Issue #72-  August 24 , 2017 | View online
Top of the News:

* MAB Honors Sen. Debbie Stabenow With Lifetime of   Distinguished Public Service Award 
* MAB celebrates Lifetime Achievement Award,  2017   Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame Inductees

All this and more below
August 28: Deadline for filing Form One in the FCC ERTS system for reporting results of the upcoming national EAS test. 

MAB Honors Sen. Debbie Stabenow With Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award 
The Michigan Association  of Broadcasters (MAB) honored Sen. Debbie Stabenow with its 2017 Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award on Tuesday, August 22 at Crystal Mountain Resort.  Read more here...  

MAB celebrates Lifetime Achievement Award,  2017 Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame Inductees

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) presented its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award and welcomed four other outstanding individuals into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame on Tuesday, August 22 at Crystal Mountain Resort. Read more here... 

Reminder: ETRS Form One Registration Due Monday 
The FCC and FEMA have established September 27, 2017 as the date for the next nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). Like last year's test, all EAS participants must file Form 1 a month before the test.   Read more here...

FCC Releases New EAS Guide
To help small businesses, nonprofits and small governmental jurisdictions comply with its latest EAS rules, the Federal Communications Commission has released the "Small Entity Compliance Guide Review of the Emergency Alert System." Read more here... 

State/Legistlative Update

Snyder_150 Snyder Creates a New Opioid Council
Gov. Rick Snyder signed an executive directive on August 15 forming a new Council on Opioid and Prescription Drug Enforcement and named Lt. Gov. Brian Calley as its chair.  Read more here...

Federal/Congressional Update

DC-Capitol_100 FCC Releases a List of FM Channels Available in Future Auctions
According to the Broadcast Law Blog, the FCC released an order listing various vacant FM channels.    Read more here...

Peter Tanz Elected Chair of the MAB
Peter Tanz, Senior Vice President for Midwest Communications, was elected Chair of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Board of Directors during the organization's annual business meeting on Tuesday, August 22 at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville.  Read more here...

Townsquare Announces Multi-Year Radio Broadcast Partnership with Flint Firebirds Hockey Club
On August 21, the Flint Firebirds Hockey Club, in conjunction with Townsquare Media, announced a new multi-year partnership, making WQUS-FM (US 103.1 FM) the exclusive flagship radio station for Firebirds' games.  Read more here...
Trudi Daniels Joins WGFM/WCHY
All-Access reports that Black Diamond Broadcasting rock simulcast stations WGFM-FM (Cheboygan-Traverser City) and WGFE-FM (Glen Arbor) have added former WRIF personality Trudi Daniels to the station's lineup.  Read more here...

Beasley Media Group Unveils Company-Wide Community of Caring Initiative
Beasley Media Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. has announced the unveiling of a company-wide "Community of Caring" Public Service initiative that will run throughout the organization's 63 radio stations. Read more here...

New P1 Learning Training Course: Negotiating: 03. Styles

Course Description: What's your style? Are you an avoider? Or an accommodator? Do you ever compromise? Each negotiation style has benefits, risks, and a best time to use it. Here, we go through each, so you can have a full "bag of tricks" come negotiation time.  Click here to log in and watch this course...

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Fall Book Prep:  10 Areas to Review for a Strong Ratings Performance
By: Gary Berkowitz
Berkowitz Broadcast Consulting

(The Fall book starts September 14th)

Hard to believe, but in diary markets, the fall book starts in one month. Since I am a big believer in "being brilliant with the basics" here are 10 programming musts if you want a good outcome when the books are released.   Read more here...

Ask Every Sales Candidate This Provocative Question
By: Chris Lytle, Content Developer

If you want to save yourself from another bad hire, then ask this question toward the end of your first interview:   Read more here...
This One WordPress Plugin Is Responsible for 16% of Our Website Pageviews
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Stratagies

As radio broadcasters, we don't give much thought to recycling our content. The medium is fleeting; we do an on-air break, and then it disappears into the ether. Once we wrap up a show, we're looking ahead to the next one.   Read more here...

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MAPB Honors 2017 Public Media Impact Award Recipients
The Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters (MAPB) presented its 2017 Public Media Impact Awards on Tuesday, August 22 at Crystal Mountain Resort.   Read more here...

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