the Legislature… read more

U.S. Senate Commerce Committee: FCC Oversight Hearing Recap

Last week, the Senate Commerce Committee held a three-hour oversight hearing of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with all five Commissioners present. Below is a quick recap from the NAB of the broadcast-relevant issues that arose during the committee. Set Top Box (STB):  Chairman John Thune (R-SD) and Ranking Member Bill Nelson (D-FL) criticized the… read more

Associate Member Highlight: WTHS-FM (Hope College)

WTHS 89.9 FM started as a science experiment in 1956 when students Richard Brockmeier and Jack Hellriegel transmitted a signal from their dorm room through the wiring of the then new Kollen Hall on the Hope College campus. Today, WTHS, “The Voice of Hope College,” celebrates 60 years of broadcasting along the lakeshore from Grand… read more

Traffic Director Spotlight: Fran Campbell, WHMI-FM (Howell)

Nominate a Traffic Director you know!  Email Jamie White at Fran Campbell is Traffic Director for WHMI-FM in Howell.   Fran has been in traffic for 30 years! Q1: What is your favorite comfort food? Fran: Bacon cheeseburger with “the works.” Q2: Which Superhero would you be, and why? Fran:  Superman. I would love to fly. Q3: When I’m… read more

WSAQ’s Chuck Santori Raises $125,000 with Roofsit 2016!

WSAQ-FM (Port Huron) (Q Country 107) Program Director and Morning Personality Chuck Santori camped out on top of the Birchwood Mall in Port Huron last week, Sunday through Friday (9/18-23), in order to raise funds for St. Clair County Child Abuse/Neglect Council, which provides prevention programs for kids and raises awareness about child abuse. Santori… read more

Beth Handelong Named WXYZ Local Sales Manager

Beth Handelong is the new local sales manager for WXYZ-TV, the Scripps-owned, ABC affiliate, in the Detroit market. Handelong replaces Cathy Goltz who was promoted to director of sales at WPTV, the Scripps-owned station in West Palm Beach, FL. Before coming to Detroit, Handelong was the national sales manager at WMAR, the Scripps-owned station in… read more

National EAS Test Wednesday – Reporting Information Preview

A national test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) is scheduled for 2:20 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time this Wednesday, September 28, 2016.  A secondary test date is October 5, 2016, “if necessary.” All EAS participants are required to participate in this nationwide test.  This test will use the National Periodic Test (NPT) code, the location code… read more

WXYT-FM (Detroit) Wins Marconi Sports Station of the Year Award

CBS Radio’s WXYT-FM  (97.1 The Ticket) was named Sports Station of the Year at the 2016 National Association of Broadcasters’ (NAB) Marconi Radio Awards. The awards were announced Thursday night (9/22) at the 27th annual NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show held during the Radio Show in Nashville. Debbie Kenyon, VP/Market Manager for CBS Radio… read more