Issue #131 |  December 21,  2018  |   View online
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* Technical Details Released for Inauguration Broadcast
* Brandeis Hall Will Hold Attendees Accountable at the   #MABshow
* Don't Wait: Submit Your BEA Entries Early to   Guarantee Your Spot in the Contest
* EAS Alerts On Repeat?
* Legislature Approves Bill Mandating Contact Info on   FOIA Requests
* WDET Receives $76,000 to Continue the Detroit   Documenters Project
* Win National Recognition for Your Station's   Community Service Efforts!
* 802! Record Number of Entries Submitted for Annual   Student Contest
* Career Fairs Announced for Spring 2019

All this and more below

The MAB office will be closed on Monday, December 24, and Tuesday, December 25. Offices hours on New Year's Eve, Monday, December 31 will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and we will be closed on Tuesday, January 1. This will be the final issue of the MAB News Briefs for 2018. We will resume publication January 4. Have a safe and joyful season. The MAB Staff wishes you HOLIDAY CHEERS!

Technical Details Released for Inauguration Broadcast
The MAB has sent technical information concerning television, radio and web feeds to MAB and MAPB members for its live broadcast  of the Gubernatorial Inauguration on January 1, 2019.  The program will air 11 a.m. to 11:56:46 a.m.  The technical details also include embed code for television and radio stations to put on their websites.  Read More

Brandeis Hall Will Hold Attendees Accountable at the #MABshow
Brandeis Hall will tell you that accountability is about delivering on a commitment; It's responsibility to an outcome, not just a set of tasks.  Radio One's Vice President of Revenue Development will share from her experience and wisdom on this topic alongside a growing and dynamic list of speakers on deck to present sessions on March 5 and 6 during the 2019 Great Lakes Media Show  at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing Read More

Register to attend TODAY!
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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

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.

Judges Needed for Colorado Awards
If you are interested in judging the Association Awards for Colorado, email

Podcaster Sued for Copyright Infringement for Using Music without Permission - Remember ASCAP, BMI and SESAC Licenses Don't Cover All the Rights Needed for Podcasting
By: David Oxenford
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

It was news recently when a company that promotes poker was sued by one of the major record labels and publishing companies for the use of music in podcasts without permission.  Read More

EAS Alerts On Repeat?
This past week, Inside Radio reported that Emergency Alert System warnings would become a lot harder to miss under a bill advancing in Congress. It would allow the government to put the alert on repeat while a threat remains pending.  Read More

State/Legislative Updates

Legislature Approves Bill Mandating Contact Info on FOIA Requests
Legislation requiring complete contract information from those submitting a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request passed the State Legislature this week in response to requests sent to nearly every Michigan clerk for 2016 ballots signed only as "Emily."  Read More

Bill Extending Legislature's Power to Litigate Sent to Gov. Snyder's Desk
A bill that expands Legislature's ability to intervene in any lawsuit on any level of state court system at any time passed the State Legislature and is awaiting Governor's signature. Read More

DC-Capitol_100 Federal/Regulatory Updates

Senate Overturns Donor Disclosure Rule
Last week, the U.S. Senate passed legislation regarding a recent Treasury Department decision which limits donor disclosure requirements for nonprofit organizations. Read More

Krol Communications Adds Rich Renko and Mark Libke to WHMI Sales Team
Krol Communications Inc. announced the hiring of Rich Renko as General Sales Manager and Mark Libke as Local Sales Manager for WHMI-FM on December 14.  Read More

Thomas R. Kinney: 1961-2018
The MAB was sad to learn that on December 1, WKAR Public Media Telecommunications Engineer Tom Kinney passed away at age 57.  Kinney was a 25-year veteran of the station.  Read More

WDET Receives $76,000 to Continue the Detroit Documenters Project
WDET-FM (Detroit) has announced that it has received a $76,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Southeastern Michigan in partnership with City Bureau and Citizen Detroit to expand the "Detroit Documenters" pilot, a citizen and local media partnership that aims to increase awareness and coverage of Detroit's public meetings.  Read More

Win National Recognition for Your Station's Community Service Efforts!
The Celebration of Service to America Awards, presented by the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF), honors local radio and television broadcasters for their community service initiatives.  Read More

Saginaw Station Cluster Exceeds Goal To Help Homeless
Alpha Media's five stations in Saginaw, Michigan raised $46,242 for homeless shelters during a 12-hour Radiothon on December 19, exceeding their goal of $45,000.  Read More

WTCM Takes Honors In Red Kettle Challenge
Midwestern Broadcasting's WTCM-FM and WJZQ-FM (Traverse City) held some friendly competition on December 14.  Read More

WILX-TV Anchors Compete Ringing Salvation Army Bells
On December 14, Gray Television's WILX-TV (Lansing) News Anchors David Andrews and Ann Emmerich, along with Mallory Anderson and Barrett Tryon, rang the bells for the Salvation Army Kettle Drive.  Read More

 Member sightings . . . 
Peter Clay, Local Sales Manager of WLNS-TV had
a few unexpected visitors at the station this week!

Meet Your MAB Board Member of the Week: Chris Monk
Chris Monk began his career in January 1979 after graduating from Southern Illinois University with a degree in Broadcast Management.  On January 1, 1979, he headed west for his first job in radio. 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? Email or call 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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802! Record Number of Entries Submitted for Annual Student Contest
This week's entry deadline for submissions to the 2019 Michigan Student Broadcast Awards saw a record number of 802 entries made for the annual contest. The submissions, with over 40 categories across college and high school radio and television, will be judged by volunteer broadcast professional over the next few weeks. The Student Awards will be pretended during lunch on March 6 at the Great Lakes Media Show

Matched! Anonymous Giving Challenge Will Bring at Least $3,000 in End-of-Year Gifts
Last month, an anonymous donor said they would match every $100 donated to the MAB Foundation until the end of the year. The effort has now met its $1,500 goal, meaning the MABF will receive at least $3,000 from the challenge.  Visit and click on "Donate" to DOUBLE your support for the future of broadcast excellence.

Career Fairs Announced for Spring 2019
The MAB Foundation is pleased to offer three media career fair opportunities for Spring 2019. Registration for all fairs is now open, consider participating in all three media career fairs to boost your EEO file and meet new candidates from a diverse group of talented job seekers! Career Fairs will be hosted March 6 at the Great Lakes Media Show in Lansing and April 4 at Wayne State University. NEW THIS YEAR: A Virtual Career will be hosted the week of May 6. Learn More

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:

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Sellers: Stop Using Rankers and Start Doing This ...
By: Paul Weyland 
Weyland Communication Strategies

Having just returned from another week in the field, I'm surprised again at how few tools radio account executives are really using when pitching local direct clients.  Read More

Digital Gifts for the Radio Broadcaster Who Has Everything
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media

Looking for a last-minute stocking-stuffer for your Secret Santa? Here are some gift ideas for every colleague in your radio station. Best of all, they're free!   Read More
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In This Issue
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,
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Posted: December 18, 2018

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Posted: December 18, 2018

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Posted: December 17, 2018

WNEM-TV (Saginaw)
Posted: December 14, 2018

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