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FCC Proposes 8% Hike In Annual Radio Station Regulatory Fees

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For a third consecutive year the annual regulatory fees that the Federal Communications Commission proposes to collect from radio stations is going up, and this year’s planned increase is twice that of a year ago, according to a report in InsideRadio. The FCC has proposed to hike annual fees by eight percent in 2021 as…

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Heritage Broadcasting Company Acquires Lake Effect Digital

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With the acquisition of Lake Effect Digital, Heritage Broadcasting will now be able to offer a full suite of digital solutions for businesses and organizations throughout Michigan. Along with the Mane Content team, Lake Effect Digital will become one of the most comprehensive and progressive digital agencies in Northern Michigan, offering a full line of…

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Townsquare Promotes Jeff Luckoff, Eric Meier in Michigan

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On May 4, Townsquare Media Inc. announced that Grand Rapids Market President Jeff Luckoff will increase his responsibilities to include statewide oversight of Townsquare’s Michigan local media clusters. He will report to Townsquare Senior Vice President Todd Lawley. “In a very short amount of time Jeff has reset the culture, made key hires, and built…

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Gray Picks Up Saginaw’s WNEM in $2.7B Meredith Acquisition, Will Sell Flint’s WJRT

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Gray will become the United States’ second largest television broadcast group when it acquires 17 Meredith stations, including WNEM-TV (Saginaw) in a $2.7 billion deal announced in a press release on Monday (5/3). Gray currently operates WJRT-TV (Flint), which shares in the DMA 73 market with Saginaw’s WNEM. To facilitate regulatory approvals for this transaction,…

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FCC Releases Closed-Captioning Quality Standards Guide

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Last week, the FCC released a guide summarizing TV closed captioning quality standards (accuracy, synchronicity, completeness, and placement). The guide includes best practices and discusses how TV stations must monitor and maintain their equipment and signal transmissions associated with closed captioning, perform technical equipment checks, take any corrective measures necessary to ensure that captioning is…

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Patti Taylor Named Director of Sales at Beasley Media Group Detroit

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On April 29, Beasley Media Group announced that Patti Taylor has been named Director of Sales at the company’s Detroit-based properties, including WRIF-FM, WCSX-FM, WDMK-FM, WMGC-FM and the Praise Network. Taylor most recently served as the General Sales Manager of the Motor City-based radio cluster. Previously, she was Sales Manager at both WCSX-FM and WRIF-FM…

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FCC Rules for All-Digital AM Radio Become Effective – Will There Be a Flood of Applications?

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By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP The FCC’s order adopted in late October authorizing AM stations to voluntarily convert to operations in a fully-digital mode became effective yesterday when the approval of its information-collection obligations under the Paperwork Reduction Act was announced in the Federal Register.  This means that AM stations can opt for full-digital operations, which many have argued will…

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