Issue #69 -  August 3 , 2017 | View online
Top of the News:

* National Lawmakers will be Part of Awards Banquet
* FCC Sets August 28 Deadline for Updates to ERTS   Reporting System
Snyder Urged to reject Microsoft White Space   Proposal

All this and more below
August 4: Deadline for early-bird registration for the MAB Adovacy Conference and Awards Banquet. Details below.

August 28: 
Deadline for filing Form One in the FCC ERTS system for reporting results of the upcoming national EAS test.  Details below.
National Lawmakers will be Part of Awards Banquet
The MAB is thrilled to welcome two Washington D.C. lawmakers home to Michigan during the August 22 Awards Banquet at Crystal Mountain Resort.  Read more here... 

Early-Bird Discounts Extended 
MAB members have one last chance to save on registration to this year's Advocacy Conference and Awards Banquet. Early-Bird discounts have been extended through 11:45 p.m. on Friday, August 4.   Read more here...

FCC Sets August 28 Deadline for Updates to ERTS Reporting System
By: David 
Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP

We  wrote earlier about the upcoming EAS Nationwide Test and the need for broadcasters to make sure that their EAS equipment is operating in compliance with all FCC rules. The FCC itself has now released its own Public NoticeRead more here...

EAS Equipment Checklist
To help broadcasters better prepare for the 2017 National Periodic Test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS), here is a list of issues that occurred during the 2016 national test that EAS participants might want to check:  Read more here...

of Michigan Legislative 

Snyder_150 Snyder Urged to reject Microsoft White Space Proposal
The MAB reached out to Gov. Rick Snyder and members of the Michigan Congressional Delegation urging the lawmakers to reject Microsoft's attempts to secure free TV spectrum for a nationwide channel (aka 'white space') to use for unlicensed devices.  Read more here...

Federal/Congressional Update

DC-Capitol_100 Viewer Protection Act Introduced
U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-NJ), and 10 cosponsors formally introduced the Viewer Protection Act, H.R. 3347, legislation aimed to address any funding or timing insufficiencies relating to the upcoming post-incentive auction repacking.  Read more here...

Bill Seeks Royalties for Pre-1972 Musical Works
According to a report in RadioWorld, legislation has been introduced to establish copyright protections for performances of pre-1972 musical works.  Read more here...

Join Us for the MABPAC Fundraiser!
The MAB Political Action Committee (MABPAC) would like to invite you to our annual Summer Fundraiser at the beautiful Crystal Mountain Resort. The event will feature a reception at the Mountain Top along with private Clipper Chairlift Rides with the breathtaking views of the surrounding area.  Read more here... 

Arbitrators Side With Radio and Reduce SESAC License Fees
The Radio Music License Committee ("RMLC") has announced terms of a settlement agreement that brings an end to almost three years of antitrust litigation commenced by the RMLC against SESAC. This agreement is related to the public performance by radio stations of musical works in the SESAC repertory. Read more here...
WDIV Detroit's Paul Gross named Fellow of American Meteorological Society
WDIV-TV (Detroit) Meteorologist Paul Gross is being recognized with high honors from the American Meteorological SocietyPaul has been named a Fellow of the Society and has won an Emmy from the Michigan Chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences.   Read more here...
Fentzke Named as New GSM at WWMT 
WWMT-TV (Kalamazoo) has announced that Brian Fentzke has been promoted from Local Sales Manager to the station's General Sales Manager. Read more here...
WOTV's Maranda wraps Park Party season in Battle Creek!
WOTV-TV (Battle Creek) Maranda's Park Parties traveled to six communities across West Michigan, including an event at Northwestern Middle School in Battle Creek. Around 5,700 children and families turned out at the final Park Party of the summer on July 27, bringing this year's total party-goers to an estimated 35,800 participants! Read more here...
WXYZ Partners on 'Detroit 67: Perspectives' Exhibit 
WXYZ-TV (Detroit) has announced that they have partnered with the Detroit Historical Society on the exhibit, "Detroit 67: Perspectives," a ground-breaking exhibition that explores 50 years of the region's social, cultural, economic and political climate leading up the civil uprising in the summer of 1967. Read more here...
28 Stations Participate in D.R.A.G. Radio Day 2017
A big "tank you" and shout out to the Detroit Radio Advertising Group (D.R.A.G.) for inviting the MAB to be a part of Radio Day 2017!   Read more here...
New P1 Learning Training Course: Taking Control of Your Career: 03. Taking Action

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How to Help Millennials Overcome Failure
By: Ryan Jenkins
Next Generation Speaker / Columnist

Millennials' altitude in their career and your organization is determined by their attitude towards failure.  Read more here...
The Robinson Report:
No Small Parts
By: Kevin Robinson
Robinson Media

If you're in the small club to see the TOP of the Statue of Liberty, you'll find immaculate detail that rivals all other parts of Lady LibertySo, why is this a - thing?  Read more here...

You're Launching a New Radio Morning Show. Here's Your Station's Digital Plan.
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Stratagies

There's no limit to what a station can do, but to start, I would implement a plan to create content on a daily basis that can be shared over social media.  Read more here...
Career Fairs are right around the corner! 
  • Wednesday, October 18 - Western Michigan University (12 - 4 p.m.)
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  • Thursday, October 26 - Specs Howard School of Media Arts (4 - 7 p.m.)
  • Friday, November 10 - BCBC '17: LCC West Campus (11:30 a.m -1 p.m.)
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Michigan Radio News Staff Changes
On July 31, Michigan Radio announced two changes to its news staff. Lindsey Smith has started work as the station's new Investigative Reporter As part of the change, Bryce Huffman will take over as Michigan Radio's new West Michigan Reporter. Read more here...

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