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Paul Pytlowany Named News Director at WWJ-TV/WKBD-TV

Paul Pytlowany

CBS News Detroit has announced that Paul Pytlowany has been named news director of WWJ-TV (CBS 62) and WKBD-TV (CW50). Pytlowany recently served as the WWJ and WKBD’s director of local production and community affairs since 2017. As part of his new position, Pytlowany will also play a role in helping CBS News Detroit with…

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MAPB’s “Off The Record” Celebrates 50 Years This Week

Tim Skubick

The award-winning Michigan-based public affairs television series Off the Record marks 50 years on the air this week. The first episode of the weekly show examining Michigan politics and government aired on February 4, 1972. Seen statewide in Michigan and in Northern Indiana, the series is produced at WKAR Public Media and is a presentation…

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Bill ‘Broadway’ Bertschinger Joins MacDonald-Garber

Bill “Broadway” Bertschinger

After departing as APD/afternoon host at Cumulus Media’s WDRQ-FM (Detroit) last month, Bill ‘Broadway’ Bertschinger has joined MacDonald Garber Broadcasting as Program Director of CHR WKHQ-FM (Charlevoix) and Classic Country WSRT-FM (Gaylord).  Both stations serve the Traverse City market. He will also host mornings with Kristin ‘KP’ Penrose. Penrose also joins MacDonald-Garber from Cumulus Detroit,…

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WKAR’S Elkins Re-elected to APTS Leadership Position

Susi Elkins

Susi Elkins, Director of Broadcasting and General Manager of WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University, has been re-elected as Professional Vice Chair on the board of America’s Public Television Stations (APTS). The announcement was made by APTS on Wednesday (2/2). Elkins’ term begins on Monday, February 28, 2022. APTS is a nonprofit membership organization…

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WBMI/West Branch Sold to Smile FM

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This past week (2/1), Peggy Warner’s 105.5fm, LLC has filed an application with the FCC to assign the license of WBMI-FM (West Branch) to non-commercial station operator Smile FM for $95,000.  According to press reports, once the deal closes, the format will be flipped from its current classic country format to Smile FM’s noncommercial religious…

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The Hill: Republican John James Announces Congressional Bid

John James

Michigan Republican John James on Monday (1/31) announced a bid to represent the state in the U.S. House. The Hill reports that James, who ran unsuccessful Senate campaigns in 2018 and 2020, is vying to represent Michigan’s newly drawn 10th Congressional District. The district is expected to be competitive, as it encompasses parts of swing…

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