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NATAS Michigan Announces 42nd Annual Regional EMMY® Winners

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With an online ceremony held this past Saturday (6/20), National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences/Michigan announced the winners of the 42nd Annual Regional EMMY® Awards.  Television stations, both commercial and public, cable networks, ad agencies and production houses throughout Michigan were honored. This was the first year the awards were presented online, due to…

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Michigan Radio Debuts ‘Kids These Days’ Podcast By Teens, About Teens

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Michigan Radio has announced the debut of Kids These Days, a new podcast that offers an insider’s perspective on what it’s like to be a teenager today. This limited-run podcast is hosted by teens, and is a collaboration between Community High School in Ann Arbor and Michigan Radio’s Peabody Award-winning podcast team. Topics range from…

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Former WATZ General Manager ‘Uncle Don Rhea’ Passes

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The MAB has learned that former WATZ-AM/FM (Alpena) General Manager Don Rhea passed away June 20 at the age of 88.  Born Jack D. Rhea in 1931, he was known professionally as “Uncle Don Rhea.” Rhea spent more than 25 years on-air at KCKN-AM/FM in Kansas City, Kansas  He also put KBUC-FM, San Antonio, Texas,…

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WJBK’s Sherry Margolis Announces Retirement

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After 35 years as an anchor at WJBK-TV (Detroit), Sherry Margolis has announced she is retiring.  The announcement was made Wednesday (6/24) during the station’s 5 p.m. newscast. “It’s been my home for more than 35 years. It’s been the most amazing, remarkable, wonderful career that anybody can ever hope for,” Margolis said Wednesday.  “I…

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Longtime Lansing Broadcaster Mychal Grenawalt Retires after 40 Years

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After 40 years in the broadcasting industry, longtime Lansing-area broadcaster Mychal Grenawalt has announced his retirement.  He has spent the last seven years as a senior account executive with Nexstar Broadcasting’s WLNS/WLAJ-TV. After starting in the Detroit market running co-op programs for broadcast, Grenawalt joined the sales team for the launch of WJXQ-FM (Lansing).  He…

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FCC Seeking Comment on the Origination of Programming by FM Translators

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By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Should broadcasters be able to originate programming on FM translators? Playing off the proposal to allow limited amounts of programming on FM boosters – basically the insertion of local ads, news, or emergency alerts – in the zonecasting proposal on which the FCC took comments earlier this year (see…

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