Issue #183 |  February 14, 2020   |   View online
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#MABshow Online Registration
Closes Next Week!
Don't wait until the last minute. Online registration for the 2020 Great Lakes Media Show will close on Thursday, February 20. Although registration will be available at the event, meals will not be guaranteed for those who register at the door.

Register to attend now at
Monday is the Last Day to Book Your Discounted Hotel Room
The MAB has secured discounted rates are two Lansing hotels for the nights of the Great Lakes Media Show. But rooms and discounts are about to run out. Don't wait to the last minute to book your stay. Special rates expire Monday, February 17.

Click here to reserve your room now
Stations: Sign-Up for the MABF Career Fair and Discover Your Next Star at the #MABshow
It's the MAB Foundation's most popular and highly attended career fair and we want YOU to be a part of the action! The number one request from our stations is assistance with gaining new employee leads and that is exactly what participation in this career fair will give you! Click here to reserve your booth today.

The Exhibit Hall is FILLING UP FAST!!!  
Find out who will be at the #MABshow and register HERE

Let's Celebrate Broadcast Excellence!
Join us for this year's BEA celebration on March 4 at the Lansing Center, following the conclusion of the 2020 Great Lakes Media Show.

There will be a cocktail reception from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., when the awards presentation will begin. Thursday, February 20 is the last day to register online.

10 Michigan Stations on Audit List

FCC Issues First EEO Audit of 2020 Targeting 320 Radio and Television Stations - Reviewing the Basics of the FCC's EEO Rules
By: David Oxenford,
ilkinson Barker Knauer LLP 

The FCC on February 6 released another of its regular EEO audit notices, asking that approximately 240 radio stations and about 80 TV stations, and the station employment units (commonly owned stations serving the same area) with which they are associated, provide to the FCC (by posting the information in their online public inspection file) their last two year's EEO Annual Public File reports, as well as backing data to show that the station in fact did everything that was required under the FCC rules.   Read More

Recent Fine Cancellations Serve as Reminders to Double-Check FCC Fines and Fees
By: Scott R. Flick and Warren Kessler,
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

As Otis Redding noted many years ago, "everybody makes a mistake sometimes." As recent events have demonstrated, broadcasters should keep this in mind the next time they are presented with a regulatory fee, proposed fine or other bill from the FCC.   Read More

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

WWJ's 17th Winter Survival Radiothon For THAW Raises $1.4M In Heating Assistance
Entercom's WWJ-AM (Detroit) held their 17th Winter Survival Radiothon for THAW, The Heat and Warmth Fund on February 7, raising $1.4 million dollars over fourteen hours.  Read More

WLNS-TV Launches "The 6 News Capital Rundown"
On February 8-9, Nexstar Broadcasting's WLNS-TV (Lansing) launched a new program lead by Lansing Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick titled "The 6 News Capital Rundown."  The show will "break down everything political you need to know here in Michigan and across the country and will feature local lawmakers talking about current events, and what qualifies them for a vote at election time."  Read More

Finalists Announced in 2019 Michigan APME Broadcast Contest
Finalists have been announced in the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors 2019 radio and TV contest.  The awards in actual order of finish - first or second - will be announced at the annual Michigan APME annual awards banquet April 4 in Lansing. The General Excellence, Rising Star and First Amendment award winners also will be announced at the meeting.  Read More

WIOG Hosts 2nd Annual Covenant Kids Radiothon
Cumulus Media's WIOG-FM (Bay City/Saginaw/Flint) is hosting the second annual Covenant Kids Radiothon February 13-14 to raise funds in support of local pediatric patients at Covenant HealthCare.  Read More

IPR News launches new series "Our Global Neighborhood"
Interlochen Public Radio has announced a new eight-week series where the station sits down with residents who moved to northern Michigan from across the globe. Our Global Neighborhood takes news consumers into the lives of their neighbors who decided to reside in our part of the world after experiencing a much different life in another country.  Read More

WXYZ Launches Day of Giving Telethon with Humane Society
On February 13 and 14, Scripps' WXYZ-TV (Detroit) is presenting the Michigan Humane Society's annual Telethon fundraiser, presented by Purina.  Telethon segments are running both days all day long on the station.  Read More


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 Rachel Krause 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. 
The MAB is excited to share that Local Broadcast Sales (LBS) will be available free to members in 2020. Learn more and sign up here.

Featured Video Series

Want A Better Work Life?

LBS President, Gary Moore, offers a four-part series on how you can effectively deal with negative people and influences. Learn some simple techniques to improve your attitude towards your clients, your station, and yourself!

Click here to log in to LBS and view!

February 20, 2020 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
"Re-Building Trust"
with Kevin Benz, i-Media Strategies
How do you make good decisions when covering the toughest stories in a 24/7 news cycle while they are breaking right in front of you? In this 24/7 news world, speed is important, but the cost of errors is a loss of trust from your audience. Journalists make mistakes when speed and being first is the only goal. This session introduces you to how human beings make tough decisions and teaches you how to more effectively make tough calls. Using real examples, we do a deep dive into the pitfalls of knee-jerk reactions and the benefits of thoughtful, ethical news coverage. We'll look at notorious examples of dumb stories proving that speed is the enemy of common sense and we'll identify four key questions we can ask in order to avoid joining the journalism "wall of shame."

When Does a Radio Station Project Deserve Its Own Website?
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Strategies

From time to time, radio broadcasters will ask me whether an initiative their station is working on warrants the creation of a website separate from the radio station's website. We might be talking about a morning show, a concert festival or a large contest.  Read More 

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Posted: February 14, 2020

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