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#MABshow Alert: Gray Television’s Greta Van Susteren will Deliver 2020 Keynote

Jan 15, 2020

Just days ahead of Michigan’s Presidential Primary, Greta Van Susteren, the longtime political commentator and host of Gray Television’s “Full Court Press,” will deliver the keynote address at the 2020 Great Lake Media Show. The Great Lakes Media Show will take place March 3 and 4 at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing. Learn more…

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MAB Will Offer Pool Feed for January 29 State of the State

Jan 10, 2020

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has announced that she will deliver her second State of the State address on Wednesday, January 29.  As in the past, The MAB will offer a pool feed of the address beginning at 7 p.m. The MAB TV feed will be unhosted, allowing your anchors to introduce and conclude the broadcast. We…

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WOOD-TV’s Julie Brinks and Maranda Named Among “Influential Women”

Jan 10, 2020

WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids) General Manager Julie Brinks, along with on-air host Maranda, have been recognized as two of West Michigan’s “Most Influential Women.” The Grand Rapids Business Journal released its list of 50 women leaders in the West Michigan community on January 8.  Brinks and Maranda were chosen out of a list of nearly 250 applicants.…

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WKAR Announces Launch of Apollo Public TV Platform in Partnership with Gaian Solutions

Jan 10, 2020

NextGen TV Accelerator Platform, Apollo PublicTV Platform Enables Public Broadcasters to Conceive, Design and Launch NextGen TV Services for Local Communities WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University and Gaian Solutions, Inc., announce the launch of Apollo PublicTV Platform, a NextGen TV accelerator platform for public broadcasters. Apollo PublicTV Platform offers broadcasters a suite of…

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Northern Radio of Michigan Spins Three FMs to Separate Owners

Jan 10, 2020

Traverse City-based Northern Radio of Michigan has sold three of its six northern Michigan radio stations to separate owners.  Midwestern Broadcasting is purchasing heritage rock station WKLT-FM (Kalkaska) from Northern. Midwestern is owner of WTCM-AM/FM, WCCW-AM/FM and WJZQ-FM. In an article posted in the Traverse Ticker, Midwestern Broadcasting General Manager Chris Warren said, “We’ve enjoyed…

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ENCO Founder Gene Novacek Passes

Jan 10, 2020

The MAB has learned that Eugene Novacek, who founded Southfield-based broadcast technology company ENCO has died from pancreatic cancer at age 61.  He passed away in New York City on January 1. Novacek was a professional engineer (P.E.) who held engineering degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He had early jobs at Bechtel…

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State Supreme Court Revises Courtroom Cell Phone Rules

Jan 10, 2020

The Michigan Supreme Court announced Wednesday (1/8) that cellphones will be allowed in state courts. The decision was announced after a public hearing and an opportunity for public comment. Previously, judges were allowed to set a policy on cell phones for their own courts. Chief Justice Bridget McCormack said the new rule will make state…

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WMUK Adds Second Frequency for Classical Programming

Jan 10, 2020

Western Michigan University’s WMUK-FM (Kalamazoo) has announced that it is expanding both its news and information programming as well as classical music and fine arts programming with the addition of a second frequency.  On January 20, the station will split its programming with WMUK 102.1 increasing the amount of news and information programming hours with…

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McKibbin Media Acquires WCSR-AM/FM

Jan 10, 2020

After closing on the purchase of Bruce and Sue Goldsen’s Jackson Radio Works’ stations on December 16, Jamie and Katina McKibbin and their McKibbin Media Group have announced the purchase of WCSR-AM/FM (Hillsdale) from longtime second-generation owner Michael Flynn.  WCSR has been in the Flynn family since 1961. McKibbin, speaking to the Hillsdale Daily Reporter,…

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Walker Sisson Passes

Sep 3, 2019

The MAB shared the news on September 3 via the web that longtime Southwest Michigan contract engineer Walker Sisson passed away September 2 at the age of 71. Services were held on September 7. Walker was an on-call/contract engineer for dozens of stations in Southwest Michigan and Northwest Indiana.  He had the engineering bug early. …

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