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Debbie Hamlett to Join WCMU as Executive Director/General Manager

Debbie Hamlett

WCMU Public Media (Mt. Pleasant) has announced that Debbie Hamlett will be joining the station as its new Executive Director/General Manager, effective October 4. Hamlett has 20 years experience in public media. Hamlett joins WCMU from Nebraska Public Media, where she held a dual role as Executive Director for the station’s 501c3 Foundation board and…

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Donovan Long Named Co-Anchor of WOOD-TV News 8 Daybreak

Donovan Long

Nexstar Broadcasting’s WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids) has announced that Donovan Long has officially joined the station’s News 8 Daybreak as co-anchor alongside Teresa Weakley. Long makes the move from the station’s weekend morning newscasts, where he has been anchoring for two years. His commitment to excellent journalism has been recognized with two Emmy Awards and Michigan…

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Associate Member Spotlight: The Bonnell Foundation – $25,000 in College Scholarships Given

Bonnell Foundation

The Bonnell Foundation: Living with Cystic Fibrosis provides resources and tools to navigate the difficulties of living with cystic fibrosis. They also offer college scholarships to those affected by cystic fibrosis, medical assistance and lung transplant grants. The Bonnell Foundation gave $25,000 in college scholarships and thousands of dollars in financial assistance this year thanks…

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WDIV-TV Highlights Historic Detroit Station WGPR-FM

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As part of its coverage of National Black Business Month, on August 24, WDIV-TV (Detroit) Reporter/Anchor Evrod Cassimy took a look inside the city’s historic WGPR-FM.  As Detroit’s first Black-owned Detroit radio station, WGPR is still thriving today. The station is owned and operated by the International Free and Accepted Modern Masons, after being purchased…

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Mac Edwards Radio Wayne Award Finalist


Radio Ink Magazine has announced the finalists for its 29th annual Radio Wayne Awards.  Every year, Radio Ink has honored the very best sellers and managers who tirelessly champion the benefits of radio every day. Making the list of finalists for this year is Beasley Media/Detroit Vice President/Market Manager Mac Edwards, who is a candidate…

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Public Media Workforce Collaborative Secures Two-Year, $450,000 Grant CPB


Public media organizations Buffalo Toronto Public Media in Buffalo, N.Y.; Detroit Public TV in Detroit; Ideastream Public Media in Cleveland; and WQED in Pittsburgh have secured a two-year, $450,000 grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to advance the next phase of the first workforce collaborative in the public media industry. This next phase…

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McKibbin Media Group Announces Marc Daly Show

Marc Daly

Following the company’s announcement that the market veteran has returned to the company’s Jackson, Michigan station, McKibbin Media Group has announced that Marc Daly will be hosting a live, local sports talk program on the company’s Fox Sports 101.9 FM (WKHM-FM-HD2/W270CJ) on August 23. Daly will be hosting “Talkback Jackson Sports” weekdays from 5 –…

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Dennis Mitchell: 1963-2021

Dennis Mitchell

Flint area broadcaster Dennis Mitchell passed away August 17 at age 58, after a long battle with cancer.  Mitchell was the morning show host at WQUS-FM (Lapeer/Flint/) in the early 2000s.  He later worked for WRSR-FM (Owosso/Flint) and also served as the Commercial Production Director for Cumulus Broadcasting Company’s Flint radio group. Mitchell, born Dennis…

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Bob Ellis Named Vice President and General Manager of WDIV Detroit

Bob Ellis

Graham Media Group, Inc., a Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC) subsidiary, announced Thursday (8/19) that Bob Ellis has been named Vice President and General Manager of WDIV, the NBC affiliate television station in Detroit, MI. Ellis replaces Marla Drutz, who announced her retirement earlier this year. Since 2009, Bob Ellis has held the position of…

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Peter C. Cavanaugh Passes at Age 79

Peter C. Cavanaugh

The MAB has learned that Flint radio legend Peter C. Cavanaugh passed away August 13 at the age of 79. His family posted word of his death on Facebook. Cavanaugh influenced Flint radio for decades, working at Top 40 WTAC-AM 600 beginning in 1964 and moved on to be the General Manager of WWCK-FM during…

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