The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), Consumer Technology Association, America’s Public Television Stations and the Advanced Warning and Response Network filed a joint petition with the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) to authorize use of the ATSC 3.0 broadcasting standard on voluntary basis. The groups say the ATSC 3.0 standard will enable stations to broadcast 4K, reach smartphones and other mobile devices and offer new IP-based services.
“This is an exciting time for the broadcast industry. Next-Gen TV will provide broadcasters with the voluntary option of offering a higher-quality viewing experience, an IP-based infrastructure and greater interactivity with viewers,” said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith.
According to the Broadcast Law Blog, the FCC released a ‘declaratory ruling’ in which the agency states that a TV station’s pre-auction expenses can be reimbursed if that station has to be repacked after the incentive auction. The ruling is designed to expedite the post-transition repacking process. The FCC noted that the reimbursement can only go to the stations that are actually repacked. If a station is instead bought out entirely, or, if it is left on its current channel, these pre-auction preparatory actions will not be reimbursed.
Over 40 Michigan legislators and staff have already RSVPd to attend the MAB Legislative Reception on May 3 at the Lansing Center. They are coming to see you – their constituents! Please make certain that someone from your station is represented at the Legislative Reception at 5:30pm on Tuesday, May 3 at the Lansing Center. Michigan lawmakers affect our industry when it comes to the issues of taxes, FOIA, public notice reform and drone usage regulations. Don’t miss this chance to connect with your legislators! You can help by personally calling your legislator and inviting them to join you! List of lawmakers and their contact information can be found here.
We look forward to seeing you at the MAB Legislative Reception!
We’re pleased to begin a new spotlight series featuring the hardworking engineers at our stations. To nominate an engineer for a spotlight, please email Alisha Clack at [email protected].
Michael Kernen Michael Kernen is Chief Engineer for Greater Media in Detroit and oversees radio stations WCSX-FM, WRIF-FM, and WMGC-FM. He started at WRIF 28 years ago, the last 23 under Greater Media’s ownership after they acquired the station.
Brief Engineering Resume: Michael: My love for music lead to an interest in radio. My uncle is Dick Kernen (V.P. Specs Howard School of Media Arts) and I would frequently get up a 5am on Sunday mornings to go with him to help with his Sunday morning live radio talk show. My cousin Bob Kernen (V.P. and C.O.O. at Jacobs Media) and I would screen the phone calls and a few times I even ran the board. Radio hooked me and with my uncle’s connections I got an old Gates console from a WXYZ-AM junk trailer and Bob and I used it to build an “FM control room” in my parent’s basement when we were 14.
I took all 6 semesters of electronics at Dearborn High School, as well as every media class and computer class offered and uncle Dick convinced me to attend the then Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts where I took everything they offered at the time – TV/Radio & Broadcast Electronics. I worked as an electrician during that time.
My first real broadcasting job was at WHYT and WJR doing whatever they’d let me do –programming board-op, promotions assistant, engineering assistant, running ballgames, and running Paul Harvey. I took a full-time job at Ron Rose Productions for about a year and then moved to WRIF where I’ve been since 1988.
Q: How did you get started in broadcast engineering? Michael: The part-time job at WHYT and WJR as an engineering assistant.
Tell us something about yourself that very few people know… Michael:I have a titanium plate in my head!
What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Michael:From my uncle Dick “quit driving around in a van with ladders on the roof! Call Hal Buttermore!” (Then CE of WHYT)
The Detroit Lions are staying right at home on the airwaves of WQON-FM (Grayling) (Q100.3) after Blarney Stone Broadcasting signed a three-year affiliate agreement with the National Football League club flagship station, WJR-AM (Detroit).
“We know from experience that some of the most passionate and knowledgeable Lions fans live right here in Central and Northern Michigan,” said Sheryl Coyne, Blarney Stone Broadcasting, President/CEO. “The Lions are on the rise in the NFL after many significant changes from the front office to the players on the field, and we’re proud to be able to continue broadcasting their games for our growing listening audience.”
The deal includes broadcast rights to all 16 regular season games, plus four pre-season games, and all post-season games, including the Super Bowl.
The Lions last fall signed a five-year agreement with Cumulus Media, making WJR-AM (Detroit) their flagship station for Lions football.
WKAR Radio and Television, along with the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University, have put together a series of stories focusing on the people of Flint affected by the water Crisis.
“Faces of Flint” debuted on radio and television this week. Radio featured daily segments on “Current State with Mark Bashore” and TV featured documentary video shorts aired daily immediately following “PBS NewsHour.” All “Faces of Flint” stories are available online at wkar.org.
Among the people we meet in “Faces of Flint” are Pastor Jeffrey Hawkins, at Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist Church, who uses his spirituality to craft sermons centered around the Flint water crisis; second graders at St. John Vianney Catholic School, sharing stories on how their life has changed; volunteers at the Hispanic Technology and Community Center, providing food, water, and testing kits to undocumented immigrants; the MacIntyre family, who aren’t ready to give up on their hometown yet; and hip-hop artist Mama Sol, who uses her music to bring attention to and give voice to Flint residents struggling in the midst of the continuing water crisis.
The reporting and production team of “Faces of Flint” is made of top journalism and media students and recent graduates working alongside WKAR Network professionals. The team is headed up by MSU faculty Associate Professor Geri Alumit Zeldes, WKAR Television Producer Nicole Zaremba and WKAR Radio Producer April Van Buren.
Work of the student journalists was funded in part by ComArtSci, School of Journalism, Knight Center for Environmental Journalism, MSU Office of Outreach and Engagement and MSU Alumni Association. Funding is being sought to support production and marketing of “Faces of Flint,” and to extend the series
as a weekly feature beyond April 15.
WYTZ-FM (Benton Harbor), known to listeners as 97.5 Y-Country, has announced that Michael Ray will headline the station’s annual Summer Jam concert on Saturday, August 6. The concert will take place at the Shadowland Pavilion on St. Joseph’s Silver Beach.
Tickets went on sale April 8.
Michael Ray formed a band and began playing a constant grind of shows all around Southern Florida in 2006. Soon, Ray was headlining the Orlando House of Blues and selling out shows all over Florida. In 2010, his independently released debut caught the ear of veteran music industry manager Tony Conway, who began helping Ray take his career to a national audience. In 2012, Ray appeared on the CW talent competition The Next, where he was mentored by Big & Rich’s John Rich. After the show, Ray signed a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music and in 2014 released the single “Kiss You in the Morning.” His full-length major-label debut followed in 2015 on Warner Music Nashville, making it to number four on the country albums chart. Right now his second single “Real Men Love Jesus” is climbing the charts!
The 97.5 Y-Country Summer Jam is presented by Your Neighborhood Michigan Ford Dealers and sponsored in part by Honor Credit Union, Southwest Michigan Association of Realtors, Bud Distributing in Dowagiac, Honor Credit Union, Adent’s Landscape Supply, Medic 1 Ambulance, Best Way Disposal, Krenek Van & RV Center and Linear Electric.
Michigan Radio’s Lindsey Smith also received a first place award in the Radio: Documentary category for “Not Safe to Drink,” which told the story of the Flint water crisis. Lindsey Smith was also a finalist for the Journalist of the Year award, which was presented to Ron Fonger of the Flint Journal.
The awards were presented April 12 at the Detroit SPJ’s annual banquet. The Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists recognizes the Detroit area’s top print, online, radio, and television journalists.
Nationally syndicated radio personality, Doug Banks, passed away April 12 due to complications of diabetes. He was 57.
Banks, who was born in Philadelphia, PA, was raised in Detroit and began his carrier on his high school radio station, WSHJ-FM, licensed to Southfield Public Schools.
Local station WDRQ-FM (Detroit) took notice of his talent and offered him a spot as a temporary late-night weekend disc jockey. His career then took him to Los Angeles, St. Louis, Las Vegas, Oakland, and Chicago.
In 1995, he signed a multi-million-dollar deal with ABC to host a syndicated show from Dallas. Since 2010, his show was syndicated through American Urban Radio Networks. For over a decade Banks contributed to the Chicago-based television show “190 North,” produced by WLS-TV, who produced this tribute:
Banks is survived by his wife, Wendy, three daughters and one son.