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MAB/MAPB/MPRN to Provide 2024 State of the State Feeds

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has announced that she will deliver her sixth State of the State Address on Wednesday, January 24 at 7:00 p.m. The address will be held in the Michigan House Chambers in front of a joint session of the Michigan House of Representatives and the Michigan Senate and broadcast live throughout the state.

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Michigan Radio Rebrands as Michigan Public

Michigan Radio, the state’s largest NPR news outlet, is rebranding and changing its name to Michigan Public. The rebrand reflects the station’s goal of meeting people where they are: on the radio, online, on mobile devices, on-demand and in-person at events. This name change was effective Wednesday, January 10, 2024.

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32 Michigan LPFM Applications Filed in December Window

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This past December, the FCC opened a filing window for new Low-Power FM (LPFM) stations nationwide.  All-in-all, 1,336 applications for the non-commercial service were filed with the FCC December 6-13, 2023.  This includes 32 applications within the State of Michigan.

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Copyright Royalty Board Starts WEB VI Proceeding to Set Webcasting Royalties Paid to SoundExchange for 2026-2030: Petitions to Participate Due February 6

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The Copyright Royalty Board on Friday published in the Federal Register a call for interested parties to file Petitions to Participate in the proceeding to set the royalty rates to be paid by webcasters (including broadcasters who simulcast their programming through internet-delivered channels) in the period 2026-2030.

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WZMQ Adds Two Broadcast Veterans to Staff

WZMQ-TV (Marquette) has announced that veteran sports broadcaster Mike Ludlum is joining the News 19 Team. Ludlum’s career includes more than 35 years as a television anchor, sports reporter and sports director in the market. From 2007 until 2022, he served as President of the Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association.

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Michigan Radio Presents An Evening with Peter Sagal

On Tuesday, January 23, Michigan Radio will present its next Radio Speaker Series event, this time featuring NPR Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! host Peter Sagal  Sagal will be interviewed by Stateside host April Baer.  They’ll discuss what it takes to do a show like “Wait Wait,” his favorite guests, how they keep it funny every week and more.

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WGVU to Bring Ira Glass to Grand Rapids This April

WGVU Public Media (Grand Rapids) has announced that Ira Glass, creator and host of public radio’s This American Life is coming to DeVos Performance Hall on Saturday, April 6, 2024 at 8 p.m. Glass will share his “Seven Things I’ve Learned,” a live performance that covers his career in seven points.

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