Issue #146 |  April 12, 2019   |   View online
Top of the News:

* Nominations for 2019 Lifetime Achievement, Hall of   Fame Awards Due by April 25
* ATSC 3.0 Build Out Plans Announced for Top 40   Markets
* Regulatory Issues from the NAB Convention
* Huizenga Adds Name to Local Radio Freedom Act
* WLCS Sports Duo Jon Russell and Cal VanSingel   Honored
* Free Seminar on 2020 Census Sponsored by Poynter   Institute
* Have You Been Thanked Lately? Let Us Know
* 9 Stations in 3 States: 2019 MABF College Radio   Station

All this and more below
Nominations for 2019 Lifetime Achievement, Hall of Fame Awards
Due by April 25
It's time to make your nominations for the MAB's annual Lifetime Achievement Award and Hall of Fame inductees. The 2019 award ceremony will take place following the MAB Advocacy Conference on August 6 in Grand Rapids. Nomination Forms can be found here.

Nominations Now Open for the 2019 MAPB Public Media Impact Awards
There will be up to two awards given - one Professional (all professionals including volunteers working in public broadcasting) and one Donor (individuals or foundations). The recipients will be recognized following the 2019 MAB Advocacy Conference on August 6 at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids. Learn More

ATSC 3.0 Build Out Plans Announced for Top 40 Markets
At the 2019 NAB Show, a broad coalition of broadcast television station groups - including both network owned-and-operated stations and affiliates, as well as public broadcasters -- today announced plans to deploy Next-Gen TV in the 40 largest U.S. TV markets by the end of 2020.  Read More

Is Your Station Overdue for an Inspection? Book Your 2019 ABIP Today.
Do you think the FCC no longer does routine inspections? Guess again. The MAB has openings in our Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program (ABIP) for the 2019 inspection season. Learn More

MAB's Annual Capitol Day Will Connect Broadcasters and Lawmakers on May 14
The Michigan Association of Broadcasters invites its members to be a part of its annual State Capitol Advocacy Day on May 14, 2019. This is a great opportunity to  engage state lawmakers to showcase television and radio stations' commitment and investment in their local communities. Register Here
Regulatory Issues from the NAB Convention
By: David Oxenford
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

Questions about regulations from Washington don't disappear just because you are spending time in Las Vegas, and last week's NAB Convention brought discussion of many such issues.  Read More

National Freedom of Information Coalition Celebrates 30 Years 
The National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC) is celebrating 30 years of protecting your right to open government at its national FOI Summit April 12-13.  Read More

State/Legislative Update

Attorney General Calls for Expanded Authority in Data Breach Bill
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel spoke in favor of the legislation to require companies to inform the state residents of data breaches.  Read More

Snyder Joins Kasich Policy Committee

Michigan's former Governor Rick Snyder has been named to a national advisory committee for Two Paths America, a center-right public policy organization founded in 2017 by former Ohio Governor John Kasich.  Read More

Federal/Regulatory Update

Huizenga Adds Name to Local Radio Freedom Act
The Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA), a resolution to oppose "any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge" on local broadcast radio stations, now has 158 cosponsors in the House and 18 in the Senate.  Read More

Comment Deadline Nears on FCC Ownership Rules Review
Comments are due April 29 in the FCC's Quadrennial Review of its ownership rules. Read More

WLCS Sports Duo Jon Russell and Cal VanSingel Honored
Cumulus Media's WLCS-FM (Muskegon) sports team Jon Russell and Cal VanSingel have been elected as the Gene Young Distinguished Service Award winners by the Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame for 2019.  Read More

'Drew and Mike' Returns to Detroit Airwaves
iHeartMedia has announced that the "Drew and Mike Show" will be returning to Detroit radio after a six-year hiatus. Drew is bringing back the show to weekend mornings on the all new 106.7 WLLZ, Detroit's Wheels.  Read More

Columbia University's Dart Awards Recognize 'Believed' Series
Michigan Radio's Believed  podcast has been awarded its first Dart Award from the prestigious Columbia School of Journalism Read More

Northern Michigan TV Station Receives 4 National Awards
WMNN-LD (Cadillac), MI News 26, reports that it has received four national awards during the Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance's LPTV Day at the NAB Show, the nation's largest broadcasting conference, held each April in Las Vegas.  Read More

WXYZ Marks 100th Capture of Detroit's Most Wanted
WXYZ-TV (Detroit) 7 Action News marked the 100th capture of "Detroit's Most Wanted" fugitives with a daylong event and luncheon on Thursday to honor the law enforcement agencies across Metro Detroit that are working to keep the community safe.  Read More

Free Seminar on 2020 Census Sponsored by Poynter Institute
Starting now, people across the U.S. need to be informed about the census - how they can participate, what happens with their information and how that information affects their communities, and the entire nation, for the next decade.  Read More

Come Have Some Fun at the After Party!
Key Code Media is bringing the best of the NAB 2019 show back to Detroit on Tuesday, May 21 at Punch Bowl Social ... as well as over 30 leading vendors showing the latest in media and entertainment technology.  Read More

Have You Been Thanked Lately? Let Us Know
Here at the MAB we know that our members to a great deal of good within their local communities. Let us know who's thanking you. Send us copies or text from thank you notes and letters sent to your station in response to your amazing community service efforts. We'd like to include words from these "thank yous" as part of our 2018-2019 Community Service Report that will be shared with Lawmakers at this year's State Capitol Advocacy Day. Email notes to Matt Treadwell at before April 22. 

'Snack and Learn' With the MAB
The MAB would love to come "snack and learn" with you! Invite us to your office and get informed about all the services offered by the MAB. We'll bring the snacks! Schedule your station's 2019 "Snack and Learn" with the MAB! Contact Jackie at

Attention Members!  
Did you know that we offer the following services at no charge to you?  Find out more by clicking on the services below:  (Members only-must use password to access)


April 18, 2019 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
with Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP

Nearly every broadcaster has a website, an app, or both - and these outlets serve as key channels for reaching listeners and viewers.  Apps and websites also bring together a wide range of activities and information, including payments, promotions, and licensed content.  Online advertising, personalization and other data-driven activities are also part of the picture and implicate consumer privacy issues.

Terms of service and privacy policies are critical to governing your relationships with your users and business partners.  This webinar will cover legal considerations and best practices for these essential documents - and provide a look at the consequences of getting them wrong.

Course Description:  The most successful professionals are the ones who take charge of their careers. Your goals are only as effective as the plan you create to accomplish them. In this program, we'll go over what that plan should look like and the small steps you can take in the next week, month, or six months to get closer to achieving your goals. We'll discuss your work bucket list, "dream storming", finding inspiration, creating a timeline, and sharing and comparing your bucket list. We'll also go over some concrete steps you can take to help you achieve your goals. Click here to log in and watch this course.
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Don't miss out on your opportunity for free, online training as an MAB member! Sign your staff up today! 
9 Stations in 3 States: 2019 MABF College Radio Station of the Year Goes National With Syndication
A nationally syndicated radio program produced by Hillsdale College has recently launched and to say the team at WRFH is excited would be an understatement. The new program, The Radio Free Hillsdale Hour, is currently broadcast on nine stations in three states.  Learn More

Try Something New and Earn EEO Credit for it!
We're always looking for ways to make your job easier ... that's our job! We've been hearing that it's hard for many of you to participate in the MABF's recruiting events due to scheduling, so our solution is to host an online career event for you, with no commitment to leave the office!  Learn More

Meet your MAB Foundation Board Member of the Week:
Joe Jason

Joe Jason has been in the broadcasting industry for over 40 years! He has been a radio station owner and on-air talent during that time. He is currently the lead play-by-play announcer for the MHSAA Championship Network, a relationship that began over 30 years ago.

How to Create Square Videos for Social Media
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Strategies

When your radio station posts short videos to social media, it's often a good idea to make those videos square, not the typical widescreen resolution of 1280×720. Not only does Instagram use square videos, but they're also better for Facebook because the ratio allows the video to appear larger on the screen of a mobile phone.  Read More

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In This Issue
April 18, 2019
Webinar: "Updating Website TOS Agreements" presented by  Wilkinson Baker Knauer LLP (Learn More)

May 14, 2019
MAB State Capitol Advocacy Day, Lansing (Register Here)

May 16, 2019
Webinar: "You are Doing It Wrong" Programming with Kevin Robinson.  (Learn More)

May 21, 2019
Key Code Media's Post NAB Show Event, Detroit (Register Here)

August 5-6, 2019
Advocacy Conference, Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet, Grand Rapids
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