Issue #162 |  August 23, 2019   |   View online
Top of the News:

* Effective Date of Most of the Changes to the Children's   Television Rules is set for September 16
* WWJ-AM Celebrates 99 Years
* Exhibitor Registration is NOW open for the 2020   #MABshow
* NEW! Young Professionals Award
* Mentor the Future Generation of Broadcast and Media   Leaders at BCBC '19

All this and more below
LPFMs Should Check Transmitters for FCC Label
REC Networks reports that a low-power FM station in California was recently cited by the FCC for operating without a transmitter that has been certified for use in the LPFM service.  Read More

Mark You Calendars!
SBE Ennes Workshop
November 8, 2019
Lansing Community College
Registration opens in September!

Sessions will include:

"Spurs - Your Fault or Not?"
Sean Edwards, Shively Labs
"Practical Cybersecurity for the Broadcast Station"
Wayne Pecena
"Case Histories in Lightning Protection and Grounding"
Jeff Welton, Nautel
"Workbench Tips"
John Bisset, Telos Alliance
WION Hosts 2019 SBE Picnic
On Thursday, August 15, WION Radio in Ionia hosted broadcast engineers from SBE Chapter 102 (West Michigan/Grand Rapids) and SBE Chapter 91 (Lansing/Mid Michigan) on the lawn of the radio station for Chapter 102 & 39's annual picnic. The Mid Michigan group was invited by the West Michigan chapter to come and take in the event by Chapter 102 & 39's Mark Wittkoski.  Read More

Effective Date of Most of the Changes to the Children's Television Rules is set for September 16
By: David Oxenford
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP 

Notice was published in the Federal Register August 16 of the FCC's changes in the children's television rules - setting the effective date for most of those new rules as September 16. The elimination of the obligation to air three hours of children's educational and informational programming for each digital multicast channel will expire on that date.  Read More

Michigan Republican Party Sues to Block Redistricting Commission
The Michigan Republican Party filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday to challenge what it calls the "unfair and unconstitutional proposed redistricting committee," according to MIRS news service.  Read More

NAB Urges FCC To Reallocate 200 MHz Of C-Band Spectrum
On August 7, the NAB urged the FCC to move without delay in reallocating 200 MHz of C-band spectrum (between 3.7 and 4.3 GHz) for terrestrial wireless service.  Read More

WILX Names Eric Lacy as Managing Editor
Gray Televsion's WILX-TV (Lansing) has added journalist Eric Lacy to its newsroom.  Lacy has covered news and sports for the Lansing State Journal since 2015. Throughout his career, he has been an enterprise, breaking news and government accountability reporter, and his knowledge and experience will be a great asset to the News 10 team Read More

Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton Wins Personal Finance Reporting Award
On August 15, The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) and the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) announced that Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton is the winner of the 2019 Excellence in Personal Finance Reporting Award in the Radio category Read More

WWJ-AM Celebrates 99 Years
On Thursday Entercom's WWJ-AM (Detroit) celebrated 99 years on the air and as the world's first radio station.
It was August 20, 1920 when the station first went on the air, becoming the first radio station in the world to broadcast regularly scheduled daily programs Read More

GM Student Corp from Detroit's Central High Tours WXYZ/WMYD-TV
The GM Student Corp from Detroit's Central High recently took a tour of WXYZ/WMYD-TV (Detroit) and received good advice about how today's broadcast industry works. Several on-air and behind-the-scenes employees took time out of their busy schedules to answer excellent questions from the students. Read More

WQHH Holds Annual Backpack Giveaway
For the sixth year in a row, MacDonald Broadcasting's Power 96.5 WQHH-FM (Lansing) held its annual Backpack Giveway on August 15.  Read More


Exhibitor Registration is NOW open for the 2020 #MABshow
For the last two years, the exhibit hall has SOLD OUT! Don't miss your chance to attend the biggest show of 2020. Contact Jackie at with questions or  click here to learn more.

Member Sightings ... 
WLNS-TV News Director Jam Sardar was seen with
MAB President/CEO 
Karole L. White at Lansing station's
Fall Premier last week. 
The Broadcast Excellence Awards will be here soon. Put these Important BEA Dates on Your Calendar ... 

October 28, 2019:
 Contest Opens 

January 9, 2020: 
Contest Closes 

March 4, 2020:
 BEA Reception and Ceremony at the Great Lakes Media Show at the Lansing Center.

NEW!  Young Professionals Award
We're excited to announce that we are creating an opportunity for you to recognize your amazing up-and-coming broadcasters. The first MAB Young Professionals Awards will be given out at the 2020 Summer Conference, but we're seeking nominees right now! Learn More 

Meet Your New MAB Board Member of the Week: Debbie Petersmark
Debbie Petersmark serves as Vice President/General Manager of WILX Media, a Gray Television station which operates WILX-TV 10 (NBC),, and WILX Digital. Debbie joined the station in 2000 as an Account Executive and served as General Sales Manager from 2014-2018.  Read More

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Mentor the Future Generation of Broadcast and Media Leaders at BCBC '19
BCBC'19 is just around the corner. We're hard at work planning educational sessions for the upcoming Broadcast Career Builder Conference (BCBC) on November 8. WE WANT YOU to get involved with the future generation of broadcasters by serving as Speed Networkers! If interested, contact Sarah

CMU Upgrades Studio for the Future of TV
Broadcast and cinematic arts students at Central Michigan University will discover a newly upgraded Moore Hall Television studio and control room when they return for classes this fall, according to CMU News. Read More

The MAB Foundation is hosting a JOB FAIR!
Let us help you fulfill your hiring needs!     

Tuesday, September 17 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Oakland County Michigan Works! Pontiac
1850 N. Perry St., Pontiac, MI 48340
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We Want to Hear from You!


September 19, 2019 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
"What the future sales team looks
like and how you can prepare"
with Laurie Kahn, Media Staffing Network

What the sales teams of the future looks like: Who does what? How do you pay them? More detailed plans on what a team sales approach would look like, who would benefit, ideas on how to compensate and why clients like this plan. This session will help employers better understand how to grow a team organically and use each person to their best skills.  Click here to Register

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Don't miss out on your opportunity for free, online training as an MAB member! Sign your staff up today! 

4 Ideas for Evergreen Content for Radio Stations
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Strategies

When it comes to radio, most of our content is very timely. This makes sense for the medium. After all, a DJ's break is spoken, then disappears into the ether, never to be heard again. So there's a need to be in the moment, talking about whatever is relevant to the audience right then and there.  Read More

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In This Issue
September 17
MABF Job Fair at Oakland County Michigan Works!
(Register Your Station)

September 19
Webinar: "What the future sales team looks like and how you can prepare?"

October 23
MABF Media Career Fair at Grand Valley State University Eberhard Center
(Register Your Station)

November 8
SBE Ennes Workshop 

November 8
MABF Media Career Fair at Lansing Community College - West Campus (Register Your Station


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Posted: August 22, 2019

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Posted: August 22, 2019

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