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  • WNFA Port Huron Shifts from Music to Teaching

    Ross Bible Church has flipped Christian CHR “Power 88.3” WNFA-FM (Port Huron) to Christian Preaching/Worship “Thrive Radio“.  In a press release, the church announced that the station has shifted formats to provide the Blue Water Area with a station of worship, teaching and talk; focusing on multiple different ways for individuals in our community to… read more

  • WZMQ Marquette Renovating Downtown Building for New Studio

    Newscast Studio reports that Lilly Broadcasting’s WZMQ-TV (Marquette) has announced that it will open a new studio and office in a building that was formerly an Irish pub-style restaurant. The station is taking over a building at 142 West Washington Street in downtown Marquette. Plans call for a studio on the second floor along with… read more

  • Weaver Promoted to Station Manager at WMJZ

    Radio veteran programmer Rob Weaver has been promoted to Station Manager at WMJZ-FM (Eagle 101.5) (Gaylord).  He will assume his new position July 1. “Rob is the glue that keeps things going around here and it just makes sense to give him the proper credit,” said Bryan Hollenbaugh, President of 45 North Media and owner… read more

  • This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters

    By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week (6/11-17), with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations. Comment dates have been announced in the Federal Register for the FCC’s Notice of… read more

  • Michigan Learning Channel Launches their 2022 Summer Learning Program

    The Michigan Learning Channel (MLC) has announced its Summer 2022 program.  The free eight-week program, which runs through August 14 encourages kids to “Learn, Do, and Explore” with literacy and math lessons, hands-on science and fitness activities, career exploration and virtual field trips. MLC can be seen on digital subchannels of all Michigan Public Broadcasting… read more

  • Rethinking the Radio Station Promotions Kit for the Digital Age

    By: Seth Resler Jacobs Media Strategies Many radio stations’ street teams have a standard kit that they take to promotional appearances which includes everything they might need on site. When I was a Program Director, we packed gray rubber tubs with everything from clipboards and entry forms to banners and prize wheels. The purpose of… read more

  • FCC Notes: Marks Stations Transferred; WMPA Sale Closes

    Some items of note from the FCC files this past week include the transfer of stations owned by the late Stephen Marks were transferred to Mary Marks, as personal representative under his will. In Michigan, this includes WBKB-TV (Alpena), WBKP-TV (Calumet), WBUP-TV (Ishpeming), WHKB-FMWCCY-AM/WOLV-FM (Houghton) and WIKB-FM/WFER-AM (Iron River). Marks also owned television and radio… read more

  • Lansing Lugnuts Broadcaster Called Up to the Big League

    Lansing Lugnuts Radio Broadcaster Jesse Goldberg-Strassler has received the call to step up, at least temporarily, to major league baseball play-by-play.  Strassler, who has been calling the Lugnut games since 2009, was called up by affiliate-team the Oakland Athletics for help with three games this past week with the Boston Red Sox. Goldberg-Strassler told WSYM-TV,… read more

  • Michigan Radio to Host Local Live(s), a Unique Storytelling Event

    Michigan Radio has announced that they are thrilled to partner with Back Pocket Media to bring a captivating live storytelling event featuring journalists, music and community on Thursday, July 14, 2022. Local Live(s) is a show that brings together journalists and locals for a night of entertainment and conversation. It’s a national storytelling event that… read more

  • This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters

    By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the last week (6/4-10), with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations. The FCC this week announced that in-person meetings at its new headquarters… read more

  • Why You Should Segment Your Radio Station’s Email Campaigns

    By: Seth Resler Jacobs Media Strategies It’s no secret that email marketing is one of the most effective ways to reach your listeners. But with so much competition in the inbox, it’s more important than ever to make sure your campaigns are targeted and relevant. Unfortunately, many radio stations employ the same strategy for their… read more

  • Eastern Michigan University Dedicates Garden to Honor Lisa Barry

    On June 17, Eastern Michigan University held ceremonies to dedicate a memorial garden in honor of the late Lisa Barry, WEMU-FM radio host and reporter, who passed away on November 30, 2021. The garden is on the west side of King Hall, between Hover and King. Lisa Barry was a lifelong metro Detroiter with a… read more

  • 3 Current and Former Michigan Broadcasters Nominated for 2022 Radio Hall of Fame

    The Museum of Broadcast Communications has announced the Radio Hall of Fame 2022 nominees. Among the 24 were three past and current Michigan-based personalities:  Mojo in the Morning at WKQI-FM (Detroit); former Grand Rapids personality Kevin Matthews and former Grand Rapids personality Laurie DeYoung. Mojo in the Morning is currently heard on WKQI-FM as well… read more

  • Judson Beck Appointed WJMN-TV VP/GM as Mike Smith Retires

    Judson Beck is the new Vice President/General Manager of Nexstar’s WJMN-TV (Marquette) and sister station WFRV-TV (Green Bay).  Judson, a 37-year broadcasting veteran, replaces Mike Smith.  Smith has retired after 7 years at the helm of the two stations and after 35 years in the business, working as a National Sales Manager, General Sales Manager… read more

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