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Sinclair Names Rebecka Butcher VP/GM in Flint

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Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. announced Monday (3/14) that Rebecka Butcher has been named Vice President/General Manager of WSMH-TV (Flint). Butcher will also be responsible for oversight of providing services to WEYI-TV and WBSF-TV. This is a return home for Butcher, who served as VP and General Manager of WEYI/WBSF from 2008-2015. She most recently served…

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WLUC’s Steve Asplund Says ‘Happy Trails and See You Down the Road’

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Steve Asplund, longtime news anchor at WLUC-TV (Marquette), broadcast his final show this past Wednesday (3/16), retiring after a 43-year career at the station.  Asplund has held various roles at the station for more than 42 years, most recently with news director responsibilities. During his final broadcast, he delivered an emotional final farewell, surrounded by…

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Major Broadcasters Launch NextGen TV in Flint

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On March 15, Flint’s leading television stations began broadcasting with NextGen TV (ATSC 3.0), the revolutionary new digital broadcast technology. Stations participating in the launch include WJRT-TV, WNEM-TV, WSMH-TV, WEYI-TV and WBSF-TV. Based on the same fundamental technology as the Internet and digital apps, NextGen TV can support a wide range of features that are…

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Pistons Broadcaster George Blaha Out for Rest of Season

George Blaha in 2014 accepting his induction into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

The Detroit Pistons announced this past Sunday (3/13) that legendary play-by-play announcer George Blaha will miss the remainder of the 2021-22 NBA season due to a heart bypass procedure. Doctors diagnosed the need for the procedure during a routine check-up completed last week. The team announced on Twitter Tuesday (3/15) that “George Blaha underwent a…

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Detroit Sports Media Association Names Terry Foster President

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Terry Foster, noted sports broadcaster and writer in Michigan, has been named president of Detroit Sports Media Association, succeeding Jennifer Hammond. Foster leads up an organization that traces its roots to 1948 when founder Ty Tyson created the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association. Joining Foster on the DSMA 2022 Executive Board are Bobby Keyes, Vice President;…

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Book Your 2022 ABIP Inspection Now

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Scheduling is underway for the 2022 Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program (ABIP). The ABIP is a unique partnership between the MAB and the FCC under which stations that participate can receive a three-year exemption from routine FCC inspections. The MAB’s inspector, Blake E. Thompson CBNT, will be traveling our state 4/25-4/30; 5/16-5/24; and 6/13-6/17/22. Thompson notes,…

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WRSR’s “Fox Feeding Frenzy” Brings in $61k+ to Fight Hunger!

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Krol Communication’s WRSR-FM (Flint) held its annual “Fox Feeding Frenzy” last Friday (3/4/22) and brought in $61,633 for The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, enough money to provide 369,798 Meals! The 12-hour broadcast aired 7a.m. to 7p.m. from the Food Bank on Lapeer Road in Flint. Program Director Jeremy Fenech told the MAB, “Here at…

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Mid-West Family’s WYTZ Raises $40,000 For St. Jude

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Mid-West Family’s WYTZ-FM (Bridgeman/Benton Harbor/St. Joseph) held its annual 2-day radiothon February 23-24 for St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital, meeting their goal and raising a total of $40,000!  The station has been holding the annual radiothon for 17 years now. The station’s morning show host Matt Malone said, “The total amount for every year we’ve done…

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