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Denis Prior

Former Michigan Air Personality Denis Prior Dies

Sep 28, 2020 reports that Michigan veteran air talent and comedy writer Denis Prior passed away early this week.  In Michigan, Prior worked on-air at WLHT-FM (Grand Rapids), MacDonald-Garber Broadcasting (Cadillac) and WGVU-AM/WGVS-AM (Grand Rapids).  Prior to Michigan, his resume included stops at KMXV-FM (Kansas City), KSRZ-FM (Omaha) and WSM-FM (Nashville). Prior had a lengthy run as…

Tony Clark

Tony Clark Passes

Sep 28, 2020

The MAB is sad to write that longtime Michigan Radio Programmer/Air Personality Tony Clark passed away peacefully on September 19, following a week long battle with pneumonia.  He was surrounded by his children, Christopher, Alexander, Megan and Jon-Michael. Over the years, Clark worked at such stations as WKNX-AM and WKCQ-FM (Saginaw), WILS-AM/FM (Lansing), WTRX-AM (Flint),…

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Spring Arbor University Announces New Student Radio Station

Sep 28, 2020

Spring Arbor University (SAU) announces the launch of a new Christian radio station, 89.3 The Arbor (WJKN-FM). The new station’s student-hosted format compliments 106.9 (WSAE-FM) as a sister station, with a strong emphasis on the SAU community. In a letter to friends of the university, Rachel (Ryder) Buchanan, General Manager and Program Director of…

Chris Tyler

WITL’s Chris Tyler Says ‘So Long’

Sep 28, 2020

WITL-FM (Lansing) Afternoon Personality/Program Director Chris Tyler has announced that he is leaving the station after 23 years. In “An Open Letter to the Wittle Family” posted online, Tyler wrote that “It’s been a good, long ride. But even all good, long rides have to end. For me that will be this Friday (9/25) at…

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WSAQ Raises Nearly $150K in Community Roofsit

Sep 28, 2020

Radio First/Liggett Communication’s WSAQ-FM (Port Huron) has raised a record $148,405 to benefit the Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN) Council. Q Country 107 WSAQ morning show host Matt Markham has spent this past week living on top of the MI Mutual Mortgage Building, soliciting donations for the CAN council. Markham told WJBK-TV that “We all…

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House Passes Series of COVID-19 Liability Protections

Sep 28, 2020

A series of bills shielding employers from what supporters call potentially “frivolous” lawsuits related to the COVID-19 pandemic were passed in the House on Wednesday (9/23), according to a report in Gongwer. Under the bills, employers would not be liable for an employee’s exposure to COVID-19 if the exposure happened during the COVID-19 state of…

David Oxenford

FCC Proposes $512,228 in Fines to TV Stations for Violating Rules Requiring Good Faith Negotiation of Retransmission Consent Agreements

Sep 28, 2020

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP With the October 1 deadline coming up for retransmission consent/must carry elections, and the likely commencement of many retransmission consent negotiations throughout the country, the FCC last week issued a decision that emphasizes the importance of “good faith” retransmission consent negotiations.  In this action, the full Commission denied an Application for Review that…

Gordon Smith

First Amendment Shines Through During Toughest of Times

Sep 25, 2020

By: Gordon H. Smith, President/CEO National Association of Broadcasters Two hundred and thirty-one years ago this week, Congress passed a collection of amendments to the U.S. Constitution, ten of which would become the Bill of Rights. Foremost in the Bill of Rights is the First Amendment, which allows Americans to worship how they please, speak…

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NAB Releases New ‘We Are Broadcasters’ TV and Radio Spots for Download

Sep 24, 2020

America’s broadcast radio and TV stations are the pulse of our communities – delivering critical news and information, weather and emergency updates and entertainment that connect and inspire us. Now more than ever, what you do for your communities is vital. In the past six months our country has been devastated by a global pandemic,…



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