Category: August 2019

Meet Your New MAB Board Member of the Week: Debbie Petersmark

Debbie Petersmark serves as Vice President/General Manager of WILX Media, a Gray Television station which operates WILX-TV 10 (NBC), WILX.com, and WILX Digital. Debbie joined the station in 2000 as an Account Executive and served as General Sales Manager from 2014-2018. Prior to joining WILX, she spent 10 years with Sparrow Foundation as the manager… read more

Michigan Republican Party Sues to Block Redistricting Commission

The Michigan Republican Party filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday to challenge what it calls the “unfair and unconstitutional proposed redistricting committee,” according to MIRS news service. The 25-page complaint filed in U.S. District Court’s Western Division, is the second lawsuit aimed to stop Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson from taking any steps to implement constitutional… read more

Effective Date of Most of the Changes to the Children’s Television Rules – September 16

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Notice was published in the Federal Register August 16 of the FCC’s changes in the children’s television rules – setting the effective date for most of those new rules as September 16. The elimination of the obligation to air three hours of children’s educational and informational programming for each… read more

WOOD-TV Celebrates 70 Years!

On August 15, 1949, the station now known as WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids) signed on.  Originally WLAV-TV and operating on channel 7, the station was the only one in Grand Rapids, carrying programming from NBC, CBS, ABC and the DuMont network. In a story published on WOODTV.com, the first broadcast was from a gala at Midtown… read more

WXYZ Honored with NABJ ‘Salute to Excellence’ Award

WXYZ-TV (Detroit) was honored with a Salute to Excellence Award from the National Association of Black Journalists at the NABJ’s annual convention and career fair in Florida on August 10. The award was given to the Bounce Detroit special, “Spotlight on the News: Inside Michigan’s African American Vote,” in the television top 15 market category… read more

WFQX-TV Transmitter Restored

Cadillac Telecasting Company’s WFQX-TV (Cadillac) reports that they’ve returned to over-the-air opearation following the August 2018 fire at the shared WWTV-TV transmitter site in Tustin.  Following the fire, a nationwide search was made to locate a sufficient substitute and an order was made for a custom built transmitter powerful enough to cover WFQX’s 30 plus… read more