Issue #163 |  August 30, 2019   |   View online
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Top of the News:

* FCC Releases Final Regulatory Fees With Some Relief   for Broadcasters
* Bill Introduced to Prevent Local Drone Regulation
* Detroit's Coco Returns on WFDF
* Cumulus Debuts New 'Gray and Green' Morning Show   in Grand Rapids
* Don't Forget to Make Room for Important MAB   Opportunities in Your 2020 Budget
* Mentor the Future Generation of Broadcast and Media   Leaders at BCBC '19

All this and more below
FCC Releases Final Regulatory Fees With Some Relief for Broadcasters
The FCC has released its finalized schedule of annual Regulatory Fees for Fiscal Year 2019, and thanks to the collective efforts of all 50 State Broadcasters Associations and the National Association of Broadcasters, there is some good news for radio stations and satellite television stations.  Read More

Bill Introduced to Prevent Local Drone Regulation
On August 28, State Representative Michele Hoitenga (R-102) introduced legislation to prohibit local regulations on drones that may be more restrictive than state law.  Read More

When a Broadcast Advertiser Becomes A Political Candidate, What is a Station to Do?
By: David Oxenford
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP 

In many states, we are in election season for local offices, which has resulted in a question that has come up repeatedly in the last few weeks about local candidates - usually running for state or municipal offices - who appear in advertisements for local businesses that they own or manage. Often times, these individuals will appear in their business' ads outside of election season, and don't want to stop.  Read More

Detroit's Coco Returns on WFDF
Former WDMK-FM (Detroit) and WJLB-FM (Detroit) morning co-host Coco is joining Adell Broadcasting's WFDF-AM (Detroit) for a new 7-9 a.m. morning drive program beginning September 9.  Coco did mornings with John Mason at WDMK from 2014 to 2018.   Read More

Cumulus Debuts New 'Gray and Green' Morning Show in Grand Rapids
Cumulus Media has introduced a new morning radio show, "The Gray and Green Show" on WHTS-FM (Grand Rapids). The show features high-profile media personalities Rachael Gray and Jackie Green, and is the first and only morning radio show in West Michigan presented by two female hosts Read More

Former WDET Host Nkenge Zola Has Died
WDET-FM (Detroit) reports that Nkenge Zola, former 101.9 staffer and host of "All Things Considered" has passed away. She began working at WDET in 1976. A couple of years later, she created a WDET program called "Everywhere Music Goes." Read More

Blarney Stone Announces 'Finster in the Morning' on WLDR
Blarney Stone Broadcasting has announced that Sean Finster will be back on the air in Traverse City starting September 3 on WLDR-FM . His new show, "Finster in the Morning" will feature his erstwhile co-host on yet another local station, Abbey Courtney, founder of the "people helping people" nonprofit, Spark in the Dark.  Read More

'Go Screen, Go White' - WLNS Teams Up with the Spartans for Game Day Forecasts
Nexstar Broadcasting's WLNS-TV (Lansing) has announced that it is teaming up with the Michigan State Spartans to kick off the new school year. The station is now the official weather and traffic source for Michigan State Athletics. The partnership will mean the station's StormTracker 6 team will provide pre-game and Fan Fest forecasts on air in the days leading up to a game.  Read More 

Jackson Radio Works to Host Community Career Day
Jackson Radio Works' WKHM-AM/FM and the Commonwealth Commerce Center have announced a Community Career Day on September 17 from noon to 6 p.m.  Read More 

Going to the Radio Show?
SoCast has a simple 2-question survey about what topics you're most interested in at this year's radio show.

Don't Forget to Make room for Important MAB Opportunities in Your 2020 Budget
Hey! It's that time of the year again ... Budget time! Don't miss out on the many wonderful recognition, networking, educational and career building opportunities the Michigan Association of Broadcasters
and MAB Foundation offer each year. Below is a brief glimpse of some of the amazing events and programs in store for 2020. Be on the look out for these great opportunities and more:   Read More 

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: Wendy Hart
Wendy Hart has spent the last 10 years as co-owner of WGHN, Inc which consists of radio stations WGHN-AM/FM and WMPA-FM in Grand Haven, Michigan. She also serves as Vice President/Director of Operations for the Spartan Sports Network in East Lansing, Michigan, a post she has held since the 1990s.  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
Did you know that we offer the following services at no charge to you?  Find out more by clicking on the services below:  (Members only-must use password to access)

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

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
(Stations: Register Here)





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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.


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

Go to to see the full schedule of webinars.

Did you miss a webinar in 2019? Check out our Archives. (Must have an MAB member password to access)

Course Description:  Are you a small business owner? If so, then you're likely overwhelmed with the amount of work you have to do yourself. You may have to produce or manufacture your product. You may have to handle hiring or accounting. You are likely the one to sell your product or service. But what if sales isn't your thing? Sales comes naturally to some, but not everyone. If you fall into this category of business owners, then you'll benefit from learning a few sales concepts and methods that we'll cover in this course. We'll talk about creating and marketing your personal brand and developing a sales process. We'll also go over some different sales methods to help you maximize your sales strategy and bring in more profit.  Click here to log in and watch this course.
Support: For questions, support or additional information please contact our amazing support team by email at or by phone at (888) 944-9377.

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

Air Talent Says They Don't Have Enough Time to Podcast, It's Hard to Think of a Better Use of Their Skills
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Strategies

We recently revealed the results from our second annual Air Talent Questionnaire, an anonymous online survey of more than 1,000 on-air radio talents. We presented the results at Morning Show Boot Camp last month, and you can also see them as part of our webinar on September 4.  Read More

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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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