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iHeart Media’s Sports WMAX-FM Rebrands at “The Game”

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iHeartMedia has branded long-time sports outlet WMAX-FM (Holland/Grand Rapids) from “ESPN 96.1” to “96.1 The Game.”  Although the station will continue to air programming from ESPN, the new branding includes the Michigan Sports Network’s “X’s and Bro’s” hosted by Anthony Bellino for mornings and “The Huge Show” hosted by Bill Simonson for afternoons.  These changes…

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Beasley Names New WRIF PD; Launches New Sports Station

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Beasley Media Group/Detroit made several announcements this past week.  The company (8/31) has promoted Jade Springart to the Program Director position at 101 WRIF-FM. She will begin her new position immediately. Springart, who has been with the station for the past 15 years and started working at the station as a promotions intern, most recently…

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A Win for Broadcasters: FCC Regulatory Fees Drop

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On August 26, the FCC released its 2021 Regulatory Fee Order, which can be found here: The efforts of various State Broadcast Associations, including your MAB as well as the NAB were very successful, and as a result: The proposed regulatory fees for broadcasters dropped by about 9%. As a result, the FCC’s large…

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Interlochen Public Radio Partners With TADL


This fall, the classical music side of Interlochen Public Radio (IPR) and the Traverse Area District Library (TADL) will launch a new partnership as part of an initiative to bring more classical music into the local community. The new series will take place every second Sunday of the month at 1 p.m. in the McGuire…

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WILX-TV Announces On-Air Changes Including New Branding

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Gray’s WILX-TV (Lansing) has announced an updated look and lineup this past week.  The station has launched new on-air graphics, including a new red logo and tagline Breaking News & First Alert Weather. This coincided with the appointment of Darrin Rockcole as First Alert Chief Meteorologist. Rockcole, who retired from television news last July after…

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Retired MSU Journalism Professor William (Bill) Cote, who directed CNS, Dies

Dr. William (Bill) E. Coté

Dr. William E. Coté, a retired journalism professor who influenced the careers of hundreds of Michigan State University students and a member of the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame, died this past Monday (8/30) at age 81. Coté was born July 14, 1940 in Jackson, MI, the son of Mervin and Maybelle (Crosthwaite) Coté. He…

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