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Lenawee Broadcasting’s Julie Koehn Appointed to NAB Radio Board

The National Association of Broadcasters has announced the results of the 2023 NAB Radio and Television Board of Directors elections. The two-year terms of the elected board members will begin in June 2023. Of note is the appointment of longtime Michigan broadcaster (and 2016 Michigan Broadcasting Lifetime Achievement Award recipient) Julie Koehn.

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WJKN (89.3 The Arbor)/Spring Arbor Hires Vonda Hogle For Afternoons

Spring Arbor University’s WJKN-FM (Spring Arbor) has announced that Vonda Hogle has been named afternoon host on the station, placing Bryce Beenyhoff, who left to pursue other opportunities. Hogle brings with her many years of radio experience with positions at WYSZ-FM (Toledo, OH) and WPOS (Holland, OH).

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Broadcast Engineering Comes to Ferris this Fall

“We have identified a need for broadcast engineers in [Michigan],” MAB President and CEO Sam Klemet said. “We are looking to get a new pipeline of engineers, and we have been working with Ferris to bring those that are in the broadcast engineering industry to talk to students and provide sample curriculums.”

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WDIV Adds ‘Help Desk’ To Rebuild Viewer Trust

Graham Media’s WDIV-TV (Detroit) has introduced a virtual community help desk that allows newsroom staff to manage viewer messages with significantly less friction. The enhanced connectivity with its consumers has helped WDIV to not only cultivate greater transparency and trust with viewers, but it’s also informed news production, while rewarding its marketing team with coveted first-party data about viewers.

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Black Diamond Broadcasting Acquires Midland Stations

On April 24, an application was filed with the FCC to transfer the licenses of Steel Broadcasting’s WMRX-FM (Beaverton) and WMPX-AM (Midland) to Traverse City-based Black Diamond Broadcast Group. The deal also includes WMPX’s FM translator, W299CK as well as “Discover Michigan” magazine.

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