Issue #86 December 14,  2017 | View online
Top of the News:

*  2018 Will be a Great Year to Be Part of the MAB
Featured Keynote: Caroline Beasley Will Open the   2018 Great Lakes Media Show

* 2018 Regional RMT Schedules Available on the MAB   Website

Majority of House of Representatives Backs Local   Radio Freedom Act
* WDIV's Marla Drutz Named GM of the Year
New P1 Learning Training Course:
Discrimination -   The Protected Classes

* Time is Running Out: Student Award Entry Deadline is   December 19!

All this and more below

2018 Will be a Great Year to be Part of the MAB
Happy New Year ... 2018 is quickly approaching. There are many exciting things in store here at the MAB.  Read More

Featured Keynote: Caroline Beasley Will Open the 2018 Great Lakes Media Show
Regularly recognized as one of the "Most Influential Women in Radio" and executive member of the National Association of Broadcasters board of directors, the MAB is excited to introduce Caroline Beasley as its featured keynote presenter to open the 2018 Great Lakes Media Show.  Read More
Learn more at


Show Us Your Best Work from 2017!

Entries Are Now Being Taken for  the
MAB's Annual BEA Honors

Learn more about this year's award opportunities at

Michigan Broadcasters Will Judge 
Illinois Excellence Awards
T his year Michigan Broadcasters are serving as judges for the Illinois Broadcasting Excellence Awards and the MAB is looking need individuals to volunteer. If interested, contact Crysta Manthei at  517-484-7444  or 

2018 Regional RMT Schedules Available on the MAB Website
The 2018 Required Monthly Test (RMT) schedules for various regions of the state are now posted to as part of the website's Emergency Alert System section. 
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David OxenfordRequest Filed for Rehearing of Court Decision on Multilingual EAS Alerts
By: David Oxenford,
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP,

A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia recently reached a 2-1 decision upholding the FCC's decision to not impose obligations on broadcasters to broadcast multilingual EAS alerts. However, MMTC, the public interest group seeking the imposition of the requirements, has asked for what is called a "rehearing en banc."    Read More

Majority of House of Representatives Backs Local Radio Freedom Act
A majority of the House of Representatives now supports the Local Radio Freedom Act after a bipartisan group of five House members signed a resolution opposing "any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge" on local broadcast radio stations.  Read More

State/Legislative Update

Michigan Taskforce Recommends Drones Use Limits to Legislature
A report issued by the Michigan drone task force recommends limiting the operation of drones around such areas as correctional facilities, tourist destinations and prominent bridges Read More

Part-Time Legislature Drive Mailing Out 100K Petitions
According to a report in Gongwer, Tom McMillin, the new co-chair of the part-time legislation petition drive, launched a new effort to collect the 315,654 needed signatures to place a constitutional question on the 2018 statewide ballot. Read More

Elimination of the Main Studio Rule Effective in Early January
According to the Broadcast Law Blog, the FCC's decision to abolish the main studio rule is effective 30 days after the publication of the decision in the Federal Register. That publication is tentatively scheduled, according to the  Federal Register, for December 8. That would make the rule change effective on January 8, 2018.

Second Window for AM Stations to Seek New FM Translators Opens on January 25
The FCC released the Public Notice outlining instructions for the final window for AM stations to get exclusive access to FM translator stations.  The window will be open January 25 through January 31. Read More

WDIV's Marla Drutz Named GM of the Year
WDIV-TV (Detroit) is proud to announce Local 4's station chief, Marla Drutz, has been named General Manager of the Year by Broadcasting & Cable. Every year Broadcasting & Cable selects a GM of the Year (by market size) who they say "demonstrates exemplary innovation, fearless leadership and flawless execution in a challenging time in the television industry." Drutz took the top honor for markets 1-25 this year.   Read More

Broadcaster Bill Thompson Hangs Up His Headphones
On December 12, longtime Michigan broadcaster Bill Thompson, surrounded by family, friends and colleagues, celebrated a 40-year radio career with a retirement party in Lansing Read More

Cumulus Media Promotes Four in Detroit
Cumulus Media announces that it has promoted four programming professionals across its Detroit radio station group Read More

St. Clair County RESA to Take Over Radio Station
WSGR-FM, St. Clair County Community College's student radio station for 43 years, will become a part of the St. Clair County Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) Read More

WLEN Raises More Than $32K for Veterans
On November 10, WLEN Radio (Adrian) hosted the 12th Annual "Thank a Vet" day. This day is in celebration of Veterans Day and is an event to raise funds and awareness for homeless and other veterans in need in Lenawee County Read More

WSGW Raises Nearly $50K for Rescue Mission
Alpha Media's WSGW-AM/FM (Saginaw) raised $49,380 on December 13 for the City Rescue Mission with its 12th Annual "Sharing Hope" Radiothon Read More


New P1 Learning Training Course: 
Discrimination: The Protected Classes

Course Description: What is discrimination?  What are the protected classes?  What laws do we need to know to make sure we stay compliant?  All great questions and all of them will be addressed, right here, right now.  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!

MAB Will Offer Educational Opportunities Each Month in 2018
Mark your calendars to spend "Third Thursdays with the MAB" each month throughout 2018. We will take a break for the Great Lakes Media Show in March and our annual Summer Conference in August, where we look forward to seeing you in person for wonderful and informative live speakers and workshops. Webinars are free to MAB members. Questions? Contact Jacquelen Timm at 1-800-YOUR-MAB. Click here to learn more about the 2018 webinar line up. 

January  18, 2018 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
"FCC's Biennial Ownership Reports" 
with David Oxenford

Radio Grows Communication Skills
By: Dick Taylor,

Having been in higher education for the past seven years, I heard a lot about the need for students to be fluent in the STEM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).   Read More

The Robinson Report - The Interview
By: Kevin Robinson
Robinson Media

"Don't ever do an interview ... make it a conversation." That's the advice Jack Paar gave to Dick Cavett .   Read More

Creating Personas: Envision the Audience for Your Radio Station's Blog or Podcast
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Stratagies

When I was the Program Director of WBRU in Providence, we often talked about "Mr. BRU," a fictional character that represented our audience.
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Time is Running Out: Student Award Entry Deadline is December 19!
Did you do something great in broadcasting in 2017? Don't miss your chance to be recognized for your efforts.  Entries are being accepted for the annual Michigan Student Broadcast Awards competition through December 19. Winners will be recognized during the Great Lakes Media Show at the Lansing Center in March. Learn more at  

Scholarships are Available  for Michigan High School Seniors, Apply by January 12
The MAB Foundation has approved an ongoing scholarship for Michigan High School seniors. Students who have been accepted at a MABF-approved Michigan college, university or trade school and plan to pursue a career in a broadcast-related field may enter!  Click here  to learn more or contact  Jacquelen Timm at 517-484-7444 or .

Apply Today for the 'Friends of Bill Burton' Scholarship
The purpose of this scholarship is to support and encourage future broadcast professionals. This scholarship will promote both classroom study and professional internship/extra-curricular experiences and will allow other candidates, not awarded through their school, to be considered. Click here to learn more or contact Jacquelen Timm at 517-484-7444 or

Find New and Fresh Talent at our 2018 Career Fairs
Dates are set for the MAB Foundations Spring 2018 Media Career Fairs. Join us February 1 at Specs Howard School of Media Arts, March 7 at the Lansing Center or March 21 at Northern Michigan University. Click here to learn more or reserve a booth. 

WDET-FM and Detroit Public Television To Receive Funding for Local Journalism Engagement Efforts
The Detroit Journalism Engagement Fund awarded a total of $322,000 to media organizations as it aims to bolster local engagement and coverage of the city's recovery.  
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