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WBCT Announces Addition of Mike Aguilar to Mornings

May 24, 2024

Radio Insight reports that iHeartMedia’s WBCT-FM (Grand Rapids) has announced the addition of Mike Aguilar to its morning show alongside Ally Mac. Aguilar has been with iHeartMedia Grand Rapids since 2006, primarily at sister station WSNX-FM.

WADL Sale Terminated

May 24, 2024

Various press reports over the last few days indicate that Mission Broadcasting has terminated their agreement to purchase WADL-TV (Detroit) from Adell Broadcasting.  This comes weeks after the FCC approved the sale of the station to Mission, but imposed a number of conditions that made the deal complicated for both seller and buyer.

Plymouth-Canton’s WSDP Announces Amplification Capital Campaign

May 24, 2024

After more than 50 years of operating in essentially the same space, Plymouth-Canton School’s WSDP-FM (88.1 the Park) has announced the Amplification Capital Campaign to raise funds to convert a classroom into a series of editing, recording, and interview studios, a staff room, and storage space.

FCC to Consider Disclosure Requirement for AI-Generated Content in Political Ads

May 24, 2024

This past Wednesday (5/22), FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel proposed requiring disclosure of content generated by artificial intelligence (AI) in political ads on radio and TV. Rosenworcel is asking her colleagues to vote to advance a proposed rule that would require disclosure of AI content in both candidate and issue advertisements.

SPJ Detroit Honors WXYZ-TV’s Carolyn Clifford with Lifetime Achievement Award

May 17, 2024

WXYZ-TV anchor Carolyn Clifford received the SPJ’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the event.  The 22-time Emmy Award-winning journalist anchors prime-time newscasts at the station. 

Cumulus Names New GM for West Michigan

May 17, 2024

Cumulus Media has announced that it has promoted Steve Holm to Regional Vice President/Market Manager for Grand Rapids/Muskegon, MI. He rises from his previous role as General Sales Manager for Cumulus Dallas. The appointment was effective this past Monday (5/13).

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Delta College Public Broadcasting Recipient of $977k CPB Grant

May 17, 2024

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) announced this week that Delta Public Broadcasting’s WDCQ-TV (Bad Axe/Flint) is one of three public broadcasters awarded funding under the Next Generation Warning System grant program that funds public media stations to upgrade equipment and receive training to enhance alerting and warning capabilities. The program is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Former WXYZ-TV Weathercaster Marilyn Turner Dies at 93

May 17, 2024

WXYZ-TV reported this past Wednesday (5/15) that legendary weathercaster Marilyn Turner has died.  The station confirmed the news with her family. Neither the date nor cause was revealed.

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Don’t Start Counting Marijuana Advertising Dollars Yet – Cautions Despite Possible Changes in Its Federal Classification

May 17, 2024

In recent weeks, we saw press reports on a recommendation from the Attorney General to loosen federal restrictions on marijuana – reclassifying it by moving it off Schedule I (an illegal controlled substance with no medical uses and a high degree of potential abuse) to Schedule III, where many other drugs, including some requiring a prescription, are listed.

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NATAS Announces Regional EMMY® Nominees

May 16, 2024

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS)/Michigan has announced the nominees for the 46th Annual Regional EMMY® Awards. The award ceremonies will be held on June 15 at Little Caesars Arena.

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