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Whiting Appointed Faculty Advisor for MSU Telecasters

Sep 9, 2022

Back to News Michigan State University School of Journalism (J-School) Professor Jon Whiting will be taking on the lead role of faculty advisor for MSU Telecasters. Whiting will be the third advisor for MSU Telecasters since 1982. MSU Telecasters has served as a student organization that fosters a collaborative environment for creatives within the MSU…

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FCC Regulatory Fees Due By September 28 and Can Be Paid Now

Sep 9, 2022

Back to News MAB Washington Counsel David Oxenford advises that the due date for regulatory fees has been set by the FCC. Fees can be paid now, and must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on September 28. The FCC released a Pubic Notice on September 8 setting these dates: A more detailed…

WOOD-TV Announces News 8 at 4 p.m. Launch

Sep 9, 2022

Back to News Nexstar Media’s WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids) is expanding to add an hour of news weekdays at 4 p.m. The hour-long broadcast launches September 12 and replaces the retiring “Ellen DeGeneres Show.” News 8 at 4 p.m. will be anchored by Susan Shaw and Emily Linnert, who bring years of experience and long-standing community…

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FCC’s Rosenworcel Wants to Strengthen EAS Security

Sep 9, 2022

Back to News In a news release dated September 7, FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel is proposing action to bolster the security of the nation’s public alert and warning systems, the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts delivered to the public through alerts on their televisions, radios, and wireless phones. “The Emergency Alert System and…

WLEN/WQTE Holds Emergency Fundraiser for Local Charity

Sep 2, 2022

A tragic fire in the early morning hours of Wednesday, August 24 temporarily closed Associated Charities of Lenawee and closed down their back to school distribution of clothing, shoes, backpacks and school supplies to families in need.

In response, WLEN (Lenawee Broadcasting Company) and WQTE (Southeast Michigan Media) Radio stations immediately addressed this catastrophic event with a curbside collection of monetary donations and gift cards. 

WQHH Hands Out 1200 Backpacks to Lansing Students

Sep 2, 2022

On August 18, MacDonald Broadcasting’s WQHH-FM (Lansing) held their 12th Annual Backpack Giveaway to help students and families prepare for the start of the new school year.  Assisted by station sponsors as well as Communities in Schools of Michigan, the station handed out the backpacks drive-through style over a 2-hour period.

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WOOD-TV To Host Debate for 3rd Congressional District Race

Sep 2, 2022

Nexstar Media’s WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids) has announced that the station will host a debate among candidates for Michigan’s newly redrawn 3rd Congressional District on Tuesday, September 13.  The debate, bringing together Republican John Gibbs and Democrat Hillary Scholten will be anchored by WOOD-TV political anchor Rick Albin.

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September Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters: Reg Fees, Foreign Government Program Certifications, Final Chance to Claim Reimbursement for Repacking Expenses, Comments on ATSC 3.0 and FTC Advertising Inquiry, and More

Sep 2, 2022

As summer begins to wind down, just like the rest of the world, the FCC and other government agencies seem to pick up speed on long delayed actions.  Broadcasters can anticipate increased regulatory activity in the coming months.  For September, there are a few dates to which all broadcasters should pay attention, and a few that will be of relevance to a more limited group.

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Majority of House of Representatives Now Cosponsoring Local Radio Freedom Act

Sep 2, 2022

The NAB announced that a bipartisan majority of the House of Representatives are now cosponsoring the Local Radio Freedom Act, a resolution opposing “any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge” on local broadcast radio stations. The Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA), which signals members of Congress’s opposition to any potential legislation that imposes new performance royalties on broadcast radio stations for music airplay, now has 222 cosponsors in the House and 28 in the Senate.

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Gray Television Adopts Minimum Wage of $18 Per Hour

Sep 2, 2022

On August 29, Gray Television announced a new minimum wage of $18 per hour across the company. The new policy will become effective on October 1, 2022, for essentially all full-time, non-commissioned and non-contracted employees of Gray and its wholly owned subsidiaries. Roughly 2,000 employees will receive a raise as a result of this new policy.



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