Issue #101 April 13,  2018 |  View online
Top of the News:

*FCC  Commissioner Ajit Pai to Speak at Advocacy       Conference
*Register Now to Attend: Meet with State Lawmakers on   May 15
*WWJ-AM wins NAB Crystal Award
*Midwestern Broadcasting hosts Industry Night for   Tech Students
*Northern Michigan TV Station Named Nationwide   "Station of the Year"
*CMU's WCMZ-TV Flint to sign-off April 23. 

All this and more below
MAB Offices Closed Thursday and Friday, April 19-20!

Over the past couple of months, your MAB staff has been busy packing up offices and doing some spring cleaning/purging in preparation for a move to short-term headquarters, located just across the parking lot from our long-time home.   Our hope is that construction of our new permanent home will be completed within 18 months.

As a result of this move, our temporary address, beginning April 23, will be:

Michigan Association of Broadcasters
820 N. Capitol Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48906

There will be no changes to our phone number or other contact information.

Publication of MAB NewsBriefs will resume the week of April 23.  Follow our move on Facebook!

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai to Speak at Summer Conference!

The MAB has confirmed this week that FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai will be appearing at this year's summer Advocacy Conference and Annual Meeting, August 13-14 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

Register now for this conference and reserve your room at The Grand now.  Click here to register.

MAB is Collecting Nominations for 2018
Hall of Fame/Lifetime Achievement Awards
Nominations are now being taken for the 2018 Michigan Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Awards. This year's honorees will be recognized at the Advocacy Conference & Awards Banquet on August 13 and 14 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. Nominations are due by April 27, 2018.  Click here to learn more.  

MAB Foundation Seeks Summer Raffle Prizes
Be a winner by donating your prize for the MAB Foundation's Summer Raffle! Every year at the Summer Advocacy Conference, the MAB Foundation hosts an exciting raffle drawing for MAB members and their families.  Read More    

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2018 Summer Conference at the Grand Hotel.

FEMA Releases 2017 IPAWS/EAS National Test Report

FEMA has released the results of the September 27, 2017 National EAS Test.  The agency reports that overall results were similar to 2016 with improvements in most areas.  Read More

Register Now to Attend: Meet with State Lawmakers on May 15
The MAB Board of Directors and  President/CEO Karole L. White invite you  to attend a broadcast industry  State Capitol Advocacy Day on May 15.  MAB members are invited to meet with their local lawmakers and leaders who chair committees of influence to the broadcast industry .  
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State/Legislative Update

Rick Snyder_150 Snyder Signs Record Management Legislation
Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation into law that amends the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to clarify that The State Police would not have to produce reports from its Statewide Records Management System unless it created those reports.  Read More

Part-Time Legislature Effort Falls Short
Supporters of the proposal to move Michigan to a part-time legislature stated that the petition fell about 20,000 signatures short of the required minimum.  Read More

Federal/Congressional Update

FCC Opens Settlement Window for Mutually Exclusive Applicants in Second Translator Window for AMs Seeking FM Translators
According to David Oxenford's Broadcast Law Blog, the FCC released a Public Notice announcing a window for mutually exclusive applicants filed in the second translator window to attempt to resolve the interference conflicts that the FCC found to exist between certain applications.  Read More

DHS to Compile Database of Journalists
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) wants to track journalists, bloggers and other "media influencers" through a database. The DHS's "Media Monitoring" plan would give the contracting company "24/7 access to a password protected, media influencer database, including journalists, editors, correspondents, social media influencers, bloggers etc."  Read More

Entercom's WWJ-AM NAB Crystal Award Winner 
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has announced the 10 winners of the Crystal Radio Awards. Included is WWJ-AM (Detroit), the Entercom-owned all-news station.   Read More

WSJM's Phil McDonald Celebrates 30 Years! 
Last week, WSJM-AM/FM (St. Joseph/Benton Harbor) Sports Director Phil McDonald celebrated his 30th anniversary with Mid-West Family Broadcasting.  Read More

Midwestern Broadcasting Hosts Industry Night for Technical Students
Midwestern Broadcasting (Traverse City) General Manager Chris Warren reports that like in the industry, they've been searching for engineering talent for several years with little luck. So the company decided to host a "happy hour" themed event for area youth and young adults enrolled in computer-networking/engineering classes at local Northwestern Michigan College and Traverse City High School Vocational programs.  Read More

WOMC Announces JoAnne Purtan As Co-Host Of New Morning Show
WOMC-FM (Detroit), which recently announced the arrival of former WXYZ-TV anchor Stephen Clark, has now announced a new morning show: "WOMC Mornings With Stephen Clark and JoAnne Purtan."   Read More

Northern Michigan TV Station Named Nationwide "Station of the Year"
WMNN-LD (Lake City-Cadillac), MI News 26, Michigan's only 24/7 local news channel, was named LPTV Station of the Year and took home three additional national awards at the annual National Association of Broadcasters Expo -- known as NAB Show -- in Las Vegas this week.
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WWMN-FM (Thompsonville) Sold from One Mitten to Another 
Todd Mohr's Mitten Media, LLC has filed an application with the FCC to sell its WWMN-FM (Thompsonville) to Mitten News, LLC for $275,000.  Mitten News, LLC is owned by Jon Yob and also operates WJML-AM (Petoskey) and WJML-AM (Kingsley).   Read More

MAB on the Road Hosting "Snack & Learns"
The MAB staff has been hitting the road and visiting with stations across the state!  During the visit, MAB discusses all the services provided to members.  Contact Jacquelen Timm today to schedule a Snack and Learn with the MAB!  Read More

MSU Asks Broadcasters to Fill Out Survey on Voice Disorders
The Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at Michigan State University has asked Michigan's radio and television stations for their assistance with a study on work-related conditions associated with voice disorders among broadcasters. Read More

Dish Network Teams with Sinclair, Nexstar on ATSC 3.0 Test
In a significant convergence of wireless and broadcast technologies, DISH Network has successfully trialed the transmission and reception of the new broadcast ATSC 3.0 standard as part of the Spectrum Consortium, LLC's (Spectrum Co.'s) "Next Gen" deployment project in Dallas, Texas. Using its 700 MHz E Block spectrum (former broadcast TV channel 56), DISH deployed on Spectrum Co.'s Garland, Texas, Single Frequency Network (SFN) site, as part of the country's first major market conversion to the Next Gen broadcast standard. Read More


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MAB Third Thursday Webinars Announced
Mark your calendars to spend "Third Thursdays with the MAB" each month throughout 2018. Webinars are free to MAB members. Questions? Contact Jacquelen Timm at 1-800-YOUR-MAB or

April 19, 2018 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
with David Oxenford

May 17, 2018 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
with Paige Nienaber

3 Things I Learned from Configuring My Alexa Devices
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Stratagies

When I bought my Amazon Echo a year ago, it immediately changed my behavior at home. I suddenly found myself listening to music around the house far more often. Moreover, I found myself listening to a wider variety of music than ever before. And it wasn't just music. Suddenly, it was easy to call up a podcast or audiobook while cooking or folding the laundry. Thanks to the Echo, audio entertainment became a far more frequent occurrence in my home.  Read More

More Media Career Fairs are set for the Fall
Discover your station's next all-star. Find your dream job. It can all happen the MAB Foundation's Media Career Fairs. Our next round of fairs is set for the fall. Click here to learn more and reserve your station's booth now.

Celebrate the MAB's 70th Anniversary with a gift to the Future of Broadcast Excellence
The MAB Foundation invites MAB members to make a gift of $7 per month (or one-time $84 donation) to celebrate MAB's 70th anniversary. The "Seven for 70" donations will contribute to the continuation of the educational programs that have benefited Michigan broadcasters over the years.
Learn more, view our benefactor Honor Roll and make your gift at

CMU's WCMZ-TV Flint to Sign-Off April 23
WCMU Public Media has announced that WCMZ-TV (Flint) will sign off permanently on April 23, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.  WCMZ was sold in the FCC Spectrum Auction in early 2017. 
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WKAR Hosts Tour Day This Saturday
This Saturday, WKAR Public Media (East Lansing) will host a station tour as part of the 2018 MSU Science Festival.  Viewers are invited to bring their whole family to the WKAR studios for an interactive celebration of all things science. The station's Curious Crew for hands-on experiments and fun investigations. Read More
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In This Issue

April 19 | 1- 2 p.m.
Webinar: "Advertising Issues for Social and Digital Media" with David Oxenford.

April 19 - 20
MAB offices closed for moving.

May 15 
MAB State Capitol Advocacy Day, Lansing

May 17 | 1 - 2 p.m.
Webinar: "Being Able to Change your Plan" with Paige Nienaber.


Mark your calendar now for the 2018 Advocacy Conference and Awards Banquet! Join us August 13-14 at Mackinac Island's Grand Hotel as we kickoff the MAB's 70th anniversary celebration. 
Click here to register for the conference and reserve your room at the Grand Hotel. 


We know your station is great.Now lets show all the other broadcasters across  Michigan just how great you are. Send pictures, video and news releases about your station's accomplishments to be featured in the 
weekly MAB News Briefs


The MAB Foundation invites you to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the MAB by supporting the future of broadcast excellence.  Click here to set up your $7 per month gift for one year or make a one-time gift of $84.   


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