On September 27, Entercom’s WOMC-FM aired a 13-hour radiothon to benefit Beaumont Children’s Hospital. The broadcast took place from the South Tower Concourse of the hospital and was anchored by WOMC personalities Stephen Clark, JoAnne Purtan, Jim Johnson and Beau Daniels. They were joined by special guests and other station airstaff.
More than 500 donors contributed to the radiothon, which raised money for children’s programs. 44 listeners became Miracle Makers by pledging a $20 on-going monthly donation.
Some of the initiatives that will benefit from the funding include a student robot that will allow a patient to virtually attend school classes while in the hospital, the NoBLE anti-bullying campaign, Beau plush bears given to children in Beaumont hospitals and music and pet therapies.
Beasley Media Group’s WCSX-FM (Detroit) and the City of Allen Park will officially unveil Bob Seger Boulevard at 6:00 p.m. on Friday October 19, 2018.
A stage will be set up at Allen Park City Hall (located at 15915 Southfield Road in Allen Park, Michigan) from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Festivities will include a special performance by a Bob Seger tribute band as well as a video screen featuring fans & celebrities congratulating the rock legend!
The Big Jim’s House Morning Show has been on a six-month mission to honor the Detroit Rock legend and native with a street named after him.
Stations can sign up now for what may be the largest survey about technology ever conducted for radio.
Jacobs Media has announced that registration is open for radio stations to participate in Techsurvey 2019. Last year’s survey broke ground once again in the annual series that began in 2005. Overall, more than 560 radio stations across North America, representing a diverse group of broadcasting companies, contributed more than 64,000 respondents to radio’s largest web survey devoted to media and technology.
Fourteen different formats were represented, helping programmers and managers focus their efforts and resources on what is truly important for their listeners. Techsurvey 2019 will provide even more insights as Jacobs Media tracks media usage and tech trends.
According to Jacobs Media President Fred Jacobs, “The data from early this year in Techsurvey 2018 was revealing, providing broadcasters with a unique look at their audiences. The continued growth of digital platforms, the emotional triggers that make broadcast radio unique across different generations, podcasting and smart speakers were all areas that provided great guidance to help the industry better understand the shifting media landscape. Techsurvey 2019 will be even bigger and better.”
Techsurvey 2019 will again feature trending so broadcasters can track the changes that occur with audience usage and habits from year-to-year, as well as deeper dives into the following areas:
Further examination of how generations impact behaviors and media choices
Smart speakers, the voice revolution, and how radio broadcasters can take advantage of this opportunity
An even more detailed look at the state of podcasting – who’s participating, how they’re used, and what types of podcasts they prefer
Social media growth – specifically, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Snapchat – and how stations can best participate in this space
Use of Internet radio, from station streams to Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Apple Music and others
The explosive impact of video games – who’s playing them and how radio broadcasters can take advantage of this trend
How listeners connect with stations utilizing streams, websites, social media, podcasts, etc.
Connected cars (and future autonomous cars), and their impact on media consumption and driving
How smart mobility will change the way consumers go from Point A to Point B – and why it matters to radio
The continued growth of mobile phones, tablets, and apps
Trending on smartwatches, a platform showing signs of growth
The cord-cutting mindset and customization of entertainment
The changing world of new music discovery
The public release of Techsurvey 2019 will premiere at the Worldwide Radio Summit in Burbank, CA, on March 28th, 2019.
Stations can participate in two different ways:
No fee – This allows participation in the results webinar, along with receiving national data
A small fee based on market size – Stakeholder stations receive all the national data, participation in the webinar, as well as an in-depth look at their unique audience, their format’s audience, including their station’s “Media Usage Pyramid” and “Brand Platform Pyramid.
On October 12, WJRT-TV (Flint) celebrated 60 years of service to the Flint/Saginaw/Bay City market. The station signed on in 1958, after a prolonged fight between four applicants for the channel. The Goodwill Stations, then owners of WJR-AM (Detroit) was the winning applicant.
The station has been an ABC affiliate since day one, and was owned by the network at one point in its history. The station is currently owned by Gray Television.
See a video retrospect on the station’s history here.
The MAB is sad to report the passing of longtime WRIF-FM (Detroit) morning co-host Mike Clark.
He died at his home in Bloomfield Township. The cause of death was not noted in a post published this past Tuesday, October 16, on Clark’s official Facebook page.
“Drew and Mike” ran from 1991 to 2013 on WRIF-FM and was one of the market’s top morning radio program thanks to the duo’s edgy, locally flavored humor. Clark reunited with Drew Lane in 2016 for a daily podcast,
In a story published in the Detroit Free Press, it was noted that Clark was a former emergency medical technician working for Michigan Consolidated Gas “when he made his first inroads on Detroit radio, enlisted by a friend at WRIF for spots with then-morning jock Ken Calvert.” Clark started full-time in radio at age 37.
WRIF has set up a Mike Clark tribute page on their website with some audio and video clips of the “Drew and Mike” show here.
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) circulated a policy paper on Capitol Hill advocating for not renewing the STELAR law (Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act) when it expires at the end of 2019. STELAR, which was last renewed in 2014, reauthorizes the satellite compulsory distant signal license for five years. The 2014 version contained cable-friendly changes to retransmission consent, including renewing the FCC’s enforcement of good faith retransmission negotiations and extending the agency’s prohibition on coordinated retrans negotiations among non-commonly owned TV stations in a market from the top four to all stations.
NAB says it expects MVPDs to push for renewal, but contends there is no justification for compelling the out-or-market carriage to broadcast affiliate-unserved homes given that that number is dropping and in all 210 markets DISH and DirecTV are providing local-into-local TV station carriage.
Gary Baxter, WSYM-TV Fox 47 (Lansing), Jeff Hutchings, WNEM-TV (Saginaw), Jamie McKibbin, Jackson Radio Works (Jackson), and Steve Schram, Michigan Radio (Detroit) led a discussion on the basics of selling media in the broadcast industry. Many students came to the meeting without much exposure to media sales and left with the knowledge that sales positions within the broadcast industry are a great career choice.
The MAB Foundation’s partnership with MSU’s Sales Leadership Program is one way the organization is addressing the industry’s need to build fantastic teams of sellers. Our participating members have already made valuable connections with energetic students that WANT to sell.
If you’re interested in participating in this program for the 2019-2020, contact Rachel Krause at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
The MAB Foundation is dedicated to promoting, supporting and enhancing the broadcast industry for the good of all Michigan citizens, through education, research, public service, historical preservation, information dissemination and a commitment to diversity in all aspects of the broadcast industry.
Broadcasting is an industry in the midst of technological transformation. It is as exciting now as when radio and television was first invented. For this reason we need to draw the best and the brightest young people from diverse backgrounds into our new digital industries. Radio and television offers exciting opportunities for those educationally prepared.
We want to thank all of you who have contributed money, time and talent to the success of the MAB Foundation. You can see that your efforts were fruitful. If you have not made a support decision for the MAB Foundation, I would like to personally invite you to do so.
Many of the MAB Foundation programs not only qualify for a charitable deduction, they have been designed to qualify for FCC-EEO credits for stations.
However you choose to support the MAB Foundation it will be greatly appreciated. The MAB Foundation would be unable to continue the good work it has begun without the generosity of our industry and associate friends.
Thank you for considering the MAB Foundation in your philanthropic contributions.
Pam Manor 2018-2019 MABF Chair WNEM-TV (Saginaw) Director of Human Resources and Accounting
Kathy Stinehour, Vice President/General Manager of Radio One cluster in Detroit, is an experienced broadcast executive with more than 25 years of senior management experience in media and radio broadcasting. She has served in her current position since 2008 and was previously President/CEO for Archway Broadcasting in Atlanta, Ga., from 2004-2007, Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus Broadcasting in Toledo, Ohio, from 2003-2004 and Executive Vice President for Clear Channel Communications in Houston, New York and Chicago from 1995 to 2002. Kathy was named one of Radio Ink Magazine’s “Most Influential Women In Radio” in 2001, 2016, 2017 and 2018 as well as a “Who’s Who in Chicago Business” by Crain’s Chicago Business in 2001.
State Officials at the Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) are calling for bids on a study of Michigan’s health insurance market with the goal of both stabilizing the market and lowering overall costs. In a statement, DIFS Director Patrick McPharlin said the “goal is to study options that could have a meaningful impact on reducing health insurance premiums while ensuring coverage is comprehensive and accessible.”
The study will affect Michigan’s decision on seeking a Section 1332 waiver allowed under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). A waiver under that section allows a state to be exempted from ACA requirements if it can show the state can do a better job of meeting the ACA’s goals and not cost the federal government any more money. Several states, including Wisconsin and Minnesota, are operating under Section 1332 waivers.