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Congressman Tim Walberg will speak at #MABsummer, receive MAB’s Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award

Congressman Tim Walberg will speak at #MABsummer, receive MAB’s Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award

Congressman Tim Walberg (R-7) has joined the list of speakers who will be on hand for the MAB’s Advocacy Conference & Annual Business Meeting on August 5-6 at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids.  Additionally, he will be honored with the MAB Board of Director’s Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award during the conference’s concluding Awards… read more

Lansing Radio Legend Earle Robinson Passes

Longtime WKAR Radio on-air personality Earle Robinson has died.   His death was reported by the station on May 13.  His work at WKAR began with a music program in 1974, but he’s best remembered for bringing sports news to our listeners, first on a call-in show co-hosted with Jim Adams, then later hosting Sportstalk by… read more

MediaBrew Acquires Great Lakes Radio Marquette Stations

MediaBrew Communications Marquette, LLC has agreed to purchase radio properties and new media businesses serving the Upper Peninsula of Michigan from Great Lakes Radio, Inc. The group includes stations WFXD (FM & HD) (Marquette), WKQS-FM (Negaunee), WRUP (FM) (Palmer); and translators W291CJ (Marquette), W260AG (lshpeming), W248BU (lshpeming) and W286BC (Marquette).  The application for the transfer… read more

Bill Harris to Step Down from Anchor Desk

Bill Harris, anchor at WEYI-TV and WSMH-TV (Flint) announced last week that he plans to step down from daily newscast anchoring at the end of May. Harris has spent more than 50 years in broadcast journalism – including the last 40 years anchoring and reporting at various stations in the Flint-Saginaw television market. The nine-time… read more

Third Local Primary Station Coming to Northwest EAS Region

Following last week’s news regarding St. Clair County, EAS improvements continue in Michigan.  At this past January’s State Emergency Communications Committee Meeting (SECC), a longtime problem in the state’s lower-peninsula Northwest EAS region was addressed. Over the years, some EAS participants reported difficulties in receiving the region’s LP-2 station, licensed to Indian River, Michigan.  WMKC-FM’s… read more

EAS Region Change for St. Clair County

This past January, the State Emergency Communications Committee (SECC) met and approved a proposal to move St. Clair County from the Southeastern EAS Region to the adjacent East Central Region. The reason for this change was continued complaints from broadcasters that reliable, clear reception of the Southeastern LP-1 and LP-2 stations has been difficult. As part… read more

Michael O. Lareau: 6/21/1924 – 4/26/2019

Long-time Michigan broadcasting executive, Michael O. Lareau, died on April 26, 2019 in Grand Rapids at the age of 94. Visitation will be at the O’Brien-Gerst Funeral Home on Sunday, April 28 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Mass will be celebrated at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Grand Rapids at 11:00 a.m. on Monday,… read more

Six Michigan Broadcasters Win Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) has announced the winners of the 2019 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards honoring outstanding achievement in broadcast and digital journalism, technical expertise and adherence to RTDNA’s Code of Ethics. A record 4,600 entries were submitted nationwide for this year’s competition. From this group, more than 720 regional winners… read more

Huizenga Adds Name to Local Radio Freedom Act

The Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA), a resolution to oppose “any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge” on local broadcast radio stations, now has 158 cosponsors in the House and 18 in the Senate. The Resolution is expected to garner broad bipartisan support, as in the previous Congress where it attracted nearly 260… read more

Do You Know About Broadcast Compliance?

When you need to recruit candidates for an open position, Broadcast Compliance Services lets you determine precisely where your job postings go on a local, regional or national level. Then you can easily monitor, document and report your EEO efforts. The BCS system even helps you complete the FCC’s electronic filing form. Broadcast Compliance Service… read more