Category: Broadcasting Industry News

Former WMLM Owner Passes

WMLM-AM (Alma) founder and former owner Gregory William Siefker passed away at age 76 on November 10. Siefker, a resident of nearby St. Louis, moved to Gratiot County in 1977 and fullfilled his dream to start his own radio.  On December 15, 1977, he signed on WMLM-AM 1520 AM, “The Big M,” and operated the… read more

WYCD Detroit Wins Marconi For Top Country Station

The National Association of Broadcasters named Audacy WYCD-FM (Detroit) its 2021 Country Station of the Year during Wednesday’s (11/10) virtual NAB Marconi Radio Awards Celebration. WYCD previously won the award in 2012. Marconi finalists were selected by a task force of broadcasters, and the winners were voted on by the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Selection… read more

WHTC’s “Alegria Latina” Founder Lupita Reyes Retiring

Lupita Reyes created Holland’s first Spanish-language radio show at WHTC-AM/FM’s studios on Central Avenue in Holland more than 57 years ago. On December 31, 2021, she’s retiring. Reyes wanted a Spanish-language show to serve Holland’s growing Latino community and asked the station’s then-manager, Bill Gargano, to make it happen. After some back-and-forth — and Gargano’s… read more

MAB Salutes Traffic Directors from Across Michigan

This past Tuesday (11/2), The Michigan Association of Broadcasters was honored to recognize Traffic Directors from across the state on National Traffic Professionals Day, which was the 101st anniversary of the first commercial broadcast. Their hard work is often unseen but is critical in ensuring viewers and listeners in Michigan get the important news, information… read more

WMUK finalizes purchase of WKDS 89.9 FM

Western Michigan University has announced that it has finalized purchase of WKDS-FM from Kalamazoo Public Schools.  The station was purchased on behalf of the University’s WMUK-FM, after approval was granted by the governing boards of both bodies. The total purchase is valued at $186,000, including a three-year tower lease agreement. WMUK has been operating WKDS… read more

40th Annual WLUC-TV Canathon Underway

The annual WLUC-TV (Marquette) TV6 Canathon kicked off this past Monday (11/1).  The Canathon is a month long effort to collect donations of canned goods to help feed a hungry neighbor.  This is the 40th year for the event and organizations like the Salvation Army say it’s an important effort at a time of year… read more

Free OConsortium Technology Tour in Michigan 11/9-15

Broadcast engineering, newsroom staff, first responders and students are invited to drop by The OConsortium Technology Tour, which will make stops in Michigan beginning this next week.  The tour is a demonstration of the newest ATSC 3.0 technology contained in a Mobile Demonstration Unit and more. It is glass-to-glass showing how this technology can be… read more

MSU-Produced Documentary to Premiere Nationwide on PBS

A groundbreaking documentary on the deportation of U.S. veterans from WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University and filmmakers John J. Valadez and Carleen L. Hsu will air nationally on PBS in primetime. Filmed over seven years, American Exile is the story of two unlikely war hero brothers who became veteran’s rights activists after being… read more

Impact 89FM Named 2021 College Radio Station of the Year

Impact 89FM (WDBM-FM), Michigan State University’s student-run radio station and media organization, topped the charts nationally this month when it was recognized with the 2021 College Media Association Four-Year College Radio Station of the Year Pinnacle Award. This is the first time Impact 89FM has earned this national award. However, the student-run radio station has… read more