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WLEN, WSGW and WYCD Finalists in 2022 NAB Marconi Awards

Three Michigan stations are finalists for this year’s NAB Marconi Radio Awards! Lenawee Broadcasting’s WLEN-FM (Adrian) has been nominated as a Legendary Station of the Year, alongside radio stations from San Francisco, Dallas, Phoenix and Knoxville. Additionally, WLEN’s Julie Koehn has also been nominated as a Legendary Radio Manager of the Year. Under Koehn’s leadership,…

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Kennan Oliphant Named News Director of WXYZ & WMYD

Kennan Oliphant has been named news director of the E.W. Scripps’ WXYZ & WMYD (Detroit). Oliphant has been serving as the interim news director and prior to that was the assistant news director. “Kennan has demonstrated incredible leadership at WXYZ and throughout his career at Scripps. He is a well-respected journalist committed to making the community…

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Next Best Thing Technology Tour Coming to Michigan in August

The 2022 “Next Best Thing” Media Tour, hosted by Broadcasters General Store and Second Opinion Communications will be visiting Michigan August 17-19 with stops in Grand Rapids, Lansing and Detroit. The tour brings the best and new innovative technologies in broadcasting and will feature products from over 25 companies and will showcase the new NBT…

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Brant Wells Named WKAR Senior Director of Television and Digital Operations

Brant Wells has been named WKAR’s senior director of television and digital operations. He most recently served as senior director of television production and operations. In his newly expanded role, Wells adds oversight of the station’s digital strategy and execution for both TV and radio. He will focus on growing the current digital content offerings…

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Blarney Stone Launches “Q100 Michigan Homegrown Music”

Blarney Stone Broadcasting is launching a locally produced, one-hour program dedicated to honoring Michigan’s incomparable music tradition. Q100 Michigan Homegrown Music, with host Ida Reed, features Michiganders, as individuals and groups, who offer a true variety of delicious sound with so much talent and creativity in myriad musical genres. Reed’s show will air Thursdays between…

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FCC Cracking Down on Long Periods of Station Silence – Short-Term Renewals for Radio Stations Silent More than 25% of License Term

David Oxenford

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP The FCC’s Audio Division, in the latter part of the license renewal cycle for radio stations, seems to have adopted a more aggressive position on stations that were silent for extended periods of time during their license term.  In our summary of last week’s events of importance to broadcasters, we noted one case where an Oklahoma…

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