On December 6, the FCC has started to email out notices to numerous radio stations throughout the country, notifying them that there are issues with their online public inspection files. The email notices do not reveal what the specific problem is – but instead simply say that there are issues and ask for notice of corrective actions to the FCC. We have been warning of the FCC’s concern about incomplete or inactive online public files for some time, and the potential impact that noncompliance could have on license renewal, which starts for radio stations in the Washington DC area in June 2019, and then moves across the country in this three-year renewal cycle (see, for instance, our articles here and here). Clearly, this is a warning to stations that the FCC is watching their public files, and that compliance problems will bring issues, and possibly fines, if the files are not complete by license renewal time (or even earlier if documents were not timely created).
As we have written before (here and here), the biggest issues will likely be with stations not uploading Quarterly Issues Programs Lists and, for stations that are part of clusters with 5 or more full-time employees, Annual EEO Public Inspection file reports. Look at your file now and make sure that you are in compliance with these and all other public file obligations to insure that you do not have issues that can come back to haunt you at renewal time – or at any other time that the FCC decides to use its enforcement authority to start issuing fines.
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On November 16, WDVD-FM (Detroit) and its Blaine Fowler Morning Show hosted a 13-hour radiothon to raise money for Detroit Dog Rescue, a no-kill shelter and adoption center for abandoned, abused or orphaned dogs. The event was held on the Orchard Mall in West Bloomfield Township from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
An online auction offered extravagances such as Taylor Swift VIP concert memorabilia, a Detroit Lion Barry Sanders autographed football, a Mitch Albom autographed book collection and a performance by Blaine Fowler’s band BFE for a listener party.
The WDVD team and listeners raised over $63,000 for Detroit Dog Rescue!
Newsradio 790 WSGW-AM (Saginaw) has concluded its annual Food For Families Campaign. The station worked with 20 sponsor locations to collect food over four weeks this fall to benefit the Salvation Army Chapters in Saginaw, Bay and Midland Counties. The final event in the campaign was November 17 at the Eddy Band Christmas Concert held at the Temple Theater in Riverfront Saginaw. Many of those attending the concert brought food donations and filled a dozen grocery carts that night alone.
The Food For Families Campaign was started by the station 23 years ago. WSGW Operations Manager and Program Director Dave Maurer says in addition to the tons of food collected over the years, employees of William Kibbe and Associates have taken up collections each year just before Christmas and have given the Food For Families Campaign a total of $80,000 to benefit the Salvation Army.
The MAB would also like to congratulate Dave Maurer, who just celebrated 40 years with WSGW!
This is a follow-up to an article that appeared in MAB NewsBriefs two weeks ago.
In it’s fifth year of the annual event, WION-AM’s (Ionia) “Treasures for Troops” has provided Michigan Chapter #188 of the Blue Star Mothers with enough collections for more packages to go overseas than any other year since the drive began! Last year, 200 boxes went out, and before that in 2016, 188. Each year the effort has been excellent but this year, the goal of 250 was exceeded!
This year’s record mailing is to the credit of all donors, and due in part to the addition of WGLM (WION’s Sister Station promoting it in Montcalm County) and Lowell High School’s student-run radio station, WWRW helping by spreading the word on the air, and actively collecting in the High School.
The Young Automotive Group Ionia has sponsored this drive each year, and this year provided a Chevy Traverse in which to load each day’s collections and protect them from the weather in-transit. The donations were sorted at the H.O. Steele Building on M-66, and on Sunday November 18th, the Blue Star Mothers’ chapter boxed the proceeds which were then sent from the Saranac post office on Monday November 19th, making it what we believe may be a “record” day for the small town post office as well.
The Blue Star Mothers Chapter #188 of Ionia, Kent and Montcalm Counties, WION, WGLM, WRWW and Young Automotive want to thank each and everyone who signed cards and letters, donated time, money for postage or for items and encouragement!
“Its a true community effort” said Jim Carlyle, Co-Owner/Manager at WION who says, “We look forward to this drive each year, and will reach out to our radio partners and to West Central Michigan for this great cause again in 2019”.
Latitude Media’s WCZY-FM/WMMI-AM/FM (Mt. Pleasant) filled a Mayflower moving van November 16, raising over 4,800 non-perishable food items and close to a record of $8,000 in donations, surpassing what the station raised in 2017.
“The magic continues to be made and we love our community for their love,” said Latitude Media Owner/GM Bob Peters.
“United Way is blown away by the amount of community support that we received through this year’s Fill-a-Mayflower event. Thank You to the donors, community partners and volunteers who all contributed to making this a successful event! Because of the generosity of those involved, our community members in need will have food on the table during this holiday season,” said Annie Sanders, President of United Way of Isabella & Gratiot Counties.
WLUC-TV (Marquette) teamed up with WDBC-AM/WYKX-FM (Escanaba) for their annual Can-a-thon drive. Collections took place at four locations in the Gladstone and Escanaba areas.
While officials don’t have any final numbers at this point they are saying that thanks to the generosity of area residents and the efforts of dozens of volunteers, it appears that the effort could result in a record year.
WLUC has held the Can-a-thon annually since 1982.
“There is a ton of people that are actually donating. It speaks testaments to the folks that are in this community who are really coming forward to help these folks,” said KIX Country 104.7’s Mike Canull.
Volunteers collected donations at four locations throughout the coverage area from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. Those locations are Elmer’s County Market, Sav-Mor IGA and Walmart in Escanaba and Pat’s Foods in Gladstone.
Craig Woerpel is with WDBC and KIX Country 104.7 and said that despite the cold weather, everyone loves lending a hand.
“It is cold. It is damp. But those guys, they’re out there collecting foods, having a good time talking with people. Handing out pop to those that donate and just having a good time. It feels good to be able to help people.”
On November 9, WLEN-FM (Adrian) hosted it’s 13th Annual Thank a Vet Day. This day is in celebration of Veterans Day and is an event to raise funds and awareness for homeless and other veterans in need in Lenawee County.
$29,617.40 was raised in 12 hours for the “Veterans Dire Need Fund” distributed through Housing Help of Lenawee. WLEN staff, local veterans’ organizations and area business people stood curbside and collected funds to support local veterans; these funds are distributed throughout the year to local veterans for assistance with rent, mortgage payments to avoid foreclosure, utility bills, rental facilities to store possessions when they are displaced, transportation stipends and for things as simple as a pair of boots to secure employment.
Again, this year TLC Community Credit Union joined WLEN with a matching funds program, matching donations to the Happy Hundred Club by 50 percent, which raised an additional $8,000 from TLC. To date over $200,000 has been raised in this event and distributed to local veterans in Lenawee County.
Kevin Dunaway began his career as a news producer for 9 & 10 News/Heritage Broadcasting in September of 1998. After producing Michigan this Morning and 9 & 10 News at Noon, Kevin moved to assignment manager in December of that same year.
After four months of working the desk in the newsroom handling assignments and breaking news in northern Michigan, Kevin moved into the role of assistant news director. There he managed the day to day operations of the 9 & 10 News department.
In March of 2000, Kevin was promoted to News Director at 9 & 10 News/Heritage Broadcasting. Kevin’s role expanded in 2007 when he began to oversee the news department of the local FOX television station as well.
During his time as news director, he has expanded the amount of news programming from 4 ½ hours a day to 7 ½ hours a day. He also ran a news department that won countless MAB and Associated Press news awards, including the MAB General Excellence Award for station of the year in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014.
In 2013, Heritage Broadcasting added the duty of company Vice President to his job description. In his new additional role, Kevin helped oversee staffing, direction and assisted the General Manager with the future vision of the company.
In April of 2016, Heritage Broadcasting named Kevin Dunaway General Manager/Vice President.
Kevin has a wife, Michelle and an 10 year old daughter, Elizabeth. They enjoy spending time exploring northern Michigan and traveling whenever they get a chance.
The MAB Foundation hosted its annual Broadcasting Career Builder Conference at Lansing Community College’s West Campus on November 16. More than 160 high school and college students participated this year! Over 65 professionals were on hand to engage the future broadcasters with session presentations, sharing their expertise as speed-networking mentors and hosting career fair booths.
Students were able to learn and network during sessions and the future of the broadcasting industry looks bright with these students making their way into the professional field. A big thanks to all of the sponsors, contributors, speakers and everyone who participated to make this event such a wonderful success!
The NAB Education Foundation (NABEF) is accepting applications for the 2019 Technology Apprenticeship Program (TAP). TAP provides graduating college seniors with the connections and experience to start successful careers in media technology.
Over the course of six months, participants attend NAB Show in Las Vegas; complete a paid, two-month apprenticeship at a radio or television station; become Certified Broadcast Technologists through the Society of Broadcast Engineers; and produce a live webcast from NAB headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The program is open to college and technical school seniors with a background or interest in the technical side of broadcasting. Relevant areas of study include electrical engineering, information technology, telecommunications or radio and television transmission.