Issue #175 |  December 6, 2019   |   View online
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FREE WEBINAR: Nielsen Presents 'The Power of Broadcast Media in Michigan' 
Would you like to use Nielsen data specific to Michigan viewers and listeners? This free webinar will give you access to "The Power of Broadcast Media in Michigan" reports created by Nielsen for all MAB members. Learn how to use the data, ask Nielsen questions and use media-specific data for your proposals immediately. This is a service for MAB members and is not contingent upon having any subscription to Nielsen.   Register Now

Budget Deal Close in Lansing
Press reports indicate that the Michigan House and Senate started to finalize a budget deal Wednesday in which the GOP-led Legislature reversed some of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's vetoes.  In return, the governor has received some of her priorities. This would end a two-month impasse over the state budget for the fiscal year that began October 1.  Read More

Help Celebrate the 228th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights
By: Karole L. White, MAB President/CEO

The First Amendment of the Bill of Rights contains the vital freedom of the press that is being so maligned today.  Read More

NAB Seeks Reconsideration of FCC's Clarification of Issue Advertising Public Disclosure Requirements - Rules Remain in Effect Though Some Clarification Provided
By: David Oxenford
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP 

In October, the FCC issued what it termed a "clarification" of the obligations of broadcasters to disclose in their public inspection files each and every candidate and issue discussed in any Federal issue ad. That decision prompted many questions among broadcasters as to how they would comply with the requirement to uniformly identify every issue in political ads, when that judgement might well be quite subjective.  
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NAB Advocacy Alert:  Congress Acts on STELAR Legislation
On November 21, the House Judiciary Committee approved legislation sponsored by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) that would permanently extend the distant signal license for use only by RVs and truckers and in "short" markets (those without a local affiliate of ABC, CBS, FOX or NBC) on the condition that AT&T agrees to deliver local signals in 12 rural markets currently being denied access to local stations within 120 days.  Read More

NAB Advocacy Alert: Performance Tax Legislation Introduced in Congress
On November 21, Sen. Marsha Blackburn (TN) and Rep. Jerry Nadler (NY-10) introduced the AM-FM Act, legislation that would impose a performance tax on local radio stations. Read More
Don't Miss Week 2 of Poynter's
'Covering the Elections'
The MAB has partnered with other State Associations and The Poytner Institute to bring you BONUS webinars in 2019! "Covering the Elections" Learn how to dig deeper and find answers that your viewers want and need to know.
Nominations are Open for the 2020
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.

ABIP 11Reserve Your 2020 ABIP Inspection Now
Scheduling has begun for the 2020 Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program (ABIP). The MAB conducts these alternative inspections regionally from April to October.  Learn More

CMU Broadcaster Don Chiodo Dies Following Traffic Accident
The MAB has learned that Central Michigan University football and men's basketball broadcaster Don Chiodo died  Wednesday, December 4, from injuries he suffered in a traffic accident that same day. The 1990 graduate of CMU joined the football broadcasts in 1996 and eventually became the play-by-play voice in 2010. Chiodo had been calling men's basketball games since 2011.  Read More

Lisa Rodman-Rose named Program Director for WHMI
Krol Communications President Rod Krol announced this week that WHMI-FM  (Howell/Brighton) has brought on Lisa Rodman-Rose to serve as Program Director. Lisa spent over 15 years at CBS/Viacom Radio, where she handled programming duties for WYCD and WDRQ.  Read More

Radio Results Network Acquires Radioactive Stations in U.P.
Its been announced that Armada Media's AMC Partners Escanaba, LLC (Radio Results Network) is acquiring four stations from Randy Michaels' Radioactive, LLC.  The deal was filed with the FCC on November 27.  Read More

Michigan Radio Selected as Report for America Host Newsroom
Michigan Radio (WUOM-FM/WFUM-FM/WVGR-FM-Ann Arbor) has been selected as a host newsroom by Report for America. As part of this initiative, Michigan Radio will hire a new reporter who will focus on coverage of mental health care in Michigan.  Read More

Entercom Unveils New Programming Lineup for WWJ News Radio 950 
On December 2, Entercom's WWJ-AM (Detroit) announced that the station will pair celebrated journalists and on-air hosts Jackie Paige and Jason Scott as their new afternoon drive team, effective December 9. Paige and Scott will be heard on air, weekdays from 2 to 7 p.m.  Read More

WCMU Public Radio Raises $65K with 'Warm Hearts, Warm Homes'
WCMU Public Radio (Mt. Pleasant) has announced that its sixth annual Warm Hearts, Warm Homes campaign raised $65,000 during the month of November.  The campaign provides home-heating assistance programs across central and northern Michigan.  Read More

WXYZ/WMYD, Scripps Howard Foundation Award Grants to Detroit Area Non-Profits
WXYZ/WMYD-TV (Detroit) VP & General Manager Mike Murri and Editorial Director Chuck Stokes recently presented Bob Scripps Community Grants from the Scripps Howard Foundation to five local non-profits.  Read More

WCZY/WMMI Record Year with 'Fill-a-Mayflower'
Latitude Media's WCZY-FM/WMMI-AM (Mt. Pleasant) held their annual "Fill a Mayflower" drive on November 22, raising a record number of non-perishable food items as well as monetary donations to be given to area food pantries.  Read More

WKHM-AM/FM Holds Annual Toy Drive
On December 4, Jackson Radio Works' WKHM-AM/FM held its annual toy drive to benefit Toys for Tots. This year, the drive was held from 3 to 6 p.m. at Blain's Farm & Fleet with personalities Greg O'Connor, Scott Clow, and Jenny Lewis on hand, broadcasting.  Read More

MAB Will Honor Young Professionals With New Award in 2020
ATTENTION MANAGERS! The MAB Young Professional Awards recognize and honor two young professionals (one in Radio, one in Television) who have made a significant impact on advancing broadcasting or media within their organization, demonstrated exceptional leadership potential, and established an understanding of broadcast industry standards, practices and ethics.  Click here to learn more and submit your nomination form.

Show Us Your Best Work from 2019:
BEA Entry Deadline is Only One Month Away

It's Awards Season at the MAB! Start uploading your entries today to compete for that coveted "Best in Category" honor for the 2019 Broadcast Excellence Awards.The Entry Deadline for the BEAs is January 9 at 12:00 p.m. Awards will be presented at the Great Lakes Media Show on March 4. For more information, visit

We still need judges for the Wisconsin Awards!  
Contact Jackie Timm at if you are interested! Thank you. 

Check out the schedule-at-a-glance, speakers, sponsors and MORE at
Rohde & Schwarz, Bonneville Distribution, LiveU, Advanced Lighting and Sound, Enbridge and more will all be at
the 2020 Media Show ...Will You? 
Don't miss out on meeting with these fantastic exhibitors and many more. This is going to the best #MABshow yet!!
The 2020 floor plan is now posted. 


Student Award Entry Deadline is
THIS TUESDAY, December 10!

Be sure to submit your awards entries by
Tuesday, December 10 at 3:00 PM.

 The Student Broadcast Awards is free to enter and a great resume/portfolio builder for all types of careers in Broadcast Media. If you have any questions on how to enter the contest, contact the MAB at 517-484-7444 or

Visit  for more information.

Looking for Sales Professionals?

The MAB Foundation Board of Directors approved a new partnership with Central Michigan University's School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts for the Fall 2020 semester.
The partnership will focus on developing mentoring relationships between students with an Electronic Media Sales Minor and industry professionals. 
Contact Jacquelen Timm for more information.

Looking ahead... Career Fairs 2020:

Great Lakes Media Show: March 4, 2020: 
Lansing Center in Downtown Lansing

Western Michigan University: April 9, 2020
More information coming soon. 
LOCAL BROADCAST SALES will be here in 2020!
The MAB is excited to share that Local Broadcast Sales (LBS) will be available to members in 2020 at no cost. Learn more and sign up here.

LBS will replace P1 Learning in 2020. P1 will be available through December 31, 2019.

Course Description:  The sales funnel represents the steps your prospects go through, starting with their first awareness of your company and ending with a purchase. You start with a wide base of people, and the funnel narrows down your prospects with each step in the process. It's your job to set up your sales process to guide your prospects toward a closed deal, and maximize the number of prospects that make it to the bottom and become customers. In this course, we'll discuss the four steps of the sales funnel, going through some examples of what this looks like and how it applies to you.   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! More information here.

As the MAB adjusts membership services in 2020, P1 Learning's On-Demand training campus will be phased out at the end of December.

We realize there are a number of Members that frequently access P1 Learning's training campus, so prior to December 31, we suggest saving your stations previous training data by navigating to the Reports tab ( here) to pull any information that you would like to retain for your files.

For those MAB Members who would like to continue to use the services offered by P1 Learning, they will be offering a discounted rate along with payment options for 2020. 

For more information, please reach out to either 
Katey Woolam ( or 
Bryan Marriott ( with P1 Learning.

January 16, 2020 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
"2020 Election Cycle FAQ"
with Pat McGee & Treveor Heaton, Katz Media
Primary Season is almost upon us: what's the forecast for the 2020 election cycle?

January 29, 2020 | 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
"Getting Into the Weeds on
CBD Advertising"

with Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth
In 2018, Congress enacted a new Farm Bill which decriminalized certain hemp products. As directed by that Bill, the US Department of Agriculture in 2019 published interim rules on the "Establishment of Domestic Hemp Projects" adopting a national regulatory framework for hemp production and inviting the states to create their own hemp and hemp-derived CBD laws. This laid the groundwork for a multi-million dollar industry for the legal production, sale, and advertising of CBD-based products. With so much growth (...get it?) broadcasters are clamoring to know if they can accept advertising for CBD-based products.  To answer these questions, Fletcher, Heald, & Hildreth's Frank Montero, Dan Kirkpatrick, and Seth Williams will present a webinar to unpack the new rules, the dos and don'ts and to guide broadcasters through the weeds (ahem...). Tune in on Wednesday, January 29, at 3:00 PM Eastern Time.

Radio, Beware the Sushi Menu Approach to Sales
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Strategies

I first learned the art of eating sushi in the course of my first radio gig, working as the Imaging Director for 105.7 The Point in St. Louis. My Program Director, Allan Fee, was a big sushi fan, and we found ourselves dining out on raw fish frequently.  Read More

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