Issue #75  September 21 , 2017 | View online
Top of the News:

* NAB Offers Station Repack Resources
* Michigan Senate Passes Super PAC Legislation
* Friends Remember Glenn Haege
All this and more below
September 26: FCC Regulatory Fees Due
September 27: National EAS Test (2:20pm ET)
September 30: Retransmission Consent Deadline
October 10: Repacking Transition Progress Report Due
October 10: Issues/Programs List for Q3-2017 Due in                               Public Inspection File
October 10: Children's Television Reports Due
October 10: Class A Television Station Documentation Due

BCBC '17

Registration is now open for this year's
Broadcasting Career Builder Conference!

Become a BCBC '17 event sponsor. 
Contact Jacquelen Timm at 1-800-YOUR-MAB.  

NAB OffersStation Repack Resources 
Whether your station is going off the air or moving to a new frequency because of the recent spectrum incentive auction, your viewers need to prepare for these upcoming changes.    Read more here...

Recordkeeping Rules for Third-Party Fundraising by Noncommercial Broadcasters to be Effective November 13, 2017
By: David Oxenford, 
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP,
In July, we wrote about the effective date of the FCC's new rules allowing non-CPB noncommercial stations to interrupt their normal programming to raise funds for third-party charitable and non-profit organizations.   Read more here...

State/Legistlative Update

Senate Passes Super PAC Legislation
The Michigan Senate passed campaign finance legislation allowing candidates to raise money for Super PACs, unrestricted by donor limits that apply to candidate fundraising, that can then support them and oppose their opponents.   Read more here...

Federal/Congressional Update

U.S. District Court Strikes Down 2016 Federal Overtime Rule
The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas overturned the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) 2016 overtime rule, which altered the salary level needed for executive, administrative and professional employees to be deemed exempt from federal minimum wage and overtime pay requirements.  Read more here...

Trott Not Seeking Re-election In 2018
Congressman Dave Trott (R-11) has announced that he will not seek re-election in 2018.  Read more here... 

Friends Remember Glenn Haege
Many visitors turned out from 12 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at E. J. Mandziuk & Son Funeral Home in Sterling Heights to pay their repects to  Glenn Haege, America's Master Handyman® and host of "The Handyman Show with Glenn Haege" on Detroit radio for 34 years Read more here...

McConnell Adams Named Brand Manager at Townsquare Lansing
Townsquare Media has announced that KGOT (Anchorage, AK) afternoon personality McConnell Adams has been named Brand Manager of WJIM-FM and WFMK-FM (Lansing).  Read more here...

Michael Patrick Shiels Releases New Book
"Michigan's Big Show" host Michael Patrick Shiels, has just co-authored a new book with Ken Raynor, head professional at Cape Arundel Golf Club in Kennebunkport, Maine.  Read more here...

WLNS-TV Expands Evening News to 90 Minutes
This past Monday, September 18, WLNS-TV (Lansing) expanded its evening local newscast block to 90 minutes  by adding an additional 30-minute newscast at 5:30 p.m.  Read more here...

FCC's Peter Doyle to Retire
Peter Doyle has announced that he will retire from his position as chief of the Media Bureau's Audio Division, a position he has held since 2001.  Read more here...

NAB Creates #WeAreBroadcasters Web Ads
The National Association of Broadcasters has created a series of website banner ads to promote its #WeAreBroadcasters effort to educate and remind policymakers, listeners and viewers of the important and unique role broadcasters play in every local community.  Read more here...

WWTV/WWUP-TV's Michelle Dunaway takes on the Red Walk For Families
WWTV/WWUP-TV (9&10 News/Cadillac),  McDonald's, Highpoint and Nature & Me R.V. will join forces for the "Red Walk for Family" on September 28 Read more here...

WXYZ-TV Continues Series of Detroit 2020 Town Hall Meetings
WXYZ-TV (Detroit) continued its series of Detroit 2020 town hall meetings with an event in Greater Grace Temple in Detroit on September 19 Read more here...

WZZM-TV, Kendall College of Art and Design collaborate for ArtPrize Entry
TEGNA's WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids) has teamed up with the talented students at the Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) to create a news set to be entered into the annual ArtPrize. Read more here...

WSMH-TV Presents Annual Fall Festival
On September 17, WSMH-TV (Flint) presented its 13th annual Fall Festival at Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center Read more here...

WJRT-TV and Cumulus Help Red Cross Hurricane Relief
On September 14, Gray Television's WJRT-TV (Flint), with help from the Cumulus Media Flint radio stations, raised more than $24,000 during a 7-hour telethon for the Red Cross to spend on hurricane relief efforts in Texas and Florida.  Read more here...

TCT Helping Hurricane Victims
TCT Michigan Television stations, including WTLJ-TV (Allendale), WAQP-TV (Saginaw) and WDWO-TV (Detroit) are participating with other TCT stations across the nation as part of the Helping Hand Outreach Program. Read more here...

New P1 Learning Training Course: Negotiating: 07. The Negotiation Process

Course Description: Now that we've gone over the first step of preparing, we're ready for the remaining steps in the process. These are: definition of ground rules, clarification/justification, bargaining/problem solving, and closure/implementation.   Click here to log in and watch this course...

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'Are Sales People About to Become Extinct?'
By: Dick Taylor, CRMC/CDMC
A while back I read an article titled "Are Sales People About to Become Extinct?" It got me to thinking.   Read more here...

The Robinson Report - The True Threat
By: Kevin Robinson
Robinson Media

In February, you may have read THIS article on "The True Threat."  No longer is it simply morning TV - or any other screen.  Read more here...
How to Reduce the Bounce Rate on Your Station's Website
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Stratagies

A website "bounce" happens when somebody comes to your station's site and then leaves without navigating to another page on your site. Like radio tune-outs, bounces can happen for any number of reasons.   Read more here...

Attention Stations and Companies: 
Register today for the 2017 Career Fairs! 

Become a MAB Foundation event sponsor. 
Contact Jacquelen Timm at 1-800-YOUR-MAB.  

Media Sandbox, WKAR Awarded $500K from MSUFCU
A collective $500,000 has been awarded to the Media Sandbox and WKAR from the Michigan State University Federal Credit Union  to support and engage the mid-Michigan and Spartan communities and provide new learning opportunities.  Read more here...

WNMU to Hold Community Open House
Northern Michigan University's WNMU-FM and TV (Marquette) is holding a community open house of their facilities on September 23. Read more here...

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