Category Archives: Broadcasting Industry News

Key Code Media Opens Detroit Office

Key Code Media announced this week the opening of their newest office in Detroit. This office is the re-seller of media technology and system integrations’  eighth location nationwide.

The new location is convenient to customers and production facilities looking to plan future media workflow advancements and technology upgrades, according to an announcement on the company’s website. Key Code Media will also gain a location to better stage equipment workflows for customer presentations and installations. At the core of the office is a state-of-the-art remote conferencing system, allowing customers to gain greater access to Key Code technicians located across the U.S.

The Detroit office is located at 26075 Woodward Ave, Suite 100, in Huntington Woods.

“This facility is really about getting the Detroit community better access to media technology, demonstrate new workflow products, and training. No other company can provide greater access to media manufacturer products and, most importantly, technical support,” said Lisa Jackson, Key Code Media Detroit Sr. Account Manager.

About Key Code Media

Founded in 2001, Key Code Media designs, integrates, trains, supporting live production, post production, and media automation solutions. Our focus is on helping our clients maximize their budget, consulting around your objectives, outcomes and workflow.

Key Code Media supports production systems nationwide for broadcast, entertainment, sports, government, education, reality television, pro audio, and a majority of the U.S. Fortune 100 corporations. Founded in 2001 by Mike Cavanagh, Key Code Media has expanded in Burbank, Irvine, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Detroit and New York, with revenues exceeding $35 million per year. In 2018, Key Code Media acquired Burst Communications (Burstvideo.com) expanding our geographic coverage with offices in Newport Beach, CA, Denver Colorado and Dallas Texas. Burst Communications has strong competencies in broadcast design, production studios and full Audio Video Crestron automation systems.

WYCD Raises Over $651K For St. Jude Children’s Hospital

(L-R) WYCD’s Tim Roberts, Holly Hutton and Rob Stone

On December 6 and 7, Entercom’s WYCD-FM (Detroit), with the help of their incredible listeners, raised $651,900 for St. Jude Children’s Hospital during its 2018 Country Cares Radiothon.

The event was held at Art Van Furniture in Canton, Mich.  This is the 18th year the station has held the Radiothon for St. Jude.

WLNS Holds 11th Annual Day of Giving

WLNS Anchor Lauren Thompson.

On December 6, Nexstar Broadcasting’s WLNS-TV (Lansing) held it’s the 11th annual Day of Giving, collecting non-perishable items like cereal and canned soup.

All donations went to help those who are struggling in our community.  WLNS crew members accepted donations throughout the day at the station’s Lansing studios as well as Consumers Energy Headquarters in Jackson.

The effort this year ending up with more than 3,000 pounds of food donated along with cash donations.  One local business, Auto-Owners Insurance, made a $5,000 cash contribution to the cause.

Former WBRN Owner Jack White Passed Away

John “Jack” Anthony White II

The MAB has learned of the passing of John (Jack) White II, formally President & CEO, and owner of WBRN-AM and WBRN-FM in Big Rapids, Mich. He died at his home in The Villages, Fla., on Dec. 5, at the age of 79.

In 1966, he became manager and then president and CEO of the radio stations, owned under WBRN Inc, and also worked as founder and president of Rapid Cablevision, in Big Rapids, from 1973-86. He sold the stations and retired in 1996, after working in broadcasting for 30 years.  White was a  past director and treasurer of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters.

Mr. White is survived by his wife of 52 and a half years, Theresa; their two children, Cathy (Marco) Renedo, of Westport, Connecticut, and John (Brenda) White, of Interlochen; his siblings, Geri (Richard) Hanna, of Big Rapids, James P. (Kathy) White, of Grand Rapids, Gena (Dick) Sheldon, of Grand Ledge, and Thomas J. White, of Big Rapids; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was active in the local community, the St. Mary Catholic Church Parish and the Big Rapids Industrial Development Corporation, past president and treasurer of Big Rapids Lions Club and Mecosta County Fair Board, and past president of Mecosta County Economic Development Corporation. In 1986, he was awarded Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year.

Guy Dark Joins Black Diamond Broadcasting

Guy Dark

Black Diamond Broadcasting has announced the hiring of Guy Dark to a newly-created position as Assistant Program Director and Morning Co-Host for its WGFN/WCHY (Traverse City) classic rock simulcast. Dark will be joining current morning show host Steve “Omelette” Nornandin, following the Christmas holidays.

Dark was at WWWX in Appleton-Oshkosh, Wisconsin for 17 years and most recently doing weekends at WLUM-FM (Milwaukee).  He has also had previous programming spots in Reno, Nevada and Fargo, North Dakota.

WKAR Welcomes Abigail Censky to Reporting Team

Abigail Censky

WKAR Public Media (East Lansing) has announced that it is expanding its political and government reporting in mid-Michigan with the addition of Abigail Censky.

Censky joins the station from St. Louis Public Radio where she served as news intern and worked heavily with the politics team covering the 2018 midterms and the primary races there.  Prior to that she worked for the Gazette in Colorado Springs, covering Colorado politics.

She was also a Washington Desk Intern at NPR, attended George Washington University and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Colorado College.

WJBK Mourns Meteorologist Jessica Starr

WJBK-TV (Detroit) anchors announced Thursday, they were informed of the heartbreaking news that their friend and colleague, meteorologist Jessica Starr took her life the night before. “All of us here at FOX 2 are in deep shock and cannot believe that such a wonderful, bright and intelligent individual will no longer be with us. Her family and friends will be in our thoughts and prayers in the coming days as we all deal with our grief.”

Starr, 35,  was a Michigan native, born in Southfield and raised in Commerce Township. She received two meteorology degrees from Michigan State University and Mississippi State University.  She had been with the station since 2012.  She had been off the air for several weeks following eye surgery in October.

From 2005 to 2006, Starr was a weekend meteorologist for WLNS-TV in Lansing.

She leaves behind a husband and two young children.

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MAB/MAPB To Provide TV, Radio Inauguration Coverage

The MAB and MAPB are happy to provide its members with coverage of the Gubernatorial Inauguration on January 1, 2019 with a live broadcast from 11 a.m. to Noon.

It is vital that in the first few days of the new administration we demonstrate the power and popularity of broadcast media. Airing the Inauguration program has been a great way to demonstrate this power.

Governor-Elect Gretchen Whitmer

The broadcast will be hosted by Vincent Duffy and Zoe Clark of Michigan Public Radio. Vincent is a former local market anchor and Zoe has done numerous appearances on television, appearing regularly on Tim Skubick’s “Off The Record” TV program. The production of the broadcast is being handled by Detroit Public Television and is underwritten, in part, by AT&T Michigan.  The production of the broadcast is being handled by Detroit Public Television. It will be closed-captioned and up-linked on Galaxy 17 as well as through a PBS transponder on AMC 21. Exact technical details are forthcoming and will be sent to you no later than December 20 .

The MAB also is making the program available for radio, and we encourage news/talk  and other stations to carry it. We will provide an Internet feed, but stations are also free to use the audio from their local public television station.   Affiliates of the Michigan Public Radio Network will be able to receive the broadcast through NPR’s Content Depot.

We will also provide all stations (TV and Radio) with an embed code of the television broadcast for their website.

The MAB will be providing more information, including detailed technical information in the days to come.  Stations that may have immediate questions may contact the MAB’s Dan Kelley at 517-484-7444 or [email protected].

WKHM Raises Over $10K For Local Toys For Tots

Left photo: K-105.3’s Jenny Lewis with just one of many carts full of toys donated. Right photo: Sue and Bruce Goldsen, Jackson Radio Works Owners, with Shannon Skarritt of The  Salvation Army


Jackson Radio Works’ K-105.3 (WKHM-FM) and NewsTalk 970AM/101.5FM (WKHM-AM)
hosted their annual joint toy drive to benefit their local chapter of Toys for Tots on Thursday, December 6th from 6 – 10a.m. Toys for Tots is an organization run by the United States Marine Corps which distributes toys to families who cannot afford them for the holiday season.

The Toy Drive took place at Walmart, 1700 W. Michigan Ave. Scott Clow & Jenny Lewis broadcast the K-105.3 Morning Show live on location at Walmart, just outside the entrance, braving the cold to accept drive-up and walk-up donations from listeners.  Also broadcasting live was Greg O’Connor of NewsTalk 970AM/101.5FM hosting his daily local news show “AM Jackson” from inside Walmart.

Donors had the option to bring new toys, check/cash, or shop inside for toys to donate and receive 10% off their purchase. Jackson Radio Works Promotions Director Ashley Smith explains, “As monetary donations come in, we can then take them and shop directly on site for specific needs as far as toy types and age groups, with the guidance of the Toys for Tots coordinators.” This wasn’t the only way to donate, though. “Many people also opted to come inside and shop for toys to donate on their own behalf. There is a great selection. It’s fun!” said Smith.

As we were ringing up the last of the toys at just after 10am, we were able to announce that the total was over $10,000 in purchases and donations made in just that 4-hour period.

Two Men and a Truck filled a moving truck with all the toys donated and purchased Thursday morning and delivered them to Toys for Tots headquarters at the Salvation Army. All donations will be distributed to families right here in Jackson before Christmas.

In addition, the Salvation Army was on site accepting turkeys and hams for holiday meals. Jackson Radio Works Owners  Bruce andue Goldsen donated a shopping cart full of turkeys to the cause.

Townsquare’s WITL Presents Toys-A-Thon

Photo from 2017’s WITL Toy-A-Thon….the bus was stuffed!

This Sunday, December 9, Townsquare Media’s WITL-FM (Lansing) will hold its annual Toy-A-Thon for Toys For Tots  9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the WITL studios, 3420 Pine Tree Road in Lansing. The station is asking listeners who are able to donate, to bring a new, unwrapped toy or toys to the studio so they can “stuff the bus” and make sure that Mid Michigan children have something to open on Christmas morning.

There will be refreshments to enjoy; donuts courtesy of Bake N’ Cakes; along with tours of the studios where you can hear your favorite classic Country and Christmas music. In addition, The U.S. Marines will be on hand to say thank you for your donations!

The station is also taking donations before Sunday’s event at their studios, plus at two U.S. Marines Corps recruiting centers as well as 13 Capital Area District Library locations.