Category: Front Page

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

Michigan Radio receives C.S. Mott Foundation Grant to Expand Coverage of the Great Lakes and Drinking Water Issues

Michigan Radio has received a $50,000 grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to expand the station’s coverage of the Great Lakes and drinking water issues. This is part of Michigan Radio’s participation in the Great Lakes News Collaborative, an effort by four non-profit newsrooms to elevate discussion, amplify the voice of Michigan residents and… read more

Kelly Rossman-McKinney Dies After Cancer Battle

Longtime Lansing-based pubic relations professional Kelly Rossman-McKinney passed away this past Tuesday (11/9) at age 67. Rossman-McKinney began her career as a legislative secretary in 1979 and worked in both the Michigan House and Senate before joining the administration of former Governor James Blanchard to serve as the communications director for the newly created Michigan… 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

Less than a Month to Go – Reminder to Broadcasters to File Biennial Ownership Reports by December 1 or Potentially Face Penalties

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP On December 1 of this year, Biennial Ownership Reports are due to be filed at the FCC by all full-power radio and TV stations, commercial and noncommercial, as well as from Class A TV and LPTV operators.  These reports are due every two years.  While the last two biennial reports that had been… read more

MAB Vice President of Finance to Retire

Tom Hahn has been the Vice President of Finance for the MAB and its associated entities for eighteen years. He is a large part of the reason the MAB is the strong financially healthy organization that it is. Tom will be retiring and his last day in the office will be November 16th. MAB invites… 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

Could Australian Decision Giving Broadcasters the Right to Collectively Bargain with Tech Companies Be a Preview of Things to Come in the US?

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Last week, the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission approved an application for Commercial Radio Australia to collectively bargain with Google and Facebook over the carriage by these tech platforms of news content from Australian radio broadcasters (press release here, application and approval here).  This approval is an outgrowth of the… 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