Category: December 2020

FCC Terminates Proceeding to Dedicate TV Channel in Each Market to Unlicensed Wireless Use

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP One of the last questions about the repacking of the television spectrum following the television incentive auction was whether there would be a UHF television channel set aside in each television market for unlicensed wireless uses.  Microsoft and other tech companies have been pushing for that set aside for years, arguing that more capacity… read more

MORE Act Passes House – But Don’t Rush to Run Marijuana Ads on Your Broadcast Station

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Last week, there was much written in the press about the MORE Act passing in the House of Representatives, taking actions to decriminalize marijuana under federal law.  This would include removing marijuana from Schedule I, which is the list of drugs whose use for almost all purposes is prohibited in the United… read more

Dick Haefner Retires After 51 Years in Detroit Radio

WJR-AM (Detroit) News Director Dick Haefner has announced his retirement after a remarkable 51-year career in radio news. Haefner, an award-winning newscaster, reporter, and news director, has been WJR News Director since 1989, and his tenure is unmatched by any other Detroit broadcast news director He is one of the most recognizable news voices in… read more

ATSC 3.0 On-Air in Detroit

On December 7, television viewers in the Detroit market started getting a taste of the future as five local TV stations band together to launch NEXTGEN TV (ATSC 3.0) in Detroit. The broadcast advance also signals the beginning of another project – the launch of the “Motown 3.0 Open Test Track” for merging automotive applications… read more

WEMU Celebrates 55 Years!

December 8 marked 55 years since Eastern Michigan University’s WEMU-FM first went on the air.  WEMU began broadcasting at a frequency of 88.1 FM in 1965 from the Quirk Building on Eastern Michigan University’s campus. In 1976, the station moved to King Hall, and in February 1977, WEMU began to feature a primarily jazz format…. read more

Tigers, Red Wings Reup with Entercom’s WXYT

Entercom’s WXYT-FM (Detroit) has announced that they will continue as flagship for Detroit Tigers baseball and Detroit Red Wings hockey under a multiyear contract extension with team owner Illitch Holdings, Inc.  The deal includes marketing and promotional opportunities on the rest of the Entercom Detroit cluster. “The Tigers and Red Wings are two of the… read more

WAKV-AM Otsego Sale Announced

Although as of this writing there has been no application filed with the FCC, industry press reports that Jim Higg’s Vintage Radio Enterprises is selling Oldies/Standards 980 WAKV-AM (Otsego) along with the construction permit for FM translator W255DF (Otsego) to Eric Mills and Scott Pastoor’s Quincy-Richard LLC. The buyers own WYGR-AM (Wyoming/Grand Rapids) and its… read more

WGHN, WMPA Wrap Up Annual Coat Drive

WGHN-AM/FM and WMPA-FM (Grand Haven), in conjunction with Pantenga’s Cleaners just wrapped up their annual coat drive.  As of press time, 759 coats have been dry-cleaned with another 400 to 500 coats waiting to be processed. After dry cleaning, all coats are being presented to the non-profit Love in Action for distribution.  The stations set… read more