Issue #87 December 21,  2017 | View online

Seasons Greetings! Today's MAB News Briefs are the final installment for 2017. We wish you a safe and joyful rest of your holiday season and a Happy New Year! Look for us in your inbox again in 2018. 

Top of the News:

8 Amazing Opportunities 
Offered by the MAB in 2018

* FCC Adds Blue Alert to EAS
Dick Purtan Highlighted in WKAR's 'MSU Today'
WXYZ-TV Collects More Than 16,800 Pounds of Food   with'Together We Can
* Apply Today for the 'Friends of Bill Burton'   Scholarship

* WEMU's Linda Yohn Retires

All this and more below
8 Amazing Opportunities 
Offered by the MAB in 2018
1. The Great Lakes Media Show is Coming to Town
It's professional development, state-of-the-art exhibits, award shows and hundreds of your media industry peers all in one place! You don't want to miss the 2018 Great Lakes Media Show, formerly known as GLBC, on March 6 and 7 at the Lansing Center in Downtown Lansing. Beasley Media Group CEO Caroline Beasley will kick off a dynamic line up of speakers on hand for the day's break out learning sessions.  Click here to discover more and register to attend the 2018 Great Lakes Media Show. 

2. Be One of the Best: BEA Entries are Due January 12
Did you create something great in 2017? We want to see. Submit your best work from 2017 to the annual Broadcast Excellence Awards contest. Entry deadline is  noon  on  January 12, 2018 . Click here to learn more

3. Student Awards and Scholarships
As a vital stepping stone into the media industry, the MAB Foundation awarded more than $26,000 in scholarships to broadcasting students last year and recognized young talent across the state at its annual awards luncheon. Applications for a variety of 2018 scholarships will be accepted through January 12, 2018. Click here to learn more about these great opportunities.

4. Thursday Webinars with the MAB begin in January
Mark your calendars to spend "Third Thursdays with the MAB" each month throughout 2018. Our monthly webinar offerings begin  January 18  when David Oxenford hosts "FCCs Biennial Ownership Reports" from  1 to 2 p.m.  A variety of topics will be covered throughout the year. Click here to learn more or RSVP. 

5. Discover Your Next All-Star at a Media Career Fair
Michigan's got talent and we want to help you discover it. Three Media Career Fairs are currently planned for 2018: Specs Howard School for Media Arts on February 1, the Great Lakes Media Show on March 7 and Northern Michigan University on March 21. Additional career fairs will pop up throughout the year. Click here to learn more and reserve your station's booth now.  

6. A Grand Celebration is Happening in August
The 2018 summer Advocacy Conference and Awards Banquet is sure to be a grand affair. Join us August 13 and 14 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island as we kick off the MAB's 70th anniversary celebration. Room reservations are already available. Click here to learn more and book your stay right away.  

7. Become a P1 Learning Master
Are you looking for great training opportunities? The MAB has you covered 24/7, 365 days a year with FREE access to P1 Learning's vast and growing library of dynamic and relevant online video training courses. Click here to learn how you and your staff can take advantage of this great resource.  

8.  But Wait, There's More!
Be sure to renew your MAB membership for 2018 to take advantage of these great offerings and unlock other benefits, including Legislative and Legal Hotlines, ABIPs, Broadcast Compliance Services and more. Early payment discounts are available through December 31, 2017. Contact Denise Weston or Sara Siegmann at 1-800-YOUR-MAB to learn more .  

FCC Adds Blue Alert to EAS
In an order adopted on December 14, the FCC created a dedicated Blue Alert event code in the Emergency Alert System.  Read More

  State/Legislative Update

  The Michigan Senate and House of  
  Representatives are adjourned until 
  December 28, 2017.


FCC to Review Ownership Cap
During the FCC Open Meeting on December 14 , the Commissioners voted along the partisan lines to move the agency a step closer to raising or eliminating the 39-percent ownership cap. Read More

BMI Consent Decree Court Decision
The 2nd Circuit released its decision in the Department of Justice's appeal of the Southern District of New York's interpretation of the BMI consent decree related to "fractional licensing."  Read More

Dick Purtan Highlighted in WKAR's 'MSU Today'
By: Russ White, MSU Today

My first hero in a lifelong love affair with the radio medium was the legendary Dick Purtan, who tells me how he first began visiting Detroit with his father when he was a child. And he recalls fondly his days at the famous Keener 13, his first stop in Detroit radio Read More

WDIV-TV Promotes Colthorp to 5:30 Anchor
WDIV-TV (Detroit) has announced that Jason Colthorp has been promoted to anchor of Local 4 News at 5:30 p.m. Colthorp will join Karen Drew, Ben Bailey and Bernie Smilovitz on the early evening newscast .   Read More

WXYZ-TV Collects More Than 16,800 Pounds of Food with 'Together We Can'
Metro Detroiters came together over the Thanksgiving holiday to help those in need throughout Metro Detroit. The WXYZ-TV (Detroit) "Together We Can" effort collected more than 16,800 pounds of nonperishable food items to battle hunger in our community Read More


New P1 Learning Training Course: 
Workplace Bullying

Course Description: Workplace bullying is a big problem.  The idea of controlling workplace bullies was something to do for practical reasons, but not for legal reasons.  That's changing.  Currently, there are 26 States and two territories that have introduced a healthy workplace or anti bullying bill.  Click here to log in and watch this course...

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

Old-School Marketing That Still Works
By: Gary Berkowitz
Berkowitz Broadcast Consulting

I spent many years working with Bob Morgan at CBS Radio in Rochester, N.Y. He had one belief that really impacted me to the point that, all these years later, I still use this line once or more each day.  Read More

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

WEMU's Linda Yohn Retires
After 30 years as music director and on-air personality at WEMU-FM, the NPR/Jazz station at Eastern Michigan University, Linda Yohn has retired.  Her last day on the air was December 18.  Read More

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Mark your calendar now for the 2018 Advocacy Conference and Awards Banquet! Join us August 13-14 at Mackinac Island's Grand Hotel as we kickoff the MAB's 70th anniversary celebration. 
Click here to reserve your room at the Grand Hotel. 


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