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AM Radio – Rooted in Michigan, Part of Our Future

June 9, 2023

AM radio’s history has deep roots in Michigan. The oldest station in the state and first commercial radio station in the country – WWJ-AM – went on air in August of 1920 and since then, the AM band in Michigan has kept Michiganders entertained, informed, and most importantly safe during times of emergency and crisis.

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WJR Announces Lineup Changes

June 9, 2023

Cumulus Media/Detroit announced this past Monday (6/5) that will be “kicking off the next generation of its programing” for WJR-AM beginning Tuesday, June 20.  The new lineup will offer all local voices during primetime hours.

Among the most significant changes, WJR’s longtime morning host Paul W. Smith will move to the newly-created noon – 2 p.m. timeslot as host of “Focus with Paul W. Smith.”

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Billy Sours Acquires WYPV

June 9, 2023

Billy Sours’ Whiskey Sours Broadcasting and Productions has filed a $140,000 deal to buy the currently-silent WYPV, Mackinaw City, MI (94.5) from John Yob’s Mitten News.  WYPV is licensed to operate on 94.5mHz with 50kw ERP at 110 meters.  The station has been silent since March 31.

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MAB Member Benefit Spotlight


7 Traits That Supercharge Social Media Engagement & Help Others Feel A Part Of Something

On June 15th at 1 p.m. Eastern, MAB members have the opportunity to hear from Lori Lewis,  President of Lori Lewis Media as she discusses how social media is a critical gateway to radio for increased awareness and listening and it’s how you’re using it that could be stunting opportunity. Lori will share seven traits that not only strengthen top-of-mind and loyalty but transcend from social media to on-air. She will help you make social media more purposeful – giving everyone the relatability and belonging they crave.


Broadcast Station Site Safety Assessments

Unfortunately, media outlets and personnel have become targets of violence and harassment.  In an effort to help provide protection to broadcasters in Michigan, the MAB and Michigan State Police Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Desk are partnering to help broadcast stations ensure safety for their staff and facilities by offering Station Site Safety Assessments that will evaluate and make practical recommendations of security operations at broadcast stations and identify options for facility owners and operators to mitigate against relevant threats.


Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program

The Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program (ABIP) is a unique partnership between the MAB and the FCC to ensure compliance with federal regulations and to avoid surprise inspections. Stations that pass the inspection receive a three-year Certification of Compliance.


Mark Your Calendar

The MAB hosts events for all Michigan broadcasters throughout the year both in-person and online.  Along with the continuing education opportunities, the MAB connects broadcasters with chances to network and celebrate during awards ceremonies.  Keep track of the MAB opportunities on the events calendar.

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Swagger Institute specializes in sales and leadership training, motivational speaking and business consulting.  Founded by Derron Steenbergen to help the business community break out of the daily grind and regain its swagger.

July 18: Lansing

July 20: Marquette


Producer & Journalist Training

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters is dedicating an intensive day of training for one of the most essential people in our newsrooms, newscast producers and journalists.

This full day workshop is led by Al Tompkins. This is a highly interactive, practical and fast-moving experience that is loaded with real-life examples that you will be able to apply on your next shift.

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