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Sen. Gary Peters Agrees to 2 Public Television Debates with Challenger John James

(L-R) Republican U.S. Senate Candidate John James; Incumbent Democrat U.S. Sen. Gary Peters.

Incumbent U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) agreed on Friday (7/24) to two televised debates with Republican Senate hopeful John James to be hosted by WGVU Public Media and Detroit Public Television, accoring to a report on MLive. Gongwer reported earlier in the week that James called on incumbent Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) to participate in…

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WZZM Adds Samantha Jacques to Weather Team

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WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids)(13 ON YOUR SIDE) has announced an addition to their weather team with an up-and-coming meteorologist from Northern Michigan. Samantha Jacques began her broadcast career as weekend meteorologist at WWTV/WWUP-TV (Cadillac) while still a junior in college. She worked as a teaching assistant, helped to create the first Broadcast Meteorology course offered at…

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Rico Beard Joins WXYT as Afternoon Co-Host

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Entercom has announced on-air veteran Rico Beard will join WXYT-FM (Detroit). Beard will be heard alongside Mike Valenti on “The Mike Valenti Show with Rico,” weekdays from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., beginning August 3. “Rico’s immeasurable experience covering all avenues of the Detroit sports scene has granted him a front row ticket to some…

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WLUC’s Karl Bohnak Adds Radio Duties in Marquette

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On July 15, WLUC-TV (Marquette) Chief Meteorologist Karl Bohnak added radio to his workday, joining the line up at mediaBrew Communication’s WKQS-FM (Sunny 101.9).  He’ll be providing the station with hourly weather updates every weekday from noon to 7:00 p.m. He joins fellow WLUC Meteorologist Jennifer Perez, who provides hourly weather updates weekday mornings on…

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Detroit Public TV Will Expand Early Childhood Services to City Neighborhoods

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Detroit Public Television (DPTV) is moving ahead with plans to take its acclaimed early childhood programs and services to children, families and educators across the city of Detroit. This work is supported by a $400,000, grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and will enhance the work of Hope Starts Here – Detroit’s Early Childhood Partnership…

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Midwest Family Consolidates WSJM-AM/FM; Launches New Format on AM w/FM Translator


Mid-West Family Broadcasting (St. Joseph/Benton Harbor) has shuffled the programming on two of its stations:  News/Talk WSJM -FM and Sports-Talk 1400 WSJM-AM have merged their programming together onto the FM side, while the AM and it’s FM translator have flipped to Alternative as “106.1 The New QYQ,” along with shiny new WQYQ call letters. FYI:…

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Marquette Radio Flips Formats on 2 Sovereign Stations

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Marquette Radio, LLC has made format changes on the two stations it is acquiring in the U.P. from Sovereign Communications.  WNGE-FM (Negaunee) flipped from classic hits/Oldies to an active rock format and is now known as 99-5 K-Rock. The company also flipped WUPK-FM (Marquette) from classic rock to soft AC as 94-1 The Breeze. Marquette Radio…

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Using Music in Podcasts – Talk to the Copyright Holders – Why You Can’t Rely on Your ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and SoundExchange Licenses

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By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Our friends at Edison Research recently released a study on music discovery highlighting the ways in which people discover new music.  Among their findings was that broadcast radio, YouTube and streaming services were among the largest sources for that discovery.  That report caused one radio trade publication to suggest that podcasts, which ranked relatively low…

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Advertising Tax Effectively Eliminated In D.C. Budget Proposal

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The D.C. City Council just held a critical vote on its budget, effectively killing its previous efforts to enact a 3 percent sales tax on advertising. By a vote of 11 to 2, the Council passed an amendment that would eliminate $18 million in proposed spending increases, which would have been funded by the new…

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