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  • Call on Congress Goes Virtual This Year

    This past week, your MAB held its annual “Call on Congress” meetings with lawmakers from across Michigan.  Due to the continued pandemic concerns, this years COC was held virtually.  On Wednesday, MAB members were able to speak and discuss broadcast-related issues with staff from Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin’s (D-8th) office, Congresswoman Lisa McClain (R-10th), Congresswoman Rashida… read more

  • From Memphis to Lansing: Amicia Ramsey Comes to WILX

    Gray Television’s WILX-TV (Lansing) has announced that award-winning journalist Amicia Ramsey is joining the station to co-host its morning newscast. Ramsey will join Mallory Anderson at the News 10 Today anchor desk beginning May 17. Ramsey is a graduate of The University of Missouri. She was most recently a reporter at Fox13 in Memphis, Tenn.,… read more

  • Senator Looks to Add Local Journalism Tax Breaks, Grants to Infrastructure Proposals

    Local journalism needs to be part of President Biden’s call for investment in national infrastructure, Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) told the NAB State Leadership Conference this week. According to a report in InsideRadio, she plans to introduce legislation that would make as much as $2.3 billion in tax credits and grants available over the next… read more

  • West Michigan Broadcast Veteran Ed Ver Schure Passes

    The MAB has learned that veteran broadcaster Ed Ver Schure has died. He was 76.  He was born on March 25, 1945 in Grand Haven. Ver Schure started his career in 1963 at WHTC-AM (Holland), moving in 1971 to WGRD (Grand Rapids) and then to WLAV (Grand Rapids) in 1972.  This was followed by a… read more

  • The First Amendment’s Role in Broadcast and Online Regulation

    By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Everyone knows that a fundamental principle of American democracy is the First Amendment – guaranteeing many freedoms to US citizens including freedom of the press and freedom of speech.  It is one of those concepts that underlies our society, but is often mentioned only in passing, and rarely considered in… read more

  • Michigan Radio, WDET, WCMU, WMUK, WOOD and WXYZ Win Regional Murrow Awards

    The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) has announced the recipients of the 2021 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards.  Six Michigan broadcasters won a total of 11 awards in Region 7, which is shared with Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.  Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Murrow set as a standard for the profession… read more

  • Beasley Hosts Zoom Event to Get Detroit Vaccinated

    On May 13, Beasley Media Group (Detroit) hosted a Zoom meeting with community leaders to discuss ways to encourage everybody in Metro Detroit to Get Vaccinated in the next installment of Beasley’s Solutions Not Slogans campaign. WDMK-FM (Detroit) on-air personalities Mason and Angie Starr, along with sister station WMGC-FM morning show host Zannie K and… read more

  • NEXTGEN TV Launched on 6 Grand Rapids Stations

    The future of television arrived May 6 in Grand Rapids. Six leading local television stations in Grand Rapids, including WOTV (ABC), WWMT (CBS), WOOD-TV (NBC), WXMI (FOX), WXSP-CD and WOLP-CD (MyNet), became the latest in the nation to begin broadcasting with NEXTGEN TV, a revolutionary new digital broadcast technology. Based on the same fundamental technology… read more

  • CDC: Vaccinated Can Take Masks Off Indoors and Outdoors; MDHHS Updates Guidance

    The Hill reported Thursday afternoon (5/13) that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidance that says if you are fully vaccinated — two weeks past the last required COVID-19 vaccine dose — you don’t need to wear masks indoors or outside, and you don’t need to maintain physical distance. “The science is… read more

  • Upton, Walberg, Dingell Among 77 House Members to Support Bipartisan Local Radio Freedom Act in 117th Congress

    Michigan’s U.S. Reps. Fred Upton (R-6), Tim Walberg (R-7) and Debbie Dingell (D-12) were among the 77 bipartisan cosponsors of House Resolution in support of the Local Radio Freedom Act introduced this week in the Senate. For more than a decade, broadcasters have rallied allies in Congress to proactively take a stand against a performance… read more

  • Michigan Radio Announces The Moth Mainstage Drive-In Show ‘All These Wonders’

    It’s been over a year since fans of The Moth in Michigan have been able to gather in person for a night of live storytelling. Now, The Moth returns to Michigan for a unique drive in theater event. Although we still can’t gather in large numbers indoors, you can join Michigan Radio for a great… read more

  • FCC Proposes 8% Hike In Annual Radio Station Regulatory Fees

    For a third consecutive year the annual regulatory fees that the Federal Communications Commission proposes to collect from radio stations is going up, and this year’s planned increase is twice that of a year ago, according to a report in InsideRadio. The FCC has proposed to hike annual fees by eight percent in 2021 as… read more

  • Heritage Broadcasting Company Acquires Lake Effect Digital

    With the acquisition of Lake Effect Digital, Heritage Broadcasting will now be able to offer a full suite of digital solutions for businesses and organizations throughout Michigan. Along with the Mane Content team, Lake Effect Digital will become one of the most comprehensive and progressive digital agencies in Northern Michigan, offering a full line of… read more

  • ‘The Next Best Thing’ Media Tour Next Week in Michigan

    A consortium of broadcast tech manufacturers will be touring Michigan next week to show off their latest technology with stops in Grand Rapids, Lansing, Indian River and Detroit.  It’s an outdoor event at each location where engineers can check out some of the latest in innovative technologies.  Manufacturers include Broadcast Bionics, Comrex, DJB Radio, Angry… read more

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