Bill Emkow has been named the new digital director for WXYZ/WMYD-TV (Detroit). Emkow is an innovative media executive with 19 years of experience growing audience engagement on multiple platforms.
Most recently, Emkow was the senior content strategist at the Detroit Free Press, where he created original social media content that generated revenue, including “Talkin’ Lions,” a weekly multimedia show on Facebook Live.
Emkow was also with MLive Media Group, developing and executing programming that increased digital audiences. From 2008 to 2016, MLive.com was the most popular local site in Michigan according to comScore. At MLive, Emkow worked as the director of sports, director of state news and editor-in-chief of MLive.com.
“Bill is a seasoned journalist and a creative thinker who brings tremendous experience in news and social media to the role of digital director,” said Mike Murri, vice president and general manager of WXYZ and WMYD. “We’re looking forward to having Bill on our team as we work to expand our digital footprint and engage viewers on all platforms.”
“I’m thrilled to join the talented team at WXYZ as digital director,” said Emkow. “I see a world of opportunity at Channel 7, and I have new ideas that I’m looking forward to putting into action as we develop new approaches to digital storytelling in metro Detroit and expand audience engagement.”
Emkow graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in journalism. He’s a history buff and a big fan of Detroit sports teams, especially the Tigers and the Lions.
All Access reports that Alpha Media/Saginaw has promoted WCEN-FM Program Director/Afternoon Host Joby Phillips, taking on additional program director duties at sister station WGER-FM.
Phillips will retain his present WCEN-FM duties.
In addition, the company has named former WGER-FM afternoon host Ray Storey as Music Director/Morning Host for the station. Before joining WGER-FM in 2010, Storey was an air talent for both WRCL-FM (Flint) and WKFR-FM (Kalamazoo).
According to the press release by the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chair Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) introduced legislation to roll back the FCC’s requirement that non-commercial broadcasters, in connection with the Biennial Ownership Reports that are due by December 1 of this year, get an FCC Registration Number for every person who has an attributable interest in a non-commercial licensee.
The press release states, “The FCC last year voted to overhaul their ownership requirements to improve minority ownership of broadcast stations. While most of the changes were reasonable, the FCC imposed unnecessary and burdensome ownership rules on non-commercial educational (NCE) broadcasters. Under these reporting requirements NCEs are required to include their board members as owners, raising privacy concerns, among other things. This legislation would repeal the new reporting requirements for NCE board members but will continue to require NCEs to report basic ownership information.”
As the incentive auction enters its closing stages, the FCC has issued a basic plan and detailed procedures for repacking TV stations into the smaller TV band.
The repacking involves moving hundreds of stations to new channels within 39 months.
The FCC said it will manage the channel migration in phases as several stakeholders had suggested.
In a statement, the FCC said “Recognizing that resources needed for the transition process are limited, the commission determined that a phased construction schedule would facilitate efficient use of these resources, eliminate the need for all stations to obtain their equipment or schedule tower crews at the same time and could account for the complexities that stations may face.”
Under the plan, stations will be assigned to one of 10 transition phases, each with its own testing and completion deadline, the FCC said. The completion deadline will be the last day a station may operate on its pre-auction channel.
Quiet Period Remains
The plan also clarifies, but does not lift the prohibition on broadcasters discussing any aspect of the incentive auction among themselves or publicly even though the reverse auction in which broadcaster sold spectrum is closed. The FCC imposed the so-called quiet period to prevent collusion among broadcasters that could corrupt the auction.
Last week, House Speaker Tom Leonard (R-93) announced committee assignments for the 2017-2018 term. A new committee focused on Michigan’s competitiveness was created and added to the roster this legislation session.
The full roster of policy committees and appropriations subcommittees is available here and here, respectfully.
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As solid-state FM transmitter technology has developed and improved over the past decade, it’s become possible for some companies to build incredibly small devices that are also incredibly difficult to service with little, if no, redundancy. With the STX 10, 10kW FM transmitter, Broadcast Electronics (BE) has chosen a different, more intelligent path.
Believing that reliability and serviceability do not require a huge footprint, the STX 10 is designed and manufactured here in the United States to provide broadcasters a small form factor of 22RU (38.5” high) and a single rack width (19” wide) without compromising on features, reliability, redundancy, audio quality, efficiency or serviceability.
The STX 10 is equipped with four power amplifier modules and seven power supplies – all hot-swappable and hot-pluggable – from the front of the unit, so there’s no need to take the transmitter off the air to install a spare. The STX 10 combiner even auto-adjusts to the power change when a module is added or removed. Plus, the STX 10 includes a redundant cooling system, allowing full power operation even with a fan failure.
The efficiency of the STX 10 is greater than 70% AC to RF, so electrical cost savings are achieved immediately and for years to come, and HD Radio hybrid and HD only operations are also more efficient than ever.
Today’s transmitters are expected to provide some degree of IP connectivity, and the STX 10 is a stellar performer in that area as well. Supporting the access of all important transmitter operations and reporting from a computer, tablet or smartphone, the superior GUI of the STX 10 can truly be accessed from anywhere. For maximum connectivity, the STX 10 interface does not use Flash, so iOS devices work great – and for maximum security, the STX 10 uses SNMP Level 3 as well as multiple levels of user security, making sure that only authorized users are able to gain access to your transmitter system.
The STX 10 is equipped with an STXe 500 exciter, the heir to the decades-long BE mantle of extraordinary exciters. Beginning with the FX-30 and FX-50, BE has provided radio broadcasters with the advantage of a better sounding signal, better than all other transmitters. The STXe 500 has eclipsed even these legendary exciters in audio quality.
The STXe 500 digital exciter also features Baseband 192 audio inputs (along with analog, AES and composite) and can sense silence and automatically fail over from one input to another in case of path failure. Also included as part of the STXe exciter is a built-in RDS generator, able to provide dynamic RDS display to your listeners.
Also an integral part of the STXe 500 exciter is IP connectivity and the superior BE GUI with SNMP Version 3.0.
Or course, the STX 10 and STXe 500 also support HD Radio operations with the addition of BE’s VPe (Vector Power Enhancement), providing elevated HD levels.
The STX 10 was designed intelligently by Broadcast Electronics from the beginning to provide the perfect balance of a small footprint, easy maintenance, high reliability and extraordinary audio quality. No other 10kW FM transmitter can match the design, feature set and BE tradition of delivering the best value to broadcasters – without compromise.
From important educational sessions to the ever popular Broadcast Excellence Awards Ceremony, the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference (GLBC) is designed with YOU in mind and planned so that you can make the most of your time at the conference! Steve Julin is back at GLBC this year to bring you a great session about the technology you carry with you every day!
Here are some highlights for radio and press professionals at GLBC 2017:
Radio & Press Seminar From Concept to Completion: Creating Content with your iPhone
Wednesday, March 8
Presented by Steve Julin, Media-Power
Photographer Jay Maisel is credited with saying “The best camera is the one you have with you.” Well chances are you almost always have your phone with you so you almost always have a camera in your pocket. But today’s phones aren’t just any old camera. They can shoot high definition video, 4K video, stop motion and even slow motion. They’re so versatile that creating videos or short films is in right in the palm of your hands.
In this session, seasoned filmmaker Steve Julin will walk attendees through all aspects of creating content with an iPhone. Topics include, settings, apps, support gear, developing an idea, basic interview techniques, field audio, post production and uploading a finished video. Start shooting great videos with the camera you have on you.
Several exhibitors will be showcasing their newest technologies and products, and are excited to meet and network with you to discuss their services and develop important relationships!
Check out our list thus far of GLBC 2017 exhibitors. We encourage you to visit their websites to learn more and come to GLBC to check out the new technology on display that will help your station become more efficient, which will help you meet your sales goals!
Legislative Reception & Walk-Around Dinner
Wednesday, March 8
5:30-7:00 p.m. (members are invited to attend at no charge)
It is important for you to develop relationships with and stay close to your local government officials. These officials are excited to meet you because your stations can help them reach the public using news and public affairs programming.
Attend the MAB’s Legislative Reception and enjoy a mouth-watering display of hors d’oeuvres while mixing and mingling with Michigan’s elite group of government officials!
Attend the broadcast industry’s biggest and brightest party of the year! Your station has worked hard over the past year to produce elite programming for your local community, now it’s time to let loose and celebrate your colleagues’ accomplishments!
Mix and mingle with your industry peers at the 2016 BEA’s. Just imagine those goosebumps of pride and accomplishment as your station’s name is called as an award winner!
Invest in yourself and your future…attend GLBC and be inspired!
Roughly 1,500 people visited the WKAR Public Media studios at Michigan State University’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences on Saturday, January 14 to celebrate the launch of a new, free, localized 24-hour kids channel and multiplatform services from WKAR Public Media. The channel, called WKAR PBS Kids, broadcasts PBS KIDS shows 24/7 with a particular focus on kids aged two through eight. The channel is now available for free over the air on channel 23.4 and through Comcast in the capital region, as well as live streaming through pbskids.org and on the PBS KIDS Video App.
Susi Elkins, interim director of Broadcasting and general manager of WKAR Public Media, spoke with MSU Today about the impact she hopes the channel will have.
“Research shows kids learn more when they’re co-viewing the content with an adult who takes them through the material. And most viewers are watching in the evening after work and sometimes even late at night. The viewing there is double what it is in the morning so we want to have the most impact where the viewers are,” said Elkins.
At the kick-off event, children and families got their photo taken with Cat in the Hat, Clifford the Big Red Dog and Sparty. Many also explored and played science games at the Curious Crew station, touched real sheepskin and wool at the MSU Extension Science Work Group station, held snakes and saw an owl up close at the Potter Park Zoo station and did a science experiment at the Impression 5 station. Early Childhood Education experts and the Michigan Digital Library were also in attendance to answer questions and provide assistance to local families.
When it came time to introduce the channel and flip the switch, MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon noted how important the new channel is to the mid-Michigan community and what viewers can expect, stating, “you’ll see content… built just for kids, at your disposal, any time of the day. We know your schedules are not all the same. It’s an encouragement for people to sit down together and learn together. The way we build a stronger community is for all of us (to work) together… and to make Lansing one of the best communities in the world for children.”
Jennifer English from PBS Kids spoke to the crowd about the partnership between PBS, MSU and WKAR. “At the core of what we do is research-based content that is designed to engage kids, not just through video, but also through digital learning. And that’s also one of the reasons why we’re excited to be part of this project with WKAR and with Michigan State.”
Kids from the WKAR original series Curious Crew helped Sparty flip the switch and officially turn on the channel. Now airing on channel 23.4 and Comcast, WKAR PBS Kids is available 24/7 for mid-Michigan families and anyone with access to a smartphone, tablet or computer.
In addition to the new channel, WKAR also launched WKAR Family, an initiative which brings together the resources of PBS Kids and MSU to provide free programming, technology and learning tools to kids and dedicate resources to researching early childhood development. Included in this effort is a new outreach and research effort that will put a PBS Kids tablet in the hands of every kindergartner in the Lansing School District.
“We believe it’s important for us to be on the cutting edge because our kids deserve it,” said Yvonne Caamal Canul, superintendent of the Lansing School District. “I’m on my 42nd year as an educator… and this is absolutely the most exciting year for me ever.”
Ultimately, it was made clear to the crowd that the biggest driving force for both WKAR Family and the WKAR PBS Kids channel was to help build strong families in mid-Michigan. Prabu David, dean of ComArtSci, told the audience, “We want to do something fun for kids, and parents and grandparents. Empowering kids to empower others.”
Joining the launch ceremony were April Clobes, President and CEO of MSU Federal Credit Union and Dr. Heather Adams of McLaren Greater Lansing. The new WKAR PBS Kids services are supported in part by MSFCU and McLaren.
Many partners and supporters were also in the crowd, including Rachel T.A. Croson, Dean, College of Social Science, Jeff Dwyer, Director, MSU Extension, Ann Austin, Associate Dean for Research, College of Education, Dr. Joan Rose, Director, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, Molecular Microbiology Laboratory, and State Senator Curtis Hertel Jr.
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