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Michigan Broadcasters at NAB Show 2022!

WLEN'S Julie Koehn at the mic as part of the NAB Show Small Market Radio Forum

By: Sam Klemet, President & CEO Michigan Association of Broadcasters The bright lights of Las Vegas were dimmed by COVID, but this week’s NAB Show injected renewed energy and life not only in Sin City, but also the broadcast industry. The four days of connecting, idea sharing and celebrating was a vivid reminder about the…

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MAB: Supportting and Inspiring Future Generations

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By: Sam Klemet, President & CEO Michigan Association of Broadcasters The Michigan Association of Broadcasters aim to support and inspire future generations. This week, students from Brother Rice High School’s broadcast program had the opportunity to see what a day in the life of a broadcaster is like while touring the Audacy Radio stations in…

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Winners Announced in 2021 MAPME Broadcast Contest

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The annual Michigan Associated Press Media Editors broadcast competition has announced winners in the 2021 Michigan APME awards. In the broadcast category, General Excellence awards for 2021 went to WDIV-TV (Detroit), WDET-FM (Detroit) and WKAR-AM/FM (East Lansing). Michigan’s Public Radio stations dominated the radio categories in all market sizes.  In television, Michigan’s commercial stations placed…

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WJR Celebrates Its Centennial!

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Cumulus Media’s WJR-AM (Detroit) is celebrating its 100th Birthday! On May 4, 1922, the Detroit Free Press newspaper was issued a license, with the randomly assigned call letters of WCX. On August of 1925, the Jewett Radio & Phonograph Company received a license for a new station, WJR. The company also took over WCX, consolidating…

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This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters

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By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week (4/16-22), with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations. The FCC this week released a Public Notice announcing that it is…

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Longtime Host of African American Inspiration Radio Show in Flint Passes

Bettye Jean Hendricks

Bettye Jean Hendricks, 16-year host of the African American Inspiration radio show on WFLT-AM (Flint), heard on Saturday mornings died peacefully at her home on April 19 at age 74. In a story in MLive, the publication wrote that Hendricks’ impact on the Flint community is hard to describe because it was shown in so…

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Michigan-Based NEWSnet Announces $50M Investment; New News Director

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NEWSnet, the 24/7 news channel with a focus on the headlines, announced on April 22 that it will invest heavily to propel the network forward and provide solutions that better meet the financial needs of broadcasters and carriers. NEWSnet is exhibiting for the first time at the annual National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention in…

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Audacy Detroit Hosts ‘Step up to the Plate’ Radiothon for Detroit PAL

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This past Monday (4/25), Audacy-owned stations in Detroit, including WWJ-AM, WXYT-FM, WYCD-FM, WOMC-FM and WDZH-FM aired the 2nd annual Step Up To The Plate Radiothon to benefit PAL, the Detroit Police Athletic League.  PAL supports approximately 10,000 Detroit area kids and160,000 kids since 2007, according to the organization. So far, the 13-hour Radiothon has raised…

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Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame Inducts Five New Members

Beth Konrad

At ceremonies held last Sunday (4/24), the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame inducted five new members in it’s 2022 Class, including one Detroit TV and radio journalist: Beth Konrad, Detroit TV and radio journalist and news director; professor and FOIA champion. Robert Ankeny, dogged reporter on Jimmy Hoffa, Orville Hubbard and Kwame Kilpatrick. Greg Dorsett,…

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