Category: COVID-19

Michigan Broadcasters Currently Assigned to Vaccine Priority Group ‘1C’

At this time within Michigan, vaccines are being given to individuals in prioritized group “1B.”  MAB President/CEO Karole L. White has been in communication with MDHHS, this group includes frontline essential workers who are continuously working closely with large numbers of the public on a daily basis. Those would include workers like first responders, firefighters,… read more

COVID-19 Vaccine Education Toolkit Launched To Support Local Journalists

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) on Thursday (1/14) announced the launch of an online toolkit to help local journalists craft COVID-19 vaccine education messages that best resonate with their audiences. The toolkit is designed to provide journalists with… read more

MDHHS Extends Epidemic Order 12 days (to 12/20/20) to Ensure COVID-19 Surge is Stabilizing

December 7, 2020 – Press Release from State Police Emergency Operations Center Indoor and outdoor gatherings to remain limited, department to closely monitor hospital beds with COVID patients, rate of case growth, positivity rate prior to re-engagement LANSING, MICH.  The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has extended by 12 days the epidemic order that restricts… read more

DHS Site Access Letter Addendum Available

In March and again in June, the MAB distributed letters to stations from the Department of Homeland Security’s Cyber-Security and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).  The letters are a precaution with the current COVID-19 emergency and grants broadcasters access to studio and transmitter facilities in the event of a shelter-in-place order or road closures. It was… read more

PPP Loan-Funded Expenses Nondeductible If Borrower Has “Reasonable Expectation” Loan Will Be Forgiven

By: C. Brian Wainwright, James T. Chudy, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, provides for loans to individuals and businesses with the unique feature that the loans could be forgiven, under certain circumstances, to the extent that advanced funds were… read more

WCMU Teams with Newspaper to Present Virtual Town Hall

On November 17, WCMU Public Media (Mt. Pleasant) will team with the Midland Daily News to present a town hall with Midland County’s top health officials as our guests to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic. Fred Yanoski, director/health officer for Midland County Department of Public Heath, and Dr. Catherine Bodnar, medical director for Midland County Department… 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

MDHHS issues Emergency Order designed to protect the health and safety of all Michiganders; Previous Restrictions Still In Effect.

Directive restricts gatherings, requires face coverings, limits bars and other venues.  On October 5,  Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Director Robert Gordon issued an Emergency Order under MCL 333.2253 restricting gathering sizes, requiring face coverings in public spaces and places limitations on bars and other venues. The order follows the Michigan Supreme… read more

WKAR Presents COVID Diaries: On the Front Line | American Portrait

On October 1 at 10 p.m., WKAR Public Media (East Lansing) will present “COVID Diaries: On the Front Line,” a WKAR original special produced as part of the PBS American Portrait project. Produced under social distancing and other health and safety guidelines required during a pandemic, the story is told through video captured remotely through… read more

WOLV Hosts COVID-19 Town Halls

Houghton Community Broadcasting’s 97.7 The Wolf (WOLV-FM) has begun broadcasting a series of town hall meetings to inform local residents of the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic to the Keweenaw Peninsula and the U.P. Produced by the Health Research Institute at Michigan Technological University, “COVID-19 Impact & Response,” features moderators Steve Elmer and Kelly Kamm,… read more