Issue No. 267 | August 13, 2021 | View Online
Sam Klemet to Become
CEO of the MAB
Sam Klemet rose out of 38 applicants to be the number one choice of the MAB Transition committee for the position of President/CEO of the MAB upon the retirement of long-time President and CEO Karole White in January of 2022. 

Sam will begin at the MAB in early September as President-Elect and work with Ms. White until her retirement. Ms. White is working out the details with the transition committee to serve as a consultant to the new CEO for a period of time as needed next year. Read More and View Sam's Welcome Video and Resume.
Upcoming Events/Dates
August 19 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Free Webinar: "Copyright Issues for Broadcasters" with David Oxenford, Wilkinson, Barker & Knauer, LLP.

September 3
Lowest Unit Charge Window Opens for
November 2, 2021 General Election

September 16 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Free Webinar: "Monetizing Podcasts" with Seth Resler, Jacobs Media Strategies. (Register Now)

September 27
Final Deadline to complete Form 3 in ETRS with your detailed results of Nationwide EAS Test. (Read More)
Scott Shigley Elected MAB Chairman
Scott Shigley, General Manager, Liggett Communications (Port Huron), was elected Chairman of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Board of Directors during the organization’s Annual Business Meeting on Tuesday (8/10).
MAB Welcomes New Officers to Board
At the August 10, 2021 MAB Annual Business Meeting, four new officers were elected to serve on the MAB Board of Directors. Please welcome:
Weekly Michigan Government Update
Kelley Cawthorne is the MAB legislative consultant working with MAB President White on your behalf in Lansing
The House of Representatives and Senate are at recess. The House of Representatives is next scheduled for session the week of August 16. Governor Whitmer’s office announced that it anticipates revising state employees’ mask policy to more closely align with CDC recommendations, including possible masking requirements. Read More
MIOSHA Encourages Employers to Follow Updated CDC Guidance to Contain the Spread of COVID-19
The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) is strongly encouraging Michigan employers to follow recently updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines due to the Delta variant of COVID-19. Read More
MAB Signs 50 State Tax Certificate Letter;
Thank You Sen. Gary Peters
Your MAB has joined 49 other state broadcast associations in signing a letter to Congress in support for the Minority Tax Certificate Program. During the 117th Congress, the Expanding Broadcast Ownership Opportunities Act (H.R. 4871) was introduced in the House. Additionally, Sen. Gary Peters (MI) and Sen. Robert Menendez (NJ) introduced S.2456, the Broadcast VOICES Act in the Senate.
No Michigan Stations on Latest FCC EEO Audit List
Michigan broadcast stations can breathe a sigh of relief as there are no call letters from our state on the latest FCC EEO Audit list, released August 6. This is the second round of its 2021 Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) audit letters to randomly selected radio and television stations. The complete list of stations selected round can be downloaded here.
Reminder: Submit Your Final Repacking Invoices Soon
On August 9, the FCC issued a Public Notice reminding all full-power and Class A TV stations that were repacked in Phases 1 through 5 of the post-incentive auction repacking of the TV band (and repacked stations that were granted permission to transition prior to Phase 1) that they must submit all remaining invoices for reimbursement from the TV Broadcaster Relocation Fund no later than October 8, 2021. Read More
Embedding Social Media Videos on Your Website? – Court Case Says Get Permission from Copyright Owner First
By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP
We’ve written before over the controversy as to whether embedding pictures or video served by a social media site on your website negates the need to get explicit permission from the copyright owner for that use. Read More
Marc Daly Returns to Jackson radio with McKibbin Media Group; Lewis Promoted
A recognizable voice is returning to the Jackson, Mich. airwaves as McKibbin Media Group (MMG) announced the hiring of veteran on-air personality Marc Daly. Daly, who officially started his second stint with Jackson-based MMG on July 26, will serve as an on-air personality and marketing/sales specialist for the iconic radio stations. In another personnel update, K105.3 (WKHM-FM) Morning Show Co-Host Jenny Lewis has added Production Director to her title. Read More
WWMT Upgrades Signal with New Antenna, Transmitter
Sinclair Broadcast Group's WWMT-TV (Kalamazoo) has lit up a new transmitter and antenna at its Gun Lake transmitter site in Barry County. Starting late afternoon on August 6, over-the-air viewers of the station and its digital subchannel (CW7) may have noticed an improved signal coming to their TV sets. Read More
Blarney Stone Broadcasting puts TC West High School Sports Back On Air
The Traverse City West Titans’ football, boys’ basketball and select girls’ basketball games will be broadcast after a long hiatus thanks to an exclusive partnership with Blarney Stone Broadcasting. For the first time in more than 15 years, the full schedule of these sports will be broadcast on WWMN-FM (Thompsonville). Read More
2021 NAB Marconi Radio Award Finalists Announced; One Michigan Station on List
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has announced the finalists for the 2021 NAB Marconi Radio Awards, honoring radio stations and on-air personalities for excellence in broadcasting. Read More
WWJ Radio Announces New Lineup
Audacy's WWJ-AM (Detroit) has announced a new anchor lineup, effective immediately. Jason Scott has been promoted to morning drive and will co-anchor with Roberta Jasina. Tony Ortiz has also been elevated as new afternoon drive co-anchor, teaming with Jackie Paige. Brooke Allen will continue in middays. Read More
Heritage Center to Explore Public Broadcasting's Impact In The U.P.
Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center Director Dan Truckey has announced that the organization is going to explore the impact public broadcasting has made in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. They are particularly interested in how it affected young people in the region, whether they were going to attend Northern Michigan University or any other college or just life in general. Read More
FREE WEBINAR: Copyright Issues for Broadcasters
with David Oxenford, Wilkinson, Barker, Knauer

Thursday, August 19, 2021 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Whether on-air or online, broadcasters constantly face copyright issues in their operations. Music licensing is always so confusing – who are all these organizations that want money and why should I pay them? How much will my radio station pay to make its programming available on various digital platforms? Can I use pictures or content from other sources in my newscast without getting permission from the originator? What can I put in a podcast without permission – or what can I use in a commercial without getting into trouble? How about online – can pictures on my website get me into trouble – and how about material that is posted on my website by users?
FREE WEBINAR: Leadership and Selling Philosophies
for Today!
Paul Weyland, LBS Broadcast Expert

Wednesday, August 25 | 12:00 p.m. Eastern
Today's leaders and sellers are facing challenges and opportunities that have never been addressed before. Paul Weyland will provide you with broadcast leadership and selling philosophies for you to consider as you make this year one of your best ever. Come prepared to expand your thinking on how to raise your professional status and servicing our customers at stellar levels.
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What It’s Like to Return to an In-Person Conference
By: Seth Resler, Jacobs Media Strategies
In the not-too-distant past, I used to travel to industry conferences frequently. I was boarding a plane twice a month to speak at conferences held by trade magazines and state broadcaster organizations. Then the pandemic hit. Read More