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State of the State Address Scheduled for January 27

Governor Gretchen Whitmer

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will deliver her third State of the State Address on Wednesday, January 27. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the State of the State address will be held virtually, in compliance with CDC and the State of Michigan’s best practices. Under normal circumstances, Governor Whitmer would request the House Chambers to deliver…

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COVID-19 Vaccine Education Toolkit Launched To Support Local Journalists

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The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) on Thursday (1/14) announced the launch of an online toolkit to help local journalists craft COVID-19 vaccine education messages that best resonate with their audiences. The toolkit is designed to provide journalists with…

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FCC Issues an EAS Enforcement Advisory

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The Federal Communications Commission is reminding broadcasters and other EAS participants of their obligations to comply with the Emergency Alert System rules, including ensuring that alerts are accessible to persons with disabilities. “In reporting on the most recent national level test of the EAS, the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau noted improvements in…

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WJR’s Frank Beckmann Announces Retirement

Frank Beckmann in 2015 at Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame ceremonies.

WJR-AM (Detroit) Mid-Morning On-Air Host Frank Beckmann has announced his retirement after a 48-year radio career with the Detroit station. A sports broadcasting legend, Beckmann has hosted “The Frank Beckmann Show” on WJR weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to Noon for the last 18 years. His last show will air on Friday, March 26, 2021. Named…

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Dates Set for Comments on FCC’s Zonecasting Rulemaking Proposal for FM Boosters

David Oxenford

Editors note:  On January 21 at 2 p.m. Eastern, David Oxenford will present a free webinar to MAB members ““What Can Broadcasters Expect in 2021?”  On January 20, we will be inaugurating a new President. With a new administration, there will be changes throughout the government, including at the FCC. The day after the inauguration, join…

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WXYZ Giving Away More than 10,000 Books to Children

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With donations this past summer from station employees and the community, plus a matching contribution from the Scripps Howard Foundation, WXYZ-TV/WMYD-TV (Detroit) was able to collect over 10,000 books for children that will be distributed beginning on January 19. “I am so proud of the team at WXYZ-TV and TV20 Detroit, and our viewers, for…

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Former WNMU-TV General Manager Bruce Turner Passes

(L-R) Eric Smith, Northern Michigan University Director of Broadcasting and Audio-Visual Services; State Senator Ed McBroom; Bruce Turner; Karole White (MAB).

Bruce Turner, who is known for his legendary impact on public broadcasting in Upper Michigan, has died.  According to Eric Smith, Director of Broadcast & AV Services at NMU, Turner died Saturday (1/9) following a brief illness. He was 82.  Turner retired from NMU in 2019 following a 56-year career as WNMU-TV’s original station manager. In…

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WGHN/WMPA Stuffed the Bus for Christmas

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On December 19, WGHN-FM/WMPA-FM/Oldies 94.9 (Grand Haven)  hosted their 8th Annual Stuff the Bus with the local Culver’s and Dean Transportation.  This year they brought the Grand Haven and Spring Lake Rotarian’s onboard as partners and were able to provide over two tons of food for the Love in Action, Salvation Army, The People’s Center…

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21 for 21 … 21 Programming Ideas for the New Year 2021

Gary Berkowitz

By: Gary Berkowitz Berkowitz Broadcast Consulting As we enter 2021, here are 21 programming points that will help you construct a “solid foundation” for your station in the new year. As each of the 21 points are released, they will appear here. Please check out my YouTube videos at 1. The music library and…

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