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MAB’s Klemet Meets with AG Nessel

(L-R) MAB incoming President and CEO Sam Klemet and Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel

MAB incoming President and CEO Sam Klemet met with Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel this week. Nessel, along with 14 other Attorneys General in the country, recently signed a letter in support of the Local Journalism Sustainability Act that would create a targeted tax credit for the hiring and retention of local journalists as well…

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Alpha Media Appoints Zoe Burdine-Fly As Regional President

Zoe Burdine

Alpha Media has announced the appointment of Zoe Burdine-Fly as Regional President, effective November 1, 2021. Ms. Burdine-Fly joins Alpha Media’s leadership team from Townsquare Media. In her role with Alpha Media, she will oversee the operations, talent management and the strategic growth of 13 Alpha Media markets, including Amarillo, Bakersfield, Lincoln and Topeka. Ms.…

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Jennifer Perez Named Chief Meteorologist at WLUC-TV

Jennifer Perez

Morning Meteorologist Jennifer Perez has been promoted to the position of Chief Meteorologist at WLUC-TV6 & FOX UP.  She will be the first woman to hold the position at the station. “We are thrilled to announce the promotion of Jennifer Perez to Chief Meteorologist,” said WLUC Vice President and General Manager Rick Rhoades. “Jennifer has played…

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Former Michigan Rep. Dan Benishek has died at 69

Dan Benishek

Former U.S. Representative Dan Benishek, who represented northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula for three terms in Congress, died last Friday (10/15) at the age of 69. Benishek was a Republican from Crystal Falls. He made veteran affairs one of his top priorities while serving. He represented Michigan’s 1st District from 2011-2017. “We are heartbroken…

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Max Goldwasser Joins WXMI-TV as Reporter/Anchor

Max Goldwasser

WXMI-TV (Grand Rapids) has announced that Max Goldwasser has joined the station as Reporter/Anchor. Goldwasser, a four-time award-winning journalist who comes to West Michigan from KTVZ-TV in Bend, Oregon where he spent three years “doing just about everything” in front of and behind the camera. He organized and hosted two weeks of Olympics content, covered…

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WDET Fires Up New Transmitter

WDET's new transmitter arrives!

Wayne State University’s WDET-FM (Detroit) has announced that it has put their new replacement transmitter on the air this past Tuesday (10/19).  The station reported earlier this year that both its 21-year-old transmitter had failed and its 34-year-old back-up transmitter was having severe issues, compromising sound quality and endangering broadcast continuity. WDET knew the equipment…

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Defamation by Tweet – Court Case Reminds Broadcasters to Take Cease and Desist Requests about Attack Ads Seriously

David Oxenford

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP A recent controversial court of appeals decision on a defamation claim brought by Congressman Devin Nunes sends a signal to broadcasters about the care they need to give to reviewing commercial messages – particularly political attack ads – when questions are raised as to the truth of the assertions made…

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Important Reminder: Biennial Broadcast Ownership Reports Due December 1, 2021

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The Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) Media Bureau recently issued a public notice reminding commercial and noncommercial broadcasters of their obligation to file their 2021 biennial ownership reports on FCC Form 323 or 323-E, respectively. In the notice, the FCC stated that it intends to take enforcement actions against stations that fail to file timely, complete…

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