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AM Radio’s Historic Day on Capitol Hill

May 10, 2024

Growing support for AM radio culminated in a remarkable day May 1 on Capitol Hill. Broadcasters, as well as the millions of Americans who rely on AM radio, are working to educate members of Congress on AM radio’s public safety value and broad reach, and those efforts are coming together to secure the future of this important service.

Great Lakes Loons Announcer and WLUN-FM General Manager Jerry O’Donnell Passes

May 3, 2024

Former Great Lakes Loons PA Announcer and WLUN-FM (Pinconning) General Manager Jerry O’Donnell passed away April 26 after a battle with cancer.  O’Donnell was the team’s first public address announcer, starting with the Loons’ inaugural 2007 season through the 2022 season.

Detroit PBS’ Bill Kubota Finalist for 2023 Journalist of the Year Award

May 3, 2024

His work last year ranged from covering Detroit’s civil rights legacy 60 years after Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led the “Walk to Freedom” to a story on Vietnam veterans’ efforts to rename Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, helping reduce stigma and encouraging more individuals to seek treatment.   

WGRT’s Vickie Lemonis Triumphs At 2024 Community’s Choice Awards, Best Of The Blue Water Area

May 3, 2024

WGRT-FM (Port Huron) Sales Manager Vickie Lemonis received recognition at ceremonies for the 2024 Official Community’s Choice Awards, Best of the Blue Water Area. Lemonis secured the title of local best in Advertising/Marketing.

Detroit’s ‘Sports Rap Radio’ to Debut May 16

May 3, 2024

Audacy’s WXYT-AM (Detroit) will debut the previously announced Sports Rap Radio on May 16. An all-Black lineup will be led by Rob Parker, a former host at WDFN, three-time NBA champion B.J. Armstrong, and former college athletes Dave Kenney and Maurice Ways.

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May Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters – EEO Audit Responses, Comment Deadlines on Emergency Broadcasting Matters, Effective Date for Zonecasting with FM Boosters, LUC Windows, and More

May 3, 2024

While May is one of those months that does not have any routine, scheduled FCC filing deadlines, there are still a number of regulatory dates and deadlines for broadcasters that are worthy of note. 

FCC Approves WADL Sale with Conditions

Apr 26, 2024

After a nearly 11 month wait, the FCC this week approved the sale of Adell Broadcasting’s WADL-TV (Detroit) to Mission Broadcasting, Inc.  The $75 million deal has been held up with petitions to deny from various groups as well as the FCC’s own concern about Mission’s relationship with Nexstar Media Group Inc. The approval comes with several conditions, including that Texas-based Mission financially separate itself from Nexstar.

WUPN-FM and WSBX-FM Combine Signals at “The Bridge”

Apr 26, 2024

On April 15, TSE Broadcasting’s WUPN-FM (Paradise) and Whiskey Sours Broadcasting and Productions’ WSBX-FM (Mackinaw City) began simulcasting a classic hits format as “94.5/95.1 The Bridge.”

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WKAR’s Shawn Turner Appointed to Michigan Veterans’ Facility Authority Board

Apr 26, 2024

WKAR Public Media (East Lansing) General Manager Shawn Turner has been appointed to the Michigan Veterans’ Facility Authority Board of Directors, the ten-member board that governs Michigan Veteran Homes. He was selected by the majority leader of the senate and appointed by Gov. Whitmer, with the advice and consent of the senate.

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11 States Now Have Laws Limiting Artificial Intelligence, Deep Fakes, and Synthetic Media in Political Advertising – Looking at the Issues

Apr 26, 2024

Artificial Intelligence was the talk of the NAB Convention last week. Seemingly, not a session took place without some discussion of the impact of AI.



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