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Spring Memorial Planned for Dick Kernen

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The MAB has learned that longtime Specs Howard VP of Industry Relations Dick Kernen passed away Friday morning (12/18) at the age of 82.  The family has announced that there will be no online services, but a memorial will be planned for the spring. Kernen had been with Specs Howard since 1972, following a radio…

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Beasley Detroit’s Scott Jameson Adds National Duties

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On December 16, Beasley Media Group announced that five programmers in its company will be adding national responsibilities to their duties. Scott Jameson, Director of Programming at Beasley Media Group Detroit has been named Vice President of National Content. In addition to his Motor City programming responsibilities, he will work to identify opportunities for content…

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A Third Of Michigan Restaurants Fear They May Close In Six Months

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Research released by the Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association on Tuesday revealed many hospitality businesses fear they will have to close within the year because of the economic impacts of COVID-19, according to a report in Gongwer. At least 5,600 restaurant operators say it is unlikely they will still be in business in six months.…

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Radio First Port Huron Stuffs the Bus for Kids in Distress

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Each year, RadioFirst/Liggett Communications stations in Port Huron team up with the the Port Huron Area School District and local businesses to collect toys and coats to ‘Stuff a Bus’ and deliver the items to Kids in Distress Services in St. Clair, Michigan. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the stations had to switch up the…

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FCC Targeting Property Owners in Pirate Radio Enforcement

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The Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau has begun targeting property owners and managers that tolerate pirate broadcasting on their properties.  The commission has issued an announcement that it is exercising its new authority under the recently enacted PIRATE Act.  “Parties that knowingly facilitate illegal broadcasting on their property are liable for fines of up to…

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Michigan Learning Channel to Launch January 4, 2021

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As reported in October and following months of planning, Michigan’s public television stations, in partnership with leading educators and community leaders, are launching the Michigan Learning Channel (MLC) beginning Monday, January 4. It will be available statewide on a series of new dedicated broadcast channels. Organized by Detroit Public Television (DPTV), the network will deliver…

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Alpha Media Saginaw Raises $50K With Sharing Hope Radiothon

Program Director/Operations Manager Dave Maurer (left) joined Rescue Ministries of Mid Michigan Executive Director Dan Streeter in updating the tote board.

Alpha Media stations in Saginaw, lead by WSGW-AM/FM, held their 5th Annual Sharing Hope Radiothon on December 16, raising $50,100 in the 12 hour broadcast, exceeding the original goal of $40,000 and surpassing last year’s total of $47,190. The goal for this year was lowered over concern about the impact the pandemic imposed. However, listeners,…

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