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Eddie Money Runs the Front Desk at CBS Radio Detroit

Via George Fox, CBS Radio/Detroit 


On May 27, After hanging with Jim Johnson in the 104.3 WOMC studios, Eddie Money took a break from his rockstar life and got a real job answering phones and greeting guests at CBS Radio’s front desk in Detroit.

Even signing the receipt for the Jimmy Johns guy carrying “two hoagies to paradise” for a CBS staffer.

Eddie Money’s visit was to promote his appearance at the DTE Energy Music Theater.

RAB Announces Rising Through The Ranks Scholarships For Women

RABThe Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) has announced that scholarships are available for the “Rising Through The Ranks” management sessions to be held August 24-25 in Nashville, TN.

Radio station management is asked to reach out personally and encourage the talented, capable, dynamic women in your company to apply for one of the 20 BMI scholarships available for the sessions.

The deadline for applications is this Wednesday, June 8.  Applications may be submitted here.

Speakers at the two-day event include:

  • Erica Farber, CEO, Radio Advertising Bureau
  • Weezie Kramer, Chief Operating Officer, Entercom Communications
  • Susan Larkin, Regional Vice President, Cox Media Group
  • Heather Monahan, EVP, CRO, Beasley Broadcasting
  • Beth Neuhoff, President, Neuhoff Media
  • Heidi Raphael, SVP, Corporate Communications, Greater Media
  • Kay Olin, Partner, Olin & Associates
  • Lynn Anderson, CEO, Integrated Media Solutions Group
  • Lindsay Cerajewski, Director of Partnership Marketing, Emmis Communications
  • Joe D’Angelo, SVP – HD Radio
  • Laurie Kahn, President and CEO, Media Staffing Networks
  • Dan Spears, VP – Licensing, BMI
  • Brandeis C. Hall, VP – Professional Development, RAB

Sessions include:

  • The Role of Today’s Radio Manager
  • Managing Different Personalities and Generations
  • Having Difficult Conversations
  • Budgeting, Forecasting, and P&L

Plus, the seminar also includes classes specifically for women in the workplace, such as:

  • Women in the Radio Workplace
  • Building Your Personal Brand
  • Small Groups and Open Discussions

MAB Announces Staff Changes

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters President/CEO Karole White has announced several new hires and internal promotions.

MAB staff member Alisha Clack has been appointed Executive Manager of the MAB Foundation (see separate article here).

Rachel_200Rachel Krause (photo above) has joined the MAB as the new Marketing/Communications Manager. Rachel has a bachelor’s of art in marketing from Dominican University, River Forest, IL and has served as Marketing and Promotion Director for a major bridal label in Hanover Park Ill.  Rachel may be reached at krause@michmab.com.

Sara_200Sara Siegmann (photo above) joins the MAB as Event & Membership Assistant for MAB and the MAB Foundation.  Sara may be reached at Siegmann@michmab.com.

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Dan Kelley
 (photo above), MAB Director of Technical Services adds addition duties as Digital Communications Manager.  Dan may be reached at dkelley@michmab.com.

The staff changes were announced May 24, 2016.

Northern Star Broadcasting Stations Sold

NSlogoBlack Diamond Broadcast Holdings, LLC has entered into an agreement to acquire eight radio stations from Northern Michigan based Northern Star Broadcasting.

The eight station transaction includes multiple signals in the Traverse City-Petoskey Nielsen rated radio market. The stations include 1240 WCBY-AM Cheboygan, 105.1 WGFM-FM Cheboygan, 97.7 WCHY-FM Cheboygan, 98.1 WGFN-FM Glen Arbor, 102.9 WMKC-FM Indian River, 106.3 WOEZ-FM Onaway, 95.5 WQEZ-FM Glen Arbor, and 100.7 FM (translator) W264CF St. Ignace.

Black Diamond, owned by long-time broadcast executives and life-long Michigan residents, Mike Chires and Norm McKee, currently own WUPS-FM Harrison and WTWS-FM Houghton Lake, both purchased in 2015.

Northern Star Broadcasting’s President Del Reynolds says of the deal, “These radio stations are huge technical facilities reaching from Cadillac to Canada and Traverse City to Alpena. I believe that Black Diamond is the radio group to continue the tradition of being committed local broadcasters and will be honorable trustees of these FCC licenses. Our staff and our clients are the best in the country and we know that they are in good hands with Black Diamond. They have shown with their previous acquisition of WUPS and WTWS that they know how to serve the local community and we are at ease knowing these groups will continue to grow and thrive with them as we transition into what is next for us.”

Black Diamond Partner and CEO Mike Chires stated, “Del and Mary have done a tremendous job of building powerhouse stations that serve their communities extremely well. They have strong relationships with their clients, and the respect of broadcasters throughout the industry, especially in Michigan, which is the ultimate compliment. We look forward to continuing the legacy and the relationships they’ve built with their clients and communities these great stations serve.”

Norm McKee, Black Diamond Partner and COO/CFO added, “The Northern Star properties permit us to establish a group of ten radio stations serving all of central and northern Michigan with quality broadcasting, sports, and community coverage. We can now serve listeners and clients from the Zilwaukee bridge to north of the Mackinac bridge, and from Ludington to Oscoda (Bridge to Bridge, Coast to Coast).”

In addition to the stations acquired by Black Diamond, Northern Star has sold WCKC-FM in Cadillac to Up North Radio, LLC, owned by Jennifer Theodore, who also owns WCDY-FM in Cadillac.

Transfer of the licenses for the radio stations is subject to approval by the Federal Communications Commission, which is anticipated to occur early this fall.

Traffic Director Spotlight: Lynne Peck

LynnePeck_300Lynne Peck
Northern Star Broadcasting, Cheboygan

Lynne Peck is Traffic Director for Northern Star Broadcasting’s WQEZ-FM, WCKC-FM & WGFN-FM, based in Cheboygan, MI.  Lynne has been in traffic for 18 years, originally starting out in television.

Q1: Favorite comfort food?
Lynne:  Chocolate in any form except cake.

Q2: Which Superhero would you be?
Lynne:   Anyone who can fly.

Q3: When I’m not working, I’d rather be…
Lynne:  Traveling or walking a beach.

Q4: If I had the chance, I’d really like to have lunch with…
Lynne:  My grandparents. I would like to hear more firsthand accounts of our family history.

Q5: What’s the best advice you have ever received?
Lynne:  
“This too shall pass” and “How important will this be in 5 days, 5 weeks, 5 years?” Both of those help me to keep difficult things in perspective.

Q6: Tell us something about yourself that very few people know.
Lynne:
I backpacked throughout Europe by myself for a month when I was 20-years-old.

FCC To Demo New Online Public File June 13

On June 13, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission will conduct a public/online demonstration of the expanded Online Public Inspection File (OPIF), which will replace the current Broadcast Public Inspection File (BPIF) process. The FCC will exhibit the interface that will be used by broadcast television and radio stations, cable systems, satellite television, and radio systems to file documents in the online public file database. The demonstration will inform users of the design, layout, and content of the OPIF site, discuss how to upload information and files, and present the new Application Program Interface (API) functionalities.

For more information, click here.

 

FCC Moves to Drop Two Public File Rules

fcc-logo_dark-blueAccording to a report in TVNewsCheck, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed to eliminate two public file inspection rules. The rules currently mandate that:

• Commercial television and radio broadcast stations to retain, and make available to the public, copies of correspondence from viewers and listeners; and
• Cable operators to maintain and allow public inspection of the location of a cable system’s principal headend.

The commission says removing these requirements will allow broadcasters and cable operators to make their entire public inspection file available online and permit them to stop maintaining local public files. The agency maintains that modernizing the filing process will make it easier for consumers to access information about their broadcast services without having to travel to the station’s main studio and reduce the cost of broadcaster compliance.

FCC Proposes FY 2016 Regulatory Fee Schedule

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released proposed fiscal year 2016 regulatory fee schedule. The agency is looking to collect the $384,012,497 with $133.97 million coming from radio and television stations. The new schedule adds a class for radio broadcasters who serve 3,000,001-6,000,000 people, and sets fees on a standardized incremental increase scale as the population served by the licensees increases. The fees range from $690 for a Class C AM in areas serving under 25,000 in population to $17,175 for FM Classes B, C, C0, C1, and C2 for stations serving over 6 million in population.

See the full proposed schedule here.

Committee Approves Bills, Opening Legislative, Governor Records

capitol3A package of bills creating the Legislative Open Records Act (LORA) and extending FOIA provisions to the Governor’s office was unanimously approved by the House Oversight and Ethics Committee.

There were a couple key changes. Lawmakers added language empowering the administrator of the Legislative Council to recommend disciplinary action to the Speaker of the House or the majority leader of the Senate if the administrator determines that the House or Senate charged an excessive fee or failed to disclose the information on a timely basis. The bills now go to the full House Chamber for a vote.