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Sports Rights, the Super Bowl, and the Perception of Local Over-the-Air TV

David Oxenford

Last week, when the NFL playoffs and upcoming Super Bowl had everyone thinking football, Congress held a hearing on how streaming media has affected sports and other video programming rights. We noted that hearing in our weekly update this weekend. As we said in our update, the hearing touched on all the video media issues of the day – sports rights, retransmission consent, the changing balance between pay TV (cable and satellite) versus streaming, and similar issues

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The CW Moves Down the TV Dial in Detroit

With little advanced public fanfare, Adell Broadcasting’s WADL-TV (Detroit) has picked up the programming of the CW Network as of September 1.  That was the date CBS previously announced that it would drop the CW affiliations from its owned and operated stations nationwide, including Detroit’s WKBD-TV. 

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Paul “Uncle” Buck Joins Black Diamond’s Bear

Black Diamond’s Northern Michigan Classic Rock “The BEAR” simulcast of WGFN-FM (98.1 & 95.1) and WWSS-FM (95.3)has announced that, in addition to The Bob & Tom Show back on the air in northern Michigan, mid-day slot will be filled by Paul “Uncle” Buck.

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Blarney Stone Donates Grayling AM to Relevant Radio

On August 31, Blarney Stone Broadcasting filed an application to transfer the license of its WMQU-AM (Grayling) to non-commercial religious operator Relevant Radio. Relevant Radio is a radio network in the United States, mainly broadcasting talk radio and religious programming involving the Catholic Church.

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WFDF-AM Announces Second Format Flip

Adell Broadcasting’s WFDF-AM (Detroit), which in August dropped its local-based talk programming in favor of ESPN Sports programming, has announced another format change.  Effective September 5, the station is now featuring a conservative-talk format featuring a local morning show hosted by long-time WOOD-AM/Grand Rapids host Justin Barclay

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