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Call on Congress Goes Virtual This Year

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This past week, your MAB held its annual “Call on Congress” meetings with lawmakers from across Michigan.  Due to the continued pandemic concerns, this years COC was held virtually.  On Wednesday, MAB members were able to speak and discuss broadcast-related issues with staff from Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin’s (D-8th) office, Congresswoman Lisa McClain (R-10th), Congresswoman Rashida…

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From Memphis to Lansing: Amicia Ramsey Comes to WILX

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Gray Television’s WILX-TV (Lansing) has announced that award-winning journalist Amicia Ramsey is joining the station to co-host its morning newscast. Ramsey will join Mallory Anderson at the News 10 Today anchor desk beginning May 17. Ramsey is a graduate of The University of Missouri. She was most recently a reporter at Fox13 in Memphis, Tenn.,…

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West Michigan Broadcast Veteran Ed Ver Schure Passes

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The MAB has learned that veteran broadcaster Ed Ver Schure has died. He was 76.  He was born on March 25, 1945 in Grand Haven. Ver Schure started his career in 1963 at WHTC-AM (Holland), moving in 1971 to WGRD (Grand Rapids) and then to WLAV (Grand Rapids) in 1972.  This was followed by a…

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The First Amendment’s Role in Broadcast and Online Regulation

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By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Everyone knows that a fundamental principle of American democracy is the First Amendment – guaranteeing many freedoms to US citizens including freedom of the press and freedom of speech.  It is one of those concepts that underlies our society, but is often mentioned only in passing, and rarely considered in…

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Michigan Radio, WDET, WCMU, WMUK, WOOD and WXYZ Win Regional Murrow Awards

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The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) has announced the recipients of the 2021 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards.  Six Michigan broadcasters won a total of 11 awards in Region 7, which is shared with Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.  Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Murrow set as a standard for the profession…

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Beasley Hosts Zoom Event to Get Detroit Vaccinated

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On May 13, Beasley Media Group (Detroit) hosted a Zoom meeting with community leaders to discuss ways to encourage everybody in Metro Detroit to Get Vaccinated in the next installment of Beasley’s Solutions Not Slogans campaign. WDMK-FM (Detroit) on-air personalities Mason and Angie Starr, along with sister station WMGC-FM morning show host Zannie K and…

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NEXTGEN TV Launched on 6 Grand Rapids Stations

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The future of television arrived May 6 in Grand Rapids. Six leading local television stations in Grand Rapids, including WOTV (ABC), WWMT (CBS), WOOD-TV (NBC), WXMI (FOX), WXSP-CD and WOLP-CD (MyNet), became the latest in the nation to begin broadcasting with NEXTGEN TV, a revolutionary new digital broadcast technology. Based on the same fundamental technology…

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CDC: Vaccinated Can Take Masks Off Indoors and Outdoors; MDHHS Updates Guidance

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The Hill reported Thursday afternoon (5/13) that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidance that says if you are fully vaccinated — two weeks past the last required COVID-19 vaccine dose — you don’t need to wear masks indoors or outside, and you don’t need to maintain physical distance. “The science is…

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