Issue #148 |  April 26, 2019   |   View online
Top of the News:

* 2019 MAPB Public Media Impact Award Nominations   Due June 5
* MAB's Annual Capitol Day Will Connect Broadcasters   and Lawmakers on May 14
* FCC Proposes 20% Hike for Most Radio Stations   Annual Fees
* Six Michigan Broadcasters Win Regional Edward R.   Murrow Awards
* Michigan Radio's Believed Podcast Wins Peabody Award
* LSSU Launches Cannabis Business Degree Program
* Don't Get Surprised by the FCC, Schedule Your   Station's ABIP Inspection While 2019 Dates Are Still   Available

All this and more below
2019 MAPB Public Media Impact Award Nominations Due June 5
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
State/Legislative Update

Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Allocate Electoral Votes by Congressional District
State Representative Beau LaFave (R-108) introduced legislation to eliminate the winner-take-all approach to allocating electoral votes in presidential elections in Michigan and award electors on a congressional district-by-district basis and two electors at large to the candidate who wins the popular vote.    Read More

Microgrid Bill Introduced in the House
Legislation allowing critical facilities like hospitals, police stations, emergency response centers and water treatment plants to operate their own microgrids to receive power during outages and emergencies was introduced in the House. Read More

Federal/Regulatory Update

FCC Proposes 20% Hike for Most Radio Stations Annual Fees
According to a report in Inside Radio, the FCC released its preliminary annual regulatory fees guidelines. It appears that most  radio stations will pay an average of 20% more. Read More

Six Michigan Broadcasters Win Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards
The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) has announced the winners of the 2019 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards honoring outstanding achievement in broadcast and digital journalism, technical expertise and adherence to RTDNA's Code of Ethics.  Read More

Michigan Radio's Believed Podcast Wins Peabody Award
Michigan Radio's Believed podcast was named a winner of a prestigious Peabody Award on April 23. This is the first time Michigan Radio has won a Peabody Award.  Read More

Personalities at WLHT (Grand Rapids) and WTLZ (Saginaw) Win AWMF Gracie Awards
The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) has announced the Radio and Interactive Media winners of the 44th annual Gracie Awards, to be presented at a dinner on May 21 in Beverly Hills for national radio and a luncheon in New York on June 26 for local and student winners.  Two Michigan broadcasters will be honored.  Read More

Mike Scott Joins WKCQ
AllAccess reports that MacDonald Broadcasting's WKCQ-FM (Saginaw) has hired Michigan broadcasting veteran Mike Scott for weekend air duties beginning May 4. Read More

WLNS Collects Electronic Junk for Earth Day
Earth Day 2019 took place April 22; and Nexstar Broadcasting's WLNS-TV (Lansing) honored the day by helping viewers discard unwanted electronic equipment and devices through recycling outside the station's studios.  Read More

Entercom Detroit Cleans Up For Earth Day

On April 22, staff at Entercom Communications Detroit banded together to clean up the wetlands across the street from the offices and road side near their offices on 11 Mile Road in Southfield, which houses WWJ-AM, WYCD-FM, WOMC-FM, WDZH-FM and WXYT-AM/FM.  Read More

LSSU Launches Cannabis Business Degree Program
Editor's note:  The MAB wants to inform its members of advertising opportunities that may occur in the future.  At the present time, the advertising of cannabis products by broadcasting licensees is prohibited by Federal law.  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

ABIP 11 Don't Get Surprised by the FCC, Schedule Your Station's ABIP Inspection While 2019 Dates Are Still Available
NASBA General Council Richard R. Zaragoza has advised that for the next several years, broadcast stations will be facing a potentially serious risks of petitions and complaints when they file their license renewal applications.
The MAB's 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

'Snack and Learn' to Know the MAB
Do you know about all the services and programs through the MAB?  If not, the MAB would love to come "Snack and Learn" with you and your team! ! 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:

Do you know about The Digital Hotline?
Michigan-based Jacobs Media has been selected by the MAB to provide innovative and important services to its members that center on helping radio and television stations improve their digital, social media, and mobile strategies.  Facebook to Twitter, from Apple to Android, from websites to email databases, the Jacobs team is at the disposal of MAB members. If they cannot provide the answers themselves, they will refer questions to other industry resources that are available. Learn More

Attention Members!  
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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

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The MAB Foundation provides the following:
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Meet Your Foundation Board Member of the Week: Rebecca Falk 
Rebecca Falk was born and raised in metro Detroit.  She started her radio career in high school as an intern for 98.7 WLLZ and remained an intern at the station throughout college.  She was hired full-time in the promotions department at WLLZ after graduating from Eastern Michigan University with a degree in Telecommunications and Marketing.  Read More 

How Micro-Content Can Boost Your Radio Station's Digital Engagement
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Strategies

For years now, we've been talking about how radio stations can use a Content Marketing strategy to drive listeners back to their websites. The overall strategy is fairly simple: Create compelling content (blogposts, videos, podcasts, etc.) for your website, then share that content on social networks so people click through and come back to your station's site. 
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In This Issue
May 14, 2019
MAB State Capitol Advocacy Day, Lansing (Register Here)

May 16, 2019
Webinar: "The Basics - 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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(Kalamazoo - Battle Creek)
Posted: April 19, 2019

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