Category: Front Page

Bill Introduced to Prevent Local Drone Regulation

On August 28, State Representative Michele Hoitenga (R-102) introduced legislation to prohibit local regulations on drones that may be more restrictive than state law. H.B. 4852 proposes that “except as expressly authorized by statute, a political subdivision shall not enact or enforce an ordinance, regulation, or resolution that regulates the ownership or operation of unmanned… read more

When a Broadcast Advertiser Becomes A Political Candidate, What is a Station to Do?

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP In many states, we are in election season for local offices, which has resulted in a question that has come up repeatedly in the last few weeks about local candidates – usually running for state or municipal offices – who appear in advertisements for local businesses that they own… read more

WILX Names Eric Lacy as Managing Editor

Gray Televsion’s WILX-TV (Lansing) has added journalist Eric Lacy to its newsroom.  Lacy has covered news and sports for the Lansing State Journal since 2015. Throughout his career, he has been an enterprise, breaking news and government accountability reporter, and his knowledge and experience will be a great asset to the News 10 team. “I have appreciated… read more

Michigan Radio’s Tracy Samilton Wins Personal Finance Reporting Award

via Steve Chrypinski, Michigan Radio On August 15, The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) and the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) announced that Michigan Radio’s Tracy Samilton is the winner of the 2019 Excellence in Personal Finance Reporting Award in the Radio category. Samilton’s story, “Why the Funeral Rule is one of the… read more

WWJ-AM Celebrates 99 Years

On Thursday Entercom’s WWJ-AM (Detroit) celebrated 99 years on the air and as the world’s first radio station. It was August 20, 1920 when the station first went on the air, becoming the first radio station in the world to broadcast regularly scheduled daily programs. Then owned and operated by the Detroit news, the station began… read more

WQHH Holds Annual Backpack Giveaway

For the sixth year in a row, MacDonald Broadcasting’s Power 96.5 WQHH-FM (Lansing) held its annual Backpack Giveway on August 15.  The event was held at Gier Community Center from 4 to 6 p.m. The station partnered with Communities In Schools of Michigan to give away the backpacks, filled with school supplies for students K-12th… 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