Issue #160 |  August 2, 2019   |   View online
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* SBE Releases EAS 2019 National Periodic Test Final   Checklist
* Another Warning Letter on CBD Promotional Copy -   and Some Ideas on Timing of Government Clarity on   Rules on Legal Hemp Products
* FCC Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)   Improvement Proposal Submitted by Broadcasters
* 25 Years of Bayview Races make WPHM's Dennis   Stuckey an 'Old Goat'
* Detroit Public Television Receives 2019 Governor's   Service Award

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SBE Releases EAS 2019 National Periodic Test Final Checklist
As the 2019 National EAS Test, commonly called the National Periodic Test (NPT), approaches, there are several steps broadcasters should take to ensure they are prepared on August 7.  Read More

Another Warning Letter on CBD Promotional Copy - and Some Ideas on Timing of Government Clarity on Rules on Legal Hemp Products
By: David Oxenford
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP 

CBD has been a hot topic for media companies - trying to decipher what products are legal and which can be advertised. We have written a number of articles on CBD, hemp and other cannabis advertising issues... Some recent government correspondence indicates that clarity on the legality of CBD production may be coming soon, but that any resolution about the health claims that can be made about CBD products and their use in food and drugs may still be years away. Read More

State/Legislative Update

Lawsuit Filed to Challenge Redistricting Commission
A lawsuit filed on Tuesday in U.S. District Court charged that commission created violates the First and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution and must be invalidated, according to a report in Gongwer.   Read More

Federal/Regulatory Update

FCC Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Improvement Proposal Submitted by Broadcasters
A coalition of 82 broadcasters is asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to streamline certain Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) rules to reduce what they call "burdensome paperwork" and create a more equitable playing field.   Read More

NAB Urges FCC to Take Proposed C-Band Alliance Solution
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is backing a proposal to allow mobile services to tap into C-band spectrum currently used by radio and TV stations that would carve off a portion of what the wireless companies want and leave some spectrum for current users, according to a report in InsideRadio   Read More

2019 NAB Congressional PSAs - Now Available
Since 1985, NAB has hosted the Congressional PSA program in off-election years, inviting members of Congress and their families to appear in up to two 30-second television and radio PSAs.   Read More

25 Years of Bayview Races make WPHM's Dennis Stuckey an 'Old Goat'
Veteran Port Huron Sportscaster Dennis Stuckey reached "Old Goat" status this July by covering his 25th Bells Beer Bayview Mackinac Sailboat Race. Those who sail in the annual Port Huron to Mackinac yacht race for a quarter-century earn the prestigious title of "Old Goat" from the Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit.  Read More

Department of Justice Approves Nexstar Acquisition of Tribune
The Department of Justice has given its thumbs up to Nexstar Media Group's acquisition of Tribune Media on the condition that it move ahead with the spin offs of stations in 13 markets where it would have overlapping stations. The FCC has yet to approve the deal.  Read More

mediaBrew Closes on Acquisition of Marquette Stations
mediaBrew Communications, led by veteran radio executive Chuck Williams, has closed on the purchase of seven radio outlets and translators from Great Lakes Radio in Marquette.  The announcement was made July 31.  Read More

iHeartMedia Detroit Crew Cycles for Make-A-Wish Foundation
This past Thursday through Saturday, iHeartMedia (Detroit) SVP/Programming and WKQI-FM Program Director Tony Travatto, Mojo In The Morning VP of Digital Impact Joey "Radio" Namou, Oakland County Sheriff's Deputy Joe Ashley and iHeartMedia (Detroit) Account Executive Hassan Fawaz biked 300 miles, 100 miles a day, from Traverse City to Marshall in the single largest fundraising event for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  Read More

Detroit Public Television Receives 2019 Governor's Service Award
On July 26, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Detroit Public TV (DPTV) as the winner of a 2019 Governor's Service Award as an Education Service Leader for its work in early childhood education, providing parents, educators and other caregivers with the skills and resources they need to prepare children for school and life .   Read More

StoryCorps to Begin Recording Interviews with Residents of Flint on August 6
StoryCorps, a renowned nonprofit organization celebrating the stories of everyday Americans, will record interviews in Flint from August 6 to September 6 as part of its cross-country MobileBooth tour.   Read More

Meet Your MAB Staff Member of the Week: Ann Walters
Ann began at the MAB in 1999 as the Executive Assistant to President Karole White. As well as her executive assistant duties, she now also manages the MAB office and oversees all its properties, assists with membership and serves as the coordinator for the Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters Board of Directors.  She also manages the MAB alternative broadcast inspection program.  Ann received her Associates Degree from Yuba College in California in business management. Her interests include camping, kayaking, attending Detroit Tigers baseball games and baking with her two adorable granddaughters.
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For Radio, Should Podcast Production Happen at the Corporate or Station Level?
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Strategies

Over the last several years, the radio industry's approach to podcasting has changed. Several years ago, a lot of podcasts were started by on-air talent looking for additional creative outlets beyond their regular shows. Often, they would launch their podcasts without anybody from the programming department knowing or caring, let alone anybody from the sales side of the building.   Read More

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National EAS Test

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