Category: April 2021

WLUC’s Steve Asplund Announces Retirement; Andrew LaCombe Named Next News Director

Veteran WLUC-TV (Marquette) News Anchor Steve Asplund has announced that he will retire in February 2022 after more than 42 years at the station.  WLUC Vice President and General Manger Rick Rhoades recently made the announcement. “Steve has served this station and this community for over 40 years,” Rhoades said. “No one is more trusted with… read more

Congressional Letter to FCC on CALM Act Violations Puts Focus on FCC Enforcement Issues

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP As we highlighted in our weekly summary of regulatory issues for broadcasters, last week saw a letter from Congresswoman Anna Eshoo to the FCC asking for the FCC to review the enforcement of the rules established by the CALM Act, which prohibits loud commercials on TV stations.  The letter cites news reports of thousands… read more

Winners Announced in 2020 MAPME Broadcast Contest

The annual Michigan Associated Press Media Editors broadcast competition has announced their winners in the 2020 Michigan APME awards. In the broadcast category, General Excellence awards for 2020 went to WLNS-TV (Lansing); WDET-FM (Detroit) and WKAR-AM/FM (East Lansing). Michigan’s APME’s “Rising Star” broadcast award went to Angeline McCall of WXMI-TV (Grand Rapids). The Kalamazoo Gazette… read more

Chris ‘Boatman’ Herlein Passes

The MAB is sad to pass along word that Chris Herlein, affectionately known as “Boatman” by friends and listeners of WWKR-FM (Hart/Ludington), passed away April 18 at age 54, reportedly after contracting the COVID-19 virus. Herlein passed away at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital. In a article pubished in Shorelinemedia.net, his daughter Heidi Bennet recalled that… read more

Former WXYZ Anchor Diana Lewis Honored by Detroit Urban League

  On April 8, The Urban League of Detroit & Southeastern Michigan (ULDSEM) virtually held its 42nd Annual Salute to Distinguished Warriors Event. This annual event, which honors the legacy and impact of individuals that have contributed immeasurably in the areas of human and civil rights.  Among the honorees is retired WXYZ-TV news anchor Diana… read more

NAB’s Smith tells Senate: ‘Americans Turn to Their Local Broadcasters First for the Most Trusted and Reliable Information’

NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith testified on Thursday (4/15) before the Senate Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications, Media, and Broadband to promote broadcasting as the best investment for the Administration’s vaccine-promoting advertising message, which is backed by over $1 billion in COVID-19 aid funding. He spoke during the subcommittee hearing, “Shot of Truth: Communicating… read more