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Scripps Media Airs ‘Hidden Bias of Good People’ on Michigan Stations

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As part of its commitment to creating a better-informed world, The E.W. Scripps Company has been airing a commercial interruption-free special on its local television stations across the country to spark a national dialogue around implicit bias while advancing conversations at the local level in the 41 markets where it operates.  The stations in Michigan…

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Congress Approves Relief for Public Media Stations

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On March 10, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Senate coronavirus relief legislation.  Within this legislation was $175 million in COVID-related assistance for the nation’s 1,400 public radio and television stations. The funds, to be distributed by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, will help maintain local stations’ enhanced programming and services, and protect the…

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iHeart West Michigan Raises $95,000 for Dégagé Ministries

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On February 5, iHeartMedia/West Michigan held its fourth annual “Day of Hope” on its WOOD-AM/FM and WBFX-FM (BIG 101.3), collecting $95,000 for Grand Rapids homeless shelter Dégagé Ministries. On-air personalities from the stations, broadcasted live from 5 a.m. – 6 p.m. that day, sharing stories of hope from the men and women Dégagé has served.  Due…

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Journalism Competition and Preservation Act Introduced in Congress

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House Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), House Antitrust Subcommittee Ranking Member Ken Buck (CO-04), Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) and Chairwoman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and Consumer Rights Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) on Wednesday (3/10) announced the introduction of the bipartisan Journalism Competition and Preservation Act, legislation that seeks to…

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FCC Notes Violations for Two LPFM Operators for Spurious Emissions – Make Sure that Your Station is Transmitting Only Within Its Assigned Frequency

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By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP In two Notices of Violation issued on one day this week, an FCC Field Office cited Low Power FM operators for using transmission systems that, in addition to transmitting signals on their authorized channels, were also emitting signals on other channels that posed the potential for interference with…

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Northern Michigan Radio Personality Lin McNett Dies

Lin McNett aka Michael O'Shea

Lin D. McNett, known to radio listeners as Michael O’Shea, passed away March 8 at The Villa at Traverse Point in Traverse City. McNett spent his youth in Alden, graduating from Mancelona High School.  He went on to join the U.S. Coast Guard, where he found his passion for radio. After returning home he started…

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CDC Releases Guidance for People Who are Fully Vaccinated

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On March 8,  the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC) released its first set of guidance for fully vaccinated people. Here’s what fully vaccinated people can do: Visit other vaccinated people indoors without masks or physical distancing Visit indoors with unvaccinated people from a single household without masks or physical distancing, if the…

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Art Cervi, Detroit’s ‘Bozo the Clown’ Passes at 86

Art Cervi as Bozo the Clown.

The MAB has learned that Art Cervi, who played children’s television show host “Bozo the Clown,” passed away February 15 at age 86.  Cervi played the clown with a big red nose and red hair that protruded sideways on either side of his head, first on CKLW-TV from 1967 to 1975, then continued on WJBK-TV…

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Protect Your Stations from Random FCC Inspections


You say that the FCC doesn’t do random inspections anymore?  Not true, they do. It’s easier than ever before.  With so much of our business activities available in our public file and on electronic forms at the FCC, they can easily inspect a station without ever coming to your door.  Additionally they still investigate complaints. COVID…

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