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Shawn Turner Named WKAR Public Media Interim GM

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Shawn Turner has been selected to serve as Interim General Manager and Director of Broadcasting at WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University. Turner is a professor of practice in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at MSU and a national security communication analyst for CNN. Susi Elkins, current General Manager and Director of…

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Krol Communication’s WRSR-FM Wins Gold ADDY Award

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The American Advertising Federation (AAF) of Greater Flint has awarded Krol Communication’s WRSR-FM (Flint) its Gold ADDY award for a commercial produced in-house.  The station won the award in the category of Film, Video, & Sound > Audio/Radio Advertising > – Audio/Radio Advertising / Local > – Single Spot more than :30 seconds for “Mug…

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Latitude Media Launches

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Latitude Media, parent company of Mt. Pleasant-based radio stations WCZY-FM/WMMI-AM/FM (My1043 & Buck 92.3) has announced the addition of a new way to broadcast to its listeners and local businesses alike with the advent of! “The premise of developing this platform is to get our listeners, from all over the world, to be able…

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NextGen TV Service Evoca Partners with Heritage Broadcasting in Northern Michigan

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Evoca, a new NextGen television service has announced the service will launch in Traverse City, Michigan this May. In partnership with Heritage Broadcasting. area residents will also have access to the regional sports network MISportsNow Plus.  Heritage owns WWTV/WWUP-TV in Cadillac. For $25 per month plus a receiver and no contract, Evoca subscribers will have…

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No National EAS Test in 2022

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According to FEMA, there will be no EAS or IPAWS test for broadcasters in 2022. This was announced at the NAB last week. According to a report appearing in Inside Radio, FEMA Deputy Assistant Administrator Antwane Johnson stated: “It will not happen this year.  We are planning to do that in the early part of…

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More FCC Broadcast Applications Moving to LMS – Including Requests for STAs

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By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP The FCC this week released a Public Notice (that we mentioned in our update on regulatory dates for May) announcing that, on May 17, many new applications and other filings will be migrating to the FCC’s newer LMS filing platform.  These include many of the documents that had been, until recently, filed in the…

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Governor Whitmer Signs Legislation Expanding Open Meetings Act

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On May 2, Governor Whitmer signed House Bill 4705, which expands the Open Meetings Act to require certain state public bodies to create and maintain audio recordings of their meetings, expanding transparency and accountability. This brings the total of bipartisan bills signed to 811. “Transparency and accessibility are critical to ensuring people trust their state…

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WRIF Named “Best Local Radio Station” by Free Press Readers

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Beasley Media Group’s WRIF-FM (Detroit) has been named “Best Local Radio Station” by The Detroit Free Press as part of the “Best of the Best Detroit 2021” Awards. More than 93,000 votes for WRIF were cast by readers of the publication, which presented the award to PD/midday host Jade Springart at the Best of the…

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Southwest Michigan Journalism Collaborative To Examine Community’s Mental Health Challenges and Solutions

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In an effort to enhance the news landscape and promote diversity and inclusion of voices among journalists and news sources in Southwest Michigan, a group of 12 news media outlets and organizations have formed the Southwest Michigan Journalism Collaborative (SWMJC). The media and community partners of the SWMJC include: Community Voices Encore Magazine Kalamazoo Community…

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