Category: Broadcasting Industry News

WZZM Hires Brooks Blanton as News Director

Tegna’s WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids) has announced the hiring of market veteran Brooks Blanton as its new News Director.  Blanton previously served as News Director of crosstown WXMI-TV from 2013-2021.  “Brooks knows West Michigan so well which is such a benefit. He knows what’s important and relevant to our audience,” said WZZM-TV President and General Manager, Dan… read more

WEMU Announces Two New Staffers in Newsroom

Eastern Michigan University’s WEMU-FM has announced the hiring of two new staff members.  Cathy Shafran has joined the station as News Anchor/Reporter.  Shafran brings nearly 40 years of broadcast experience to the station, having worked as an anchor/reporter at WMAX-AM (Grand Rapids) from 1978-1980 and at WJRT-TV (Flint) as a reporter from 1980-2011. Among her… read more

WOOD-TV Highlights Mental Health Awareness Month

On May 30, Nexstar Media’s WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids) wrapped up Mental Health Awareness month with a special broadcast focusing on programs in West Michigan working to support mental health. The 30-minute special, hosted by anchors Teresa Weakley and Donovan Long, spoke with doctors, therapists and pastors about their mental health work, plus students who are… read more

Mario Iacobelli: 1938-2022

The MAB is mourning the loss of former board chairman and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Mario Iacobelli. The owner of Heritage Broadcasting (WWTV-WWUP-TV/Cadillac) passed away May 25 at the age of 83. “Mario was a titan in the broadcasting industry and his reach extends far beyond the work he did in Michigan,” said MAB President… read more

Aricka Truchan Joins WRSR-FM/Flint

Krol Communication’s WRSR-FM (Flint) has announced that Aricka Truchan (formerly McCauley) has joined the station as morning show co-host alongside longtime morning host Johnny Burke. Truchan, a 12 year radio veteran, is a graduate of Specs Howard School of Media Arts.  She has worked in Toledo, Rockford, Port Huron, Ft. Wayne, Midland as well as… read more

WKAR’s New Interim GM Says Focus is on Increasing Access, Engagement

WKAR Public Media (East Lansing) is saying goodbye Friday (5/27) to longtime General Manager and Director of Broadcasting Susi Elkins as she leaves the organization to take a position with the Michigan State University Federal Credit Union. Shawn Turner is stepping in to serve as the station’s Interim General Manager.  He is a professor in the… read more