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  • MSU’s Bob Gould Wins 39th AEJMC Edward L. Bliss Award for Distinguished Broadcast Journalism Education

    The winner of this year’s Edward L. Bliss Award for Distinguished Broadcast Journalism Education is Bob Gould, a Professor of Practice in the School of Journalism at Michigan State University. Gould began his career as a television news photographer in 1990 at WILX-TV in Lansing, spending the rest of his professional career at WZZM-TV in… read more

  • 7 Michigan Broadcasters Recipients of 2022 Regional Murrow Awards

    The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) has announced the recipients of the 2022 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards.  The 7 Michigan broadcasters won a total of 13 awards in Region 7, which is shared with Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.  Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Murrow set as a standard for the… read more

  • Ruppel Named Director of Content for Townsquare Lansing

    Jonathan “JR” Ruppel is named Director of Content for Townsquare Media’s cluster in Lansing, effective June 1. He’ll also become Program Director for Country WITL-FM and Classic Rock WMMQ-FM, with oversight of News/Talk WJIM-AM and Sports WVFN-AM. Rupple joins the company from Country WPOR and Classic Country WZAN & W268CS (970 AM & 101.5 The… read more

  • WCSX Announces the Stone Soup Freedom Wrap to Honor Veterans Across America

    Beasley Media Group’s WCSX-FM (Detroit) has announced that Big Jim’s House Stone Soup Project has taken the fundraiser for Vets Returning Home to a National Level with “The Freedom Wrap.” Big Jim’s House will take the 1974 Ford Bronco Stone Soup truck and will wrap it in pictures of Veterans from all over the country… read more

  • Industry Veteran Dick Rakovan Dies

    One-time WJR-AM (Detroit) General Sales Manager Dick Rakovan has passed away.  For 20 years, Rakovan, known to many as “Rackets,” served 20 years with the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) where he was Senior VP of Membership. Rakovan began his broadcast career at the former WKBW-AM (Buffalo, NY) working as a salesman. His first role in… read more

  • Why You Should Fill Your Website With Text, Not Your Emails

    By: Seth Resler Jacobs Media Strategies Email marketing is a crucial component of your digital strategy. When used effectively, an email newsletter can get people to return to your website, tune in to your radio station or show up to station events. You should use email to engage with your audience on a regular basis…. read more

  • Stephen A. Marks: 1950-2022

    The Michigan Association of Broadcasters are mourning the loss of Stephen Marks, President and CEO of The Marks Media Group and former MAB Board and Foundation Chairman. Marks passed away on Wednesday, May 11 at the age of 72. “Stephen was an icon in the broadcasting industry and his passion was only outweighed by his… read more

  • WLUC’s Scott Zerbel Announces Retirement!

    Veteran WLUC-TV (Marquette) (TV6) broadcaster Scott Zerbel has announced his pending retirement after 38 years at the station. TV6 Vice President and General Manager Rick Rhoades says Zerbel will be hard to replace. “Scott brings a wealth knowledge and experience with him to work every day. His career in unique in broadcasting. Typically, broadcasters work… read more

  • SPJ Detroit Announces Excellence in Journalism Awards

    The Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists handed out its Excellence in Journalism Awards at a banquet last Thursday (5/6) in Troy. First place winners in broadcast included mix of commercial and non-commercial stations: Breaking/Spot News Reporting: WWJ-AM (Detroit) – Dan Jenkins, Brian Larsen, Tony Ortiz, Jackie Paige, Jon Hewett for coverage of… read more

  • Tom Millikan Upped To Assistant Brand Manager At WXYT-FM

    Audacy Detroit has announced the promotion of Tom Millikan to Assistant Brand Manager of 97.1 The Ticket (WXYT-FM).  Millikan will continue in his role as executive producer of the station’s “The Morning Show with Stoney and Jansen.” “Tom has done an outstanding job as an executive producer and has played a vital role in the… read more

  • Anthony “Tony” L. Bruscato: 1953-2022

    The MAB is sad to pass word that Tony Bruscato, long-time Plymouth Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Director passed May 6 at age 68.  Bruscato began his career in radio after graduating from Indiana University with a BA in Broadcasting.  His career began in Iowa and later to Port Huron, Michigan.  He then moved into journalism… read more

  • How to Invite Potential Advertisers to Schedule a Meeting With Your Radio Station’s Sales Team

    By: Seth Resler Jacobs Media Strategies The “Advertise With Us” page on a radio station’s website is arguably the most valuable page on the entire site. After all, people navigate to this page when they are interested in spending money. At this point, the sale is yours to lose. Yet I see many radio stations… read more

  • WDET Partners with StoryCorps to Foster Connection Across America’s Political Divides

    WDET-FM (Detroit) has partnered with StoryCorps — the national nonprofit dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs — as part of StoryCorps’ One Small Step Radio Station Hubs project. Citizens from across the political spectrum are invited to participate by signing up at WDET is one… read more

  • Landowners Warned of Potential Liability of Up to $2,000,000 for Pirate Radio Operations on Their Property

    By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP The FCC (5/4/22) made public four letters to landowners warning them that there were unlicensed FM radio operations coming from their properties and warning that, if the transmissions continued past the 10-business day response period, the landowners could be held liable for penalties up to $2,000,000 for the unlicensed operations coming from their… read more

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