Issue #147 |  April 18, 2019   |   View online
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* Nominations for 2019 Lifetime Achievement, Hall of   Fame Awards Due by April 25
* MAB's Annual Capitol Day Will Connect Broadcasters   and Lawmakers on May 14
* City of Norway Honors 'The First Voice of WJNR'
* WWTV/WWUP, WTCM Team Up for JOBFest
* Free Seminar on 2020 Census Sponsored by Poynter   Institute
* Do you know about Broadcast Compliance?

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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

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
FCC Seeks Comments on Proposal to Allow All-Digital AM Radio Transmission
By: David Oxenford
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

On April 11, the FCC released a Public Notice announcing the receipt of the Petition for Rulemaking asking that the FCC allow AM stations the option to operate an all-digital facility.  Read More

State/Legislative Update

Hoadley To Challenge Upton in 6th Congressional District
State Representative Jon Hoadley (D-60) announced he is running for the 6th Congressional House District in Michigan which is currently held by Congressman Fred Upton (R-6). Upton held this seat since 1986.   Read More

Federal/Regulatory Update

FCC to Vote on FM Interference
The Federal Communications Commission will vote next month on new draft regulations that would govern FM translator interference. According to a report in RBR, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says the proposed rules will streamline remediation procedures, more clearly outline requirements for listener complaints and better facilitate channel changes for translators.

City of Norway Honors 'The First Voice of WJNR'
On April 15, the Norway City Council recognized retired broadcast journalist Aaron Harper for his programming and community involvement with a resolution of appreciation.  Read More

Mary Conway, Vickie Thomas, Kathy Barks Hoffman Welcomed Into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame
Former WXYZ-TV (Detroit) reporter Mary Conway and WWJ-AM (Detroit) reporter Vickie Thomas and former "Off the Record" panelist Kathy Barks Hoffman were among seven news professionals inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame during a special ceremony at Michigan State University in East Lansing on April 14.  Read More

J. Steele Joins 105.1 The BOUNCE
Beasley Media Group, LLC; a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. announces J. Steele has been named as the new afternoon drive personality at WMGC-FM (Detroit), 105.1 The BOUNCE.  Read More


On April 3, WWTV/WWUP-TV (Cadillac) and WTCM-FM (Traverse City) teamed up to present TC JOBfest, "the largest employee recruiting event ever held in Northern Michigan." The event was free for job-seekers and open to the public.  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

'Snack and Learn' With the MAB
Karole and Jackie visited with iHeartMedia Detroit and Fox17 in Grand Rapids this week! Thank you for Snacking and Learning with us!! 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:

Have You Been Thanked Lately? Let Us Know
Here at the MAB we know that our members do 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. 

ABIP 11 Don't Get Surprised by the FCC, Schedule Your Station's ABIP Inspection While 2019 Dates Are Still Available
The Michigan Association of Broadcasters' Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program (ABIP) is a unique partnership between the MAB and the FCC under which stations that participate can receive a three-year exemption from routine FCC inspections. 2019 Inspections are now being scheduled during the months of July, August and September. Learn more about the program here. Questions?Contact Ann at

Do you know about Broadcast Compliance?
When you need to recruit candidates for an open position, Broadcast Compliance Services lets you determine precisely where your job postings go on a local, regional or national level. Then you can easily monitor, document and report your EEO efforts. The BCS system even helps you complete the FCC's electronic filing form. Read More

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)


May 16, 2019 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
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Programmers of all skill sets will come away with a solid foundation for their future as Kevin shares what he has learned after 38 years in the business, including the latest in digital measurement.  Click here to Register

Course Description:  There could be a lot of reasons why you aren't moving forward in your job. It could be there's no position at your company for you to move to. Perhaps your boss doesn't think you're ready. Part of taking control of your career involves knowing yourself. What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? Where can you improve? How do you do that? In this course, we'll take a look at three categories of workers: unskilled, skilled, and overused skill. If you fall into the unskilled category in certain areas, how do you move to the skilled area, and how do you stay there? That's what this program is all about. Click here to log in and watch this course.
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The MAB Foundation provides the following:
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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: Wendy Hart 
Wendy Hart is Vice President of Operations for Spartan Sports Network, Inc., the state of Michigan's largest and most listened to sports network. Read More 

Here's What I Look for When I First Look at a Radio Station's Website
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Strategies

From time to time, Fred Jacobs pops into my office and asks me to take a quick look at a radio station's website to see what I think. When I'm doing a five-minute diagnosis of a website, here's what I look for:  Read More

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In This Issue
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
(Reserve a Room Now!)


National Sales Assistant
(Grand Rapids)
Posted: April 12, 2019

Account Executive
Posted: April 15, 2019

Bureau Reporter/
Multimedia Journalist
(Iron Mountain)
Posted: April 11, 2019

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