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NAB Again Urges Supreme Court To Hear Media Ownership Appeal

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The Supreme Court has begun putting cases on its fall calendar but has yet to decide whether to hear the appeal over media ownership regulations and efforts continue to convince the justices to review the case, according to a report in InsideRadio. At issue is whether a federal appeals court in Philadelphia overstepped its authority…

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Sinclair Appoints Jennifer Rieffer as Flint VP/GM

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Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. announced that Jennifer Rieffer has been promoted to Vice President/General Manager for WSMH-TV (FOX) in Flint, effective August 3. She also will oversee Sinclair’s provision of services to WEYI-TV (NBC) and WBSF-TV (CW) under joint sales agreements. Rieffer is currently Vice President/General Manager of WDKY-TV (FOX) in Lexington, Ken. The announcement…

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Congressman Moolenaar Adds Name to LRFA

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U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar (R-4) on Wednesday (7/30) became the sixth Michigan Congressman to cosponsor H.Con.Res 20, known as the Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA). Congressmen Moolenaar joins Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-12), Fred Upton (R-6), Tim Walberg (R-7), Paul Mitchell (R-10) and Bill Huizenga (R-2) as one of the 225 bipartisan LRFA cosponsors. The resolution…

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House Members Seek to Expanded COVID-19 Aid for Local Broadcasters

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A bipartisan congressional duo has called on Congress to take care of broadcasters in the next COVID-19 aid package by allowing individual stations that are part of larger groups to qualify as local businesses eligible for the money, according to a report in InsideRadio. Reps. Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.) and Tom Emmer (R-Minn.), co-chairs of the…

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House Dems Match GOP In Funds Raised For Period, Far Behind In Cash on Hand

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State House Democrats remain woefully behind their Republican counterparts when it comes to cash on hand heading into the general election but kept fundraising close in the second quarter of 2020, according to a report from Gongwer. The Michigan House Democratic Fund raised $788,692 and The House Republican Campaign Committee raised $794,685 between April 21…

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WLUC’s David ‘Buck’ LeVasseur Dies at 70

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WLUC-TV (Marquette) reports that Buck LeVasseur, longtime station employee and creator/host of the show Discovering passed away July 28 at age 70. LeVasseur was with WLUC-TV for more than three decades, starting in the news department in 1976.  In 1980, Discovering was created and he was the host, producer, reporter and videographer for the weekly…

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Lexi Krupp Joins IPR as Science Reporter for Northern Michigan

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Interlochen Public Radio (IPR) has announced that Lexi Krupp has been hired as the station’s new science and conservation reporter. Krupp comes to IPR from Gimlet Media, where she helped the “Science Vs” podcast team distinguish what’s fact from what’s not, and has written for a range of publications including Audubon and Vice. She will…

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WHAK/WHSB Founder Harvey Klann Passes

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True North Radio Network has reported the July 25 death of WHAK-FM/WHSB-FM (Rogers City/Alpena) founder Harvey Klann. Klann was 97. He was born on June 11, 1923 in Rogers City to Alfred and Hattie (Dost) Klann. He was a lifelong resident of Rogers City, except for time spent in the military during World War II.…

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Scott Jameson Named Director of Programming at Beasley Detroit

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Beasley Media Group has announced Scott Jameson has been named Director of Programming of Beasley Media Group’s Detroit-based radio cluster. In his new role, Jameson will be responsible for overseeing the programming of WRIF-FM, WCSX-FM, WMGC-FM, WDMK-FM and the Praise Network. He will begin his new position on  August 3. Jameson most recently served as…

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