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  • MAB To Offer Streaming Workshop for Radio Stations Wishing To Add Video to Sports Broadcasts

    The MAB worked with the MHSAA to amend their video streaming rules to allow broadcasters to carry local high school games, live. Broadcasters can now distribute live video of regular-season games from schools that are National Federation of High School (NFHS) members. That’s about 75% of schools in the state. Being able to cover these games… read more

  • FEMA Issues Alert on Vulnerability in EAS Encoder/Decoder Devices

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released a public notice which states that it recently became aware of certain vulnerabilities in EAS encoder/decoder devices which, if not updated to most recent software versions, could allow an intruder to issue EAS alerts over the host infrastructure (TV, radio, cable network). FEMA wrote, “This exploit was successfully… read more

  • Cumulus Appoints Derek Faulter as Grand Rapids VP/Market Manager

    Cumulus Media has announced that it has appointed Derek Falter as Vice President/Market Manager of Cumulus Grand Rapids and Cumulus Muskegon. Cumulus Media owns and operates eight radio stations in West Michigan, including four stations in Muskegon: WLCS-FM, WLAW-FM, WWSN-FM and WVIB-FM as well as four stations in Grand Rapids: WHTS-FM, WTNR-FM, WJRW-AM and WLAV-FM…. read more

  • Elliot Grandia Takes on Increased Role in FOX 17 Morning News

    Elliot Grandia, who started at WXMI-TV (Grand Rapids) in January, is taking on an increased role. Beginning on August 8, West Michigan viewers can see Elliot with his co-anchor Tessa DiTirro on weekdays from 6:00 – 9:00 a.m. FOX 17 Morning News. Previously he anchored from 4:30 – 6:00 a.m. “Elliot brings a refreshing energy… read more

  • How Radio Stations Can Use QR Codes

    By: Seth Resler Jacobs Media Strategies The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way many Americans behave. Among those changes is a significant increase in the use of QR codes. An eMarketer Insider Intelligence report estimates that “the number of U.S. smartphone users scanning a QR code will increase from 83.4 million in 2022 to 99.5 million… read more

  • Haley Fiaschetti Joins WWTV/WWUP-TV Weather Team

    Heritage Broadcasting’s WWTV/WWUP-TV (Cadillac) announced that Haley Fiaschetti joined the station’s Doppler 9&10 Weather Team last month.  A Massachusetts native, Fiaschetti is a graduate of Northern Vermont (formerly Lyndon) University, where she graduated with a B.S. in Atmospheric Science and A.S in Electronic Journalism. During her time in Lyndon, she was a part of the… read more

  • Why Federal and State Issue Ads Have Different Broadcast Public File Requirements

    By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Recently, I’ve received many calls from broadcasters about the FCC public file obligations for issue ads (those ads not bought by legally qualified candidates or their authorized committees) – particularly concerning the different treatment between issue ads dealing with federal candidates or federal matters, and those dealing with state and… read more

  • WYCD/Detroit Ups Josh Holleman to Assistant Brand Manager

    Audacy has elevated Josh Holleman to Assistant Brand Manager of WYCD-FM (Detroit). Holleman will continue in his role as morning show co-host for the station. “We couldn’t be happier to add Assistant Brand Manager stripes to Josh Holleman here at WYCD,” said Tim Roberts, Country Format Vice President, Audacy. “Josh has demonstrated his leadership on… read more

  • WRSR/Flint Midday Personality Derek Sorenson Passes

    The MAB is sad to share the news that Derek Sorenson, midday host at Krol Communication’s WRSR-FM (Flint) has died.   In a post on the station’s website, Program Director Jeremy Fenech wrotes, “We are heartbroken to report that our beloved Derek Sorenson passed away unexpectedly on July 16, 2022. He loved hosting events and making… read more

  • WKAR’s Megan Schellong Accepted to National New Voices Program

    Megan Schellong, WKAR-AM/FM (East Lansing) Morning Edition local host and producer, has been selected by AIR (Association of Independents in Radio) to join their 2022 class of New Voices. Since 2009, the New Voices program has been working to pair industry leaders with underrepresented and early-career media makers to connect, reflect and engage on their… read more

  • Classical IPR Welcomes First-Ever Digital Content Manager

    Interlochen Public Radio’s “Classical IPR” recently welcomed its first-ever digital content manager to the station staff. Kacie Brown comes to northern Michigan after having completed undergraduate and graduate degrees in music performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Brown also holds a journalism certificate from Indiana University’s The Media School. “The musical community Classical… read more

  • WXMI-TV Launches “FOX 17 Unfiltered”

    Scripps’ WXMI-TV (Grand Rapids) has announced the debut of FOX 17 Unfiltered! The show takes a unique approach to connect with viewers and their community, focusing on the positives. The show, hosted by Max Goldwasser, goes below the surface to bring viewers to the heart of every story. Most of the stories featured will fall… read more

  • Podcasting Has a Privacy Problem

    By: Seth Resler Jacobs Media Strategies Last August, I once again attended the Podcast Movement conference in Nashville. Every few years, I like to drop in on the breakout session titled, “Yes, That Marketing Advice for Your Podcast is BS.” This annual session is hosted by Rob Walch, VP of Podcaster Relations at Libsyn. Rob… read more

  • Looking at Legislative Proposals that Would Allow Broadcasters to Accept Marijuana Advertising

    By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP As more and more states revise their laws to decriminalize or legalize marijuana use (for medical and recreational purposes), and more and more cannabis businesses in those states begin operations, broadcasters have been looking to provide their advertising services to these new companies.  But, as we’ve written before… read more

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