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Trott Not Seeking Re-election In 2018

Congressman Dave Trott (R-11) has announced that he will not seek re-election in 2018.

Trott said he had not planned to serve long in Congress when first elected and had decided two terms was enough.

“When I initially ran for Congress, I expressed my desire to serve as a citizen legislator in Washington,” he said in a statement. “Representing the Eleventh District has been an honor, but I have decided not to seek reelection in 2018. This was not an easy decision, but after careful consideration, I have decided that the best course for me is to spend more time with my family and return to the private sector.”

Trott is not resigning the seat and said he plans to continue working through the end of his term.

TCT Helping Hurricane Victims

TCT President and Founder Garth Coonce loading a truck with viewer donations.

TCT Michigan Television stations, including WTLJ-TV (Allendale), WAQP-TV (Saginaw) and WDWO-TV (Detroit) are participating with other TCT stations across the nation as part of the Helping Hand Outreach Program to help victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.

The stations are collecting supplies of water, non-perishable food items, diapers, undergarments, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items and more for distribution in Texas, Louisiana, Florida and other areas affected by the recent hurricanes.

Viewers can drop off items at the local studios of each station.  The company reports that it already has made one delivery trip made possible by the program.

Here’s a complete list of items being collected:

NAB Offers Station Repack Resources

Whether your station is going off the air or moving to a new frequency because of the recent spectrum incentive auction, your viewers need to prepare for these upcoming changes. To that end, the National Association of Broadcasters has developed tools for stations in English and Spanish to use to explain to viewers the changes that are coming.

These tools are based on research conducted by NAB to determine the best messaging to convey to over-the-air viewers how they will be impacted and what they must do to stay connected to their favorite local stations.

  • Click Here for Station Tools
  • Click Here for Station Tools in Spanish

The tools for stations include a checklist of activities to keep you on track, talking points, sample scripts and crawls and even automated phone messaging. The NAB will add more tools in the coming months, including customizable spots for stations to use as well as a video to help viewers understand how to rescan their TV sets.

Stations are urged you to use these tools and coordinate with other stations in your market to send a clear, consistent message and minimize viewer confusion.

As new tools become available, the NAB will alert stations. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact the NAB at

NAB Creates #WeAreBroadcasters Web Ads

The National Association of Broadcasters has created a series of website banner ads to promote its #WeAreBroadcasters effort to educate and remind policymakers, listeners and viewers of the important and unique role broadcasters play in every local community and how they are innovating to better serve listeners and viewers.

The ads are available for stations to download at along with print ads, videos, social media infographics and more. For each website advertisement used, click throughs should be sent to



Michael Patrick Shiels Releases New Book

“Michigan’s Big Show” host Michael Patrick Shiels, has just co-authored a new book with Ken Raynor, head professional at Cape Arundel Golf Club in Kennebunkport, Maine.

I Call Him “Mr. President”: Stories of Golf, Fishing and LIfe with my Friend George H. W. Bush was released in hardcover on September 5. The book tells the story of how President George H. W. Bush befriended Raynor during his annual summer sabbatical to seaside Kennebunkport, Maine. Raynor’s personal relationship with Bush led him to experience everything from fishing trips to the wilds of Newfoundland to countless outings on the golf course, including Bush’s last as commander-in-chief.

In the book, Raynor reflects on the life lessons he gained from a friendship born outdoors that has continued to develop over decades, during golf outings that have ranged from Maine to Augusta National to the White House putting green, international fishing trips, retreats at Camp David, flying in Marine One and many other unforgettable experiences.

It is likely that Raynor played more rounds with a POTUS than any other PGA professional in history.

Media Sandbox, WKAR Awarded $500K from MSUFCU

A collective $500,000 has been awarded to the Media Sandbox and WKAR from the Michigan State University Federal Credit Union  to support and engage the mid-Michigan and Spartan communities and provide new learning opportunities.

“Funding from MSUFCU offers students in the Media Sandbox new opportunities for experiential learning,” said Prabu David said, dean of MSU’s College of Communication Arts & Sciences’ (ComArtSci).  “Street Teams will help nonprofit organizations communicate their services and needs to the people they serve.”

WKAR, already well-known for its strong schedule of early childhood educational programming, has also received $250,000 from MSUFCU over a 5-year period. With these funds, WKAR will lead children’s media research and content creation, and continue offering experiential learning opportunities for ComArtSci students.

“This is a transformative gift for WKAR, allowing us to advance our educational efforts in support of schools, parents, caregivers and children in our community,” said Susi Elkins, general manager and director of broadcasting for WKAR. “We are grateful to MSUFCU for their commitment to education and their belief in our ability to make a difference with their support.”

“No other college or unit on campus has access to the community like WKAR,” said Julie Sochay, WKAR content and community engagement manager. “With four TV stations, two radio stations, a website and digital streaming, WKAR is part of what makes Michigan’s Capital Region a vibrant community.”

Consistently a leader in academics and media, the station often employs ComArtSci students for help behind the scenes with their news, radio and television programs. The station works with up to 60 students each year.

“The funding from MSUFCU will allow WKAR to expand this opportunity to even more ComArtSci students,” Sochay said.

In addition, the funds will allow WKAR to continue engaging the local community with its original programming.

“WKAR has a long history of community engagement based on a strong schedule of early childhood educational programs,” Sochay said . “The MSUFCU gift will allow WKAR to grow our new WKAR Family educational platform, to offer more programming, content and a focus backed by academic research and real world applications.”

McConnell Adams Named Brand Manager at Townsquare Lansing

McConnell Adams

Townsquare Media has announced that KGOT (Anchorage, AK) afternoon personality McConnell Adams has been named Brand Manager of WJIM-FM and WFMK-FM (Lansing).

A Michigan native, Adams heads back to the state after 10 years in Alaska. Prior to his current position, he was Program Director at KFAT-FM (Anchorage) and KWLF-FM (Fairbanks).  Adams was raised in Detroit and once worked at WDRQ-FM.

“I have to thank Operations Manager Chris Tyler and Townsquare Regional Operations Manager Tom Cook for this wonderful opportunity,” Adams told All Access.

He is set to begin his new position on September 28.

FCC’s Peter Doyle to Retire

Peter Doyle

Peter Doyle has announced that he will retire from his position as chief of the Media Bureau’s Audio Division, a position he has held since 2001.

Doyle joined the commission in 1995 and served as assistant Deputy Chief beginning in 1998 until his promotion to chief counsel in 2001, according to an FCC press release at the time of his appointment. The statement then said Doyle was extensively involved in the commission’s terrestrial digital audio broadcasting and low-power FM initiatives at the time.

Prior to joining the commission, Doyle was an associate at Arter & Hadden from 1991 to 1995 and at Dow, Lohnes & Albertson between 1985 and 1991, where he specialized in broadcast, wireless cable and cable matters, according to the FCC.

Doyle graduated cum laude with a J. D. from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1985. He also holds a B.A. from the University of Rochester and a M.A. in philosophy from the University of Virginia.

Jorma Duran Joins WLNS-TV

Jorma Duran

WLNS-TV (Lansing) has made an addition to its news team.  Jorma Duran has joined the station as a news anchor.  Duran previously served as News Director/Anchor as KREX-TV in Grand Junction, Colo.

Both WLNS and KREX are owned by Nexstar Media Group.  Prior to KREX, Duran worked as a reporter for The Weather Channel, based in Chicago; reporter/anchor for WBBH-TV in Fort Myers and as reporter for KOAA-TV, Colorado Springs, CO.

Duran is a graduate of Arizona State University.

Dan Hasty Wins Broadcaster of the Year Award

Dan Hasty

West Michigan Whitecaps radio broadcaster Dan Hasty has won the seventh-annual 2017 Midwest League Broadcaster of the Year Award after gaining the most votes in a poll among league broadcasters and media relations contacts.

Hasty is concluding his third season as Voice of the Whitecaps and fifth season in affiliated Minor League Baseball. Prior to his time in West Michigan, the Sterling Heights native worked as a producer, network studio host for the Detroit Lions and talk show host for WXYT-FM (Detroit).

In addition to his work with the Whitecaps, Hasty will begin his first season as the play-by-play broadcaster for men’s and women’s college basketball at Saginaw Valley State University. The proud graduate of Central Michigan University took home a Michigan Association of Broadcasters Broadcast Excellence Award for Whitecaps play-by-play earlier this year.

“It’s so humbling to receive this award,” Hasty said. “I’m so blessed to do something I love so much, and with an organization held in the highest regard. My wife, Angelina, is the true mastermind behind anything I do correctly, as she has been in my corner every step of the way. As far as my career, I must acknowledge my on-air partner Mike Coleman along with mentors Mario Impemba and Dan Dickerson in Detroit – they’ve been simply terrific.”

Hasty joins former Whitecaps voice Ben Chiswick (2014) as Whitecaps radio broadcasters to have won the award since its inception in 2011, and joins fellow Michigan Midwest League cohorts Chris Vosters (Great Lakes – 2016) and Jesse Goldberg-Strassler (Lansing – 2013) as recipients of the award. “To simply be in the Midwest League brethren is an honor in and of itself, let alone to be recognized within it,” Hasty said.