Category: Broadcasting Industry News

Michigan Literacy Crisis Explored in New Documentary from WKAR

WKAR Public Media (East Lansing) has debuted a new documentary, Right to Read, which presents the moving story of Michigan families attempting to secure the right to read for their children.  Faced with challenging circumstances — like social inequity, Michigan’s Read by Grade Three law, and limited access to books — parents, educators and experts… read more

Jacobs Media Announces Public Radio Tech Survey 2021

Michigan-based Jacobs Media is planning its annual Public Radio Tech survey (PRTS) in conjunction with PRPD (Public Radio Program Directors Association). The survey will take place from late June through July.  . “The goal of these PRTS studies is to help public radio stations better understand the impact change and disruption have on their operations… read more

NAB’s Service to America Award Special Offered to Stations

For the second year, The Celebration of Service to America Awards will return as a broadcast radio and television special to premiere on July 10, 2021, at 7 p.m. ET. In partnership with Trailer Park Group, Disney Media Networks and Nielsen, the NAB Leadership Foundation will provide a broadcast-quality pre-recorded special showcasing excellence in community… read more

Darrin Rockcole Returns to WILX

Former WILX-TV Chief Meteorologist, Darrin Rockcole, who retired from the station in June of 2020, is returning on a freelance basis. Rockcole will be working as Weekend Meteorologist on News 10 Today Weekend Edition 6 a.m.  – 8 a.m., News 10 at 6 p.m., and News 10 at 11 p.m. “We appreciate Darrin helping cover… read more

PILOT Opening Application Window for 2021 Innovation Challenge

Challenge winners will showcase working prototype at 2021 NAB Show in Las Vegas Proposal deadline set for 5 p.m. ET on July 9 PILOT, the NAB’s technology innovation initiative, will be accepting submissions for the PILOT Innovation Challenge through 5 p.m. ET on July 9. The program will provide mentorship and promotion to winning proposals,… read more

Cadillac-Based TV Network NewsNet Wins National Award

NewsNet, America’s first 24/7 news headline diginet, was recognized last week for its exceptional news promotion efforts at this year’s national Broadcast Production Awards. The network, which is based in Cadillac but broadcasts over-the-air in more than 50 markets across the country, was awarded for the “Best Promotional Spot for News or Sports” for its… read more

Jayne Hodak Named News Director at WNEM

WNEM-TV (Saginaw) has announced today that longtime Michigan news producer Jayne Hodak will join the station as news director, effective June 21. Hodak has more than 25 years of broadcast news experience, including 16 years at WJRT-TV in the Flint/Saginaw/Bay City market, where she started as assistant news director before being promoted to news director…. read more

Roxanne Steele Will Co-Host WDRQ’s Broadway in the Morning

Roxanne Steele has been added as co-host of Broadway In The Morning radio show on Cumulus Media’s Detroit Country station WDRQ-FM, joining host Bill Broadway. Steele’s been a part-time host at the station since 2018. Before WDRQ, Steele worked middays on Audacy’s WYCD-FM and WDZH-FM in Detroit. Steele attended the Academy of Radio Broadcasting and… read more

8 Community Newspapers Welcome WCMU Michigan News Group Interns

After a two-week training period at WCMU Public Media in Mount Pleasant, eight students began their first day at community newspapers across central and northern Michigan Tuesday (6/1). The Summer 2021 class of Michigan News Group interns are part of an innovative internship program that trains young journalists in their craft and enhances local journalism… read more

Tom Shannon, Gone at 82

By Art Vuolo, Jr. We’re not sure if there are enough radio DJ’s to fill the shoes of all of the great names who we are losing. Now, we have to say farewell to Buffalo’s first homegrown Top 40 radio star who also worked in Detroit and Denver. He segued several times between the Niagara… read more