Issue #116 | August 24,  2018 |  View online
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Top of the News:

* Remember: ETRS Form One Due Monday for All EAS   Participants
* More Action Appears to be Coming on AM   Revitalization
* Roxanne Steele Joins Cumulus Media's WDRQ-FM
* Jacobs Media to Offer Free Air Personality Webinar   August 30
* WKHM Spends Summer Supporting Jackson Charities
* Find Your Future Talent at this Fall's Career Fairs

All this and more below

Remember: ETRS Form One Due Monday for All EAS Participants
The FCC and FEMA have established September 20, 2018 as the date for the next nationwide test of the Emergencey Alert System (EAS)... While the test itself is a month away, all EAS participants must file their Form One with the FCC by August 27, 2018 (this Monday) in preparation for the test.  Read More

More Action Appears to be Coming on AM Revitalization
By:  David Oxenford
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, in a speech last week at the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Summer Convention announced that he has circulated to the other Commissioners for review and approval a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking looking to make changes to AM interference standards.  Read More

State/Legislative Updates

Deadline Set for Minimum Wage Proposal Ballot Language
The Board of State Canvassers set August 27 as a deadline for suggested ballot proposal language for the minimum wage increase proposal and the proposal to amend the voting rights. The Department of State must certify the November ballot by 5 p.m. on September 7.  Read More

Gubernatorial Campaigns Differ on Details for Debates
Republican gubernatorial nominee Bill Schuette announced earlier this week that he accepted Democratic nominee Gretchen Whitmer's invitation to three televised debates but the two campaigns have yet to agree on terms and locations.  Read More

DC-Capitol_100 Federal/Regulatory Updates

Senate Passes Resolution in Support of the First Amendment
Last week, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution (S. Res. 607) by unanimous consent affirming that the media "is not the enemy of the people."   Read More

GRM Offers an Interim Licensing Deal
According to a report in Inside Radio, Global Music Rights (GMR) performance rights organization agreed to offer stations another six-month interim licensing agreement. The current deal expires September 30 and GMR has agreed to extend those interim deals through March 31, 2019.

Roxanne Steele Joins Cumulus Media's WDRQ-FM
Roxanne Steele, former midday host at WYCD-FM (Detroit) has joined Cumulus Media's WDRQ-FM (Detroit; known to listeners as NASH FM) for weekend on-air duties.   Read More

Up North Radio Promotes Bob Aldrich, Rich Spicer
Up North Radio (Cadillac-Big Rapids) has promoted Bob Aldrich to Vice-President of Operations and appointed Rich Spicer Operations Manager WCDY-FM and WCKC-FM (Cadillac).   Read More

Jacobs Media to Offer Free Air Personality Webinar August 30
Bingham Farms-based Jacobs Media Strategies has announced that it has completed "AQ - Radio's First Comprehensive Study of Air Personalities Unveiled," and will present the results of that study with a free webinar on Thursday, August 30 at 2 p.m. Eastern .   Read More

Midwestern Broadcasting Takes WCCW-AM to Oldies
Midwestern Broadcasting's WCCW-AM (Traverse City) has flipped from a full-time sports format to oldies, as "AM 13."  The switch happened this past Monday, August 20.   Read More

WKHM Spends Summer Supporting Jackson Charities
It has been a giving summer for Jackson Radio Works. On July 19, K-105.3 (WKHM-FM) and NewsTalk 970AM/101.5FM (WKHM-AM) hosted their annual "old fashioned" radio charity auction live on-air during the morning show, 7 - 10 a.m.   Read More

Lansing's WQHH Holds Annual Backpack Giveaway
MacDonald Broadcasting's WQHH-FM (Dewitt-Lansing) held their annual Backpack Giveaway August 16.  The event was held at the Gier Community Center from 4 to 6 p.m.

Mark your calendars to spend "Third Thursdays with the MAB" each month throughout 2018. Webinars are free to MAB members. Questions? Contact Jacquelen Timm at 1-800-YOUR-MAB or

September 20, 2018 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
with David Oxenford

October 18, 2018 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
with Chris Lytle

November 15, 2018 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
with David Oxenford

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Help Mentor the Future Generation of Broadcast and Media
BCBC'18 is just around the corner. We're hard at work planning educational sessions for the upcoming Broadcast Career Builder Conference (BCBC) on November 16. Read More
Find Your Future Talent at this Fall's Career Fairs
The MAB Foundation will host three Media Career Fairs this Fall. Find your station's next all-star talent October 10 at Ferris State University, October 24 at Western Michigan University and November 16 the Broadcasting Career Builder Conference at Lansing Community College's West Campus.   Reserve your station's booth now.
3 New Members Join the MAB Foundation's Board of Directors
Welcome new MAB Foundation Board Members for 2018-2019: Rockford High School's Jason Springer, WOOD-TV's Julie Brinks and WJNR/WOBE/WHTO's Trisha Peterson! See all members of the MABF Board of Directors here
10 Things to Include in Your Radio Station's Electronic Press Kit
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Strategies t

If your radio station would like to get press coverage - and what station wouldn't - it's a good idea to put together an electronic press kit (EPK).  Read More

We can't wait to see you!
Do you know about our "Snack and Learn" program? MAB staff members love to visit stations to share about all the ways we are here to serve our members. And we would love to see you!  Email Jacquelen Timm   to schedule a "Snack and Learn" with the MAB.
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In This Issue
August 27
Deadline for stations to update EAS information with FCC in ERTS

September 20 | 1-2 pm
Webinar: "Podcasting Legal Issues for Broadcasters" with David Oxenford ( Register)

September 20 | 2:18 pm
Nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System

October 10 | 12-3pm
MABF Media Career Fair at Ferris State University
(Register Your Station)

October 18 | 1-2 pm
Webinar: Leadership Lessons for Broadcast Managers with Chris Lytle ( Register)

October 24 | 12-3 pm
MABF Media Career Fair at Western Michigan University  (Register Your Station)

November 15 | 1-2 pm
Webinar: "License Renewal" with David Oxenford ( Register)

November 16
BCBC '18 at Lansing Community College - West Campus ( Learn More)

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