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Michigan Small Business Relief Grant Application Window Opens Through August 5

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It was announced on Wednesday (7/15) that the $100 million Michigan Small Business Restart Program will leverage federal funding through the CARES Act to help reduce the economic impact of the ongoing pandemic on Michigan small businesses and workers. Businesses and nonprofits with 50 or fewer employees, worldwide, located in Michigan will be eligible for…

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WKAR’s Ilene ‘Beany’ Tomber Receives MAPB’s 2020 Public Media Impact Award

Ilene 'Beany' Tomber

The Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters has announced that WKAR Public Media’s Beany Tomber will receive its 2020 Public Media Impact Award. Beany Tomber personifies the very best attributes of public media. Over her 55-year career, she has dedicated herself to children, education and the pursuit of knowledge.  As director of Corporate Development at  WKAR…

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Interlochen Public Radio to Offer Milliken Broadcast to MPRN Stations

Michigan Governor William G. Milliken

Interlochen Public Radio has announced that it will air and make available to other MPRN stations, the Memorial for Governor William G. Milliken, which will be held at Interlochen Center for the Arts on August 6. The memorial was previously set to take place in the Milliken Auditorium at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City.…

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NAB Launches Toolkit for Stations to Celebrate 100 Years of Radio

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The National Association of Broadcasters is counting down the 100 days to the centennial anniversary of the first commercial radio broadcast with an online and on-air #Radio100 campaign. On Wednesday (7/15), the NAB released today the #Radio100 toolkit to help stations celebrate this incredible milestone. The toolkit features a celebratory video, social media assets, scripts and…

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Northern Radio Sells WSRJ to Good News Media

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Northern Radio continues to spin off stations in Northern Michigan.  On July 14, an application was filed with the FCC to sell silent WSRJ-FM (Honor/Traverse City) to non-commercial operator Good News Media, Inc. of Traverse City. Good News Media currently owns and operates WLJN-AM-FM (Traverse City), WJLW-AM (Cadillac), WLJD-FM (Charlevoix) and WLJW-FM (Fife Lake). Sales…

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WPHM Covers 96th Running of the Mackinac Yacht Race

WPHM’s Ted Everingham and Paul Miller

The Bayview Yacht Club has held their annual Port Huron to Mackinac race for the past 96 years. It is the longest consecutive freshwater yacht race, held through times of peace, war, depression, and most recently, a pandemic. Usually the Port Huron Community goes all out in celebrating the annual event with a carnival, concerts,…

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WILX Announces ‘Studio 10’ Daily News and Lifestyle Program

(L-R) Stephanie McCoy and Sarah Swistak

Gray Television’s WILX-TV (Lansing) has announced an October start date for a news and lifestyle show called “Studio 10″ to air weekdays at 4 p.m. on-air and on-line. The brand-new hour-long program is currently under development and is expected to have segments focusing on local food, fitness, health, parenting, auto, travel, entertainment, local news and…

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WCCW Serves Up ‘Concerts on the Lawn’ During Pandemic

Miriam Pico performing for Concerts on the Lawn

Summers in Traverse City have, for many years, included a “Concert on the Lawn” series, where free concerts were put on at the grounds of the GT Pavilions. Faced with cancellation, Deb Allen, Executive Director of the Grand Traverse Pavilions Foundation, approached Midwestern Broadcasting General Manger Chris Warren with her dilemma and an idea! What…

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Random Issues to Consider as Media Businesses Adapt to the New World of the Virus – Music Uses on Zoom and Other Platforms, Unlicensed FM Transmitters

David Oxenford

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP As business adapts to the pandemic so, too, do legal issues.  A couple have come to my attention in recent weeks that I thought bear passing on.  One deals with copyright concerns, the other with FCC matters about use of unlicensed FM transmitters.  Both arise as businesses adapt the…

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