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WOOD-TV Celebrates 70 Years!

On August 15, 1949, the station now known as WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids) signed on.  Originally WLAV-TV and operating on channel 7, the station was the only one in Grand Rapids, carrying programming from NBC, CBS, ABC and the DuMont network. In a story published on WOODTV.com, the first broadcast was from a gala at Midtown… read more

WXYZ Honored with NABJ ‘Salute to Excellence’ Award

WXYZ-TV (Detroit) was honored with a Salute to Excellence Award from the National Association of Black Journalists at the NABJ’s annual convention and career fair in Florida on August 10. The award was given to the Bounce Detroit special, “Spotlight on the News: Inside Michigan’s African American Vote,” in the television top 15 market category… read more

WFQX-TV Transmitter Restored

Cadillac Telecasting Company’s WFQX-TV (Cadillac) reports that they’ve returned to over-the-air opearation following the August 2018 fire at the shared WWTV-TV transmitter site in Tustin.  Following the fire, a nationwide search was made to locate a sufficient substitute and an order was made for a custom built transmitter powerful enough to cover WFQX’s 30 plus… read more

WMGC ‘The Bounce’ Helps Teachers Get Ready For School

Beasley Media Group’s WMGC-FM (Detroit/105.1 The Bounce) has teamed up with Michigan Educational Credit Union to present the Teachers Supply Drive. The station will help prepare teachers to get ready for the new school year by collecting school supplies from through August 21 throughout Metro Detroit at all Michigan Educational Credit union locations. The donated… read more

IVaccinate Kicks off Immunization Campaign

By: Karole White, President/CEO Michigan Association of Broadcasters Statistics indicate that 58 percent of Michigan toddlers are not up to date on their vaccinations and only 37.7 percent of Michigan teens ages 13 to 17 are up to date on their vaccinations. The MAB Board of Directors authorized IVaccinate as their statewide Community Service Campaign… read more

Whitmer Says She and GOP Leaders Want to Avoid Shutdown

MLive reports Governor Gretchen Whitmer told reporters on Monday that she and Republican legislative leaders are “desperate” to avoid a government shutdown, and she may propose a stopgap budget measure as long as there are “good-faith” negotiations about spending more to fix the roads. Whitmer met with GOP leaders on August 9 and anticipates seeing… read more

Moving Closer to TV Translator, LPTV and FM Reimbursement for TV-Band Repacking Costs

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Months ago, the FCC approved reimbursing TV translators, LPTV stations, FM stations, and FM translators that incurred costs as a result of the repacking of TV stations into less spectrum following the TV incentive auction (see our post here). Congress last year allocated the FCC money so that LPTV… read more

Zoe Burdine-Fly Elected Chair of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters

Zoe Burdine-Fly, Market President for Townsquare Media (Lansing/Flint), was elected Chair of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Board of Directors during the organization’s Annual Business Meeting on Tuesday, August 6, at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids. Burdine-Fly is the 74th chair of the MAB, one of the largest and most successful state broadcast… read more

MAB Honors Congressman Tim Walberg With Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) honored U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-7, with its 2019 Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award on Tuesday, August 6, at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids. This prestigious award is given to a lawmaker or other public servant for their dedicated service to Michigan citizens and the Michigan broadcasting… read more