Category: May 2020

The Law of Defamation and Political Advertising Argued in Trump Suit Against Wisconsin TV Station

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Political “issue advertising” – advertising run by groups like PACs and political parties rather than a candidate’s authorized campaign committees – is a rough and tumble world in which broadcasters can often find themselves in the middle. We’ve written extensively (here, here and here) about how issue advertising can… read more

Both Senate, House Considering Expansion of PPP Lifelines to Include Local Media

Broadcasters may soon be able to take advantage of the Paycheck Protection Program after a bipartisan-backed bill was introduced in the Senate on Wednesday (5/13) that would allow local radio and television stations and newspapers to tap into the federal government’s small business loan forgiveness program, according to a report in InsideRadio. While stations and… read more

WILX Raisies more than $10K to ‘Feed the Frontline’

Partnering with PCFU and local restaurants, Gray Media’s WILX-TV (Lansing) has raised more the $10,000 in its ongoing effort to “Feed the Frontline.” On Monday (5/11), the station announced that donations had totaled $10,551 as it served up lunch with Ryan’s Roadhouse to Sparrow Clinton Hospital. The “Feed the Frountline” effort began on  April 14… read more

WKAR Promotes Karel Vega to Managing Editor, Sophia Saliby Named New ‘All Things Considered’ Host

Michigan State University’s WKAR Public Media announced May 8 that “All Things Considered” host Karel Vega had been named radio news managing editor and that Sophia Saliby will take over as Michigan’s capital region ATC host this month. Vega joined WKAR in January 2017 and has been ATC’s local host since July of that year…. read more

5 Michigan Stations Honored with Regional Murrow Awards

The Radio and Television Digital News Association announced on Tuesday (5/12) the winners of the 2020 Regional Edward R. Murrow awards; and three radio stations and two television stations in Michigan have been recognized as winners. For small market radio, WMUK-FM (Kalamazoo) was honored for Feature Reporting. In large market radio, WDET-FM (Detroit) also won… read more

WSGW Recognized for Community Service with NAB Crystal Award

WSGW-AM (Saginaw) was one of 10 radio stations across the nations to be honored on Wednesday (5/13) as part of the the 33rd annual NAB Crystal Radio Awards. Since 1987, the NAB Crystal Radio Awards have recognized radio stations for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service. The 2020 NAB Crystal Radio Award recipients listed… read more

Michigan Radio Reschedules ‘The Moth Mainstage’ for October 23

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Michigan Radio’s presentation of “The Moth Mainstage” at Detroit’s Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts has been rescheduled to take place on October 23, 2020. Tickets for the “The Moth Mainstage” purchased for the original date of June 5 will be honored for the October show. Although the Music… read more