MAB News Archive

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

GM Student Corp from Detroit’s Central High Tours WXYZ/WMYD-TV

The GM Student Corp from Detroit’s Central High recently took a tour of WXYZ/WMYD-TV (Detroit) and received good advice about how today’s broadcast industry works. Several on-air and behind-the-scenes employees took time out of their busy schedules to answer excellent questions from the students. The students also gave the television station staff valuable insight into… read more

WION Hosts 2019 SBE Picnic

On Thursday, August 15, 2019, WION Radio in Ionia hosted broadcast engineers from SBE Chapter 102 (West Michigan/Grand Rapids) and SBE Chapter 91 (Lansing/Mid Michigan) on the lawn of the radio station for Chapter 102’s annual picnic. The Mid Michigan group was invited by the West Michigan chapter to come and take in the event… read more

CMU Upgrades Studio for the Future of TV

Broadcast and cinematic arts students at Central Michigan University will discover a newly upgraded Moore Hall Television studio and control room when they return for classes this fall, according to CMU News. The MHTV studio has switched from traditional baseband video to Internet Protocol (IP) video and audio technology. In addition, the facility now has… read more

Meet Your New MAB Board Member of the Week: Debbie Petersmark

Debbie Petersmark serves as Vice President/General Manager of WILX Media, a Gray Television station which operates WILX-TV 10 (NBC), WILX.com, and WILX Digital. Debbie joined the station in 2000 as an Account Executive and served as General Sales Manager from 2014-2018. Prior to joining WILX, she spent 10 years with Sparrow Foundation as the manager… read more

Michigan Republican Party Sues to Block Redistricting Commission

The Michigan Republican Party filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday to challenge what it calls the “unfair and unconstitutional proposed redistricting committee,” according to MIRS news service. The 25-page complaint filed in U.S. District Court’s Western Division, is the second lawsuit aimed to stop Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson from taking any steps to implement constitutional… read more