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GMR and RMLC Announce Confidential Settlement on Music Royalties for Commercial Radio Stations – Broadcasters Must Decide Whether to Opt In by January 31

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By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP A conditional settlement of the long-running litigation between Global Music Rights (GMR), a relatively new performing rights organization formed to license the public performance rights to certain musical works, and the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC) was announced this week.  The terms of the agreement are confidential, so we can’t comment…

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President’s Letter to MAB Members

(L-R) Sam Klemet and Karole White

Happy New Year. It is my honor to serve as the new President and CEO of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and am humbled that the Board of Directors entrusts me to carry on the work of Karole White who steps down from the position after 36 years. Karole’s work took the MAB to new…

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Broadcaster Live Streaming Summit January 24

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A new year means new opportunities and this is especially true at the MAB and for our members. We were proud to announce, recently, that the MAB worked with the MHSAA to amend their video streaming rules to allow broadcasters to carry local high school games, live. Broadcasters can now distribute live video of regular-season games from…

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Wisconsin Broadcast Engineer Terry Baun Dies at 74

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Wisconsin-based engineer Terry Baun, an award-winning engineer who worked in both commercial and public broadcasting and was deeply involved with the Society of Broadcast Engineers including two terms as its president died January 1 at age 74. He had vascular dementia and had suffered a series of strokes over four years, according to his wife…

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Detroit SMPTE Presents “Argus Building Buildout of Michigan Radio Studios”

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The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) Detroit Section will host a free virtual meeting open to all members, guests and non-members on Tuesday, January 11 at 7:00 p.m. The topic will be “Argus Building Buildout of Michigan Radio Studios” with speaker Bob Skon, Chief Engineer, Michigan Radio. This virtual meeting is free…

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Andy Robins Retires from WMUK

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Longtime WMUK-FM (Kalamazoo) News Director Andy Robbins has retired.  He hung up his microphone at the end of 2021 after 36 years of service to the station.  He joined the station in 1985 and had been WMUK’s News Director since 1998. Robins succeeded previous News Director Tony Griffin, who had passed in 1997. Under Robins’…

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FCC: 2021 National EAS Test Showed Improvement

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The nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System last August showed improvement over the previous test in 2019, according to the Federal Communications Commission and a report on the test released in December. On August 11, 2021, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (Commission or FCC), conducted a…

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WJR Unveils New Programming Lineup

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On December 16, Cumulus Detroit’s 760 WJR announced a new on-air programming lineup, just in time for its 100th year anniversary celebration in 2022. The heritage Talk station launched the new ‘All Talk’ show in late mornings, “All Talk with Tom Jordan and Kevin Dietz,” capping a year of evolutionary moves that position WJR for…

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WKAR Presents ‘Evening with the Governor’

Governor Gretchen Whitmer

Premiering online this week, the WKAR Public Media original program Off the Record presents “Evening with the Governor 2021,” featuring Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and First Gentleman Dr. Marc Mallory in conversation with senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick. The special edition episode of the weekly public affairs program is available for streaming now in the…

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