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Jayne Hodak Named News Director at WNEM

Jayne Hodak

WNEM-TV (Saginaw) has announced today that longtime Michigan news producer Jayne Hodak will join the station as news director, effective June 21. Hodak has more than 25 years of broadcast news experience, including 16 years at WJRT-TV in the Flint/Saginaw/Bay City market, where she started as assistant news director before being promoted to news director.…

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Governor Vetoes Bill to Prohibit FOIA Suspension by Executive Order

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday (6/3) vetoed a bill that would prohibit the suspension of Freedom of Information Act requests through an executive order in many cases, according to a report in Gongwer. The bill originated in the House, where it was passed 98-11 on April 22. The Senate later gave its approval to legislation…

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Congressman Jack Bergman Adds Name to Local Radio Freedom Act

U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman

Northern Michigan’s U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman (R-1)  joined the growing list of 127 bipartisan cosponsors of a House Resolution in support of the Local Radio Freedom Act on May 28. Reps. Fred Upton (R-6), Tim Walberg (R-7) and Debbie Dingell (D-12) were among the act’s original cosponsors when the resolution was introduced on May 4.…

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Roxanne Steele Will Co-Host WDRQ’s Broadway in the Morning

Roxanne Steele

Roxanne Steele has been added as co-host of Broadway In The Morning radio show on Cumulus Media’s Detroit Country station WDRQ-FM, joining host Bill Broadway. Steele’s been a part-time host at the station since 2018. Before WDRQ, Steele worked middays on Audacy’s WYCD-FM and WDZH-FM in Detroit. Steele attended the Academy of Radio Broadcasting and…

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8 Community Newspapers Welcome WCMU Michigan News Group Interns

Michigan News Group

After a two-week training period at WCMU Public Media in Mount Pleasant, eight students began their first day at community newspapers across central and northern Michigan Tuesday (6/1). The Summer 2021 class of Michigan News Group interns are part of an innovative internship program that trains young journalists in their craft and enhances local journalism…

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Michigan Learning Channel Honored by State’s Top School Administrators

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MAISA, the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators, has named Detroit Public Television the winner of its 2021 MAISA Education Fellows Award for the station’s work to create and launch the Michigan Learning Channel (MLC). This award is given each year to an individual or organization that, among other qualities, places service above self-interest, advocates…

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Tom Shannon, Gone at 82

Tom Shannon in 1985

By Art Vuolo, Jr. We’re not sure if there are enough radio DJ’s to fill the shoes of all of the great names who we are losing. Now, we have to say farewell to Buffalo’s first homegrown Top 40 radio star who also worked in Detroit and Denver. He segued several times between the Niagara…

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