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FCC Makes Clear that Lowest Unit Charges for Candidate Ads Ends on Election Day

David Oxenford

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP The FCC (11/2) released a Public Notice making clear that lowest unit rates (or lowest unit charges) end on Election Day.  Some broadcasters had asked the question, fearful that there would be political advertising bought after Election Day to take positions on issues about counting the vote and other legal matters that could arise in…

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Ken Frierson Appointed VP/GM of WNEM

Ken Frierson

On November 2, Meredith Corporation announced that it has promoted Ken Frierson to Vice President and General Manager of WNEM-TV 5, Meredith’s CBS affiliate in the Saginaw-Flint, Michigan market, effective immediately. Frierson was WNEM’s General Sales Manager. “Ken has been an extraordinary member of WNEM-TV 5 for over a decade and has worked in the…

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No Increase in MAB Dues During These Challenging Times

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The MAB Board of Directors voted to keep the membership dues investment at the same low rate it was last year.  Membership renewals went out through the mail and email a couple of weeks ago. In your renewal notice there is a link that allows you to pay your dues online directly into your own…

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Rock Jock Legend Anne Carlini Joins Black Diamond’s WGFM/WGFE

Anne Carlini

Longtime Michigan radio personality Anne Carlini has joined Black Diamond Broadcasting’s WGFM/WGFE (Traverse City) for the midday shift on the stations.  Carlini takes over for current midday host Roxanne Steel, who has stepped down to pursue an off-air opportunity. Black Diamond co-owner Norm McKee said, “Anne Carlini is a great fit for Rock 105 &…

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WDIV Hires Amador Velasquez as Director of Technology

Amador Velasquez

Graham Media’s WDIV-TV (Detroit) has announced the hiring of Amador Velasquez as the Director of Technology. He will supervise and manage all aspects of the broadcast station and its multi-platform content distribution. Velasquez comes to this role from WCAU, the NBCUniversal-Owned TV Station in Philadelphia, where he was Technology Manager. Prior to that, Velasquez was…

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‘Meltdown’ Celebrates 25 Years at WRIF

Mark “Meltdown” Milligan

Beasley Media Group is congratulating Mark “Meltdown” Milligan on his 25th anniversary at WRIF-FM (Detroit).  The veteran rock radio personality originally joined the station on November 1, 1995 as the overnight jock before eventually becoming the WRIF’s nighttime on air personality. In February 2009, Meltdown followed the legendary Arthur Penhallow in PM drive, and has…

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Sportscaster Fred Heumann Joins WILX

Fred Heumann

Longtime Michigan sportscaster Fred Heumann is joining the sports staff at WILX-TV (Lansing).  The station made the announcement November 2.  Heumann is a 1980 graduate of CMU with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Broadcast and Cinematic Arts/Journalism. He served as a sports reporter with WDIV-TV (Detroit) from 1994 to 2000; then joined WXYZ-TV (Detroit)…

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Hillsdale College’s WRFH Wins Multiple National Awards


On October 30, Hillsdale College’s student-run radio station WRFH-LP was the recipient of multiple awards at the CBI (College Broadcasters, Inc.) National Student Production Awards.  CBI salutes the best in student video and audio production during the presentation of the National Student Production Awards. The best in student media is being recognized for their work.…

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WLUC Takes Canathon 2020 Virtual

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WLUC-TV has teamed up with area radio stations to present the annual TV6 Canathon.  With the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event is virtual. Rather than donating cans at various collection sites, participants can make a monetary donation to the food pantry of their choice on the official event website. Canathon director Scott Zerbel says after…

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WGVU Goes Virtual with Food, Wine & All That Jazz

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WGVU Public Media is holding its annual Food, Wine & All That Jazz fundraiser on a virtual platform this year.  The event is scheduled for Thursday, November 19.  Supporters can purchase vouchers, pick up a tasting kit from the station’s studio the afternoon of the event, and then join the virtual event at 6:30 p.m. …

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