Category: March 2021

Art Vuolo’s Six Degrees of Separation!

In a note to the MAB, Art Vuolo wants to thank everyone who prayed for his recent successful hospitalization for, what turned out to be serious gallbladder surgery. It should have been routine, but it wasn’t. Doctors called the condition of his gallbladder “rotten.”  The successful operation was March 9.  However, while in Ascension Hospital… read more

Michigan Expanding Access to Safe, Effective COVID-19 Vaccine to Michiganders Ages 16 and Older with Medical Conditions, Disabilities Starting March 22

All Michiganders age 16 and up to become eligible on April 5  To continue progress toward state’s goal of vaccinating 70% of Michiganders over age 16 and bringing a quicker end to the COVID-19 pandemic in Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) officials today announced the state is… read more

Statewide Tornado Drill: Wednesday, March 24

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared  March 21-27 to be Michigan’s Severe Weather Awareness Week.  Broadcasters and Emergency Management partners statewide are encouraging Michiganders to conduct a statewide tornado drill at 1 p.m. ET Wednesday, March 24. Broadcaster participation will take place with an EAS Required Monthly Test at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24.  As… read more

Scripps Media Airs ‘Hidden Bias of Good People’ on Michigan Stations

As part of its commitment to creating a better-informed world, The E.W. Scripps Company has been airing a commercial interruption-free special on its local television stations across the country to spark a national dialogue around implicit bias while advancing conversations at the local level in the 41 markets where it operates.  The stations in Michigan… read more

Congress Approves Relief for Public Media Stations

On March 10, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Senate coronavirus relief legislation.  Within this legislation was $175 million in COVID-related assistance for the nation’s 1,400 public radio and television stations. The funds, to be distributed by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, will help maintain local stations’ enhanced programming and services, and protect the… read more

iHeart West Michigan Raises $95,000 for Dégagé Ministries

On February 5, iHeartMedia/West Michigan held its fourth annual “Day of Hope” on its WOOD-AM/FM and WBFX-FM (BIG 101.3), collecting $95,000 for Grand Rapids homeless shelter Dégagé Ministries. On-air personalities from the stations, broadcasted live from 5 a.m. – 6 p.m. that day, sharing stories of hope from the men and women Dégagé has served.  Due… read more

Journalism Competition and Preservation Act Introduced in Congress

House Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), House Antitrust Subcommittee Ranking Member Ken Buck (CO-04), Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) and Chairwoman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and Consumer Rights Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) on Wednesday (3/10) announced the introduction of the bipartisan Journalism Competition and Preservation Act, legislation that seeks to… read more

FCC Notes Violations for Two LPFM Operators for Spurious Emissions – Make Sure that Your Station is Transmitting Only Within Its Assigned Frequency

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP In two Notices of Violation issued on one day this week, an FCC Field Office cited Low Power FM operators for using transmission systems that, in addition to transmitting signals on their authorized channels, were also emitting signals on other channels that posed the potential for interference with… read more