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WEMU’s Lisa Barry Passes

Lisa Barry

The MAB is saddened to announce the passing of WEMU-FM (Ypsilanti) All Things Considered local host Lisa Barry.  Barry died this past Tuesday night (11/30) due to complications from a heart condition. A graduate of Olivet College, she got her start as a morning newscast sidekick on Lansing’s WVIC-FM. Barry later joined the morning show…

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If You Have Political Advertising Questions……We Have Answers!

David Oxenford

David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker and Knauer, LLP is the MAB Washington Attorney and answers your Legal Hotline Questions. David and Bobby Baker, Gary Schonman and Sima Nilsson of the FCC Office of Political Programming held a terrific Political Advertising Webinar for MAB members on November 18. MAB Members may access it in the members only…

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Michigan Radio Announces First Community Engagement Reporter

Jamie Simmons

Michigan Radio has announced the hiring of Jamie Simmons as the station’s first Community Engagement Reporter. As the Community Engagement Reporter, Jamie’s reporting will supplement Michigan Radio’s coverage in Detroit, and specifically various neighborhoods across the city. The Community Engagement Reporter will work with the station’s Community Reporting Engagement Council to better understand and address…

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Legendary Former CKLW Music Director Dies

Rosalie Trombley

A woman credited with launching the music careers of many rock bands as the music director for CKLW-AM (Windsor-Detroit) (aka The Big 8) has passed away. Rosalie Trombley, a pioneer in Canadian radio died peacefully Tuesday (11/23) at the age of 82, according to reports from the station. Trombley started her career as a switchboard…

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Gray Television Closes on Meredith Stations

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As anticipated, Gray Television closed on its previously announced acquisition of Meredith Corporation’s Local Media Group (“Meredith”) and its 17 television stations in 12 local markets for $16.99 per share in cash, or $2.8 billion in total enterprise value. Gray’s portfolio of television stations now serve 113 local markets reaching approximately 36 percent of U.S.…

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WHTS’ Jackie Green Crowned Mrs. America 2022

Jackie Green

WHTS-FM (Grand Rapids) morning show co-host Jackie Blankenship (known on-air as Jackie Green) has been crowned Mrs. America 2022.  She won the Mrs. America Pageant in Las Vegas the weekend of November 20-21.  Blankenship’s road to the crown was somewhat complicated, telling WZZM-TV, “I actually was first runner up, I was second place. But the…

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Longtime WDIV Anchor Steve Garagiola Announces Retirement

Steve Garagiola

Longtime WDIV anchor and reporter Steve Garagiola has announced his retirement after 27 years with the station. Garagiola made the news public in a Facebook post on Wednesday (12/1) and here’s what he had to say: Those of you who know me well, know that I am not one for long emotional goodbyes. So, I have…

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