Issue #114 | August 3,  2018 |  View online
Keep an eye out this week for your NCSA Agreements to arrive in the mail. These agreements will cover 18 months rather than 12 months, from August 1, 2018 through December 31, 2019. Please get these signed by the appropriate person at your station GSM , GM  or Market Manager and return a signed copy to MAB, 820 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing, MI 48906.  You may also FAX them to 517-484-5810 or email If you have any questions, contact Sara at 517-999-9323.
Top of the News:

* EAS Updates - Nationwide Test, Filing Deadline for   Revised Form 1, and New Rules for Use of EAS Tones   and Reporting of False Alerts
* Hackers set off Sirens in Genesee County
* WKAR's Susi Elkins, Gary Blievernicht Talk ATSC 3.0
* WWTV/WWUP Chief Engineer Lowell Shore Retires   After 58 Years
* WHTC Celebrates 70 Years!
* Help to Mentor the Future Generation of Broadcast and   Media at BCBC '18

All this and more below
#MABSummer is Almost Here!
MAB Chairman Peter Tanz (Midwest Communications, Kalamazoo) and Congressman Fred Upton (MI-6) will be there along with more than 170 others. Will you?

MAB Summer Advocacy Conference 
& Annual Business Meeting
August 13-14, 2018
The Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island

On-site Registration is available. 
See the Full Schedule at
We hope to see you there!

Official Announcement of the Annual Business Meeting of MAB

This is the official notice of the Annual Business Meeting of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters.

The General Assembly of the members will be held:

Date:  August 14, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Place: The Grand Pavilion Room at the Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, Mich.

There is no charge for MAB members to attend this meeting.
EAS Updates - Nationwide Test, Filing Deadline for Revised Form 1, and New Rules for Use of EAS Tones and Reporting of False Alerts
By:  David Oxenford
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

The last month has been one where there has been lots of activity dealing with EAS. The FCC announced that it will be conducting a Nationwide EAS Test on September 20, 2018.  Read More

Hackers set off Sirens in Genesee County
Genesee County 911 Board Director Mark Emmendorfer has told WEYI-TV (Flint) that the county has been having problems with their emergency warning sirens being set off--and that they are now searching for the culprit or culprits behind the incidents.   Read More
State/Legislative Updates

Court Upholds Straight-Ticket Voting 
A federal court struck down this week a 2015 Michigan law removing the straight-ticket voting option from the ballot. This means that Michigan voters will continue to have the option to select a party's slate of candidates by making a single selection on their ballot.  Read More

DC-Capitol_100 Federal/Regulatory Updates

House Passes Bill to Raise Pirate Radio Fines
The House of Representatives has unanimously passed the "PIRATE" Act (H.R. 5709) - legislation introduced by Representatives Leonard Lance (R-NJ) and Paul Tonko (D-NY) to combat illegal radio operations.  Read More
Appeals Court Upholds FCC's UHF Discount
A three-judge panel of the federal court of appeals in Washington dismissed a challenge to the FCC vote last fall to restore the UHF discount. As a result, the UHF discount remains in place while the FCC continues its review of the national cap.  Read More 

WKAR's Susi Elkins, Gary Blievernicht Talk ATSC 3.0
Michigan State University and WKAR-TV (East Lansing) have received a license from the Federal Communications Commission to launch an experimental next generation TV broadcasting station to focus on digital advancement and internet based connectivity Read More

Radio One Detroit Names Mildred Gaddis Community Affairs Director
Radio One Detroit has announced that Mildred Gaddis, host of the "Mildred Gaddis Show,"  has been named Community Affairs Director for all of its Detroit radio stations, including the newly launched Detroit Praise Network Read More

Beasley Media Group Detroit's Mac Edwards Radio Ink Finalist
Beasley Media Group has announced that eight of its managers and sales executives have been named among the finalists for the 2018 Radio Wayne Awards, presented by Radio Ink magazine. Included in this list of eight is Mac Edwards, Beasley Detroit VP/Market Manager.   Read More

WWTV/WWUP Chief Engineer Lowell Shore Retires After 58 Years
After nearly six decades, WWTV/WWUP-TV (Cadillac) Chief Engineer Lowell Shore has retired.  Shore, known to broadcasters all over the state and especially in Northern Michigan has been at it since August of 1960. Lowell started at the station as a junior engineer six years after the WWTV tower was built in 1954 .   Read More

WLEN Raises $11k for Neighbors of Hope
On July 13-14. Lenawee Broadcasting's WLEN-FM (Adrian) hosted "Hoping for a Home," a 24-hour event that raised funds and awareness for the new Neighbors of Hope Women and Children's Center. Over $11,000 was raised in 24 hours.   Read More

WHTC Celebrates 70 Years!
Midwest Communication's WHTC-AM (Holland) celebrated its 70th year on the air July 31, with a morning full of special programming filled with memories .   Read More

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

August - No Webinar
See you at the Summer Conference
on August 13-14!

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

October 18, 2018 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Leadership Lessons for
Broadcast Managers
with Chris Lytle

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

Learn More

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 Email your ideas to 

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Help to 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

Tactics that Increase Ratings. Yes, These do Work!
By: Gary Berkowitz
Berkowitz Broadcast Consulting

As we approach the fall book, here are 10 "easy to implement" tips that will make a difference in the way you sound, and the outcome of the book.  Read More

We can't wait to see you!
We will be starting snack and learns back up again after the 2018 Summer Conference.  Email Jacquelen Timm if you would like to schedule a Snack and Learn with the MAB.
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In This Issue
August 13-14 
Summer Conference on Mackinac Island

August 27
Deadline for stations to update EAS information with FCC in ERTS.

The 2019 #MABshow 
will be March 5-6 at
the Lansing Center.

Speakers are already being booked! More information coming soon!

Book your 2019 Exhibit Booth TODAY!
The Great Lakes Media Show '19 Floor Plan is
available.  Email here for more information

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We know your station is great.Now lets show all the other broadcasters across  Michigan just how great you are. Send pictures, video and news releases about your station's accomplishments to be featured in the 
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Help support the MAB Foundation's mission to encourage, support, and sponsor educational activities to encourage the brightest, most creative and energetic students to choose broadcasting as a career. You can make a difference through supporting programs and scholarships for students in this industry. For more information contact Jacquelen Timm at 
(517) 484-7444.

2018 MABF Supporters

Dan Boers
Kristin Burns
Allen Clow
Rob David
Marla Drutz
Susanne Elkins
Rebecca Falk Bruce & Sue Goldsen
Colleen Grant
Tom Hahn
Wendy Hart
Fred Jacobs
Paul Jacobs
Bill Keith
Dick Kernen
Julie Koehn
Mark Libke
Pam Manor
Christopher Meller
Dr. Peter Orlik
Robert F. Ottaway
Gary Reid
Jam Sardar
AnnMarie Scaramuzzino
Stephen Schram
Peter Tanz
Jacquelen Timm
Denise Weston
Karole White
Jennifer Williams

Thanks for the Support of Our Associate Members!

Adrian College/WVAC-FM  

Bell Media Inc.

Hillsdale College/WRFH-LP

Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan

Robert Ridder Broadcasting Consultants

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