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Budget Now for EAS Upgrades

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FCC-mandated changes to the Emergency Alert System are scheduled to go into effect on December 12. These changes may require software and/or hardware updates that broadcasters should budget for now.

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WHMI-FM Names General Manager

Krol Communications Inc., has announced the promotion of Rich Renko to General Manager of WHMI-FM (Howell). Renko joined WHMI-FM as General Sales Manager in December, 2018. Krol’s President, Rod Krol, commented, “Rich has demonstrated strong leadership and communication skills with an outstanding commitment to the staff and community over the past four years.

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MAB to Offer Cyber Security Assessments for Broadcasters

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters wants our stations to feel protected both physically and online. Last year, the MAB and Michigan State Police began offering Site Safety Assessments to evaluate and make practical recommendations of security operations at broadcast stations. Now, the MAB and MSP are extending our support to members by offering free cyber security assessments.

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Michael Bradley Hired as Station Manager at WJMN-TV

Michael Bradley, a broadcast industry veteran joins WJMN-TV Local 3 (Marquette) as Station Manager. A Michigan native, Bradley brings a variety of experience in and out of the television industry to Marquette, MI (DMA #182), WJMN-TV (MNT) and, and their related digital and social media channels.

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CBS News Detroit Debuts

CBS News Detroit, the hyper-local streaming and broadcast news service based at WWJ-TV, the CBS-owned station in Detroit, debuted on January 23 with 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. newscasts that are broadcast on WWJ and simulcast on the CBS News Detroit streaming channel.

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9&10 News Announces Rebrand

910 Media Group announced today that it has completed a major rebranding. 910 Media Group (pronounced “nine ten”) has merged several properties – including 9&10 News,, and Lake Effect – under the new banner, and it also has changed its logo, updated its news and sports websites, and more. 

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Use of EAS Tones in Promo Results in 504k Fine

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The lesson:  do not use EAS tones outside of actual EAS alerts.  On January 23, the FCC proposed a $504,000 fine against FOX Corporation and its television subsidiaries for using the alerting tones of the Emergency Broadcast System in a promotional announcement aired on the company’s television network on November 28, 2021.

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NAB Membership Town Hall Identifies Broadcast Issues and Priorities in 2023

On January 19, The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) hosted a virtual town hall to brief NAB members on advocacy and business issues as Congress begins its 118th Session and the House of Representatives switches party control. NAB President and CEO Curtis LeGeyt was joined by senior executives and public policy experts to offer updates on the association’s work, priorities and initiatives.

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