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Judson Beck Appointed WJMN-TV VP/GM as Mike Smith Retires

Judson Beck

Judson Beck is the new Vice President/General Manager of Nexstar’s WJMN-TV (Marquette) and sister station WFRV-TV (Green Bay).  Judson, a 37-year broadcasting veteran, replaces Mike Smith.  Smith has retired after 7 years at the helm of the two stations and after 35 years in the business, working as a National Sales Manager, General Sales Manager…

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WZZM Hires Brooks Blanton as News Director

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Tegna’s WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids) has announced the hiring of market veteran Brooks Blanton as its new News Director.  Blanton previously served as News Director of crosstown WXMI-TV from 2013-2021.  “Brooks knows West Michigan so well which is such a benefit. He knows what’s important and relevant to our audience,” said WZZM-TV President and General Manager, Dan…

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WNEM-TV Revisits 1993 Local Radio in Flint/Saginaw/Bay City

Kevin Hawley

On June 9, WNEM-TV (Flint/Saginaw/Bay City) opened its vault and took viewers back in time to 1993 local radio with a look at WMAX-AM’s “Max Air-One.” piloted by “Captain” Kevin Hawley.  Hawley was the market’s “eye in the sky” with daily morning and afternoon traffic reports on the station… not with a helicopter, but with…

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WEMU Announces Two New Staffers in Newsroom

(L-R) Cathy Shafran and Josh Hakala

Eastern Michigan University’s WEMU-FM has announced the hiring of two new staff members.  Cathy Shafran has joined the station as News Anchor/Reporter.  Shafran brings nearly 40 years of broadcast experience to the station, having worked as an anchor/reporter at WMAX-AM (Grand Rapids) from 1978-1980 and at WJRT-TV (Flint) as a reporter from 1980-2011. Among her…

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FCC Proposes 13% Hike in 2022 Regulatory Fees

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MAB Washington Counsel David Oxenford shares news that the FCC, in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, has proposed a 13% increase in the annual fees paid by radio stations. NAB President and CEO Curtis LeGeyt issued a statement saying, “The FCC’s regulatory fee proposal subjects local radio broadcasters to a staggering 13% fee increase from last…

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