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Nationwide EAS Test Set for October 4 – Start Your Preparations Now

David Oxenford

FEMA and the FCC announced that this year’s Nationwide EAS Test is scheduled for October 4, 2023 (with a back-up date of October 11 in case there is a real or threatened event that occurs around October 4).  FEMA will transmit the nationwide test of the EAS at 2:20 pm EDT on October 4, 2023 using the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), the Internet-delivered warning system that has been required for broadcasters for about a dozen years.

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MHSAA Opens Station Clearances for 2023-24 School Year

The MHSAA will coordinate audio broadcasts of championship events in a variety of sports formatted for over-the-air use for the 2023-24 school year.  The MHSAA will again offer a rights fee waiver program for the school year to network affiliates wishing to originate postseason tournament events.

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WKCQ’s Jim Kramer Retires

Macdonald Broadcasting’s WKCQ-FM (Saginaw) longtime morning host Jim Kramer has officially retired after 35 years with the station. Kramer took a leave of absence for medical reasons in February with Operations Manager Jason Addams filling in.

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WXSP to Air Grand Valley State Football

Grand Valley State athletics has announced that three of its 2023 football games will be live on WXSP-TV.  WXSP-TV will serve as the exclusive live in-market television partner for the Lakers. The slate of games on WXSP-TV will begin with the home opener set for Saturday, September. 9.

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WFDF-AM Flips to Sports

Adell Broadcasting has flipped the format of its WFDF-AM (Detroit) from talk to fulltime sports featuring ESPN Radio programming.  Station staffers were told of the change on August 11. Station staffers were told of the change on Friday afternoon (Aug. 11) via email. 

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Former WLUC Chief Engineer Dies

Gray Television’s WLUC-TV (Marquette) reports that former station Chief Engineer John “Jack” Truitt died August 9 at the age of 89.  Truitt was the chief engineer at WLUC for 38 years, from 1960 until 1998.

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