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Lake Michigan Broadcasting signs off WMTE AM Manistee

WMTE AM 1340 Manistee has gone off the air as of midnight on September 30th. The station had been simulcasting the talk format of sister station WKLA AM 1450 Ludington for a number of years prior to owner Lake Michigan Broadcasting deciding to end operations at the 1,000 watt station. WMTE has operated since June 7, 1951 and was originally owned by John Manwell and John Campbell with Lake Michigan Broadcasting acquiring the station in 1996. A sale of the station is anticipated.

It looks like musicFIRST's "deeply troubled" reaction to the NAB's performance royalty offer is far from the most critical. NORTHERN BROADCASTING GM CHARLIE FERGUSON, who oversees the company's six stations in TRAVERSE CITY-PETOSKEY, MI, has sent the NAB a letter, canceling the radio group's membership in the organization. "It's been bothering me for quite a while, FERGUSON said. "The idea that radio should be paying artists to play their music strikes me as silly. We have had a mutually beneficial relationship with the artists ever since radio started playing records at KDKA/PITTSBURGH, when record stores offered records for the station to play for mentions that they came from the record store. That's how the radio advertising industry came about. The way I see it, every time we play a DOOBIE BROS. song, we're giving them a free three-and-a-half-minute commercial. I got fed up with the NAB's attitude about wanting to settle this, he continued, "We don't have to have to settle anything. We need to preserve the current relationship we have with the artists. We already flipped one of our FM stations to Talk -- and it saved us $40,000 in music royalties by switching to Talk ... and we're just in a little tiny market."... Northern Broadcasting Quits NAB Over Performance Rights Offer (Wed, 10/27)







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