Category: August 2021

Debbie Hamlett to Join WCMU as Executive Director/General Manager

WCMU Public Media (Mt. Pleasant) has announced that Debbie Hamlett will be joining the station as its new Executive Director/General Manager, effective October 4. Hamlett has 20 years experience in public media. Hamlett joins WCMU from Nebraska Public Media, where she held a dual role as Executive Director for the station’s 501c3 Foundation board and… read more

Donovan Long Named Co-Anchor of WOOD-TV News 8 Daybreak

Nexstar Broadcasting’s WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids) has announced that Donovan Long has officially joined the station’s News 8 Daybreak as co-anchor alongside Teresa Weakley. Long makes the move from the station’s weekend morning newscasts, where he has been anchoring for two years. His commitment to excellent journalism has been recognized with two Emmy Awards and Michigan… read more

Associate Member Spotlight: The Bonnell Foundation – $25,000 in College Scholarships Given

The Bonnell Foundation: Living with Cystic Fibrosis provides resources and tools to navigate the difficulties of living with cystic fibrosis. They also offer college scholarships to those affected by cystic fibrosis, medical assistance and lung transplant grants. The Bonnell Foundation gave $25,000 in college scholarships and thousands of dollars in financial assistance this year thanks… read more

WDIV-TV Highlights Historic Detroit Station WGPR-FM

As part of its coverage of National Black Business Month, on August 24, WDIV-TV (Detroit) Reporter/Anchor Evrod Cassimy took a look inside the city’s historic WGPR-FM.  As Detroit’s first Black-owned Detroit radio station, WGPR is still thriving today. The station is owned and operated by the International Free and Accepted Modern Masons, after being purchased… read more

Auction for New AM and FM Channels Ends with Almost a Third of the Channels Unsold – Does the Result Say Something About the FCC’s Local Ownership Rules?

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP On August 12, the FCC announced the end of Auction 109, which offered for sale construction permits for 139 new stations – 4 AM stations in the St. Louis area whose licenses were surrendered by the prior licensee, and 135 new FM channels. 97 of the channels were… read more

Public Media Workforce Collaborative Secures Two-Year, $450,000 Grant CPB

Public media organizations Buffalo Toronto Public Media in Buffalo, N.Y.; Detroit Public TV in Detroit; Ideastream Public Media in Cleveland; and WQED in Pittsburgh have secured a two-year, $450,000 grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to advance the next phase of the first workforce collaborative in the public media industry. This next phase… read more

McKibbin Media Group Announces Marc Daly Show

Following the company’s announcement that the market veteran has returned to the company’s Jackson, Michigan station, McKibbin Media Group has announced that Marc Daly will be hosting a live, local sports talk program on the company’s Fox Sports 101.9 FM (WKHM-FM-HD2/W270CJ) on August 23. Daly will be hosting “Talkback Jackson Sports” weekdays from 5 –… read more

Dennis Mitchell: 1963-2021

Flint area broadcaster Dennis Mitchell passed away August 17 at age 58, after a long battle with cancer.  Mitchell was the morning show host at WQUS-FM (Lapeer/Flint/) in the early 2000s.  He later worked for WRSR-FM (Owosso/Flint) and also served as the Commercial Production Director for Cumulus Broadcasting Company’s Flint radio group. Mitchell, born Dennis… read more

Bob Ellis Named Vice President and General Manager of WDIV Detroit

Graham Media Group, Inc., a Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC) subsidiary, announced Thursday (8/19) that Bob Ellis has been named Vice President and General Manager of WDIV, the NBC affiliate television station in Detroit, MI. Ellis replaces Marla Drutz, who announced her retirement earlier this year. Since 2009, Bob Ellis has held the position of… read more