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WCMU Presents “Ask The DNR”

On Thursday Night, October 19, WCMU Public Television continues their long-running “Ask The Experts” series with a program featuring guests from Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources.

The live-hour program allows viewers to ask anonymous questions to the in-studio DNR specialists. Viewers can call, Tweet or Facebook questions to the show.  The show airs at 7:30 p.m.

Upcoming episodes of the show include:

Thursday, October 26, 2017 “Ask The Realtors”
Thursday, November 2, 2017 “Ask The Home Energy Specialists”
Thursday, November 9, 2017 “Ask The Veterans”
Thursday, November 16, 2017 “Ask The Financial Planners”

The station also has an archive of past programs available in its website.

Regional EAS LECC Meetings Underway

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters and Michigan State Police are coordinating regional EAS/Local Emergency Communication Committee (LECC) meetings around the state.  The purpose of the meetings is to discuss ways of improving emergency alerting, including EAS within the state.

The first regional meeting was held November 16 in Oak Park with local Emergency Managers from Southeast Michigan and representatives from the area LP-1 (WJR-AM) and LP-2 (WWJ-AM) stations, Dan Kelley from the MAB, as well as personnel from MSP Emergency Management and Homeland Security division.

After an open discussion of issues regarding emergency alerting, those attending broke into groups to focus on the individual needs of the each stakeholder.  The three areas the broadcasters would like to see from an improved statewide effort included better audio from the alerting authorities, better communication to radio and TV stations from the local emergency management, plus “First Responder” designations, so broadcast personnel could access their facilities when roads and other passage may be restricted.

The meetings will continue region-by-region.  Local Primary Stations should be receiving an invitation to a coming meetings in their area.

WXYZ-TV Holds Town Hall Meeting in Oakland County

WXYZ-TV (Detroit) continued its series of Detroit 2020 town hall meetings with an event in Oakland County on October 17.  The event took place at Kensington Church in Troy with area residents invited.

The 7 Action News town hall series is part of WXYZ’s Detroit 2020 community initiative that was created to project a vision for our communities in the future.

“Throughout this series of town hall meetings, we are going out to communities across Metro Detroit to simply listen,” said WXYZ and WMYD vice president and general manager Mike Murri. “Understanding the issues and challenges people are facing helps us do a better job of serving our viewers. It also gives us the opportunity to address those concerns in stories on 7 Action News. Our goal is to have a positive impact in communities throughout our area.”

7 Action News stories on the Michigan auto insurance crisis and Detroit water bills came from concerns shared at 2020 town hall meetings.

7 Action News anchor Carolyn Clifford hosted the event. She was joined by 7 Action anchor Glenda Lewis and 7 Action News investigator, Ross Jones.

The station featured portions of the town hall meeting live on 7 Action News at 7 p.m. and on Facebook Live.

This was the 5th Detroit 2020 town hall meeting. WXYZ also held events in Detroit, Sterling Heights, Taylor and at WXYZ in Southfield, where a studio audience screened the film, “12th and Clairmount,” on the 50th anniversary of the Detroit riots.

For more information about the Detroit 2020 town hall meetings, go to

Show Your Support for Michigan’s Premiere Media Show

Sign up now to partner your brand with the 2018 Great Lakes Media Show, previously known as the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference & Expo (GLBC), presented by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB). This is your premier opportunity to engage influential leaders from across the broadcast industry.

The 2018 Great Lakes Media Show will take place March 6 and 7 at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing. Click here to learn about the many ways your business or organization can become one of our honored event sponsors.

Contact Jacquelen Timm at 517-484-7444 or  to design a sponsorship package that is right for you.

Learn more at

WCSX’s Jim O’Brien Helping Detroit Vets Get Back To Work

RadioInk reports that WCSX’s (Detroit) Big Jim’s House Morning Show (hosted by Jim O’Brien) wants to help veterans get jobs through the 94.7 WCSX-FM “Employment After Deployment” initiative.

Members of the military who have returned home from a recent deployment and are looking for a job can go to the station’s website or send an email to O’Brien and share their job experience, skill set, and type of position they’re looking for. In addition, Big Jim’s House will feature a veteran selected from all submissions received each week on the morning show and will work to match the individual up with employers located throughout the Metro Detroit area.

“As a proud veteran of the U.S. Naval Submarine Service, I’ve always wanted to find ways to give back and support fellow veterans,” said WCSX-FM Morning Personality Big Jim O’Brien. “Employment after Deployment is yet another great example of the people of Detroit helping each other and supporting our veterans with jobs.”

See the “Employment After Deployment” website here.

WBCT Birthday Bash Moves to Fifth Third Ballpark

B-93 Birthday Bash 2017

A major annual music festival in West Michigan will have a new home in 2018.  WBCT-FM’s (Grand Rapids) annual “Birthday Bash” country music event is relocating to the Fifth Third Ballpark in Grand Rapids.  For the last seven years, the festival has been held at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park near Martin in Allegan County.

“After evaluating the changing concert landscape and reviewing facilities and infrastructure, B-93.7 has decided to move its Birthday Bash celebration to the Fifth Third Ballpark,” said iHeartRadio Media Market President Tim Feagan, in a released statement. “The new facility for the Birthday Bash will provide better sightlines, concession choices, facilities, and seating for all attendees.”

The 2018 event will be held June 2.  The concert lineup will be announced at a later date.

Smitty Returns to WGFM/WCHY

Nate “Smitty” Smith

Nate “Smitty” Smith has rejoined the airstaff of Black Diamond’s WGFM/WCHY (Traverse City).  Smith left the stations four months ago, but has returned to his afternoon shift.

“It’s absolutely incredible that I’m coming back to the Northern Michigan rock waves,” Smith told All Access. “The listener support that I’ve received, has blown me away and I couldn’t be more excited to rejoin the Black Diamond and Rock 105 & 95.5 family.”

Black Diamond co-owner/CEO Mike Chires said, “Smitty helped build Rock 105 & 95.5 into the leading rock station in Northern Michigan, especially his hometown of Traverse City.  That was proven by the unbelievable listener response when he departed four months ago. Based primarily on Smitty’s actions since he left, we welcome him back to our Black Diamond Broadcasting family. I know his loyal listeners will be thrilled about his return to afternoon drive.”

One of BCBC’s Favorites is Back Again!

Jay Kruz

Michigan native Jay Kruz will be back at BCBC this year to impart his wisdom on our future broadcasters. Kruz’s sessions are highly rated by students year after year-they love his approachable attitude, awesome hair and endless stream of industry knowledge.

Named one of Radio’s Rising Stars by Radio Ink Magazine and one of broadcasting’s “30 Under 30 in America” by Edison Media, Jay Kruz is the Program Director and Afternoon Host at Mix 94.9 in Cincinnati.

Students will get the chance to learn from Jay in two new sessions:

You Don’t Need Permission

You don’t need someone to create opportunity for you… there are dozens of ways to do it yourself!  Jay Kruz presents real life examples of media personalities and behind the scenes staff who didn’t wait for the chance to shine in “You Don’t Need Permission.” Hear the story of how a geek from Michigan became the lead animator for a major national video game. Find out how a well-known radio voice over artist found a path that others weren’t taking and created a lucrative career. From YouTube stars to internet radio creators, podcasters to producers – Jay will show you why You Don’t Need Permission from anyone to jump start your career.

How to Create a Winning Student Broadcast Awards Entry

The Michigan Student Broadcast Awards deadline is coming up in December, do you know what your entry needs to win?  Watch and listen to past winning entries and learn how to incorporate their winning features in your entries!  Also get a review of this year’s categories and ask your questions about topic ideas and technical concerns.  Fine-tuning your entries now will lead you down the path for success at the awards ceremony in March 2018!

Jay is the perfect person to speak with students about the Student Broadcast Awards.

Make sure your students know about and plan to attend this important career building conference!

Friday, November 10
Lansing Community College West Campus (NEW!)
5708 Cornerstone Dr., Lansing MI
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Early registration is only $20 until October 27 and includes lunch!
($35 after October 27)

Register for BCBC 2017 HERE and check out the full event schedule at

Are you interested in getting involved with BCBC?  We’re looking for Speed Networkers!  Contact Jacquelen Timm,, to learn more and sign up!

Jay Kruz as a high school student with adviser Bill Keith with his handful of winning Student Broadcast Awards entries

Nielsen Releases New Local Television Market Rankings

Nielsen is out with its lastest annual rankings of the top local TV markets.

The biggest mover in the Top 10 is the San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose market which drops from No. 6 to No. 8. Elsewhere in the Top 10, Washington, D.C. moves up one spot, from No. 7 to No. 6. Houston moves from No. 8 to No. 7. Atlanta and Boston switch positions: this season Atlanta is No. 9 and Boston is No. 10.

Michigan TV markets saw some slight shifts from this year to last.  Detroit moves from No. 13 to No. 14, Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo/Battle Creek moves No. 44 to No. 43.  Flint/Bay City/Saginaw from No. 72 to No. 71.  Lansing No. 113 to No. 115.  Traverse City/Cadillac No. 119 to No. 118.  Both Marquette and Alpena remain at the market No. 180 and No. 208 positions, respectively.

A complete list of the Nielsen rankings, including population estimates is available here.

NAB Asks FCC to Act on Translators, Ownership Rules

NABAccording to a report from InsideRadio, the NAB’s VP of Legal and Regulatory Affairs Rick Kaplan met with the FCC Chief of Staff Matthew Berry to discuss translators and media ownership rules.

The NAB says interference issues between full-power FMs and translators “remains a persistent problem” and Kaplan petitioned the FCC to adopt the proposals submitted by the NAB group to “facilitate efficient disposition” of the conflicts. Most notably, the NAB suggests the Commission give operators the ability to relocate translators anywhere on the FM dial as a “minor change” to a facility—instead of only to an adjacent or IF-related channel—to resolve interference complaints.  Additionally, since the FCC plans to revisit its media ownership rules, Kaplan made a case for a petition which seeks to change how ownership caps are calculated in embedded markets.