Issue #102 April 26,  2018 |  View online
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* We've Moved!: The MAB Offices are Now Open at 820   N. Capitol Ave.
* Hall of Fame/Lifetime Achievement Award   Nominations Deadline Extended to Monday
* The FCC Publishes Compliance Guide for BLUE Alerts
* Register Before May 1 to Discuss Important Broadcast   Industry Issues with Your Local Lawmakers at MAB   Advocacy Day
* Art Vuolo Receives Talkers Magazine Lifetime   Achievement Award
* WILX-TV Raises Over $800,000 on 'Day of Miracles'   Telethon
* WGVU's Michael Walenta Announces Retirement

All this and more below
We've Moved! 

The MAB Offices are Now Open at 820 N Capitol Ave

The MAB offices have moved from 819 N. Washington Ave. to 820 N. Capitol Ave. We sold the old building and moved temporarily into the building that we owned at 820 N. Capitol this past Monday. All this is in preparation for our brand new building to be located just blocks from the Capitol. The new MAB building is anticipated to get off the ground this May after many starts and stops due to red tape surrounding state tax credits on the land.

The move went smoothly but for anyone that has ever moved a trade association which is required by law to keep certain things for every and others are kept for historical archives, it was a lot of boxes. We are settling in and open for business. The phone number remains the same,  only the address has changed. Remember 820 N. Capitol Ave., It's right behind our old home!

- Karole L. White, President/CEO

Michigan Association of Broadcasters
820 N. Capitol Ave.
Lansing, MI 48906

MAB, EnStar Partner to Earn Energy Rebates For Broadcasters
You may be able to get a refund from your energy company if the new equipment that you plan to purchase or 
have purchased within a year saves energy. Read More

Are you sure you haven't paid too much in sales tax?
It's tax season. Have you taken advantage of all your available sales tax refunds?  You can go back seven years for a refund if you have paid too much in sales tax.  Read More 

Hall of Fame/Lifetime  Achievement  Award
Nominations Deadline Extended to Monday
Nominations will be accepted until 5 p.m. (EDT) on Monday, April 30 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.  Click here to learn more.  

Make Your Hotel Reservation Today for the 2018 Summer Conference
Reservations for The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island can be made here. Price includes breakfast and dinner (Modified American Plan). The MAB has also blocked rooms at two other hotels on the island. Learn more here.  

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.

The FCC Publishes Compliance Guide for BLUE Alerts
The FCC published a Small Entity Compliance Guide for BLUE alerts available here. "The use of the BLU event code is voluntary and EAS. Participants may update their software to add the BLU event code on a voluntary basis. Such software updates may be bundled with other routine software updates to minimize burden and expense," according to the guide

Statewide Tornado Drill Successful
The MAB would like to thank broadcasters for participating in this year's statewide tornado drill on April 11 Read More

Register Before May 1 to Discuss Important Broadcast Industry Issues with Your Local Lawmakers at MAB Advocacy Day
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 . Don't let your station go unrepresented. The Deadline to register is Tuesday, May 1.  Read More

State Capitol_150 State/Legislative Update

Recreational Marijuana Petition Gathers Enough Signatures 
According to a report in Gongwer, the Board of State Canvassers concluded that the voter-initiated petitions to legalize marijuana has collected sufficient valid signatures to be sent to the Legislature for consideration or go to the November ballot .  Read More

Two Televised GOP Gubernatorial Debates Announced
Republicans running for Michigan governor will participate in two televised debates before the August primary election.  The debates were confirmed April 20 by the state Republican Party .  Read More

DC-Capitol_100 Federal/Congressional Update

Congress Considers $2 Million to Fight Radio Pirates
A bill which received bipartisan support proposes to raise the maximum fine for pirate radio to as much as $2 million was discussed in the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. Lawmakers agreed that the current fines are not enough to deter Pirates Read More

FCC Extends LPTV/TV Translator Displacement Filing Deadline
According to David Oxenford's Broadcast Law Blog, the FCC has released a Public Notice announcing an extension in the application filing deadline in the window for LPTV stations and TV translators that are displaced by the TV repacking following the incentive auction. Read More

Broadcasters Designated as Essential Service Providers
According to Scott R. Flick, Pillsbury Law, one of the lessons Hurricane Katrina and subsequent disasters brought home is that in the modern age, communication is every bit as vital to saving lives as disaster relief supplies and helicopters Read More

Congressman Fred Upton Turns 65
MAB President Karole White and Government Relations Director Elena Palombo attended the 65th birthday celebration for U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-6) in St. Joseph on April 20.  Around 100 people gathered for the celebration.  Read More  

Art Vuolo Receives Talkers Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award
Michigan's very own beloved radio industry documentarian and archivist Art Vuolo has been named 2018 Recipient of the Talkers Magazine prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.   Read More

 jācapps COO Bob Kernen Named 'Most Valuable Professional' by Corp! Magazine
The Corp! MVP awards celebrates individuals that make business happen in Michigan and serve their community. These individuals also demonstrate strong leadership skills in growing and managing a successful business, becoming industry experts and delivering lucrative business results .   Read More

Steve Boyle Named New Morning Show Host on 95.9 The Power Cow
Jackson Radio Works has announced an update to the on-air lineup on Jackson's country music station, 95.9 The Power Cow (WIBM).   Read More

Brooke Allen Joins Greg Bowman for Afternoons on WWJ-AM
As reported  on March 16, former WKAR-FM (East Lansing) Morning Edition host Brooke Allen has returned to WWJ-AM (Detroit). It has now been announced that Allen has been named co-host of the station's afternoon drive with current host Greg Bowman .   Read More

WXMI-TV's Garry Frank Goes Viral in Weather Rant

As many of us know in Michigan, spring hasn't been the greatest so far in Michigan and one on-air meteorologist has been hearing about it.  Gary Frank, Meteorologist with WXMI-TV (Grand Rapids) had enough .   Read More

Michigan Broadcasters Awarded Honors from AP
Radio and television stations in Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor and Traverse City were named the best in the state April 22 in the annual Michigan AP Media Editors broadcast competition .   Read More

2018 Edward R. Murrow Award Regional Winner List Released
The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Murrow set as a standard for the profession of electronic journalism. National winners will be announced in June .   Read More

Radio One Detroit Announces Changes
Radio One has announced programming changes for its Detroit properties.  The syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show is being moved from translator W260CB (Soul 99.9) to its WDMK-FM .   Read More

WILX-TV Raises Over $800,000 on 'Day of Miracles' Telethon
On Friday, April 20, WILX-TV (Lansing) devoted its broadcast day to raising funds for the Sparrow Hospital Children's Center annual "Day of Miracles."   Read More

2018 Service to America Award Winners Include Michigan Broadcasters
The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) has announced the winners of the 20th edition of the Celebration of Service to America Awards.  Recipients will be honored at the Celebration of Service to America dinner in June. 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

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

Are We Doing A Good Enough Job Promoting Our Apps?
By: Gary Berkowitz
Berkowitz Broadcast Consulting

I am having some work done on my house. The other day one of the carpenters walked into my office and said, "I hear you're a big shot radio guy." I replied that I was not a big shot, but I was in radio. He is 35 years old and is clearly a music fan.  Read More

5 Targeted Email Campaigns Every Radio Station Should Set Up
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Stratagies

The best way to increase the effectiveness of your radio station's email marketing campaigns is to send your listeners information they want and - just as importantly - don't send them any information that they don't want.   Read More

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

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.

WGVU's Michael Walenta Announces Retirement
Longtime general manager of WGVU Public Media, Michael Walenta, who led the station through tremendous growth, announced his retirement effective June 29, 2018 Read More  

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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 
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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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Bill Keith
Julie Koehn
Fred Jacobs
Paul Jacobs
Mark Libke
Richard Kernen
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Jennifer Williams

Thanks for the Support of Our Associate Members!

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Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan

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