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Houghton Community Broadcasting Finds Forever Homes for Homeless Pets

Jan 24, 2020

Houghton Community Broadcasting (WCCY-AM, WHKB-FM, WOLV-FM) has again found forever homes for homeless pets as it has wrapped up another edition of “The 12 Dogs of Christmas.” Working with the Copper Country Humane Society, a local non-kill shelter, the three station group in Houghton uses it’s airtime after Christmas Day to highlight dogs that currently…

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WKBD-TV Back in the News Business

Jan 24, 2020

On January 22, CBS Television Station’s WKBD-TV (Detroit) debuted a new nightly 10 p.m. newscast.  Broadcasting and Cable reports that the Detroit newscasts will be produced by the CBS duopoly in Dallas. WKBD has hired multimedia journalists to create news content. “We’re back in the business of news in Detroit on WKBD,” said VP/GM Brian…

Mitchell Stabbe

“Come See Us At The Superb Owl” – Don’t Try This At Home! 2020 Update on Super Bowl Advertising and Promotions

Jan 24, 2020

By: Mitchell Stabbe, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP via the Broadcast Law Blog For several years, I have posted guidelines about engaging in or accepting advertising or promotions that directly or indirectly reference the Super Bowl without a license from the NFL (see, e.g. our articles here and here). It’s that time of year again, so…

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Governor Whitmer State of State Broadcast Information

Jan 17, 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 feeds for both TV and radio of the address beginning at 7 p.m. TV: The MAB TV feed will be unhosted, allowing your anchors to introduce and…

David Oxenford

PIRATE Act Passes Senate, and Now on to the President for Signature – Provides for Big Fines and Enforcement Sweeps in Big Markets

Jan 17, 2020

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP The PIRATE Act, to crack down on pirate radio, passed the Senate last week after having passed in the House of Representatives last year. It now goes to the President for signature. We’ve written about this legislation several times before (see for instance, our articles here and here). In…

Mark Croom

Michigan ABIP Program Field Notes: 2019 Inspections

Jan 17, 2020

By:  Mark Croom, Riverfront Communications, LLC It’s been a privilege to visit broadcast facilities around the state as the Alternate Broadcast Inspection Program representative for the Michigan Association of Broadcasters for the past two calendar years. It’s always interesting to see what kind of shape I’ll find stations in from the compliance standpoint. Here are…

Chris Ornelas

NAB Announces Executive Changes

Jan 17, 2020

NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith announced (1/16)  that NAB Chief Operating Officer Chris Ornelas will be departing the organization February 1 to become general counsel for Beasley Media Group, where he will oversee all legal matters for the multiplatform media company, including its 64 radio stations. Ornelas will be replaced by Curtis LeGeyt, NAB’s…

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WNMU-TV Unveils New Sports Broadcasting Equipment

Jan 17, 2020

WNMU-TV (Marquette), in partnership with Northern Michigan University Athletics, is setting up new production equipment for producing NMU sports telecasts.  Equipment highlights include Sony broadcast cameras with 72-power Canon zoom optics and Ross video switching with multi-view monitoring along with a host of other production enhancements. Not only will this new equipment enhance viewers’ experience with…

Tony Travatto

iHeartMedia Promotes Detroit’s Tony Travatto

Jan 17, 2020

Tony Travatto, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Detroit and PD of  WKQI-FM and WNIC-FM has been promoted to a Division Executive Vice President of Programming for the iHeartMedia National Programming Group.  The announcement was made January 16. Travatto is one of three promoted to the position in the National Programming Group.  Joining him…

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