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  • If You Have Political Advertising Questions……We Have Answers!

    David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker and Knauer, LLP is the MAB Washington Attorney and answers your Legal Hotline Questions. David and Bobby Baker, Gary Schonman and Sima Nilsson of the FCC Office of Political Programming held a terrific Political Advertising Webinar for MAB members on November 18. MAB Members may access it in the members only… read more

  • WEMU’s Lisa Barry Passes

    The MAB is saddened to announce the passing of WEMU-FM (Ypsilanti) All Things Considered local host Lisa Barry.  Barry died this past Tuesday night (11/30) due to complications from a heart condition. A graduate of Olivet College, she got her start as a morning newscast sidekick on Lansing’s WVIC-FM. Barry later joined the morning show… read more

  • Traffic Director Spotlight: Jacquie Marx (Carroll Broadcasting/Tawas City)

    Jacquie Marx is the Traffic Specialist for Carroll Broadcasting in Tawas City MAB: If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Jacquie: Pay off all my bills, then travel MAB: If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? Jacquie: Speak and write Korean MAB: What is your… read more

  • Michigan Radio Announces First Community Engagement Reporter

    Michigan Radio has announced the hiring of Jamie Simmons as the station’s first Community Engagement Reporter. As the Community Engagement Reporter, Jamie’s reporting will supplement Michigan Radio’s coverage in Detroit, and specifically various neighborhoods across the city. The Community Engagement Reporter will work with the station’s Community Reporting Engagement Council to better understand and address… read more

  • Where Does Your Radio Station’s Data Live?

    By: Seth Resler Jacobs Media Strategies From time to time, I encounter radio stations who are doing a good job of capturing listener data, but are not storing all of that data in a single central location. Instead, they have some contacts stored in their email database, some in their text message database, some in… read more

  • Legendary Former CKLW Music Director Dies

    A woman credited with launching the music careers of many rock bands as the music director for CKLW-AM (Windsor-Detroit) (aka The Big 8) has passed away. Rosalie Trombley, a pioneer in Canadian radio died peacefully Tuesday (11/23) at the age of 82, according to reports from the station. Trombley started her career as a switchboard… read more

  • WION and Local Communities Team Together for Annual “Treasures for Troops” Project

    Now in its 8th year, WION (Ionia) Radio’s “Treasures for Troops” collected items on behalf of Blue Star Mothers Chapter #188 of Ionia, Montcalm and Kent Counties and was a success! WION’s broadcast week was November 15th through 19th with broadcasts and call-ins from the Village Market of Muir, Young Chevrolet-Buick-GMC of Ionia and the… read more

  • Gray Television Closes on Meredith Stations

    As anticipated, Gray Television closed on its previously announced acquisition of Meredith Corporation’s Local Media Group (“Meredith”) and its 17 television stations in 12 local markets for $16.99 per share in cash, or $2.8 billion in total enterprise value. Gray’s portfolio of television stations now serve 113 local markets reaching approximately 36 percent of U.S…. read more

  • WHTS’ Jackie Green Crowned Mrs. America 2022

    WHTS-FM (Grand Rapids) morning show co-host Jackie Blankenship (known on-air as Jackie Green) has been crowned Mrs. America 2022.  She won the Mrs. America Pageant in Las Vegas the weekend of November 20-21.  Blankenship’s road to the crown was somewhat complicated, telling WZZM-TV, “I actually was first runner up, I was second place. But the… read more

  • Longtime WDIV Anchor Steve Garagiola Announces Retirement

    Longtime WDIV anchor and reporter Steve Garagiola has announced his retirement after 27 years with the station. Garagiola made the news public in a Facebook post on Wednesday (12/1) and here’s what he had to say: Those of you who know me well, know that I am not one for long emotional goodbyes. So, I have… read more

  • Dr. Oz Decides to Run for the Senate – What to Do When Your On-Air Employee Decides to Run for Public Office

    By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP On Tuesday (11/30), we were deluged with press inquiries about Dr. Oz’s declaration that he was going to seek the open U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania – with many questions as to whether his syndicated television program would subject stations that aired it to equal time obligations.  The… read more

  • Beasley Celebrates 60th Birthday!

    On December 2, Beasley Media Group (BMG) employees across the country gathered to celebrate the company’s official 60th anniversary in broadcasting. Late BMG Founder George G. Beasley, who passed away in June this past year due to complications from COVID, officially launched the company with the unveiling of his very first radio station, WPYB-AM in… read more

  • Detroit Rock Radio Personality John O’Leary Dead at 67

    Over the Thanksgiving holiday, the MAB learned of the tragic death of Detroit radio personality John O’Leary. O’Leary, who was 67, had been missing for nearly a week.  Friends told the Detroit Free Press that he wasn’t returning phone calls and was missing meetings about upcoming projects all while his Facebook page went dormant. O’Leary… read more

  • Michigan’s Huizenga Latest Co-Sponsor of Local Radio Freedom Act

    Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI2) is the latest co-sponsor of the Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA). LRFA is a bipartisan Sense of the H ouse resolution which opposes any new fees, taxes, or royalties on local radio stations. The Michigan Broadcasters Association supports the measure and urges all members of Congress to cosponsor it. There are… read more

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