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MAB Says Thanks and Good Luck to Jennifer Preslar

Jennifer Preslar

Longtime MAB Vice President of Programs Jennifer Preslar is leaving the MAB after 15 years of stellar service for a little “Green and White.”  Yup, we are losing another great staff member to Michigan State University.

Preslar said in her letter to the MAB Board that she has enjoyed her time at MAB and will greatly miss her members and MAB Staff but the offer was too good to pass up.

A passionate Spartan, Preslar will be working as an event coordinator in MSU’s  College of Communication Arts & Sciences as well as WKAR-AM/FM/TV.

The MAB education event services will be handled by Jacquelen Timm, MABF Manager/ Development Director in the interim while President/CEO  Karole L. White works with the Executive Committee to see what talents are needed on the MAB staff as it begins to undertake the new “MAB Future” strategic plan.

WQHH-FM Hosts Fourth Annual Backpack Giveaway

WQHH Program Director/Afternoon Air Personality Ricky Burns with a station fan!

On August 10, MacDonald Broadcasting’s WQHH-FM (Lansing) hosted its fourth annual school backpack giveaway at Waverly High School in Lansing.

The station gave away more than 1,000 backpacks to K-12 students to help them get started with the new school year.  The backpacks were stuffed with pens, pencils, notebooks and other school supplies.

WQHH-FM station personalities and other  staff members were on hand. In addition to the backpack giveaway, the station hosted fun activities like facepainting, a bounce house, a live DJ, food and more.

Nancy Dymond Appointed Cumulus Flint VP/MM

Nancy Dymond

Cumulus Media has appointed Nancy Dymond as Vice President/Market Manager for the five-station cluster in Flint.

Dymond has more than 30 years of experience as a market manager/general manager, in markets including Flint, Lansing and Saginaw; Erie, Pa.; and Toledo, Ohio.

The appointment marks Dymond’s return to Cumulus Media-Flint, where she served as market manager from 2000-2004. She was most recently market manager for Community Broadcasters’ five-station cluster in Watertown, N.Y. Prior to that, she was general manager for Max Media of Susquehanna Valley, Pa., stations and was also general manager of Connoisseur Media in Erie, Pa.

“It’s great to have Nancy back in Flint,” RVP/market manager Chris Monk said. “This is a market she knows and it’s an area she loves. Nancy is the perfect person to lead our Flint team.”

Cumulus Media Flint owns and operates WFBE-FM, WWCK-AM/FM, WDZZ-FM and WTRX-AM.

NextRadio, LG Agree to Deliver FM Radio Access on Mobile Devices

On August 10, TagStation LLC, owner of the NextRadio app, announced an agreement with smartphone manufacturer LG Electronics MobileComm to enable FM chips in LG phones, providing  access to local FM Radio across the United States and Canada, as well as Latin American countries, with more countries to follow.

“We are proud and excited to partner with one of the world’s leading smartphone providers to continue our mission of connecting and exposing users to a fully immersive radio experience,” said Paul Brenner, President of NextRadio powered by TagStation, in a press release. “This alliance will give millions of consumers the opportunity to receive real over-the-air FM radio through their phone.”

The collaboration will allow LG users to listen and experience live, local radio on their smartphones  and provide access to audio emergency alerts even if cellular coverage becomes congested or unavailable. Subject to agreements with wireless carriers, LG also will pre-load NextRadio on a number of models.

With the NextRadio app, consumers have the ability to listen to live music, sports and talk broadcasts through local over-the-air FM radio, while experiencing interactive music content, promotions and ads synced to the on-air broadcast. The direct connection to the phone’s FM chip allows users to use less battery and  less data than streaming radio apps when listening to NextRadio broadcasts.


Taz Painter Leaves WZZM-TV

Taz Painter

WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids) News Director Taz Painter is leaving the TEGNA-owned station to join WBIR-TV in Knoxville, Tenn.  WBIR made the announcement in a news release last week.

Painter has been with WZZM since April of 2014 and is returning to the Knoxville station, where he was managing editor from 2007 to 2014.

Before working at WBIR, Painter worked as an executive producer for KOAT-TV in Albuquerque, New Mexico; as a producer for WYFF-TV in Greenville, South Carolina; and as an anchor and reporter for WHKP-AM in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

WZZM is currently accepting applications for the News Director position.  See the posting on the MAB Job Bank here.

WSJM’s Phil McDonald Honored by Michigan Coaches

Phil McDonald

Midwest Family Broadcasting’s WSJM-FM (Benton Harbor) Sports Anchor Phil McDonald has been picked to be inducted into the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan’s Hall of Honor for his nearly 30 years of local sports broadcasting.

McDonald said it’s wonderful to be recognized and to work at an organization committed to sports.

“Just to be recognized for what we do, and I hear it from a lot of people that it’s unusual how much coverage we give high school sports, not just here in southwest Michigan, but in other parts of the state,” he said.

McDonald added that he continues to do what he does because of what it means to the kids.

“I think it’s just a chance to give the student athletes, the high school student athletes, a spotlight that they don’t normally get,” he said. “The appreciation they show for the small things we can do that we think are small things, but the coaches and the student athletes think are the biggest things in the world.”

McDonald started with WSJM in 1988.  He’s been doing play-by-play for decades on local games, and will go to Auburn Hills in October to receive his honor. He’s the only media personality selected for the distinction this year.

WXYZ will broadcast the ‘Woodward Dream Cruise’ Across the Nation

WXYZ-TV (Detroit) will broadcast exclusive coverage of the “Woodward Dream Cruise presented by Ford” on Saturday, August 19, from 7 to 9 p.m.

A one-hour version of the program will be syndicated to television stations across the country, including stations owned by WXYZ’s parent company, The E.W. Scripps Company. The program will air nationwide in late August and early September and will reach approximately 80 percent of U.S. households.

The program will be hosted by 7 Action News Anchors Stephen Clark and Carolyn Clifford from a street-side stage. Additionally, 7 Action News Anchors JoAnne Purtan, Glenda Lewis, Alicia Smith, Keenan Smith and Ann Marie LaFlamme will provide coverage from hot spots along Woodward Avenue, including the legendary Mustang Alley in Ferndale. Reporter Matt Smith will introduce viewers to classic car collectors along the route and 7 Meteorologist Dave Rexroth will cruise in a classic Ford Mustang.

More than 40,000 vehicles and 1.2 million visitors are expected to pack a 9-mile stretch of historic Woodward Avenue.

WXYZ will air an encore broadcast of its Dream Cruise special from 10 a.m. to noon on  Sunday, August 20.

False EAS Test Startles Island of Guam

According to a report in InsideRadio residents of the the U.S. territory of Guam were startled by an activation of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) shortly after 12 a.m. on August 15. The alert originated from Inter-Island Communications religious teaching KTWG (801), which assured the public afterward that “the unauthorized test was not connected to any emergency, threat or warning.”

The alert occurred at 12:25 a.m. and included the message: “A broadcast station or cable system has issued a civil danger warning for the following counties/areas: Guam, Guam; at 12:25 a.m. on August 15, 2017 effective until 12:40 a.m.”

Officials with Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), along with the Mariana Regional Fusion Control (MFRC), said there was no change in the threat levels for the island territory and the test was unscheduled and an error. They added that they are working with federal and military partners to continue to monitor the recent events surrounding North Korea and threats aimed at the island territory.

Guam and the U.S. air and naval bases stationed there have been under alert since North Korea threatened to fire missiles into the sea near the island. However, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has since stood down and backed off the plan, according to state media.

The station that aired the erroneous alert added that it is working with the GHS/OCD “to ensure the human error will not occur again.”

‘CLASSICS’ Act Seeks Royalties for Pre-1972 Recordings

Congressmen Darrel Issa (R-CA) and Jarrold Nadler (D-NY) have introduced legislation to bring sound recordings made before February 15, 1972 under the federal copyright system that governs post-1972 recordings. The Compensating Legacy Artists for their Songs, Service, and Important Contributions to Society Act (CLASSICS Act) would uniformly treat the digital transmissions of both pre- and post-1972 recordings so that artists and labels receive the same royalties regardless of when the recordings were made.

The bill sponsors say it closes a long-standing gap in federal copyright law and serves as an update to the pre-1972 treatment of the Fair Play Fair Pay Act, a broader music licensing bill introduced by Congressman Nadler. The Fair Play Fair Pay Act would not only create a radio performance royalty but would also require stations to pay royalties on songs recorded before 1972. In addition to Issa and Nadler, Congressmen John Conyers (D-MI), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Tom Rooney (R-FL) and Ted Deutch (D-FL) cosponsored the legislation. All were original cosponsors of the Fair Play Fair Pay Act.

Justice Department to Meet with Journalist Group Regarding Subpoena Guidelines

According to a report in the Hill, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is scheduled to meet with the non-profit journalism organization The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press to discuss the agency’s rules on whether to subpoena reporters who receive classified information.

The meeting will focus on creating new subpoena guidelines.  The group previously worked with former Attorney General Eric Holder when the Obama Administration updated its guidance on issuing subpoenas in 2015.