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Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame to Induct New Members

Bill Proctor

Six new members will be inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame on April 26, 2020 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center at Michigan State University in East Lansing. New honorees include former WXYZ-TV (Detroit) reporter Bill Proctor, whose investigations led to the creation of the University of Michigan Law School’s Innocence Clinic.  Proctor…

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MAB Names Jayne Hodak as Executive Director of Programs

Jayne Hodak

The MAB has hired Jayne Hodak as the Executive Director of Programs! Jayne has an extensive history in Michigan Broadcasting, spending more than 25 years in television newsrooms across the state. Most recently, she served as the News Director for WJRT-TV (Flint). She has also worked at stations in Traverse City, Lansing and Detroit. Jayne…

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WDRQ Detroit Becomes New Country 93.1

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Cumulus Media has refreshed its Detroit Country-formatted station WDRQ-FM, relaunching the station as “New Country 93.1.”  The change took place February 18. The station has been known as “93.1 Nash-FM” since December 2013.  With the change in handle, afternoon host Bill ‘Broadway’ Bert will move his “Electric Barnyard” from afternoons to mornings with Kristina ‘Krissy’…

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Lt. Gov. Gilchrist Signs Marijuana Bills Into Law

Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist

On February 19, Michigan Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist signed House Bills 4126 and 4127 into law.  Both laws pertain to the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA). House Bill 4126 requires the MRA to promulgate a rule requiring marijuana establishments to include a warning on marijuana packaging for women who are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or…

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Jade Springart Named APD and Midday Host at WRIF

Jade Springart

Beasley Media Group has announced that Jade Springart has promoted to Assistant Program Director and Midday Host at WRIF-FM (Detroit). She will begin her new position immediately. Springart has been with the station for the past 12 years. She most recently served as the Music Director and as a weekend on-air personality at WRIF. In…

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Gray Television to Buy Lansing LPTV

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On February 14, an application was filed with the FCC to transfer the license of WLNM-LD (Lansing) from Tri-State Christian TV, Inc. to Gray Television.  Gray also owns full-power WILX-TV (Lansing), plus WJRT-TV (Flint) and WLUC-TV (Marquette). The deal permits Tri-State to program one digital subchannel on WLNM for five years after Gray takes ownership.…

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