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WOOD-TV’s Terri DeBoer Announces Retirement

Nexstar’s WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids) has announced that longtime station meteorologist Terri DeBoer has retired.  DeBoer delivered her last weather forecast last night (9/28).  She has been with the station after nearly 30 years and has worked in local news more than 35 years.

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Eli Newman Joins WKAR as Assistant News Director and Editor

WKAR Public Media (East Lansing) has announced the hiring of Eli Newman as Assistant News Director and Editor.  Newman joins the WKAR stations after a seven-year stint as a reporter at Detroit’s WDET-FM where he covered breaking news, politics and community affairs.

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Scripps’ WXMI-TV Unveils New News Set

This past Monday (9/25), Scripps Media’s WXMI-TV/Fox 17 (Grand Rapids) unveiled its new state-of-the art news set, a project that took two months to build and nearly two years before that to plan.  The studio features a 16-foot seamless video wall and two 12-foot seamless video walls.

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Beasley Media Group Launches Podcast Radio U.S. Format in Detroit

Podcast Radio features live “Podjocks”, including former KROQ-FM (Los Angeles) Personality and Legendary Radio Hall of Famer Gene “Bean” Baxter. The format will showcase the very best produced and popular podcasts from the United States and all over the world, including audio content from TedAudio (TedTalk), Wondery, Evergreen, Corus, and more! The initiative with Beasley is the first of its kind for the company in the United States.

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Audacy’s WXYT-FM/Detroit Announces New Morning Show

Audacy has announced a new weekday morning show for 97.1 The Ticket (WXYT-FM), the flagship radio station of the Detroit Lions. The station has elevated Jim Costa to new morning show host alongside current morning show co-host Jon Jansen.

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WPHM Adds More Fox Sports Programming

Liggett Communication’s News, Talk, and Sports WPHM-AM (Port Huron) has announced that it is adding more programming from Fox Sports Radio. Chris Broussard and Rob Parker’s “The Odd Couple” will be heard starting Monday, October 2 from 7 to 10 p.m. Parker is a veteran Detroit area journalist and Broussard is an NBA analyst from Cleveland.

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Summit Technology Group Appointed Midwest Rep for Nautel

Summit Technology Group has been selected to provide sales for Nautel transmitters throughout Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin. This appointment complements the end-to-end solutions provided by Summit Technology Group’s engineering division. 

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Broadcaster’s Legal Considerations for Early Season Political Ads

David Oxenford

With the 2024 election looming, broadcasters are already receiving requests for political advertising time, from PACs and other issue groups, and from both established candidates and newcomers eager to make an early splash to enhance their public standing. Some of these potential buyers advance unique policy positions and, sometimes, unusual ad buying strategies. How are broadcasters to deal with these early political ad buyers?

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The Fall Book Is On: Now What?

Gary Berkowitz

The fall book has started but before we get too deep into it, here are a few basic and easy to implement tactics that will help you get a better result.

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WSAQ’s 2023 Roof Sit Exceeds Fundraising Goal

Liggett Communication’s WSAQ-FM (Port Huron) held their annual Community Roof Sit to benefit the Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN) Council from September 10 through 15.  WSAQ morning show host Matt Markham lived on top of the MiMutual Building in Downtown Port Huron raising funds and awareness for child abuse prevention and advocacy.

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