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Sovereign-AMC UP Deal Filed with FCC; Two Stations Spun To Separate Buyer

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Applications were submitted to the FCC past week for a deal originally announced back in October, 2019.  At that time, Armada Media Partners, based in Fond du Lac, Wis., announced the purchase of Sovereign Communications radio stations based in Marquette and Iron Mountain. However, that deal has been restructured with two FMs being spun off…

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FCC Chairman Pai Visits WLEN!

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and Lenawee Broadcasting General Manager Julie Koehn

The Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, dropped by the studios of Lenawee Broadcasting’s WLEN-FM (Adrian) on January 23, during a visit for some meetings in Toledo, OH and looking at some rural fiber build out in the Tecumseh and Petersburg areas. During an on-air interview, the Chairman said he’s been very impressed…

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WILX-TV “Give Blood Telethon” Nets 100+ Donation Appointments

WILX-TV Reporter Mallory Anderson giving her "blood, sweat and tears" for the cause!

On January 22, Gray Television’s WILX-TV (Lansing) partnered with the American Red Cross and Townsquare Media’s WITL-FM to host the Give Blood Telethon.  The telethon aired from 5-8 p.m. and more than 112 blood-donation appointments were scheduled during that time. Many of the people who made those appointments were first-time donors. A single donation provides potentially…

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Governor Asks MAB to Join Complete Count

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By: Karole L. White, President/CEO Michigan Association of Broadcasters The Census is not just important to the state, its citizens and your audience, it is vital to broadcasting. Market rankings are determined by Nielsen using the census in part. Getting a strong and complete count may help you maintain or improve your market rating and…

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WBZV-FM in Hudson Sold

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On January 22, an application with filed with the FCC to transfer the license of WBZV-FM (Hudson) from Friends Communications of Hudson, Inc. to Madsun Investments, LLC., based in Allen, Michigan. Madsun is headed by William Sours. Friends Communications of Michigan recently sold WABJ-AM/WQTE-FM (Adrian) to the Cromwell Group (Southeast Michigan Media, Inc.), but that…

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WGVU Public Media Schedules Annual Wine and Food Fundraiser

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WGVU Public Media (Grand Rapids) will hold its annual “Great Wine and Food Symposium” on Friday, February 28 at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Billed as “your all-inclusive winter escape,” the fundraiser is a guide to understanding and appreciating the rich variety and many pleasures of wine. Whether a seasoned aficionado, or just a beginner,…

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WOOD-TV Announces New Anchor Lineup, Added Newscast

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WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids) and its sister stations have announced a new anchor lineup and an added newscast in February as it expands its commitment to local news. Anchor Susan Shaw recently returned to the 10 p.m. newscast on sister staton WXSP-TV and 11 p.m. newscast on WOOD-TV with Brian Sterling. Susan brings decades of experience…

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WXYZ-TV Donates Thousands of Books to Children

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WXYZ/WMYD-TV (Detroit) celebrated National Reading Day on January 23 by donating 15,000 books to children. The station said more than 9,000 of the books were dispersed to Matrix Human Services Head Start, which is one of the largest providers of free childcare to low-income families in Michigan. The book effort was made possible by donations…

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