Category: October 2020

Free Online Session: Battleground Michigan – A Virtual Election Briefing featuring Rachel Bitecofer

MAB members have been invited by the association’s lobbyist firm Kelley-Cawthrone to register and log in to view “Battleground Michigan: A Virtual Election Briefing.” The online event will be live Wednesday, October 21 from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. The program will feature Rachel Bitecofer, who has appeared on nationally televised networks as the “election whisperer.”… read more

MIOSHA Issues COVID-19 Emergency Rules to Clarify Requirements for Employers

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) within the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) is one of the first state OSHA programs to promulgate rules which clarify the safety requirements employers must follow to protect their employees from COVID-19. Governor Gretchen Whitmer On Wednesday (10/14) signed her concurrence of the need… read more

SBA Issues Notice Regarding PPP Loans and Changes of Ownership

In a recently issued procedural notice, the Small Business Association (“SBA”) addressed a lingering question of borrowers and lenders related to the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) process: What procedures are required for changes of ownership of an entity that has received PPP funds? The notice, issued on October 2, describes what impact a change or… read more

Music in Podcasts – As Podcasts Shut Down Following Infringement Notices, Looking at the Required Music Rights

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP The use of music has long been an issue for those looking to provide music-oriented podcasts to the public.  As we have written before (see, for example, our articles here and here), clearing rights to use music in podcasts is not as simple as signing up with ASCAP, BMI and SESAC (or… read more

Voter Registration and Safety

By: Karole L. White President/CEO, MAB Many of you are doing great jobs informing voters about the process and explaining the personal safety procedures and the security measures being taken to protect the ballots that are, and will be, cast. Your audience appreciates your efforts. To support you in this mission, the Secretary of State… read more

Murrow Award Winners Announced, 6 Michigan Stations Honored

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) has announced the recipients of the 2020 RTDNA National and Regional  Edward R. Murrow Awards.  Six Michigan broadcasters were honored for their excellence this year.  Michigan Radio (Ann Arbor) received five awards, including one national award this year. The RTDNA has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism… read more

Black Diamond Broadcasting Grows with WMRX/WMPX Purchase

On October 1, Black Diamond Broadcasting announced an agreement to acquire Midland, MI based radio stations WMRX-FM (Sunny 97.7 FM) and WMPX-AM/W299CK (The Highway 1490 AM/107.7 FM) and “Discover Michigan Magazine”, from Steel Broadcasting. Black Diamond will expand from 10 to 13 radio stations covering central and northern Michigan with the acquisition, and will look… read more

Townsquare Raises Nearly $95K for Flint’s Hurley Children’s Hospital

Townsquare Media radio stations in Flint raised $94,915 in its first annual ‘Let’s Make Miracles’ Radiothon for Hurley Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Miracle Network.  The 2-day event was held October 8 and 9. The stations (WCRZ-FM/WFNT-AM/WLCO-AM/WQUS-FM/WRCL-FM/WWBN-FM) were broadcasting from a tent setup outside the Townsquare Media studios and solicited donations from listeners, many which… read more

Radio First, Port Huron Police Join Forces for ‘Cops & Jocks Dinner’

On October 13, Radio First/Liggett Communication’s Port Huron radio stations, together with the Port Huron Police Department, hosted the annual Cops & Jocks Spaghetti Dinner, a fundraiser that supports the local C.A.P.T.U.R.E. program.  And this year’s dinner exceeded all fundraising expectations, according to Port Huron Police Chief Joe Platzer. The final total was announced Wednesday… read more