Category: May 2021

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

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

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

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