Category: November 2019

USDA Issues Interim Rules for Hemp Production – How Does it Affect CBD Advertising?

Editor’s note:  On Thursday, November 21, 2019 from 3 – 5 p.m., the MAB will present a live webinar “Preparing for the 2020 Elections” with David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP and Bobby Baker, FCC.  2020 is bound to be a very active year for political broadcasting. Who do you have to sell advertising time… read more

Senate Floats Bare Bones Renewal of STELAR, Michigan Broadcasters Urge Senator Peters to Voice Opposition

Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Chair of the Senate Commerce Committee, introduced a straight forward bill to renew STELAR this week. In response, MAB television members have flooded Michigan Sen. Gary Peters’ office with letters in opposition, asking him to let the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Commerce Committee, Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), know… read more

George Beasley to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award from the Broadcasters Foundation of America

George Beasley, Founder and Chairman of Beasley Media Group, will be honored with the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Broadcasters Foundation of America’s Golden Mike Award dinner. The gala, which is an annual fundraising event for the Broadcasters Foundation’s mission of helping broadcasters in need, will be held on Wednesday, March 4 at the… read more

WOOD-TV’s Bill Steffen Celebrates 45 Years

On Tuesday, WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids) Chief Meteorologist Bill Steffen celebrated 45 years of tracking weather in West Michigan.   Steffen came to West Michigan in 1974, joining the staff of WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids).  It was during the blizzard of 1978, with every other meteorologist snowed in, he did every weathercast on the station, morning noon and… read more

WYCD Hosts Fox Theatre Benefit for Military Families

On November 6, Entercom’s WYCD-FM (Detroit) hosted “Stars and Strings,” a benefit for military families with an artist lineup that would look impressive on a major festival bill, let alone performing together in the relatively intimate environment of a theater: Heavyweight hit-makers including Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Ryan Hurd, Jon Pardi… read more

WJBK’s Ken Krato Passes

Former WJBK-TV (Detroit) Editor/Journalist Ken Krato passed away at age 77 on October 31.  Krato, who retired from the station in 2015 after nearly five decades, was the recipient of numerous awards during his career, including at least two prestigious Edward R. Murrow Honors.   He began his career at the Miami Herald before joining United… read more

Cromwell Group Expands into Michigan

Nashville, Tenn.-based group owner Cromwell Group, which operates 31 stations in Tennessee, Illinois and Kentucky is moving into Michigan with purchase of WABJ-AM/WQTE-FM (Adrian) from Friends Communications of Michigan.  The sale was filed with the FCC on November 1. Cromwell Group was established in 1969 when Founder/President Bayard H. Walters applied to the FCC for… read more