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WLEN-FM (Adrian) Wins 2016 NAB Marconi AC Station of the Year

Julie Koehn
Julie Koehn, WLEN President and General Manager

Lenawee Broadcasting Company’s WLEN-FM was named AC Station of the Year at the 2016 National Association of Broadcasters’ (NAB) Marconi Radio Awards. The awards were announced September 22 at the 27th annual NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner and Show, held during the Radio Show in Nashville.

The prestigious awards recognize radio’s outstanding personalities and stations. Marconi finalists were selected by a task force of broadcasters, and the winners were voted on by the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Selection Academy. The votes were tabulated by an independent firm.

This is WLEN’s fourth Marconi Award.

Julie Koehn, WLEN President and General Manager, told MAB “All of us in radio are blessed to work in an industry where we get to inspire, educate, entertain, help people and even save their lives each and every day. I am blessed to get to work with amazing broadcast professionals at Lenawee Broadcasting Company. Our team is humbled to be recognized by the industry for their hard work and service to the citizens of our community and our region. We take service to heart.”

For a complete list of this year’s NAB Marconi Award winners, click here.


WXYT-FM (Detroit) Wins Marconi Sports Station of the Year Award

971theticketCBS Radio’s WXYT-FM  (97.1 The Ticket) was named Sports Station of the Year at the 2016 National Association of Broadcasters’ (NAB) Marconi Radio Awards. The awards were announced Thursday night (9/22) at the 27th annual NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show held during the Radio Show in Nashville.

Debbie Kenyon, VP/Market Manager for CBS Radio Detroit (and MAB Chairman) told the MAB “We appreciate the NAB recognizing 97.1 The Ticket for this prestigious award. It has been a huge year for us between winning the Marconi last week and the Service to America award a few months ago. Our entire staff deserve the recognition for both if these awards.”

The prestigious awards recognize radio’s outstanding personalities and stations. Marconi finalists were selected by a task force of broadcasters, and the winners were voted on by the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Selection Academy. The votes were tabulated by an independent firm.

For a complete list of this year’s NAB Marconi Award winners, click here.


Ken Radant: January 1, 1936 – September 20, 2016

ken_radant_275The MAB is saddened to announce that past board member and Barry Broadcasting/WBCH (Hastings) owner Ken Radant passed away on September 20 at age 80.

Ken’s radio career began in 1953, when, as a senior in high school, he became a weekend disc jockey at WOAP in Owosso. He kept the job during his college years at Alma and Michigan State University, graduating from MSU in 1958.

Ken and Marjorie, his partner in life, were married June 15, 1957. They moved to Hastings in 1958 after Ken accepted an on-air and news position at WBCH. He was made manager of the station in 1960, and the couple later purchased the station. Radant liked to say the W goes on all radio stations east of the Mississippi and the BCH stands for Barry County/Hastings. Those call letters served the station well when it decided to play country music, saying WBCH stands for “World’s Best Country Hits.”

First elected in 1968 to serve on the Barry County Board of Commissioners, Radant was reelected to seven consecutive two-year terms and chair for three terms. He was appointed by Gov. William Milliken and reappointed by Gov. James Blanchard as the state appointee to the Barry County Social Services Board, on which he served for 14 years. He was president of the Barry County Chamber of Commerce and member of its board of directors for 45 years. He also sat on the Michigan Association of Broadcasters’ Board of Directors and the International Broadcasters’ Idea Bank.

A faithful and active member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church since 1958, Radant served many years as a lay reader, treasurer, vestry member and on diocesan committees.

Ken’s funeral service were held September 24.  Details of the arrangement are available here.

Corporation Scam Advisory from LARA

lara_logoBeware of a scam hitting the mailboxes of Michigan corporations and limited liability companies from a non-governmental entity called “Division of Corporate Services.”  The entity is trying to collect a $150 fee to prepare corporate meeting minutes. The misleading compliance solicitation implies that Michigan requires corporations and limited liability companies to complete a 2015 Annual Minutes Form and is designed to look like an official document, but it is not.

“Beware of mailings that may appear to come from the State of Michigan offering assistance in performing non-existent or non-required services,” said Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) Chief Deputy Director Shelly Edgerton. “Our corporation customers should only respond to correspondence from LARA. No such letters are being sent from the LARA Corporations Division, no matter how official they may look.”

Michigan businesses are receiving an official-looking form called the “2015 Annual Minutes Form.” The form implies that the recipient is obligated to complete and return it with a fee payment for the preparation of corporate meeting minutes. The accompanying instructions for completing the form list a return address at 3105 S. Martin Luther King Blvd, Suite 317, Lansing, MI 48910. In 2012, 2013, and 2014, LARA warned of similar scams requesting $125 that involved a company with a similar name and an address located in Lansing.

“Annual meeting minutes for Michigan corporations are best prepared either by corporate officers, directors, or by a business attorney, but are not required to be filed with our Corporation Division,” Edgerton emphasized. “This is not to be confused with the legally required annual report or annual statement which can be filed online along with the applicable fee to the State of Michigan.”

Michigan appears to be the latest state where corporations are being targeted to file annual minutes for a fee. Similar solicitation mailings have occurred in several other states including California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Massachusetts and Texas where corporations have been victimized by such scams. These entities operate under identical or similar names and request payment fees ranging from $125, $150, $175 to $239 for the completion and submittal of an annual minutes statement.

The phony letters can look authentic. They may be addressed to the corporation, the resident agent, director or officers; cite a Michigan statute or a federal statute; and may appear to be issued by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Corporations, Securities and Commercial Licensing Bureau, Corporations Division. If such notices are received, they can be disregarded because they are neither issued by LARA nor any governmental agency

Any Michigan corporation that receives a notice to have annual meeting minutes prepared and pay a fee to avoid dissolution of their corporation are advised to do the following:

Keep the notice, mailing envelope and return envelope.
Contact the United States Postal Inspections Service to report mail fraud at: 1-877-876-2455 or
Or contact the Michigan Office of the Attorney General at P.O. Box 30212, Lansing, MI 48909.

Legitimate notices and mailings to Michigan corporations are issued from LARA’s Corporations Division and are mailed to the resident agent at the registered office address on record. When receiving any official-looking document, please review carefully and read the small print. If you are not sure, please contact the LARA Corporations Division at 517-241-6470.

Customers with questions about their corporation, limited liability company or limited partnership are encouraged to use the Business Entity Search at to check their status. If an annual report or statement needs to be filed, customers may file online using Additional information is available on the Corporations Division website at or by calling the Corporations Division at 517-241-6470.

Nexstar-Media General Merger Delayed by FCC

Nexstar_300Broadcasting and Cable has reported (9/15) that Nexstar Broadcasting’s $4.6 billion purchase of Media General is on hold pending the conclusion of the current spectrum auction.  The MAB previously reported that the Department of Justice approved the merger with the requirement that Nexstar sell seven television stations in six markets, all outside Michigan.

However, the FCC has said that it would not approve any TV station transactions during the spectrum incentive auction involving stations potentially implicated in that auction.

Nexstar currently owns one television station in Michigan,  WJMN-TV (Marquette).  Media General owns WOOD-TV/WOTV-TV/WXSP-CD (Grand Rapids) and WLNS-TV (Lansing).  In addition, it has a joint sales and shared services agreement with WLAJ-TV (Lansing).

WXMI-TV Names Hutton New Lead Sports Anchor

jasonhutton_275WXMI-TV (Grand Rapids) has named Jason Hutton the new lead sports anchor for the station.  Hutton has been with the station for ten years and takes over the position from Mitch Fick, who left the station in early September.

Hutton will serve as the main sports personality on the station’s weekday evening and night newscasts.  He is a native of western Michigan and attended Central Michigan University.

Al Payne Joins WMGC-FM as Program Director

al-payne_275Greater Media has announced that Al Payne has been named as the new program director at WMGC-FM (105.1 The Bounce/Detroit’s Throwback Hip Hop and R&B station). He began his new position on Monday.

Payne most recently served as the Director of Urban Programming at Alpha Media’s WGHL, WGZB and WMJM in Louisville, KY. Previous to that, he worked as the Operations Manager of Radio One’s WERQ, WWIN, WOLB and WLIF-HD2 in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition, the radio veteran was the Program Director/Operations VP of the Russ Parr Morning Show and worked in a programming capacity for stations in Detroit, Richmond, Dallas, Greensboro and Raleigh/Durham.

“We are thrilled to welcome Al as the new program director at 105.1 The Bounce in the Motor City,” said Steve Chessare, Vice President and Market Manager of Greater Media Detroit.” His experience and vision is exactly what we need to take the station to the next level and beyond.”

Print“We are excited to have Al Payne join our new Detroit brand 105.1 The Bounce,” said Greater Media Senior Vice President of Program Development Buzz Knight. “Having someone of his caliber join our already strong team sends a signal to the market of our commitment to excellence.”

“I am so blessed and happy to be returning to the D for another run,” said Payne. “This city has so much pride, heritage and passion! I’m humbled to be chosen to program their dynamic new brand, 105.1 The Bounce, which is, and will remain, all about everything Detroit. You can feel the energy when you walk into their beautiful facility. There’s something special happening between those walls. I can’t wait! Thanks to Buzz Knight, Steve Chessare and ALL of the Greater Media family for this incredible opportunity.”

WOOD-TV Adds 7:00 P.M. Newscast

wood-tv_300WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids) has announced that it is expanding their news coverage, adding a 30-minute edition of “24 Hour News 8” at 7:00 p.m. beginning September 20.

Marlee Ginter will anchor the newscast with Meteorologist Kyle Underwood.

WOOD-TV News Director Dan Boers said “On top of the big stories of the day, the newscast will give us an opportunity to take a deeper look into issues impacting our communities.  It will be at a time of day that is more convenient for some viewers who are just getting home from work or after-school activities.”

Diane Kniowski, WOOD-TV General Manager added “24 Hour News 8 is dedicated to bringing viewers more news at a time of day that is convenient for viewers to access breaking news, weather and investigative reports throughout the day.  It is just another way we serve our community.”

Detroit Television Personality John Kelly Passes

(L-$) John Kelly and Marilyn Turner.
(L-R) John Kelly and Marilyn Turner.

WXYZ-TV (Detroit) reports that Detroit television TV news and entertainment icon John Kelly passed away this past Sunday afternoon (9/18) at age 88.

Kelly was an anchor for WJBK-TV  (Detroit) beginning in 1965. In the early 1970s, he moved to WXYZ-TV and worked alongside Bill Bonds, Marilyn Turner and Al Ackerman.  He married Turner in 1975.  Both Kelly and Turner hosted the long-running morning show “Kelly & Company.”  The show was described by the Detroit Historical Society as a “personable, guest-oriented talk show taped in front of a live studio audience.  As Detroit’s premiere local talk show, it became a key component of Channel 7’s image in the community.”

Kelly is survived by Turner, his brothers Daniel and Kenneth, three children and six grandchildren.  No services have been announced as of this writing.

See WXYZ-TV’s story and tribute here.
See WJBK-TV’s story and tribute here.

NAB to Focus on the Opioid Epidemic

NABBroadcasters: Making a Difference in the Opioid Epidemic

Nearly 78 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. That staggering statistic is but one reason key members of Congress reached out to NAB and asked for broadcasters’ help to stem the epidemic of prescription drug and heroin addiction that is ravaging our communities.

Congress recognizes the unique ability of local broadcasters to reach listeners and viewers with important social messages, driving them to take action.

To answer this call for help, the NAB Joint Board of Directors has approved a voluntary commitment of broadcasters to address the opioid/heroin addiction crisis over the coming year. Stations will be provided with a digital toolkit that includes resources such as public service announcements, online digital messaging and suggested town hall meetings.

On September 13,  the NAB is scheduled to announce this commitment jointly with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. At this event we will spotlight the numerous ways broadcasters are already answering this call, with remarks from Sen. Gordon Smith, NAB president and CEO; Art Brooks, president of the Arizona Broadcasters Association; Rebecca Hanson, senior vice president of Strategy and Policy of Sinclair Broadcast Group; Ginny Morris, chair and chief executive officer of Hubbard Radio Group and Jordan Wertlieb, president of Hearst Television.

The press conference will also include remarks from the following members of Congress: Sens. Chuck Grassley (IA), Amy Klobuchar (MN), Patrick Leahy (VT), John McCain (AZ) and Chris Murphy (CT), and Reps. John Conyers (MI-13), Bob Goodlatte (VA-06) and Frank Pallone (NJ-06).

We are excited about this event and appreciate your support of this important effort. Stay tuned for more information tomorrow about this event and a link to a digital toolkit where you can download spots, programming ideas, social media tools and additional resources.