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  • WEYI-TV Owner Armstrong Williams Donating Atmospheric Water Units to Flint

    Howard Stirk Holdings (HSH), licensee WEYI-TV (Flint) and its owner Armstrong Williams has announced a partnership with RussKap Holdings to place atmospheric water units in Flint, Michigan. HSH will be donating many units to the City as part of its new partnership. HSH has worked as a leader in bringing new technologies to assist the… read more

  • Former WNEM News Anchor Passes

    The MAB has learned that former WNEM-TV (Saginaw) News Anchor Allison Payne passed away September 1 at age 57. Payne began in television news as an intern at WNWO-TV (Toledo).  Within months was promoted to main anchor of the station’s late evening newscast. Payne later moved to WNEM-TV as the co-anchor of the 6 and… read more

  • NAB Cancels October Vegas Show Due to COVID Concerns

    On September 15, The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) announced that the 2021 NAB Show scheduled to be held in Las Vegas from October 9–13, 2021 has been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns. The convention had already instituted a vaccine mandate for the convention, but had seen major exhibitors pull out in recent days. Select… read more

  • How to Host a Virtual Podcast Launch Party

    By: Seth Resler Jacobs Media Strategies When it comes time for launching a new podcast, or to launch a new season of a podcast, do it with style. Sure, you could just drop the first episodes and send out a press release, but why not step up your game and host a launch party? You… read more

  • Broadcast Compliance Services to Shut Down

    The MAB has learned that Broadcast Compliance Services (BCS) will be shutting their doors soon.  BCS has been used by broadcasters nationwide to promote job openings and help with EEO outreach efforts.  BCS was a service offered by the MAB, but was dropped early this year as usage of BCS declined dramatically over the years… read more

  • Michigan Radio Receives Grant to Expand Criminal Justice Reporting

    Michigan Radio has received a grant from the Public Welfare Foundation to expand the station’s criminal justice reporting. This will allow the station to do more reporting surrounding youth and adult criminal justice issues in Michigan. The public often does not have insight into how the criminal justice system operates or how public dollars are… read more

  • Broadcast Regulation Update

    By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week (9/4-10), with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations. The FCC opened the window for Fiscal Year 2021 regulatory fees which… read more

  • Art Vuolo Remembers 9-11 with Documentary on Radio’s Reaction

    Michigan-based “Radio’s Best Friend” Art Vuolo, Jr. has put together an extended 20th anniversary video of the awful attack on America, that as Art describes it, is “the only such special that shows how RADIO reacted on that terrible day. It’s a totally different perspective. It’s been aired on hundreds of radio stations across the… read more

  • Michele Aenlle-Hayes Joins WDIV-TV As National Sales Manager

    Graham Media Group’s WDIV-TV (Detroit) has announced today that Michele Aenlle-Hayes has been named the new National Sales Manager for the station.  Aenlle-Hayes most recently was a Sales Executive for LocaliQ, part of the USA Today Network. In her new role, Aenlle-Hayes will work with national clients on ad schedules for broadcast and digital, building… read more

  • McKibbin Media’s Greg Jackson Receives Distinguished Service Award

    McKibbin Media Group (Jackson) has announced that it’s very own Greg O’Connor is the recipient of Jackson College’s 2021 Distinguished Service Award.  The Jackson College Board of Trustees presents this award each year to an individual or individuals who demonstrate exemplary service both to the community and to the College. Honorees are selected for their… read more

  • Michigan Learning Channel Presents Statewide “Return to School” Townhall

    On September 8, the Michigan Learning Channel, Detroit Public Television and the COVID313 Coalition presented “Michigan’s Great Return to School Statewide Town Hall.”  The 90-minute virtual live event was presented on Facebook along with the Michigan Learning Channel and DPTV’s One Detroit websites.  The program featured discussion, guidance and resources to help make this a… read more

  • Monthly Engineering Spotlight: Justin Poquette

    MAB’s Engineering Spotlight is back on a monthly basis.  Nominate an engineer you know!  Email Dan Kelley at dkelley@michmab.com. Justin Poquette is Director of Network Engineering for Radio Results Network (Escanaba), a 5, then 9, then 10 and now 15 radio station group, He’s been there for 10 years part time *board op//engineering intern* and… read more

  • WRIF’s Steve Black Publishes Sci-Fi Novel

    Industry veteran and WRIF-FM (Detroit) weekend personality Steve Black has announced the publication of a new book, a sci-fi novel titled “The Last Child.” The book is about Kyle Jordan, the last child ever born on Earth as humankind faces the prospect of extinction. “I wanted the story to be as real as possible,” Black… read more

  • Brandstatter and Dierdorf to Retire at End of 2021 Michigan Football Season

    Prior to the start of the season opening Michigan Wolverine Football game on September 4, play-by-play announcer Jim Brandstatter and analyst Dan Dierdorf announced they both will be retiring at the end of the season.  Brandstatter has been heard on Michigan radio in some form since 1987. He was previously the color analyst while Frank… read more

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