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  • Upton, Walberg, Dingell Among 77 House Members to Support Bipartisan Local Radio Freedom Act in 117th Congress

    Michigan’s U.S. Reps. Fred Upton (R-6), Tim Walberg (R-7) and Debbie Dingell (D-12) were among the 77 bipartisan cosponsors of House Resolution in support of the Local Radio Freedom Act introduced this week in the Senate. For more than a decade, broadcasters have rallied allies in Congress to proactively take a stand against a performance… read more

  • Michigan Radio Announces The Moth Mainstage Drive-In Show ‘All These Wonders’

    It’s been over a year since fans of The Moth in Michigan have been able to gather in person for a night of live storytelling. Now, The Moth returns to Michigan for a unique drive in theater event. Although we still can’t gather in large numbers indoors, you can join Michigan Radio for a great… read more

  • FCC Proposes 8% Hike In Annual Radio Station Regulatory Fees

    For a third consecutive year the annual regulatory fees that the Federal Communications Commission proposes to collect from radio stations is going up, and this year’s planned increase is twice that of a year ago, according to a report in InsideRadio. The FCC has proposed to hike annual fees by eight percent in 2021 as… read more

  • Heritage Broadcasting Company Acquires Lake Effect Digital

    With the acquisition of Lake Effect Digital, Heritage Broadcasting will now be able to offer a full suite of digital solutions for businesses and organizations throughout Michigan. Along with the Mane Content team, Lake Effect Digital will become one of the most comprehensive and progressive digital agencies in Northern Michigan, offering a full line of… read more

  • ‘The Next Best Thing’ Media Tour Next Week in Michigan

    A consortium of broadcast tech manufacturers will be touring Michigan next week to show off their latest technology with stops in Grand Rapids, Lansing, Indian River and Detroit.  It’s an outdoor event at each location where engineers can check out some of the latest in innovative technologies.  Manufacturers include Broadcast Bionics, Comrex, DJB Radio, Angry… read more

  • Detroit SMPTE Presents ‘Harnessing the Power of 12K’

    The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) Detroit Section will host a free virtual meeting open to all members, guests and non-members on Tuesday, May 11 at 7:00 p.m. The topic will be “Harnessing the Power of 12K.” This virtual meeting is free and open to guests and non-members. In this session, Blackmagic… read more

  • Townsquare Promotes Jeff Luckoff, Eric Meier in Michigan

    On May 4, Townsquare Media Inc. announced that Grand Rapids Market President Jeff Luckoff will increase his responsibilities to include statewide oversight of Townsquare’s Michigan local media clusters. He will report to Townsquare Senior Vice President Todd Lawley. “In a very short amount of time Jeff has reset the culture, made key hires, and built… read more

  • Gray Picks Up Saginaw’s WNEM in $2.7B Meredith Acquisition, Will Sell Flint’s WJRT

    Gray will become the United States’ second largest television broadcast group when it acquires 17 Meredith stations, including WNEM-TV (Saginaw) in a $2.7 billion deal announced in a press release on Monday (5/3). Gray currently operates WJRT-TV (Flint), which shares in the DMA 73 market with Saginaw’s WNEM. To facilitate regulatory approvals for this transaction,… read more

  • FEMA Announces Date for NPT; August, 2021 EAS RMTs Cancelled

    FEMA has announced the dates for this year’s EAS National Periodic Test (NPT). The primary date is August 11, 2021 with the backup on August 25, 2021. The test will take place at 2:20 p.m. EDT. State SECC Chairman Gary Blievernicht said due to the NPT, all Required Monthly Tests (RMT) for August are cancelled. … read more

  • FCC Releases Closed-Captioning Quality Standards Guide

    Last week, the FCC released a guide summarizing TV closed captioning quality standards (accuracy, synchronicity, completeness, and placement). The guide includes best practices and discusses how TV stations must monitor and maintain their equipment and signal transmissions associated with closed captioning, perform technical equipment checks, take any corrective measures necessary to ensure that captioning is… read more

  • Patti Taylor Named Director of Sales at Beasley Media Group Detroit

    On April 29, Beasley Media Group announced that Patti Taylor has been named Director of Sales at the company’s Detroit-based properties, including WRIF-FM, WCSX-FM, WDMK-FM, WMGC-FM and the Praise Network. Taylor most recently served as the General Sales Manager of the Motor City-based radio cluster. Previously, she was Sales Manager at both WCSX-FM and WRIF-FM… read more

  • Sales Tips From the MAB’s Sales and Leadership Helpline with Mark Levy

    Q: Mark, our car dealers don’t have cars and have been cancelling. What can we do? Mark: Take a step back and remember that most dealerships make most of their money in service. Now, if you are like me, you HATE to wait on anything that is being taken to a repair shop. That could… read more

  • FCC Rules for All-Digital AM Radio Become Effective – Will There Be a Flood of Applications?

    By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP The FCC’s order adopted in late October authorizing AM stations to voluntarily convert to operations in a fully-digital mode became effective yesterday when the approval of its information-collection obligations under the Paperwork Reduction Act was announced in the Federal Register.  This means that AM stations can opt for full-digital operations, which many have argued will… read more

  • What the Privacy War Between Apple and Facebook Means for Radio Broadcasters

    By: Seth Resler Jacobs Media Strategies Apple has begun rolling out the latest version of its operating system for mobile devices, iOS 14.5. Along with the usual assortment of new features is a long-anticipated change to the way the company deals with the privacy of its users, and this change will reverberate throughout the world… read more

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