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2020 U.S. Census Promotion Runs Up Against COVID-19 Outbreak

Be Counted Michigan

Michigan Radio reports that coronavirus concerns forced several top state officials to conduct a town hall promoting the 2020 U.S. Census in an empty auditorium in Flint on Thursday.  The public was barred from attending the event out of concern of potentially spreading the deadly COVID-19 virus. The event was streamed on Facebook. While state and…

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WRIF’s James Campbell Named Host of Nationally Syndicated CheckpointXP Show

CheckpointXP Team Members Robbie Landis, James Campbell and Ric “Weird Beard” Hogerheide

Beasley Esports, a division of Beasley Media Group, LLC has announced on March 11 that WRIF-FM (Detroit) producer James Campbell has been named the new host of the company’s nationally syndicated radio program, CheckpointXP. The show, heard on 70 radio stations across the United States and Canada on the Sun Broadcast Group Network, is also…

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Robby Bridges & Rochelle Gagnon Join WKHQ

WKHQ Robbie and Rochelle

The “Robby and Rochelle” radio show will move to weekday mornings at MacDonald Garber Broadcasting’s heritage CHR WKHQ-FM (Traverse City) beginning March 30. The show, hosted by Robby Bridges and Rochelle Gagnon, was previously heard at WDVD-FM (Detroit) and WSHK-FM (Portsmouth, N.H.). Bridges assumes the reigns of programming as PD, while Gagnon will take on…

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McKibbin Media Debuts ‘99.5 The Dale’ in Hillsdale

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Following the closing of its purchase of WCSR-AM/FM, McKibbin Media has flipped WCSR-AM and its companion FM translator to a country format under the handle “99.5 The Dale.” The station is Hillsdale County’s only country format radio station, broadcasting on both 1340 AM and 99.5 FM. WCSR-FM 92.1 continues with its adult contemporary format featuring…

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mediaBrew Launches New 106.1 ‘The Sound’

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On March 2, mediaBrew Communications launched a new station in Marquette, the “all new 106.1 The Sound.”  The station is a soft adult contemporary format, branded as a place to “rediscover your favorite songs you haven’t heard in decades.” Core artists to be heard on the station include The Beatles, Chicago, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac,…

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MacDonald Garber Broadcasting Purchases WSRT-FM

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MacDonald Garber Broadcasting is purchasing silent WSRT-FM (Gaylord) and translator W252DA (Petoskey) from Northern Radio.  An application was filed with the FCC on February 28. WSRT is one of six stations Northern has been selling off.  So far, the company has sold WKLT-FM (Kalkaska), WKLZ-FM (Petoskey) and WCFX-FM (Leland).  With the sale of WSRT, Northern…

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Is Gen-Co short for Genesee County, or Generous Community?

Jeremy Fenech

By: Jeremy Fenech, Program Director 103.9 The Fox WRSR-FM (Flint) ‘Who wants seconds?’ ‘Are you gonna finish that?’ Simple questions at dinner time that we all take for granted. You may be heading back for a second helping of dinner… while so many people in our own community are desperately seeking their first helping… for…

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NAB Announces 2020 Engineering Achievement Award Recipients

Jeff Welton

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has announced the recipients of its Engineering Achievement Awards. Established in 1959, the Engineering Achievement Awards are given to individuals who are nominated by their peers for significant contributions to advancing broadcast engineering. The 2020 NAB Radio Engineering Achievement Award Jeff Welton is regional sales manager, Central US, for Nautel…

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Michigan Reps Dingell, Mitchell Remind People to ‘Bump, Not Shake’

(L-R) Congressman Paul Mitchell (R-MI) and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI)

On March 2, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Congressman Paul Mitchell (R-MI) reminded the public to take commonsense steps to prevent the spread of the common cold, flu, and the coronavirus. Dingell and Mitchell remind people to replace handshakes or hugs with a bump of the elbow, wash their hands frequently with soap for 20…

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