Issue #130 |  December 14,  2018  |   View online
Top of the News:

* MAB/MAPB To Provide TV, Radio Inauguration   Coverage
* #MABshow: Survive and Thrive Under Deadline with   Joe Little
* Deadline for Student Award Entries is Tuesday
* Don't Wait: Submit Your BEA Entries Early to   Guarantee Your Spot in the Contest
* WJBK Mourns Meteorologist Jessica Starr
* Anonymous Giver Will Help MABF Double Fundraising   Goal

All this and more below

MAB/MAPB to Provide TV, Radio Inauguration Coverage
The MAB and MAPB are happy to provide its members with coverage of the Gubernatorial Inauguration on January 1, 2019 with a live broadcast from 11 a.m. to Noon.  Read More


#MABshow Speaker Update: 'Survive and Thrive' Under Deadline with Joe Little
The clock is always ticking but amazing, emotional stories can be told, even under the strictest deadlines. Just ask Joe Little.  Join Joe and many amazing speakers who will be on hand for the #MABshow on March 5 and 6 Read More

Register to attend TODAY!
Learn more at

Deadline for Student Award Entries is Tuesday at 3 p.m.
Next Tuesday's deadline for Michigan's broadcast students
to participate in the MAB Foundation's annual awards program is fast approaching. Seriously, that's only 4 days away! Learn more and enter to win at

Nominations are Open for the 2019 
Carl E. Lee Engineering Excellence Award 
  Broadcast engineers work diligently to ensure the integrity of our airwaves. For those who have exercised their skills and innovations for the advancement of technology, this is our opportunity to say "you're outstanding." The Carl E. Lee Award is presented annually at the Great Lakes Media Show. Click here to learn more and make your nomination.

Don't Wait: Submit Your  BEA Entries Early to Guarantee  Your Spot in the Contest
The deadline to enter the 2018 Broadcast Excellence Awards is approaching fast. Don't get left out in the cold waiting until the last minute to submit your best work.   The Entry Deadline for the BEAs is January 11 at 12:00 p.m. Awards will be presented at the Great Lakes Media Show on March 6. For more information, including entry details, visit

Judges Needed for Colorado Awards
If you are interested in judging the Association Awards for Colorado, email awards@michmab.comWe are in need of four Spanish Language Broadcast Judges in both Radio and TV. If you know Spanish and would like to participate, please let us know ASAP!

Playing Music in Bars and Restaurants - Cautions When Allowing Broadcast Stations to Play in Retail Outlets
By: David Oxenford
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

A few days ago, I noted a news story about a bar that stopped hosting live music when it was hit with a lawsuit by BMI because it had not paid royalties for its use of music. The issue of music in bars and restaurants also came up in a continuing legal education seminar on music licensing that I moderated the week before last.  Read More

State/Legislative Updates

Bills Stripping Campaign Oversight from SOS Clear Senate
The State Senate has reported a package of bills that strips campaign finance oversight from the Secretary of State and puts it into  the hands of an independent bipartisan commission. This move would reduce the power and responsibilities of the Secretary-elect Jocelyn Benson. Read More

WJBK Mourns Meteorologist Jessica Starr
"All of us here at FOX 2 are in deep shock and cannot believe that such a wonderful, bright and intelligent individual will no longer be with us. Her family and friends will be in our thoughts and prayers in the coming days as we all deal with our grief."  Read More

WKAR Welcomes Abigail Censky to Reporting Team
WKAR Public Media (East Lansing) has announced that it is expanding its political and government reporting in mid-Michigan with the addition of Abigail Censky.  Read More

Guy Dark Joins Black Diamond Broadcasting
Black Diamond Broadcasting has announced the hiring of Guy Dark to a newly-created position as Assistant Program Director and Morning Co-Host for its WGFN/WCHY (Traverse City) classic rock simulcast. Read More

Former WBRN Owner Jack White Passed Away
The MAB has learned of the passing of John (Jack) White II, formally President & CEO, and owner of WBRN-AM and WBRN-FM in Big Rapids, Mich. He died at his home in The Villages, Fla., on Dec. 5, at the age of 79. Read More

WYCD Raises Over $651K For St. Jude Children's Hospital
On December 6 and 7, Entercom's WYCD-FM (Detroit), with the help of their incredible listeners, raised $651,900 for St. Jude Children's Hospital during its 2018 Country Cares Radiothon. Read More

WLNS Holds 11th Annual Day of Giving
On December 6, Nexstar Broadcasting's WLNS-TV (Lansing) held it's the 11th annual Day of Giving, collecting non-perishable items like cereal and canned soup. Read More

Key Code Media Opens Detroit Office
Key Code Media announced this week the opening of their newest office in Detroit. This office is the re-seller of media technology and system integrations'  eighth location nationwide. Read More

 Member sightings . . . 
The MAB's Karole White and Jacquelen Timm visited
with new WLNS-TV (Lansing) General Manager 
Scot Chastain, earlier this week. Welcome to the MAB, Scot!

Meet Your MAB Board Member of the Week: Peter Tanz
Peter Tanz is Senior Vice President for Midwest Communications, a family broadcasting company with radio stations in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. He currently serves as the Immediate Past Chair of the MAB Board of Directors. Read More

The MAB turns 70 in 2019, Who's Celebrating With Us?  
The Michigan Association of Broadcasters is celebrating its 70th year in 2019 and we want to celebrate with you! The MAB is proud to have been serving Michigan broadcasting stations for 70 years and counting. Is your station also celebrating its 70th year of being on air? Tell us today so we can celebrate this momentous occasion together. Contact Crysta Manthei at or 517-484-7444 and let us know that its your 70th anniversary too!

'Snack and Learn' with the MAB in 2019
The MAB would love to come "snack and learn" with you!
Get informed about all the services offered by the MAB.
Schedule your 2019 Snack and Learn with the MAB!
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Anonymous Giver Will Help MABF Double End-of-the-Year Fundraising Goal
Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, every $100 donated to the MAB Foundation, from now until the end of the year, will be matched! More than $600 has been donated toward the campaign's goal of $1,500. The MABF supports the future of the broadcasting industry by encouraging, supporting and sponsoring educational activities for students.  Visit and click on "Donate" to DOUBLE your support for the future of broadcast excellence.

Apply by January 18 for MABF Scholarships
The MAB Foundation and Michigan Broadcasters offer financial support for college tuition! Several competitive scholarships are available for college and high school students enrolled in broadcasting-related programs. Check out the links below to find out more information about each scholarship offered:

Mark your calendars to spend "Third Thursdays with the MAB" each month throughout 2019. Webinars are free to MAB members. Questions? Contact Jacquelen Timm at 1-800-YOUR-MAB or

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Is Life Keeping You from Getting What You Want?
By: Tim Moore
Audience Development Group

Someone said, when 99 percent of your life is work, you're either really lousy at your profession, or you're totally unbalanced with the rest of your life; and neither is something to be proud of.  Read More

Use These Digital Calls to Action at Your Radio Station's On-Site Promotions
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media

Street teams have been a crucial component of radio stations' marketing strategies for decades. On the programming side, we frequently deploy them to engage with listeners at concerts and festivals. On the sales side, promotional appearances are often an important part of closing deals companies like car dealerships and beer distributors.   Read More
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In This Issue
December 18, 2018 | 3 pm
Deadline: Michigan Student Broadcast Award Entries

January 11, 2019 | Noon
Deadline: Broadcast Excellence Award Entries

January 17, 2019 | 1-2 pm
Webinar: "On the Spot" sales topic with Paul Weyland ( Register)

January 18, 2019 
Deadline: MAB Foundation Scholarship Applications

March 5-6, 2019
Great Lakes Media Show,
Lansing ( Learn More)


Business Assistant
Michigan Radio (Ann Arbor)
Posted: December 11, 2018

WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids)
Posted: November 10, 2018

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2018 MABF Supporters

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