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Karole White

Dear MAB Members, Like many of you we are working with a very small staff as requested in the Stay at Home/Stay Safe Order by the Governor. There is one, or sometimes two of us, in the office to answer phones and help our members who must stay on the air. Here is what we…

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WDIV Survives in-house Coronavirus Scare


Tell us how your station is dealing with COVID-19.  What are your plans with your staff, with social distancing and work from home?  Let us know at Graham Media’s WDIV-TV (Detroit) already had 80% of its staff working from home as of this past Monday (3/23).  But that number quickly grew to 90% late…

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What The $2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Bill Means For Broadcasters

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Note: As of 5 p.m. Thursday (3/26), the $2 trillion coronavirus bill that passed the Senate late Wednesday night still needs to be approved by the House and signed by the president.  The massive, $2 trillion coronavirus relief package contains a number of provisions designed to help the broadcasting and entertainment workforce, including workers with…

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WMOM-FM Ludington Sold

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Patrick Lopeman’s Bay View Broadcasting has sold WMOM-FM (Pentwater/Ludington) to Hit Radio Media, LLC of Greenville.  The application was filed with the FCC on March 25. Hit Radio Media is equally owned by Jim Chesley of Greenville, Steve Leach of Cape Coral, Fla., and Jeff Lobdell of Grand Rapids.  Chesley is a director and stockholder…

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CPB Gets $75 Million in Emergency Funds


The Corporation for Public Broadcasting gets $75 million in emergency funds in the $2 trillion coronavirus bill that passed the Senate late Wednesday night but still needs to be approved by the House and signed by the president. The money is to keep up facilities of noncommercial TV and radio stations and to help stations,…

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NAB Update: Two New FCC Notices Helpful to Broadcasters

Rick Kaplan

By: Rick Kaplan, General Counsel & EVP, Legal and Regulatory Affairs National Association of Broadcasters NAB and individual broadcasters continue to work on a daily basis with the FCC to try to address concerns you and other broadcasters have raised during this time of national crisis. I am pleased to report that the FCC announced two…

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Longtime Detroit Radio/TV Host Bob Allison Dies At 87

Bob Allison at Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame ceremonies in 2018.

Longtime Detroit radio and TV host Bob Allison passed away Wednesday, March 25 at age 87.  Allison was the host of the popular radio show “Ask Your Neighbor,” which began on WWJ in 1962 and has been airing on WNZK-AM in recent years, co-hosted with his son Rob.  Other Detroit stations Allison worked for include…

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Essential Planning for Broadcasters Facing Coronavirus Restrictions on Access to Facilities and News Events

David Oxenford

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP With more and more states, municipalities, and other authorities issuing shelter-in-place warnings or other restrictions on travel, and with more station facilities likely to be closed temporarily because of exposure to the COVID-19 virus, broadcasters need to be planning on how to continue to operate their facilities in the…

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