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  • Max Goldwasser Joins WXMI-TV as Reporter/Anchor

    WXMI-TV (Grand Rapids) has announced that Max Goldwasser has joined the station as Reporter/Anchor. Goldwasser, a four-time award-winning journalist who comes to West Michigan from KTVZ-TV in Bend, Oregon where he spent three years “doing just about everything” in front of and behind the camera. He organized and hosted two weeks of Olympics content, covered… read more

  • WDET Fires Up New Transmitter

    Wayne State University’s WDET-FM (Detroit) has announced that it has put their new replacement transmitter on the air this past Tuesday (10/19).  The station reported earlier this year that both its 21-year-old transmitter had failed and its 34-year-old back-up transmitter was having severe problems, compromising sound quality and endangering broadcast continuity. WDET knew the equipment… read more

  • How to Write an Effective “Advertise With Us” Webpage for Your Radio Station

    By: Seth Resler Jacobs Media Strategies The “Advertise With Us” page is arguably the most valuable page on your radio station’s website. People who click through to this page have indicated that they are interested in giving you money. At this point, all you need to do is make it as easy as possible for… read more

  • Defamation by Tweet – Court Case Reminds Broadcasters to Take Cease and Desist Requests about Attack Ads Seriously

    By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP A recent controversial court of appeals decision on a defamation claim brought by Congressman Devin Nunes sends a signal to broadcasters about the care they need to give to reviewing commercial messages – particularly political attack ads – when questions are raised as to the truth of the assertions made… read more

  • Important Reminder: Biennial Broadcast Ownership Reports Due December 1, 2021

    The Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) Media Bureau recently issued a public notice reminding commercial and noncommercial broadcasters of their obligation to file their 2021 biennial ownership reports on FCC Form 323 or 323-E, respectively. In the notice, the FCC stated that it intends to take enforcement actions against stations that fail to file timely, complete… read more

  • MAB: “Local Journalists Are a Conduit Between Government and the Public”

    Michigan broadcasters shared the importance of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and access to public records with the Michigan House Oversight Committee on Thursday (10/14). “Local journalists are a conduit between government and the public and it’s essential that they have access to public records to protect the promise of transparency and accountability by… read more

  • NAB Announces Virtual 2021 Marconi Awards; Radio Show Change

    The presentation of the 2021 NAB Marconi Radio Awards and the State of the Industry Address by National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) President and CEO Gordon Smith will take place virtually on November 10, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. EST at and will be available on-demand on NAB Amplify. NAB also announced plans to integrate the… read more

  • WKAR Launches New Podcast: “Life, Meet Tech”

    WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University has announced (10/13) the launch of “Life, Meet Tech,” a new weekly podcast exploring the ways in which our daily lives intersect with technology and the impact technology has on us. The podcast is hosted by social scientist and technology enthusiast Prabu David, dean of the College of… read more

  • WXSP-TV Begins Live Local Hockey Team Coverage

    This Friday night (10/15), Nexstar Media’s WXSP-TV (Grand Rapids)(sister station to WOOD-TV) begins airing the home games of the Grand Rapids Griffins Hockey Team.  A total of 10 home games will air live on the station this season. The Griffins are the AHL affiliate to the NHL Detroit Red Wings. Griffins announcer Bob Kaser returns… read more

  • WILX-TV Holds Telethon To Find Bell Ringer Volunteers

    This past Wednesday (10/13), Gray Television’s WILX-TV held a different type of telethon; one that wasn’t intended to directly raise money, but rather intended to find volunteers in the community to help the Salvation Army this upcoming hollday season.  Every year, Salvation Army volunteers are out ringing bells and collecting toys to help make sure… read more

  • Big Ten Conference Announces The Lisa Byington Award

    The Big Ten Conference announced last week (10/7) that it will recognize a female student broadcaster each year with the introduction of the Lisa Byington Award. Michigan native Byington, a graduate of Portage Northern High School and Northwestern University has been called “a trailblazer in the industry.” She was just named the first woman to… read more

  • Got a Great Idea? Take These Digital Steps to Lock It In

    By: Seth Resler Jacobs Media Strategies Every now and then, you probably find yourself struck by a flash of inspiration — a brilliant idea that you don’t have the energy to invest in at the moment, but that you would like to return to when the time is right. Perhaps it’s a radio station for… read more

  • Al Allen Inducted Into 2021 Class of the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame

    On October 10, Al Allen, a radio and TV reporter on the streets of Detroit for 50 years, joined 6 other journalists with induction into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame. The ceremony was held at Michigan State University’s Kellogg Conference Center. Allen moved to Detroit from his hometown in Little Rock, Arkansas and started… read more

  • Former Congressman Dale Kildee Has Died

    Former Michigan Rep. Dale Kildee, who represented his hometown of Flint and the surrounding area in Congress for 36 years, died Wednesday (10/13) at 92. His death was announced by his nephew, Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI 5th District), who succeeded him after his 2012 retirement. Dale Kildee, also a Democrat, was elected to the House… read more

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