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WUPS-FM Named Flagship Station for CMU Athletics

UPS-CMU_300WUPS-FM (Houghton Lake) has been named the flagship station of Central Michigan University athletics and will broadcast every football and men’s basketball games, as well as other select events.

“WUPS has been a loyal, committed partner in the past and I am excited to make them our exclusive flagship station,” CMU Director of Athletics Dave Heeke said. “Being partnered with a station that has the strongest FM signal in the state means fantastic access for our fans. We are also excited about the potential promotional opportunities available with WUPS to expand the Chippewa brand.”

The three-year agreement with the 100,000-watt station means WUPS will take the lead for radio coverage from Chippewa Sports Network for sporting events and coaches shows. The signal for games will feed seven other stations in Michigan. WUPS, based out of Harrison, Michigan, serves central and northern Michigan and is part of the Black Diamond Broadcast Group.

“It’s an honor and it’s going to be great for Chippewa fans throughout Central and Northern Michigan,” Black Diamond Broadcast Group CEO Mike Chires said. “Everyone at 98.5 WUPS is excited and proud to be CMU’s exclusive flagship radio station.”

Other stations in the Chippewa Sports Network: WXYT-AM 1270 in Detroit, WLUN-FM 100.9 in Midland, WJRW-AM 1340 in Grand Rapids, WLAW-FM 92.5 in Muskegon, WJML-AM 1110 in Petoskey, WLUN-FM 100.9 in Midland and WJNL-AM 1210 in Traverse City.

CBS Radio Detroit Signs Multi-year Agreement to Air U-M Sports

CBS-Michigan_283CBS Radio Detroit’s WWJ-AM, WXYT-FM and WXYT-AM, in association with IMG Sports has announced a long-term alliance to air University of Michigan football, men’s basketball and ice hockey. The multi-year agreement is an extension of a partnership that began more than 20 years ago.

WWJ-AM is the flagship station for U-M football and WXYT-FM (97.1 The Ticket) will simulcast select games. U-M men’s basketball will air on WWJ-AM and U-M ice hockey will air on WXYT-AM (Sports Radio 1270). In addition, 97.1 The Ticket will carry a weekly interview with Head Football Coach Jim Harbaugh.

WWJ-AM and 97.1 The Ticket offer the most 24/7 live and local sports and news programming in the market. Listeners can hear all three stations online at www.cbsdetroit.com and via the Radio.com app for a variety of mobile devices.

“We are excited that IMG renewed our great partnership with the CBS Radio Detroit family. This will continue to provide a consistent flagship home for Michigan football and basketball broadcasts in southeast Michigan and will place our hockey games on a regular channel in the market. We look forward to another multi-year partnership on game broadcasts and coaches radio shows,” said Warde Manuel, Director of Athletics.

Debbie Kenyon, CBS Radio Detroit Senior Vice President/Market Manager, said, “WWJ Newsradio 950, CBS Sports Radio 1270 and 97.1 The Ticket are thrilled to renew our partnership with IMG and the University of Michigan. IMG and U-M are truly one of the best sports partners in the business.”

“It’s an honor to continue our relationship with the University and be the flagship station for University of Michigan football and basketball. It’s a perfect partnership between two traditional organizations, WWJ Newsradio 950 and the U-M” said Rob Davidek, WWJ Program Director.

Traffic Director Spotlight: Molly Anderson

Mary-Wasielewski_300Molly Anderson is Traffic Director for Bay Cities Radio/Bay City Multi-Media in Marinette, WI/Menominee, MI and stations WMAM-AM, WSFQ-FM, WAGN-AM, WHYB-FM and WLST-FM.  She has been with her current company for four years, the last three years in traffic.

Q1: What is your favorite comfort food?
Molly:  Garlic mashed potatoes and beef or venison tips.

Q2: Which Superhero would you be, and why?
Molly:  Storm – She has a variety of abilities, including the ability to control the weather. My family farms – and they would be ecstatic if I could control the weather! 🙂

Q3: When I’m not working, I’d rather be …
Molly: Reading, Gardening, Farming, Photography, going on the ATV trails, snowmobiling or fishing.

Q4: What’s the best advice you have ever received?
Molly:  Never stop doing your best just because someone doesn’t give you credit.

Q5: If I had the chance, I’d really like to have lunch with…
Molly: 
Clint Eastwood.

Q6: Tell us something about yourself that very few people know.
Molly:
I was on a chess league in grade school. I won 2nd place.

FCC Adds New Warning Codes to EAS

eas-logo_300The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) updated its rules to add more specific warnings through the Emergency Alert System (EAS) before extreme weather strikes. The amended rules add three new “event codes” that can be used to warn the public about the storm surges and extreme winds that may accompany hurricanes and other severe weather events.

The three added codes signify an (1) “Extreme Wind Warning,” (2) “Storm Surge Watch,” and (3) “Storm Surge Warning.” The updated rules require EAS equipment manufacturers to integrate the codes into new equipment and will also enable EAS participants to update their existing equipment in advance of 2017 Atlantic hurricane season.

Further information about EAS is available here.

NAB FOIAs FCC Media Ownership Work Product

According to a report in Broadcasting & Cable, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) filed the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the FCC requesting access to documents used in the process that led to the FCC’s recent ownership rules proposals. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s quadrennial review of broadcast ownership regulations leaves those regulations essentially intact, and restored additional restrictions on TV joint sales and shared services agreements.

The request, from NAB General Counsel/EVP Rick Kaplan, asks for materials used by the Media Bureau, Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis, and Wheeler in connection with developing and/or drafting policy recommendations for the circulated proposals. The Commission has 20 days to respond to the request. MAB is monitoring.

Michigan Among States Looking At Drone Regulations

To date, 31 legislatures have enacted laws and another five have adopted resolutions addressing drone usage, according to a study done by the National Council of State Legislatures (NCSL). In Michigan, nine bills have been introduced addressing drone usage but none were signed into law yet.

The MAB continues to lobby the state legislature to include ‘news gathering exemption’ in the no-drone fly zone bills. The MAB also supports state legislation to create a legislative drone task force with the power to recommend policy proposals about drone use.

According to the NCSL:

  • 12 states have passed legislation providing privacy protections from other citizens that are specific to drones.
  • 18 have passed legislation requiring law enforcement to obtain a search warrant to use drones for surveillance or to conduct a search.
  • 3 prohibit law enforcement from using drones with attached weapons.
  • 13 states have passed legislation that create criminal penalties for misusing drones.

Drone sales are estimated to grow from 2.5 million in 2016 to 7 million in 2020, according to the National Council of State Legislatures study. By 2025, drones will have created 100,000 jobs and wield $82 billion worth of economic impact.

Coalition Calls for Federal Investigation of State Agencies Over Flint

water_300A coalition of activist groups from Detroit and Flint, organized by the Sierra Club and Earth Justice, are calling for a federal interagency investigation into Michigan’s Departments of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Health and Human Services (DHHS) to determine if either agency violated civil rights laws of the Flint citizens in handling water complaints. The organizations are asking the federal counterparts of the Michigan agencies to conduct the investigation, with the U.S. Department of Justice coordinating. The coalition charged DHHS with failing in its duties to provide information about the services it was offering to Flint residents in languages other than English, to serve both Hispanic-American and undocumented populations there.

EAS National Test, Registration and Reporting Deadlines Announced

eas-logo_300The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued a public notice outlining the upcoming nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS), as well as mandatory registration and reporting deadlines for each EAS Participant.

The national test is scheduled for 2:20 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on September 28, 2016.  (A secondary test date is October 5, 2016, “if neccessary”).  EAS Participants must be prepared to take part in a test on both the primary and alternate test dates.  All EAS Participants are required to participate in this nationwide test.

This test will use the National Periodic Test (NPT) code, the location code for “All of United States.” FIPS number: 000000; and will be issued via FEMA Open IPAWS.

The results of the nationwide EAS test will be captured and analyzed using the new EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS).

Important Dates

1) All EAS Participants are reminded that they are required to register with ETRS and must complete the filing of ETRS Form One on or before August 26, 2016.

2) EAS Participants shall file the “day of test” information sought by ETRS Form Two before 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on September 28, 2016.  This is the same day as the national test.

3) EAS Participants shall file the detailed post-test data sought by ETRS Form Three on or before November 14, 2016.

The FCC’s ETRS page is here.

The FCC public notice also encourages EAS Participants to take steps to prepare for the test.   The public notice is available here.

Engineering Spotlight: Del Reynolds

Nominate an engineer you know!  Email Dan Kelley at dkelley@michmab.com.

Del_Reynolds_300Del Reynolds is owner of Northern Star Broadcasting and a broadcast engineer. He has been affiliated with the same group of Northern Star Radio stations since 1989.

He is also engineer for TV 4 (WTOM-TV) in Cheboygan, TV 8 in (WGTQ-TV) in Goetzville, the 4 stations of the Northern Christian Radio Station Group and their two translators, Interlochen Public Radio stations in Mackinaw City and Harbor Springs, plus WBLW-FM in Gaylord and helps with projects for Strong Tower Radio.

Q: Please share with us a brief engineering resume.
Del:  
Most of my electronics have been self taught, as well as knowledge gleaned from other qualified broadcast engineers that I have had the privilege to know and work with over the years and the NAB Engineering handbook. I obtained my General Radio Telephone Operators License (GROL) and also have my Amateur Extra Ham Radio license as well.

I was also honored with the Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award from the MAB in 2007.

Q: How did you get started in broadcast engineering?
Del:  When I was 13 years old I built a radio station in my attic at home in Cheboygan and capacitor coupled my Lafayette AM phono oscillator to the phone lines and transmitted to the neighbors on 740 kHz. I called it “WRFN Wireless Radio of the Frozen North.”

Then when I was 15, I tested for my 3rd Class Restricted Radio Operators License, when disc jockeys needed to be licensed, and began as a Disc Jockey for WCBY-AM 1240 in Cheboygan. I was fascinated with all aspects of radio and tagged along with Walt Reingahns, the station engineer and also credit my early days to engineer Marvin Veurink for mentoring me as well. I began doing the studio maintenance at WCBY AM/FM and slowly worked into understanding AM and FM broadcast transmitters and moved into that arena where I continued to learn.

I also enjoyed programming and became the program director at 21 and eventually the GM of WCBY AM/FM at 23.

Q: Tell us something about yourself that very few people know…
Del:  I am a Licensed Airport Manager and Chairman of the Cheboygan Airport Authority. I am a private pilot and own a Mooney M20F. I’ve also been a church organist and keyboard player. I told my parents that I was going to own WCBY someday and as it turns out, I did, twice. The first time at 32 and then I sold it and 8 other stations I owned in 1998 and then bought it and the rest of the group back in 2013.

The first station I owned was at 27 years old and it was WLXX in Sault Ste. Marie and I changed the call sign to WYSS and called it YES-FM. WLXX was a pretty eclectic mix of programming so I launched the first Top 40 station on FM in the Sault. We went from worst to first in 9 months in Sault Cananda. The AM top 40 stations CFYN and CKCY eventually turned in their licenses to the CRDC and abandoned competing for the Top 40 CHR audience.

Q: What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Del:   “It’s all in the presentation.” If you communicate respectfully, honestly and with regard to how people may receive your advice or request, you will have better results in every area of your life.

Detroit Radio Veteran Rod Hansen Passes at 75

ROD-HANSEN_200Rod Hansen, a Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame inductee and longtime WJR-AM radio journalist, passed away July 4 at his Canton, Michigan home.

While at WJR, he earned dozens of awards during his 38-year career, including two Peabody Awards, one for a 23-part series exposing high-level corruption and collusion between judges, staff and attorneys at Detroit’s federal bankruptcy court and another that helped exonerate a man wrongfully convicted of his girlfriend’s murder. Hansen also won a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Associated Press, and was a member of the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame.

Hansen earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Bowling Green State University in 1963.  After working in radio news in Akron, Ohio, he joined WJR in 1967 as evening news anchor and shortly thereafter became a reporter, covering the Detroit riot.

Among the stories Hansen broke, was the disappearance of Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa in 1975.

Rick Pluta, Capitol Bureau Chief of the Michigan Public Radio Network said “Rod Hansen was simply the best. His work at WJR brought justice to the innocent and to the guilty. In the final stage of his career, he made it easy (easier, at least) to cover some high-profile federal court cases. And that ain’t easy. He will certainly be missed.”

Services were held July 7 in Canton.  He is survived by his wife, Christine, son, Eric; three daughters, Kristen Roy, Heidi Watson and Kelly Hansen; and five grandchildren.