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  • WILX Names Eric Lacy as Managing Editor

    Gray Televsion’s WILX-TV (Lansing) has added journalist Eric Lacy to its newsroom.  Lacy has covered news and sports for the Lansing State Journal since 2015. Throughout his career, he has been an enterprise, breaking news and government accountability reporter, and his knowledge and experience will be a great asset to the News 10 team. “I have appreciated… read more

  • Michigan Radio’s Tracy Samilton Wins Personal Finance Reporting Award

    via Steve Chrypinski, Michigan Radio On August 15, The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) and the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) announced that Michigan Radio’s Tracy Samilton is the winner of the 2019 Excellence in Personal Finance Reporting Award in the Radio category. Samilton’s story, “Why the Funeral Rule is one of the… read more

  • WWJ-AM Celebrates 99 Years

    On Thursday Entercom’s WWJ-AM (Detroit) celebrated 99 years on the air and as the world’s first radio station. It was August 20, 1920 when the station first went on the air, becoming the first radio station in the world to broadcast regularly scheduled daily programs. Then owned and operated by the Detroit news, the station began… read more

  • WQHH Holds Annual Backpack Giveaway

    For the sixth year in a row, MacDonald Broadcasting’s Power 96.5 WQHH-FM (Lansing) held its annual Backpack Giveway on August 15.  The event was held at Gier Community Center from 4 to 6 p.m. The station partnered with Communities In Schools of Michigan to give away the backpacks, filled with school supplies for students K-12th… read more

  • LPFMs Should Check Transmitters for FCC Label

    REC Networks reports that a low-power FM station in California was recently cited by the FCC for operating without a transmitter that has been certified for use in the LPFM service. According to REC Networks, “the certification requirement dates back to the 1990s prior to the establishment of the LPFM service with the surge of… read more

  • NAB Urges FCC To Reallocate 200 MHz Of C-Band Spectrum

    On August 7, the NAB urged the FCC to move without delay in reallocating 200 MHz of C-band spectrum (between 3.7 and 4.3 GHz) for terrestrial wireless service. The broadcast association also asked the FCC to bar shared use of the portion of C-band spectrum not reallocated to wireless use.  The NAB said that if… read more

  • Effective Date of Most of the Changes to the Children’s Television Rules – September 16

    By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Notice was published in the Federal Register August 16 of the FCC’s changes in the children’s television rules – setting the effective date for most of those new rules as September 16. The elimination of the obligation to air three hours of children’s educational and informational programming for each… read more

  • WILX-TV Honors Sportscaster Tim Staudt

    Following his induction last week to the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame, WILX-TV (Lansing) sportscaster Tim Staudt was honored again with a one-hour television special titled “Decades with the Dean,” hosted by news anchor David Andrews.  The program aired August 15 from 7 to 8 p.m. The special featured a sit down with Staudt, where… read more

  • WOOD-TV Celebrates 70 Years!

    On August 15, 1949, the station now known as WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids) signed on.  Originally WLAV-TV and operating on channel 7, the station was the only one in Grand Rapids, carrying programming from NBC, CBS, ABC and the DuMont network. In a story published on, the first broadcast was from a gala at Midtown… read more

  • WXYZ Honored with NABJ ‘Salute to Excellence’ Award

    WXYZ-TV (Detroit) was honored with a Salute to Excellence Award from the National Association of Black Journalists at the NABJ’s annual convention and career fair in Florida on August 10. The award was given to the Bounce Detroit special, “Spotlight on the News: Inside Michigan’s African American Vote,” in the television top 15 market category… read more

  • WFQX-TV Transmitter Restored

    Cadillac Telecasting Company’s WFQX-TV (Cadillac) reports that they’ve returned to over-the-air opearation following the August 2018 fire at the shared WWTV-TV transmitter site in Tustin.  Following the fire, a nationwide search was made to locate a sufficient substitute and an order was made for a custom built transmitter powerful enough to cover WFQX’s 30 plus… read more

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