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Michigan Radio’s Steve Schram appointed to Nielsen Audio Advisory Council

Steve Schram

Steve Schram, Executive Director and General Manager of Michigan Radio – WUOM, Ann Arbor, has been selected to serve as the sole representative for Public Radio on the Nielsen Audio Advisory Council. The Council is a forum for Nielsen clients to share their interests, concerns, and suggestion about Nielsen’s service and to hear the perspective…

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MAB Board of Directors Elects 3 New Officers

Scott Shigley

MAB Chairman Stephen A. Marks, The Marks Group (Alpena and Marquette), announced the following change in the MAB Executive Committee:    Scott Shigley, General Manager of Liggett Communications (Port Huron) is the new Vice Chair/Chair-Elect. Shigley started his broadcast career in sales at the Liggett owned station in Lansing, WFMK in 1993. He began his…

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Frank Beckmann to End WJR Run this Friday

Frank Beckmann in 2015 at Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame ceremonies.

WJR-AM (Detroit) Mid-Morning On-Air Host Frank Beckmann, who announced his coming retirement in January, will do his last program on-air at WJR this Friday (3/26), wrapping up a 48-year radio career.  A sports broadcasting legend, Beckmann has hosted “The Frank Beckmann Show” on WJR weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to Noon for the last 18 years.…

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Breck Kinsey Joins Saginaw’s WKCQ

Breck Kinsey

MacDonald Broadcasting’s WKCQ-FM (Saginaw) has announced that Breck Kinsey has joined the station’s airstaff for the 7 p.m. to midnight shift.  Kinsey arrives from WLEW-FM (Bad Axe), where she spent nearly two years on the air. WKCQ Operations Manager/Program Director Jason Addams said “Breck is a lifelong KCQ listener, having grown up in the area. …

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FOIA Package Clears Senate Committee

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Legislation that would open up some records from the governor’s office and the Legislature cleared a Senate committee Tuesday (3/23) in the latest attempt to remove Michigan from the minority of states that do not currently allow access to such records, according to a report in Gongwer. Members of the Senate Oversight Committee unanimously reported…

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Northern Michigan Radio Legend Bill Vogel Passes

"The Captain" Bill Vogel

The MAB has learned that veteran northern Michigan air personality and voice-over/commercial talent “The Captain” Bill Vogel has passed away. For 20 years, Vogel was “The Mouth” of WKHQ-FM (Charlevoix) and helped put the station on the map. He built a large following with his Zoo Crew Morning Show and his fan base included visitors…

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WDIV Promotes Angie Cady to Local Sales Manager

Angie Cady

WDIV-TV, Graham Media Group’s NBC affiliate in Detroit, has named Angie Cady its Local Sales Manager. In this role, Cady will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the local sales team and strategy. “Angie is an energetic leader who has the respect and admiration of the WDIV-Local 4 leadership, our sales team, and…

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FCC Hearing Designation Order Reminds Broadcasters that Long Periods Where They are Not Operating May Lead to License Renewal Problems

David Oxenford

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP On March 8, the FCC issued a hearing designation order, sending to an Administrative Law Judge the question of whether an AM station’s license renewal application should be granted.  The hearing seeks to gather evidence as to whether the renewal should be granted despite the station’s record, under its current…

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