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WXMI Announces New Initiative to Combat a Rise in Youth Crime

In response to the pressing issue of youth crime, Scripps Media’s WXMI-TV/FOX 17 (Grand Rapids) is taking a proactive approach by spearheading A Path Forward. Rather than simply reporting on the increase in youth crime, this initiative aims to be part of a broader solution. By uplifting young people, FOX 17 seeks to connect families with crucial resources, address obstacles, celebrate successes, and create lasting change.

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FCC Seeks Comments on Proposed Annual Regulatory Fees – Proposal Includes a Decrease in Fees To Be Paid By Broadcasters

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In recent years, there has been significant debate over the amount of fees paid by broadcasters, with broadcast interests arguing that the FCC’s allocation of its workforce overestimated the number of employees working on broadcast matters.  In the proposal released this week, the FCC appeared to agree, allocating to other industries the work done by certain employees who were at least partially counted against broadcasters in the past. 

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WKAR Premieres New Season of Curious Crew for 2023

WKAR Public Media has announced the season premiere of Curious Crew, the station’s original science show for kids.  Premiering May 20, the debut episode had host Dr. Rob Stephenson and the Crew explore curveball curiosities and the physics of baseball at Jackson Field, the home of the Lansing Lugnuts.

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Reminder: EEO Reports Due June 1

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Radio and television station employment units (SEUs) located in the District of Columbia, Virginia, West Virginia, Michigan, Ohio, Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming with five or more full-time employees must prepare by Thursday June 1, 2023, an annual EEO Public File Report (PFR). The report must be posted on the website belonging to each station in the SEU and uploaded to its online public inspection file at the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC’s or Commission’s) website.

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Ford Now Committed to Keeping AM Radio in Vehicles

“NAB commends Ford for committing to keep AM radio in their vehicles, which will keep Americans safe and informed, particularly in times of emergency. With tens of millions of listeners, AM radio continues to serve as a vital lifeline to the public and a critical source of community news and exchange of diverse ideas.”

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Find Your Next Employee at BEA Virtual Mixer May 24

There’s a new group of graduating seniors at colleges across the country that are eager to join the workforce. Watch on Wednesday, May 24 as a select group of BEA member media graduates share their resumes and portfolio reels virtually with broadcast experts and get hands-on advice as they search for their first jobs in our business plus have a chance to interact directly with the students throughout the session.

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AM For Every Vehicle Act Introduced In Congress

RadioInk reports that a bipartisan coalition in the United States Congress has introduced the AM for Every Vehicle Act – legislation that would require federal regulators to mandate AM radio in new vehicles without an additional charge.

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Women of WLNS help Habitat for Humanity Build a Home

On May 15, women staffers from Nexstar’s WLNS-TV (Lansing) spent a day volunteering with Habitat for Humanity to help build a home for future local homeowner Brittni Perry.  Anchors Sheri Jones, Chivon Kloepfer and Kiyerra Lake were joined by other female staff from the station, including VP/GM Marci Daniels, in assisting other Habitat for Humanity volunteers construct the new home.

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2023 Regional Murrow Award Winners Announced

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) has announced the recipients of the 2023 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards.  The 9 Michigan broadcasters won a total of 18 awards in Region 7, which is shared with Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.  Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Murrow set as a standard for the profession of electronic journalism.

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