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Online Gaming, Sports Betting Begins Today

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The Michigan Gaming Control Board announced Tuesday (1/19) that nine operators will be able to launch online sports betting, online gaming or both beginning on Friday (1/22), according to a report in Gongwer. The ability to launch online gaming and online sports betting was set to begin at noon today for all nine operators, which…

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WCMU Hosts Conversation on ‘COVID Virus & Vaccines’

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On January 19, WCMU Public Media (Mt. Pleasant) hosted a virtual conversation, “WCMU Pop-Up: COVID Virus & Vaccines,” an insight on how local Michigan communities are controlling COVID-19 and keeping their communities safe. According to a press release from WCMU Public Media, new data about how the spread was impacted by the holiday season will…

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DOJ Ends its Review of ASCAP, BMI Consent Decrees – For Now…What Does it Mean?

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By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP In 2019, the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice began a review of the court-administered antitrust consent decrees that have bound ASCAP and BMI since the 1940s.  We wrote about the issues in their review here.  The formal review of these decrees began as part of the DOJ’s broader review of its…

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NAB Statement on Department of Justice Decision on ASCAP and BMI Consent Decrees

Gordon Smith

In response to the Department of Justice’s decision to take no action on the consent decrees governing the performance royalty organizations ASCAP and BMI, NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith released the following statement: “NAB is very pleased that the Department of Justice will not move to make changes to the ASCAP and BMI consent…

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SCOTUS Hears Broadcast Deregulation Arguments


The FCC and National Association of Broadcasters made their virtual arguments to the Supreme Court Tuesday (1/19) on why a lower court was wrong to invalidate the FCC’s 2017 broadcast ownership deregulation decision, a defense that came in the waning hours of the FCC’s Republican majority, which had approved the rule changes over the objections…

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WKAR Goes Virtual with PBS Kids Day

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WKAR Public Media is presenting another PBS Kids Day on Saturday, January 30.  With the current COVID-19 pandemic, this PBS Kids Day will be held online. Viewers can login and explore science with the Curious Crew and enjoy story time with PBS Kids favorite Daniel Tiger and WKAR’s Mrs. Pizzo. Morning and afternoon sessions are available.…

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Retired WBKB GM Cher Allen Passes; Broadcast Management Scholarship Announced

(L-R) Cher Allen; former MAB Director of Programs Jacquelen Timm; Marks Group President/CEO (and MAB Chairman) Stephen Marks; MAB President/CEO Karole White.

Cherryl “Cher” Lynn Allen, a long-time employee of WBKB-TV (Alpena), passed away Friday, January 15 at MidMichigan Medical Center in Alpena. Allen worked for 35 years for WBKB in many roles, retiring as the general manager. She loved making memories with family and friends. She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church and a board…

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State of the State Address Scheduled for January 27

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will deliver her third State of the State Address on Wednesday, January 27. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the State of the State address will be held virtually, in compliance with CDC and the State of Michigan’s best practices. Under normal circumstances, Governor Whitmer would request the House Chambers to deliver…

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COVID-19 Vaccine Education Toolkit Launched To Support Local Journalists

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The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) on Thursday (1/14) announced the launch of an online toolkit to help local journalists craft COVID-19 vaccine education messages that best resonate with their audiences. The toolkit is designed to provide journalists with…

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