Category Archives: Broadcasting Industry News

Steve Mills Joins Midwest Communications/Kalamazoo

SteveMills_275Midwest Communications has announced that Steve Mills has joined the company as Director of Operations and Programming for its stations in Kalamazoo.

Mills was formerly with Cumulus Media and Westwood One, based in Atlanta. Over his 22-year career, Mills has been a PD, OM, VP/Programming, Consultant, GSM, Director of Sales and Opeations and Digital Manager in markets such as Topeka, Wichita, Kansas City, Tucson, Phoenix, Omaha and Atlanta.

Your Opinion is STILL Needed! Help MAB meet YOUR needs!

Fellow Broadcasters:

We are at an interesting time in our industry with a number of important developments on the horizon that will reshape the way we operate. Just as our businesses have evolved over time, the MAB must evolve to meet the demands of its members.

We’d like to personally invite you to participate in one of two focus groups to help gauge the current climate in the broadcast and media industry. Your participation in this process is critical; we want to hear from all of our members.

This is your chance to really make an impact, share your thoughts and concerns and help build an association that is there for you and that can help you do your job even better.

We, as an organization, are once again preparing for a new era by working with our state’s Broadcast and Media Leaders to set a course for the future of the MAB.
The options are:

  • Tuesday, August 16 from 2pm-3pm (via conference call).
  • Tuesday, August 30 from 4pm-5pm at the MAB Advocacy Conference, in-person at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan.

Click here to select which focus group you would like to participate in.

THANK YOU!

Ed Fernandez                                                                 Karole L. White
E.W. Scripps Co.                                                            MAB President/CEO
MAB Chairman of the Board

MAB Member Digital Census Available

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) is making available to its members the Michigan Digital Media Census for Broadcasters.   The study presents an in-depth look at the current use and footprint of digital media for all our broadcast stations.

Over the course of the survey, which included data collected through the online survey and collected over the phone, 81 surveys were filled out. These 81 surveys included 155 radio and television stations from every market across the state of Michigan, resulting in a 51% response rate.

The survey is available for download by members here.  (member password required)

Study: Broadcasters Have $33.98 Billion Impact on Michigan’s Economy

Impact_350The MAB, in partnership with the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), is proud to present the latest study regarding the impact of local broadcasting on Michigan’s economy.

Woods & Poole Economics reports that Michigan broadcasters, with 332 commercial radio stations, 42 commercial television stations and 20 low-power/class A television stations, are responsible for 73,940 jobs that depend on local radio and television.  The economic impact on Michigan is nearly $34 billion.

Scroll to page 30 for the Michigan-specific information of the Woods & Poole report here.

300x250_michiganMichigan broadcasters annually make $53,360,686 in charitable contributions, provide $81,636,827 in disaster relief, and donate $195,349,264 in air-time each year.  Additionally, each Michigan broadcaster, on average, airs 178 public service announcements each week.  All-in-all, that’s a total public service contribution of $330,346,777 annually!

Read more about the public service efforts of Michigan broadcasters here.

Broadcasters are encouraged to use this information when talking to their lawmakers locally, statewide and in Washington.

The MAB thanks the National Association of Broadcasters for their assistance in compiling this information.  Please feel to contact MAB Government Relations Manager Elena Palombo with any questons: palombo@michmab.com.

Jacobs Media to Present Free Webinar

This Thursday (7/28), Jacobs Media will present a FREE webinar titled: “Facebook Live for Radio Broadcasters.”  How can your radio station use the new Facebook Live feature to connect with its audience? Jacobs Media Strategies’ “Digital Dot Connector,” Seth Resler, will introduce you to Facebook Live and offer best practices for using this tool. Learn how you can use it to promote and brand your station.

Register for the webinar here.

Television Broadcasters Reminded to File Cable Royalty Claims

NABThe National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) reminds television broadcasters broadcasters, whose signals were carried as distant signals by at least one cable system in 2015, that they must file a claim with the Copyright Royalty Board no later than August 1, 2016.

If a station fails to file within this time frame, it cannot collect any royalties for 2015.

Broadcasters can file claims online through the Copyright Office’s website. Details on how to file a claim are provided in an NAB Counsel Memo, available here. For further assistance, contact NAB’s legal counsel: Ann Mace at (202) 624-2711 or Suzanne Head at (202) 429-5302.

Bill Michaels Promoted to OM at Cumulus Toledo-Monroe

BillMichaelsCumulus Media has announced that Bill Michaels, Program Director of radio stations WXKR-FM, WLQR-FM, WTOD-AM and WQQO HD2, has been promoted to Operations Manager for the company’s station cluster in Toledo, OH and Monroe, MI.

Michaels will manage station operations for Cumulus’ eight stations in Toledo and Monroe and continue to program three stations in the cluster.  Michaels was born and raised in Toledo, where he got his start in radio in 1991 and worked his way up to Operations Manager for Clear Channel/iHeartMedia-Toledo. After serving as Corporate Director of Programming for MacDonald-Garber Broadcasting in Northern Michigan, he joined Cumulus Media-Toledo in 2014 as Program Director of Classic Rock 94.5 WXKR.

Andy Stuart, Regional Vice President and Market Manager for Cumulus Media-Toledo said: “Bill and I have worked together for a long time and while I am quite certain that he has the experience, intuition and leadership skills necessary to lead our stations to greatness, I’m also quite certain he can handle my penchant for emailing and texting him at 3AM.”

Michaels said: “I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am about this opportunity. Andy Stuart and I have worked together for a long time with huge success and I’m looking forward to that continuing. I also would like to thank Mike McVay and Doug Hamand for this exciting opportunity and giving me the chance to do what I love doing in my hometown of Toledo, Ohio.”

Beasley To Acquire Greater Media Stations

Beasley-GreaterMOn July 19, it was announced that Beasley Broadcast Group and Greater Media have entered into an agreement for Beasley to acquire all of the outstanding stock of Greater Media for an aggregate consideration of approximately $240 million.

The acquisition includes 21 radio stations in seven markets including Detroit, Philadelphia, Boston, Charlotte, N.C., Middlesex, N.J., Monmouth, N.J. and Morristown, N.J.

WJBK-TV’s Jennifer Hammond Wins Ty Tyson Award for Excellence

JenniferHammond_300The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association has announced that Jennifer Hammond of WJBK-TV (Detroit) as its Ty Tyson “Excellence in Sports Broadcasting Award” winner for the 2015-16 sports season.

The organization has honored excellence in sports broadcasting since the first recipient Josh Lewin in 2000. Hammond is a first-time winner and the first female to receive the award, having worked at WJBK-TV, WDFN Radio, as well as radio stations in Chicago, during her outstanding career.

Previous recipients include the late Ernie Harwell and late Budd Lynch, and current broadcasters Frank Beckmann, George Blaha, Jim Brandstatter, Mark Champion, Ken Daniels, Dan Dickerson, Mario Impemba, Ken Kal, Dan Miller, Trevor Thompson and Will Tieman.

Our 2015-16 season award was presented July 11, 2016 at the 30th Annual DSBA Charity Golf Outing at Cherry Creek Golf Club in Shelby Township by DSBA President Trevor Thompson of Fox Sports Detroit.

“Be it in her relationship building, professionalism, or her broadcasting of everything in the world of sports in this market, Jennifer Hammond has brought grace, humor and humility to all she has put her hand to,” said Thompson. “She has also consistently delivered a standard of excellence that exemplifies the spirit of our founder and past president, Ty Tyson, for whom this award is named. These traits make her most deserving of this year’s Ty Tyson Award, along with the distinction of being the first female ever to be so honored, a distinction that seems both long overdue for the gender, yet right on time given the recipient. Congratulations Jennifer. The DSBA is very proud to have you!”