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FCC Issues Reminder On Sponsorship Identification Requirements – Including Obligation to Ensure Syndicated and Brokered Program Providers Comply With the Rules

David Oxenford

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Last week, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau issued an Advisory reminding broadcasters about their obligation to provide sponsorship identification information to their audiences whenever they receive something of value in exchange for airing any programming.  The Enforcement Bureau’s advisory was quite concise, basically just reminding broadcasters of their sponsorship identification obligations. …

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Brent Alberts Appointed Brand Manager at WMMQ

Brent Alberts

Industry veteran Brent Alberts has been appointed Brand Manager of Townsquare Media’s WMMQ-FM (Lansing).  Alberts has been Brand Manager of sister stations WJIM-AM and WVFN-AM and continues with those duties.  Alberts will also host the station’s afternoon drive slot as well as continuing to host the station’s “All Request Saturday Night,” which he has hosted…

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WDET Launches Campaign to Purchase New Transmitter

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Wayne State University’s WDET-FM (Detroit) has launched a campaign to raise the money required to replace its aging 21-year old main transmitter.  The transmitter failed in January and since then the station has been operating in its 34-year old backup transmitter and notes that it is also not working properly.  The station says some listeners…

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FCC Looks to Make EAS Updates as Recent Alerts Bring Added Urgency

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Following false weather service alerts that went out this month across Kansas and Missouri warning of imminent danger from a tornado that did not exist,  Federal Communications Commission Acting Chair Jessica Rosenworcel said Wednesday (3/17) that a system needs to be created to track false emergency alerts so lessons can be learned from the errors,…

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WLNS Hosts Digital Town Hall on Mental Health

Digital Town Hall on Mental Health

On March 17, Nexstar Broadcasting’s WLNS-TV (Lansing) hosted a one-hour digital Townhall focused on Mental Health. The event was streamed live on the station’s website as well as Facebook. Experts answered viewer questions and discussed a number of topics, and resources available for those struggling with mental illness.  Viewers were able to submit a question…

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Station Sales: One FM and Two Translators

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Two applications for assignment of Michigan licenses were filed recently with the FCC.  In the first application, filed on March 5, Central Michigan University is selling FM translator W236BU to Black Diamond Broadcast Holdings.  CMU previously used the translator to relay WCMW-FM (Harbor Springs) into the Traverse City market.  This is no longer necessary since…

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Art Vuolo’s Six Degrees of Separation!

Art Vuolo Jr.

In a note to the MAB, Art Vuolo wants to thank everyone who prayed for his recent successful hospitalization for, what turned out to be serious gallbladder surgery. It should have been routine, but it wasn’t. Doctors called the condition of his gallbladder “rotten.”  The successful operation was March 9.  However, while in Ascension Hospital…

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