Category: December 2019

FCC Announces Deadlines for the Next Auction for New FM Channels – And a Filing Freeze

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP On Friday (12/13), the FCC released a Public Notice setting out the rules for the auction for new FM channels, which will being in April.  The Public Notice sets out the bidding process for the auction, and the dates for pre-auction filing deadlines necessary to participate in the auction…. read more

Important Reminder from NAB: Online Public Inspection File

Activate or Update Your Online Public Inspection File As of March 1, 2018, all radio and television stations were required to transition their public inspection file to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) online public inspection file system (OPIF). However, the FCC has informed NAB that some broadcasters have not yet activated their online public file… read more

STELAR Update, Sunset Provisions Added to Spending Bill

December 18, 2019 Curtis LeGeyt, NAB Executive Vice President of Government Relations has reported that the eight Judiciary and Commerce leaders (Judiciary: Graham, Nadler, Feinstein, Collins; Commerce: Wicker, Pallone, Cantwell, Walden) have agreed on a STELAR package that is included in the year-end spending legislation that will be considered by the full House and Senate… read more

Michigan Radio Wins Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award for “Believed”; April Baer Joins Station as Stateside Host

Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism announced December 11 that Michigan Radio is a winner of a 2020 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for the station’s podcast series, Believed. This marks the second time Michigan Radio has been the recipient of this prestigious award, the first being in 2017 for Not Safe to Drink, a… read more

Wayne State Extends Sports Broadcast Agreement with Salem’s WDTK

Wayne State University Director of Athletics Rob Fournier has announced an extension of a radio broadcast agreement with Salem Communication’s WDTK-AM (Detroit) for football and men’s basketball through the 2022-2023 school year. “We look forward to continuing our relationship with the Patriot for the next four years and beyond,” commented WSU Director of Athletics Rob… read more

Ann Arbor’s WKQL ‘Rockin’ for the Hungry’

Cumulus Media’s WKQL-FM (Ann Arbor) held its annual “Rockin’ for the Hungry” food drive December 3-8.  The station exceeded its goal of one million meals, raising a total of 1,055,222 meals, including more than 4,000 pounds of donated food. Food and cash donations were taken at a local Kroger store.  Those donating could take advantage… read more

WLNS 12th Annual Day of Giving Nets Over 36,000 Meals for Food Bank

On December 6, Nexstar Broadcasting’s WLNS-TV (Lansing) held its 12th Annual Day of Giving, to benefit the Greater Lansing Food Bank and the South Michigan Food Bank and fight hunger in area neighborhoods. This year, WLNS viewers and the Greater Lansing Community helped donate a total of 36,482 meals to the Greater Lansing Food Bank. … read more

WXYZ Staff Continues ‘Giving Tree’ Tradition

The staff at Scripps’ WXYZ/WMYD-TV (Detroit) has continued its tradition this year, donating toys, gloves, diapers and other necessities to children in need in Metro Detroit.  The station calls it the “Giving Tree.” VP/General Manager of WXYZ & WMYD Mike Murri said, “This is a wonderful tradition at Channel 7 and TV20.”  Speaking of his… read more