Category: August 2019

Walker Sisson Passes

The MAB shared the news on September 3 via the web that longtime Southwest Michigan contract engineer Walker Sisson passed away September 2 at the age of 71. Services were held on September 7. Walker was an on-call/contract engineer for dozens of stations in Southwest Michigan and Northwest Indiana.  He had the engineering bug early. … read more

FCC Releases Final Regulatory Fees With Some Relief for Broadcasters

By Lauren Lynch Flick, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP The FCC has released its finalized schedule of annual Regulatory Fees for Fiscal Year 2019, and thanks to the collective efforts of all 50 State Broadcasters Associations and the National Association of Broadcasters, there is some good news for radio stations and satellite television stations. But… read more

Detroit’s Coco Returns on WFDF

Former WDMK-FM (Detroit) and WJLB-FM (Detroit) morning co-host Coco is joining Adell Broadcasting’s WFDF-AM (Detroit) for a new 7-9 a.m. morning drive program beginning September 9.  Coco did mornings with John Mason at WDMK from 2014 to 2018.  Before that she was with WJLB-FM for 17 years. CEO Kevin Adell said, “Coco speaks to the… read more

Blarney Stone Announces ‘Finster in the Morning’ on WLDR

Blarney Stone Broadcasting has announced that Sean Finster will be back on the air in Traverse City starting September 3 on WLDR-FM. “By the grace of God,” said Finster, who has been working construction – building high-end condos at The Village in Traverse City during the year-long non-compete hiatus he has endured since leaving his… read more

‘Go Screen, Go White’ – WLNS Teams Up with the Spartans for Game Day Forecasts

Nexstar Broadcasting’s WLNS-TV (Lansing) has announced that it is teaming up with the Michigan State Spartans to kick off the new school year. The station is now the official weather and traffic source for Michigan State Athletics. The partnership will mean the station’s StormTracker 6 team will provide pre-game and Fan Fest forecasts on air… read more

Bill Introduced to Prevent Local Drone Regulation

On August 28, State Representative Michele Hoitenga (R-102) introduced legislation to prohibit local regulations on drones that may be more restrictive than state law. H.B. 4852 proposes that “except as expressly authorized by statute, a political subdivision shall not enact or enforce an ordinance, regulation, or resolution that regulates the ownership or operation of unmanned… read more