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Michelle Matthews Appointed PD at WDVD-FM

Cumulus Media announced July 31 that it has appointed Michelle Matthews as Program Director for its Hot AC station WDVD-FM (Detroit). Matthews was previously Operations Manager/Brand Manager for Saga Communications in Columbus, OH.

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Family Life Radio Closes on WDRQ-FM Purchase

On July 31, Family Life Broadcasting System closed on its $10 million acquisition of WDRQ-FM (Detroit) from Cumulus Media and launched its Christian network programming on the station at midnight under new WUFL call letters.

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WYPV-FM Sale Closes; Station Returns as WSBX

On July 31, Billy Sours’ Whiskey Sours Broadcasting and Productions closed on its $140,000 deal to buy WYPV-FM (Mackinaw City) from John Yob’s Mitten News.  The station had been silent since March 31 and returned to the air August 2 as WSBX, featuring a classic rock format.

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Peter Tanz Added to Radio Ink’s 2023 “40 Most Powerful People in Radio”

On July 17, Radio Ink Magazine released its 2023 list of the “40 Most Powerful People in Radio,” and joining the ranks of the elite this year is Midwest Communications President/CEO (and former MAB Chair) Peter Tanz.  A 38-year company veteran, Tanz was appointed to his current role in January, 2023 following the unfortunate passing of founder Duke Wright.

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FEMA and FCC Plan Nationwide Emergency Alert Test for October 4, 2023

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FEMA and the FCC announced August 3 that this year’s Nationwide EAS Test is scheduled for October 4, 2023 (with a back-up date of October 11).  FEMA issued this Release about the test.  The FCC issued a Public Notice which includes a list of recommended steps that broadcasters should take to prepare for the alert. 

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Susi Elkins named SVP, Station Services at PBS

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PBS has announced the appointment of former WKAR Public Media Director of Broadcasting and General Manager Susi Elkins as Senior Vice President, Station Services. As head of Station Services, Elkins will oversee the department that serves as a central communication point for member stations.

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WHLS’ Rockin’ the Rescue to Return for Second Year

Liggett Communication’s WHLS (Port Huron)(Rock 105.5) has announced that it will partner for the second straight year with the Blue Water Area Humane Society and several local businesses for Rockin’ the Rescue, a day-long fundraising and awareness event to take place at the International Flag Plaza Plaza in Port Huron.

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