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U.P. Broadcaster Aaron Harper Passes

Pioneer Upper Peninsula broadcaster Aaron Harper passed away.  Harper worked at WJNR-FM (Iron Mountain) and Results Broadcasting, for nearly 50 years.

He died on Sunday (1/8) at the age of 76. Harper was the first voice heard on WJNR went it signed on in 1972.

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WWTV/WWUP-TV Welcomes Jodi Miesen

Heritage Broadcasting’s WWTV/WWUP-TV (Cadillac) has announced that Jodi Miesen has joined the station as a general assignment reporter. Prior to her move up north, Miesen was a news reporter for WMUK-FM (Kalamazoo), the NPR affiliate connected to Western Michigan University.

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105.7 The Bird Debuts in Alpena

Following a flip from talk programming to non-stop Christmas music on Thanksgiving Day, Midwestern Broadcasting’s WZTK-FM (Alpena) launched oldies “105.7 The Bird” on January 2.

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Duke Wright Passes at 83

During our Christmas break, the MAB was saddened to get news that Midwest Communications President/CEO Duey E. ‘Duke’ Wright, Jr. passed away December 21 at age of 83.

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NextGen TV Service Evoca TV Shuts Down

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Evoca TV, a startup that used a network of low-power ATSC 3.0 TV stations to offer a first of its kind over-the-air pay TV service, shut down at the end of 2022, after failing to receive additional funding to continue operations.

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Jessica Harthorn Returns to WWMT-TV

Sinclair’s WWMT-TV (Kalamazoo) has announced that Jessica Harthorn has returned to the station as co-anchor of the station’s evening news, alongside Andy Dominianni.

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WPHM Announces New Weekday Programming

Liggett Communication’s news/talk/sports WPHM-AM (Port Huron) has announced additional programming changes for 2023.  The station is welcoming two new syndicated talk shows to its mid-day lineup.

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WBZV/Hudson Sold to EMF

Just before Christmas an application was filed with the FCC to transfer the license of WBZV-FM (Hudson) to Educational Media Foundation (EMF) for $285,000.  WBZV is a class A FM with 6kw at 100 meters HAAT.

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2023 NAB Crystal Radio Awards Entry Window Now Open

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The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is accepting entries for the 37th annual NAB Crystal Radio Awards, honoring outstanding community service efforts undertaken by radio stations throughout 2022. Winners will receive national recognition for their community service work during a special awards presentation at NAB Show, held April 15-19, 2023.

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