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Stephen A. Marks Elected MAB Chairman

Stephen A. Marks

Stephen A. Marks, President/CEO of The Marks Group (Alpena), was elected Chairman of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Board of Directors during the organization’s  Annual Business Meeting on Tuesday (8/11). Marks is the 76th chairman of the MAB, one of the largest and most successful state broadcast associations in the nation. The MAB represents…

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Entercom Launches ‘Breaking Down the Barriers’ on WWJ News Radio 950 in Detroit

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Entercom has announced the launch of “Breaking Down The Barriers,” a two-part community programming initiative on WWJ-AM (Detroit) to celebrate the diversity of the city and its surrounding suburbs. The initiative will include two segments, “Voices of the Community” and “Black Business Minute,” both began August 10. “Breaking Down the Barriers” is part of Entercom’s…

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WCMU Public Media Hosts Town Hall on Moving Forward from Flooding

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On August 11, WCMU Public Media and the Midland Center for the Arts hosted a one-hour virtual town hall titled “Moving Forward: Midland.”  The town hall was a forum to talk about how businesses, nonprofits and families are moving forward, following millions of dollars of flood damage in the Midland area which occurred on top…

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NPR’s ‘1A’ to Takeover Michigan Radio’s ‘Stateside’ Next Week

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By: Steven Chrypinski, Michigan Radio The speculation about Governor Whitmer as a potential vice presidential candidate has been put to rest, but Michigan is still in the national political spotlight for the November election. Next Tuesday, Jenn White, host of NPR’s national 1A program, will be taking over Michigan Radio’s Stateside show to talk with…

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WKHM Debuts The Chamber Show

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McKibbin Media Group has announced the debut of “The Chamber Show,” a monthly program to air on the company’s WKHM-AM (Jackson).  Presented in partnership with The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, the show hosted by Pat O’Dowd, Business Development Manager and Tim Booth, Events and Legislative Affairs Manager will tell the story of the Chamber,…

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Gordon Smith Health Update: ‘Prognosis Is Extremely Positive’

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The MAB Newsletter reported last Friday (8/7) that NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith suffered a stroke on the Wednesday prior. However, it was not a stroke, with Smith releasing a statement late Thursday (8/6) through the NAB saying, “I am delighted to tell you that after a very extensive MRI last night it was discovered that…

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WIKB Presents Virtual Livestock Auction

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With the COVID-19 Pandemic here, Iron River Community Broadcasting’s WIKB-FM (Iron River) conducted avirtual livestock auction on August 7 in conjunction with the Iron County Youth Market Livestock Council (ICYMLC). The auction was heard on WIKB-FM 99.1 and also available with a live online video feed on WIKB’s and ICYMLC’s Facebook pages. Bidding can be…

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Broadcasters Make Final Push Against FCC Fees

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Broadcasters have increased the pressure, and their rhetoric, in their final attempts to get the FCC to hold off on increasing the regulatory fees it charges TV and radio stations, especially during a pandemic that has done a number on revenue, according to a recent report in Broadcasting+Cable. The FCC supports itself through its regulatory…

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FCC Issues Reminder of Obligations to Make Televised Emergency Information Available to Viewers with Disabilities

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By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP About this time each year, as hurricane season ramps up, the FCC issues a notice reminding television broadcasters and other video providers of their obligations to make accessible emergency information to all of the populations which may be using their services – especially if parts of the audience cannot…

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