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Darrin Rockcole Returns to WILX

Darrin Rockcole

Former WILX-TV Chief Meteorologist, Darrin Rockcole, who retired from the station in June of 2020, is returning on a freelance basis. Rockcole will be working as Weekend Meteorologist on News 10 Today Weekend Edition 6 a.m.  – 8 a.m., News 10 at 6 p.m., and News 10 at 11 p.m. “We appreciate Darrin helping cover…

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Michigan Broadcasters Currently Assigned to Vaccine Priority Group ‘1C’


At this time within Michigan, vaccines are being given to individuals in prioritized group “1B.”  MAB President/CEO Karole L. White has been in communication with MDHHS, this group includes frontline essential workers who are continuously working closely with large numbers of the public on a daily basis. Those would include workers like first responders, firefighters,…

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Advertising Sports Betting – What Are The Rules?

Karole White

By:  Karole L. White, President/CEO Michigan Association of Broadcasters The MAB has received several calls from members that were being told by ad agencies representing casinos and other sports betting organizations that TV and Radio stations had to be registered vendors with the state to accept sports betting ads. THIS IS NOT TRUE, according to…

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Online Gaming, Sports Betting Begins Today

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The Michigan Gaming Control Board announced Tuesday (1/19) that nine operators will be able to launch online sports betting, online gaming or both beginning on Friday (1/22), according to a report in Gongwer. The ability to launch online gaming and online sports betting was set to begin at noon today for all nine operators, which…

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WCMU Hosts Conversation on ‘COVID Virus & Vaccines’

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On January 19, WCMU Public Media (Mt. Pleasant) hosted a virtual conversation, “WCMU Pop-Up: COVID Virus & Vaccines,” an insight on how local Michigan communities are controlling COVID-19 and keeping their communities safe. According to a press release from WCMU Public Media, new data about how the spread was impacted by the holiday season will…

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DOJ Ends its Review of ASCAP, BMI Consent Decrees – For Now…What Does it Mean?

David Oxenford

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP In 2019, the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice began a review of the court-administered antitrust consent decrees that have bound ASCAP and BMI since the 1940s.  We wrote about the issues in their review here.  The formal review of these decrees began as part of the DOJ’s broader review of its…

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NAB Statement on Department of Justice Decision on ASCAP and BMI Consent Decrees

Gordon Smith

In response to the Department of Justice’s decision to take no action on the consent decrees governing the performance royalty organizations ASCAP and BMI, NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith released the following statement: “NAB is very pleased that the Department of Justice will not move to make changes to the ASCAP and BMI consent…

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SCOTUS Hears Broadcast Deregulation Arguments


The FCC and National Association of Broadcasters made their virtual arguments to the Supreme Court Tuesday (1/19) on why a lower court was wrong to invalidate the FCC’s 2017 broadcast ownership deregulation decision, a defense that came in the waning hours of the FCC’s Republican majority, which had approved the rule changes over the objections…

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WKAR Goes Virtual with PBS Kids Day

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WKAR Public Media is presenting another PBS Kids Day on Saturday, January 30.  With the current COVID-19 pandemic, this PBS Kids Day will be held online. Viewers can login and explore science with the Curious Crew and enjoy story time with PBS Kids favorite Daniel Tiger and WKAR’s Mrs. Pizzo. Morning and afternoon sessions are available.…

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