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Governor Whitmer Activates State EOC in Response to Coronavirus; MAB Announces Extra Precautions at Media Show

Governor Gretchen Whitmer

Today (2/28), Governor Gretchen Whitmer activated the state Emergency Operations Center to coordinate with state, local and federal agencies to help prevent the spread of Novel Coronavirus. The governor, Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Director Major General Paul Rogers, and Captain Emmitt McGowan of the Michigan State Police…

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MAB Goes to Capitol Hill!

(L-R) Dan Boers, WOOD-TV; Tim Feagan, iHeartMedia; Andrew Kohlrieser of Congressman Bill Huizenga's

This past week, your MAB traveled to Washington for the NAB Leadership Conference and to meet with lawmakers to share success stories and discuss issues facing broadcasters in Michigan. 18 Members joined the MAB February 24-25. (L-R) Dan Boers, WOOD-TV; Tim Feagan, iHeartMedia; Andrew Kohlrieser of Congressman Bill Huizenga’s office; Kim Krause, WXMI-TV; Kevin Dunaway,…

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Over $20,000 Raised During WLEN 2020 Kiwanis Radio Auction

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The Kiwanis Club of Adrian, in partnership with Lenawee Broadcast’s WLEN-FM, hosted its 26th Annual Radio Auction on February 8. The auction featured hundreds of items donated by local businesses up for bid. The event was broadcast live, raising over $20,000 to benefit the Adrian community. Major Event sponsors included Old National Bank, Iott Insurance…

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Three Michigan Stations Finalists in NAB Crystal Awards

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Three Michigan stations have been announced as finalists for the 33rd annual NAB Crystal Radio Awards. Congratulations to WKQI-FM (Detroit), WSGW-AM (Saginaw) and WWJ-AM (Detroit). Since 1987, the NAB Crystal Radio Awards have recognized radio stations for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service. Winners will be announced and the finalists honored at the We…

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WFCX/WFDX to Sign Off Pending Ownership Changes

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Northern Broadcast’s WFCX-FM (Leland) and WFDX-FM (Atlanta) has announced (2/26) that the stations will be leaving the air at midnight on February 29.  WFCX was recently sold to Central Michigan University and that sale was approved by the FCC on February 21.  It is expected that WFCX will become a satellite station of WCMU-FM (Mt.…

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Midwestern Broadcasting Closes on WKLT; New Morning Show and Simulcast


On February 24, Midwestern Broadcasting closed on its purchase of Northern Broadcast’s WKLT-FM (Kalkaska/Traverse City) and, on first day of ownership, brought back Steve ‘Omelette’ Normandin to the station’s morning show.  “Omelette & Friends” was previously heard on WKLT from 2006-2016.  He later hosted mornings on WGFN/WCHY.  Joining ‘Omelette’ will be Derek ‘Sasquatch’ Geisser, who…

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WFUR-FM Sold to Bible Broadcasting Network

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On February 27, an application was filed with the FCC to transfer to license of WFUR-FM (Grand Rapids) from Furniture City Broadcasting Corporatiion to Bible Broadcasting Network of Charlotte, NC.  WFUR-FM has been owned by Furniture City and the Kuiper family since it signed on in 1960. The Kuiper family, through Furniture City Broadasting will…

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WKAR’s Elkins Speaks on NextGen TV at APTS Public Media Summit

Susi Elkins

WKAR Public Media (East Lansing) Director of Broadcasting and General Manager Susi Elkins spoke this past Tuesday (2/25) at the 2020 APTS Public Media Summit in Washington, D.C. during a session titled “Collaboration with National Partners on Spectrum Opportunities.”  WKAR is one of the public stations that is currently experimenting with NextGen TV technology and…

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Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame to Induct New Members

Bill Proctor

Six new members will be inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame on April 26, 2020 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center at Michigan State University in East Lansing. New honorees include former WXYZ-TV (Detroit) reporter Bill Proctor, whose investigations led to the creation of the University of Michigan Law School’s Innocence Clinic.  Proctor…

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