Category: April 2020

Michigan Advertising Restrictions Lifted

Earlier today (4/24), Governor Gretchen Whitmer lengthened her stay-at-home order through May 15, while also lifting some restrictions on businesses that can reopen (Executive Order 2020-59). The new order also lifts the advertising ban placed on big box stores, put into place on April 13. Under the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-42, which is no longer… read more

Sens. Peters, Stabenow among 74 Senators to Sign Letter Pushing for Local Media Relief

U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-Mont.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.), Gary Peters (D-Mich), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) sent a letter with 74 bipartisan cosigners, including Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), to the Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russell Vought on Thursday (4/23) to support radio and televisions broadcasters and… read more

Reps. Upton, Dingell Lead Bipartisan Push for Federal Ad Dollars for Local Media

On April 20, Congressman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) joined Congressman Marc Veasey (D-texas), and Congressman Bill Flores (R-Texas) led more than 240 bipartisan lawmakers in asking the Trump Administration to direct current federal government advertising funds to local news and media outlets. “The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting local communities across our… read more

FCC Denies Application of Hoax Rule to Trump Press Conferences on COVID-19 – Looking at the First Amendment and the Commission’s Regulation of Political Speech

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Recently, FCC staff dismissed a request by the organization Free Press asking the FCC to investigate the broadcast of the President’s press conferences on the coronavirus and programs where commentators supported the President’s pronouncements. In addition to an investigation, the request asked that the FCC require that broadcasters “prominently… read more

Grand Rapids Television Stations Unite During COVID-19

Four Grand Rapids Television stations, WOOD-TV, WWMT-TV, WXMI-TV and WZZM-TV have come together during the COVID-19 pandemic to let their viewers know that local television news provides critical up-to-the-minute news, health and safety information. On April 16, the four stations began airing a joint public service announcement in the first commercial break of their 6… read more

WKQI’s Mojo In The Morning Honors Front Line Heroes

What is your station doing?  Let us know with an email here. iHeartMedia/WKQI-FM (Detroit) Morning Personality Mojo In The Morning and crew are honoring the front line heroes in the current COVID-19 pandemic.  The show is inviting listeners to let them know about those in the community who are making a difference: doctors, nurses and… read more

Michigan Radio’s Stateside debuts in U.P. on WNMU, WGGL

Michigan Radio’s daily public radio talk program, Stateside, hosted by April Baer, can now be heard across the Upper Peninsula on WNMU-FM (Marquette), and WGGL-FM (Houghton). The addition of these two public radio stations makes Stateside available to the majority of listeners in the Upper Peninsula. With conversations about what matters in Michigan, Stateside covers… read more

Long-time Michigan Programmer Darrin Arriens Passes from COVID-19 Complications in N.C.

Thirty-year broadcast veteran Darrin Arriens passed away Tuesday (4/21), following a lengthy battle with complications stemming from a COVID-19 infection, in North Carolina.  Arriens was a well-known radio programmer in Michigan, having served as Program Director of WKLQ and WLAV in Grand Rapids, the latter when the station won the Marconi Award for Medium Market… read more

Robin Seymour Dies at Age 94

Former Detroit radio and television host Robin Seymour has passed away.  Seymour died April 17 at an assisted living facility in San Antonio, Texas, following a heart attack. Seymour, who started in radio as a child actor on the Detroit-based Lone Ranger Show, began working at WJBK-AM as a teen.  He then headed to WKMH-AM,… read more