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No Increase in MAB Dues During These Challenging Times

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The MAB Board of Directors voted to keep the membership dues investment at the same low rate it was last year.  Membership renewals went out through the mail and email a couple of weeks ago. In your renewal notice there is a link that allows you to pay your dues online directly into your own…

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Judge Dismisses GOP Challenge To State Redistricting Commission

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A challenge against Michigan’s new Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission was dismissed by a federal judge on Monday (7/7), according to report in Gongwer. U.S. District Judge Janet Neff ruled that the plaintiffs Daunt v. Benson and Michigan Republican Party v. Benson (USWDM Docket Nos. 19-614; 19-669) failed to state a plausible claim for relief. Neff…

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Michelle Duke Named NAB Chief Diversity Officer

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National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) President and CEO Gordon Smith announced Thursday (618) that Michelle Duke will assume the role of Chief Diversity Officer, effective July 1. In the newly created position, Duke will spearhead NAB’s internal efforts to further equity and inclusion at all levels of the organization and elevate NAB’s external role as…

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Jacobs Media Survey Finds Radio Listening Rebounding as Stay-at-Home Orders Ease

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InsideRadio reports there’s more evidence radio listening is rebounding in May following a decline due to stay-at-home orders enacted in March and April to stem the spread of the coronavirus, according to an online survey conducted in mid-May by Jacobs Media. “It’s a really, really positive story,” Jacobs Media President Fred Jacobs said on Wednesday…

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Sens. Peters, Stabenow among 74 Senators to Sign Letter Pushing for Local Media Relief

Sen. Gary Peters

U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-Mont.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.), Gary Peters (D-Mich), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) sent a letter with 74 bipartisan cosigners, including Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), to the Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russell Vought on Thursday (4/23) to support radio and televisions broadcasters and…

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WDIV Launches Effort to Help Local Restaurants, Frontline Workers

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. WDIV Local 4 and launched Food4Frontline on April 2– a community-wide effort to help frontline workers and local restaurants. “Let’s support our amazing first responders that are on the front lines and working to keep us safe,” said Marla Drutz, WDIV VP & General Manager. “At the same time, we can support our…

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WJRT Celebrates Mid-Michigan Seniors With #ABC12SeniorShoutout

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Proud parents of high school seniors are being encourage to decorate their front doors with and share their student’s accomplishments with the WJRT-TV news team on social media with the tag #ABC12SerniorShoutout. The station has then been featuring local high school seniors as part of regular newscasts. “It took about an hour (to decorate). Of…

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Did You Know that There is a Rule that Broadcasters Have to Tell Their Audience that a Program Is Recorded When It Seems to Be Live? – FCC Sends a $50,000 Reminder

David Oxenford

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Did you know that the FCC has a rule that requires that a broadcaster notify its audience that a program has been pre-recorded when the program “creates the impression” that it is live? Probably many broadcasters had forgotten about that rule (if they ever knew it existed). This week…

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WZZM-TV’s New Initiative: Get Kids Reading

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TEGNA-owned WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids) has announced a new initiative to get families reading: 13 Reads! Children from families who read and have books in the home have more success in life than those who don’t. Reading early affects their whole lives. We are asking parents and grandparents to read to their children and encourage them…

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WMU Trustees’ Vote Brings WMUK Closer To Buying A Second Signal


Western Michigan University’s WMUK-FM (Kalamazoo) has won approval by the University’s Board of Trustees to acquire WKDS-FM from the Kalamazoo Public Schools (KPS). The Trustees approved a $191,000 plan, which includes a cash payment to the KPS as well as leasing fees, a studio refit at the school district and underwriting trade for KPS. WMUK…

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