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FEMA Issues Alert on Vulnerability in EAS Encoder/Decoder Devices

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released a public notice which states that it recently became aware of certain vulnerabilities in EAS encoder/decoder devices which, if not updated to most recent software versions, could allow an intruder to issue EAS alerts over the host infrastructure (TV, radio, cable network). FEMA wrote, “This exploit was successfully…

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Cumulus Appoints Derek Faulter as Grand Rapids VP/Market Manager

Cumulus Media has announced that it has appointed Derek Falter as Vice President/Market Manager of Cumulus Grand Rapids and Cumulus Muskegon. Cumulus Media owns and operates eight radio stations in West Michigan, including four stations in Muskegon: WLCS-FM, WLAW-FM, WWSN-FM and WVIB-FM as well as four stations in Grand Rapids: WHTS-FM, WTNR-FM, WJRW-AM and WLAV-FM.…

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Elliot Grandia Takes on Increased Role in FOX 17 Morning News

Elliot Grandia, who started at WXMI-TV (Grand Rapids) in January, is taking on an increased role. Beginning on August 8, West Michigan viewers can see Elliot with his co-anchor Tessa DiTirro on weekdays from 6:00 – 9:00 a.m. FOX 17 Morning News. Previously he anchored from 4:30 – 6:00 a.m. “Elliot brings a refreshing energy…

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Haley Fiaschetti Joins WWTV/WWUP-TV Weather Team

Heritage Broadcasting’s WWTV/WWUP-TV (Cadillac) announced that Haley Fiaschetti joined the station’s Doppler 9&10 Weather Team last month.  A Massachusetts native, Fiaschetti is a graduate of Northern Vermont (formerly Lyndon) University, where she graduated with a B.S. in Atmospheric Science and A.S in Electronic Journalism. During her time in Lyndon, she was a part of the…

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Why Federal and State Issue Ads Have Different Broadcast Public File Requirements

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By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Recently, I’ve received many calls from broadcasters about the FCC public file obligations for issue ads (those ads not bought by legally qualified candidates or their authorized committees) – particularly concerning the different treatment between issue ads dealing with federal candidates or federal matters, and those dealing with state and…

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