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MAB’s Rachel Krause Named Executive Director of Programs

Rachel Krause

The MAB is pleased to announce that Rachel Krause has been promoted to the position of Executive Director of Programs. Rachel has served the MAB in different capacities since 2016 as a Program Coordinator. Most recently she Managed much of MABF’s programming including Scholarships, BEA and Lifetime Achievement Awards, Student Awards,Committee planning, Student Advisory Committee,…

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FCC Notes: WBMI Sale Approved; Aurora Media Acquires Translator in Escanaba

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This past week saw some FCC activity with Michigan Broadcasters.  The license transfer of WBMI-FM (West Branch) was granted by the FCC on October 6.  Florida-based Peggy Warner’s 105.5fm, LLC is acquiring the station from receiver Mark Sanger.  WBMI went silent in late January 2020 and fell into receivership. Sanger returned the station to the…

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FCC to Mandate Required Backup Power for Broadcasters?


Radio World reports that the latest Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) from the FCC “could ultimately lead to a new expense for U.S. radio and TV broadcasters that don’t already have backup power at their transmission sites.” The FCC has launched the NPRM to improve the reliability and resiliency of communications networks during disasters. It…

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WZZM-TV Announces “Fresh Weekends” Lineup

Top row (L-R) Michael Behrens, Blake Hansen, Alana Holland. Bottom row (L-R): Mike Lacett, Veronica Ortega

TEGNA’s WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids) (13 ON YOUR SIDE) has announced a new weekend lineup to begin Saturday, October 9.  Viewers will welcome some fresh faces into their homes on the weekend when they turn on 13 ON YOUR SIDE with the addition of Blake Hansen and Alana Holland. Blake will be joining weekend morning anchor,…

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Jacobs Media & PRPD Release Public Radio Techsurvey 2021

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In partnership with the Public Radio Program Directors Association, Bingham Farms-based Jacobs Media has released Public Radio Techsurvey 2021 (“PRTS”), its latest annual study exploring the ongoing digital media revolution and its impact on public radio. In last year’s PRTS study, there was a dramatic shift in listening patterns due to the pandemic and summer…

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WLHT Welcomes Joe Pesh Back to West Michigan

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Townsquare Media announced October 4 that its WLHT-FM (Mix 95.7) debuted the “Big Joe Show” to weekday mornings in Grand Rapids. The Big Joe Show is helmed by Michigan native Joe Pesh as he returns to West Michigan Morning Radio. Pesh has extensive connections to West Michigan and the state.Originally from Howell, he began his…

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WKAR Promotes Drew Henderson, Welcomes Dave Mann

(L-R) Drew Henderson, Dave Mann

This past week, WKAR Public Media (East Lansing) formally announced that Drew Henderson has been named Senior Director of Broadcast Operations and that Dave Mann has joined WKAR as Director of Broadcast Technology. Henderson most recently served as senior director of radio strategy and operations at WKAR. In his new role as senior director of…

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William Palmer Pyle: 1937-2021

Palmer Pyle

As we announced last Friday at press time, W. Palmer Pyle, former President and Founder of Northern Star Broadcasting, passed away September 30th, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona, surrounded by his loved ones. He was born on June 12th, 1937, in Keokuk, Iowa to William and Cathryn [Johnson] Pyle, and was the oldest of three boys.…

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Michigan Broadcasters are Sharing our Story with Members of Congress

(L-R) MAB Board Chairman Scott Shigley (Liggett Communications), Rep. Lisa McClain (R-MI10), MAB President Karole White, and MAB President-Elect Sam Klemet

This week, MAB staff and members from stations across the state had the opportunity to meet in-person with Representatives Lisa McClain (R-MI10) and Peter Meijer (R-MI3) at their district offices as well as Representative John Moolenaar (R-MI4) virtually. Advocacy is a core mission of the MAB and as our industry evolves, it’s critical to keep…

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