Issue #129 |  December 07,  2018  |   View online
Top of the News:

* Stop Sounding Desperate and Attract Ideal Candidates   with Laurie Kahn at the #MABshow
* Show Us Your Best Work from 2018: BEA Enrty   Deadline is Only One Month Away
* FCC Starts Warning Stations of Noncompliance with   Online Public Inspection File Rules
* Michigan's Debbie Dingell Elected to House   Democratic Leadership Post
* 'The Steve Gruber Show' to be featured at 2019 SHOT   Show
* Nexstar to Acquire Tribune in $6.4 Billion Deal
* 'Warm Hearts, Warm Homes' Returns to WCMU Public   Radio for 5th Campaign
* WKHM Raises Over $10K For Local Toys For Tots

All this and more below

Stop Sounding Desperate and Attract Ideal Candidates with Laurie Kahn at the #MABshow
Laurie Kahn is Creator and President of Media Staffing Network, Inc., the first staffing company to cater exclusively to media sales and associated departments for full time placement, consulting and career coaching for the Agency, Broadcast, Cable, Internet, Digital, New Media and Print industries.  Read More

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Deadline for Student Award Entries is December 18 at 3 p.m.
Next month's deadline for Michigan's broadcast students
to participate in the MAB Foundation's annual awards program is fast approaching. 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.

Show Us Your Best Work from 2018: BEA Enrty 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 2018 Broadcast Excellence Awards.  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, 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!

FCC Starts Warning Stations of Noncompliance with Online Public Inspection File Rules
By: David Oxenford
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

On December 6, the FCC has started to email out notices to numerous radio stations throughout the country, notifying them that there are issues with their online public inspection files. The email notices do not reveal what the specific problem is - but instead simply say that there are issues and ask for notice of corrective actions to the FCC.  Read More

State/Legislative Updates

Bill To Keep Nonprofit Donors Secret Passes Senate
According to a report in Gongwer, Michigan Senate Republicans passed legislation last week that allows nonprofit organizations to not be forced to disclose their donors. Opponents of the bill called the measure a way of hiding who is contributing to political attack advertisements. Read More

Federal/Regulatory Updates

Michigan's Debbie Dingell Elected to House Democratic Leadership Post
On November 29, House Democrats elected U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell  (D-12) as one of four leaders of the caucus' messaging arm.  Dingell will co-chair the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Read More

Senate Passes Resolution Recognizing the Freedom of Press
The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved a resolution (S. Res. 501) on protecting press freedom, including calling on President Trump to be a leader in defending the freedom of press, including a press that promotes "government accountability." Read More 

First Phase of TV Channel Repack Completed
November 30 marked the completion of the first phase of TV channel repacking process. The second phase began on December 1. According to the FCC, at least 140 stations in more than 20 markets changed frequencies in the first phase of the post-incentive auction channel move. Over a thousand TV stations are being moved to a different frequency in the process that extends to July 2020." 

Lance Tidwell Named Director of FM Programming for Cumulus Detroit
Lance Tidwell has been named Director of FM Programming for Cumulus Detroit.  His responsibilities will include Country WDRQ-FM (NASH FM 93.1) and Hot AC WDVD-FM.  Read More

'The Steve Gruber Show' to be featured at 2019 SHOT Show 
Syndicated Michigan-based "The Steve Gruber Show" has announced that it is among a small elite group of programs invited exclusively by The Shooting Sports Foundation to broadcast from radio row during the upcoming SHOT Show in Las Vegas. Read More

Nexstar to Acquire Tribune in $6.4 Billion Deal
Nexstar Media Group, Inc. and Tribune Media Company announced December 3 that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement whereby Nexstar will acquire all outstanding shares of Tribune Media for $46.50 per share in a cash transaction that is valued at $6.4 billion, including the assumption of Tribune Media's outstanding debt. Read More

'Warm Hearts, Warm Homes' Returns to WCMU Public Radio for 5th Campaign
WCMU Public Radio has launched its fifth annual "Warm Hearts, Warm Homes" campaign to fuel home-heating assistance across central and northern Michigan. An important collaboration continues with Consumers Energy, Isabella Bank and WCMU Public Radio listeners.  Read More

Townsquare's WITL Presents Toys-A-Thon
This Sunday, December 9, Townsquare Media's WITL-FM (Lansing) will hold its annual Toy-A-Thon for Toys For Tots  9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the WITL studios, 3420 Pine Tree Road in Lansing. Read More

WKHM Raises Over $10K For Local Toys For Tots
Jackson Radio Works' K-105.3 (WKHM-FM) and NewsTalk 970AM/101.5FM (WKHM-AM) hosted their annual joint toy drive to benefit their local chapter of Toys for Tots on December 6, from 6 - 10 a.m.  Read More

 Member sightings . . . 
Gary Baxter, WSYM-TV Fox 47 (Lansing),  Jeff Hutchings,
WNEM-TV (Saginaw), and Jamie McKibbin, Jackson Radio Works (Jackson), along with Sales Leadership students during their final sales presentations as part of the MAB's Corporate Sales Leadership Partnership with Michigan State University. 

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!

Meet Your MAB Board Member of the Week: Scott Shigley
Scott Shigley started his broadcast career in sales at the Liggett owned station in Lansing, WFMK in 1993. Read More

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! The MAB Foundation 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.

NABEF Accepting Applications for 2019 Technology Apprenticeship Program
The NAB Education Foundation (NABEF) is accepting applications for the 2019 Technology Apprenticeship Program (TAP). TAP provides graduating college seniors with the connections and experience to start successful careers in media technology. Read 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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The Robinson Report - 12 Notes
By: Kevin Robinson
Robinson Media

The "score," or audio, to a movie or video piece supersedes the quality of picture.  What you aurally consume and how that puzzle is pieced together is vital Read More

7 Ways to Clean Your Radio Station's Digital House During Downtime
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Strategies t

As we head into the holidays, this is typically a slower time of year for radio stations. When I was a radio programmer, I used this time to clean my office: throw away anything I didn't need anymore and file away anything that I still did. It's also wise to take this time to do the digital equivalent of cleaning house. Here are some things to check on during the holiday lull:"  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
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Posted: December 3, 2018

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Posted: November 30, 2018

Utility Specialist - Radio
WQLR/WNWM (Kalamazoo)
Posted: November 30, 2018

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