Issue #138  |  February 15, 2019   |   View online
Top of the News:

* #MABshow Deadlines for Hotel, Registration Next      Week
* You Could Win $10,000 at the #MABshow!
* Pai: Repack Moving Ahead of Schedule
* Elkins Elected to America's Public Television Stations    Board
* WWJ Hosts 16th Annual THAW Radiothon
* Members Team Up with MSU's Sales Leadership      Program
* Webinar Next Week: Dealing with Consumer Anxiety      About Fake News

All this and more below


March 5-6, 2019
Lansing Center
Downtown Lansing

Hotel rooms are selling out!  Discounted room block deadline is February 19!
Last day to register online is February 18!

#MABshow - Have you seen who is coming?
Check out all the speakers, sponsors and exhibitors
Don't miss out on the best show yet!

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#MABshow - Have you seen who is coming?

Check out all the speakers, sponsors and exhibitors at

Don't miss out on the best show yet!

You could win $10,000 at the #MABshow!

One lucky participant could walk away from the 2019 Great Lakes Media Show $10,000 richer! The MAB has partnered with Million Dollar Media to offer #MABshow attendees the change to win $10,000 cash. Visit our exhibitors and earn chances to crack the 5-digit code to open up the bank vault located on the Exhibit Hall floor. The contest, sponsored by Midwest Communications, will be open on March 6. 

Register now to attend the 2019 Great Lakes Media Show on March 5 and 6 at the Lansing Center.


Broadcast Excellence Award Winners are posted on our website.  Station of the Year winners will be awarded at the #MABshow on March 6!

More information about the show:

MAB and CMU Deliver State of the State Across Michigan
On February 12, the MAB with much assistance from CMU Public Media, delivered live coverage of Governor Gretchen Whitmer's first State of the State address to member stations throughout the state. Read More

Federal/Regulatory Update

FEC Seeks Comment on Proposal for Change in TV Political Disclosures
By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

We usually think of the FCC as the agency that sets the details of the broadcast disclosure obligations for political candidate's TV ads. But the Federal Election Commission has its own rules for political advertising that are binding on the candidates, rather than on the stations. But because these ads run on broadcast stations, stations need to pay attention to them to avoid getting caught up in arguments about whether candidate ads are legal, and because the FEC rules often get adopted by the FCC.   Read More

Pai: Repack Moving Ahead of Schedule
According to a report in TV Technology, FCC Chairman Pai delivered a progress report about the post-spectrum auction channel repack at the annual meeting of the National Association of Tower Erectors. Read More

State/Legislative Update

Michigan Congresswoman Co-sponsors $15 Minimum Wage Legislation
U.S. Congresswoman Haley Stevens (D-11) co-sponsored legislation in Washington D.C. to gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024.  Read More

Meet Your Local Lawmakers at the 2019 MAB Legislative Reception a the  #MABshow
Michigan broadcasters are invited to attend the MAB Annual Legislative Reception on Wednesday, March 6 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. at the Lansing Center during the 2019 Great Lakes Media Show. With the high turnover after the recent election, MAB Legislative Reception is a wonderful opportunity to meet your legislators.  Read More

Elkins Elected to America's Public Television Stations Board
Susi Elkins, director of broadcasting and general manager of WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University, has been elected to the board of directors of America's Public Television Stations (APTS). The announcement was made on February 7.   Read More

West Michigan Whitecaps Announce New Flagship
Following a format change at its former flagship, Grand Rapids minor league baseball team The West Michigan Whitecaps has announced that the team is moving to a new radio home for its 2019 season.  Read More

WWCK Raises $45k for Children's Miracle Network
Cumulus Media's WWCK-FM (Flint) (CK 105.5) raised $45,322 for Hurley Children's Hospital in the 1st CK Cares for Kids Radiothon, held February 7-8, 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. each day.  Read More

Conway & Hoffman To Be Inducted into Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame
Former WXYZ-TV (Detroit) Reporter Mary Conway has received the honor of induction into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame. Also being inducted is Kathy Barks Hoffman, Vice President with PR firm Martin Waymire and the  former head of AP's Lansing Bureau.  Read More

WWJ-AM Hosts 16th Annual THAW Radiothon
On February 8, Entercom's WWJ-AM (Detroit) held its 16th Annual Winter Survival Radiothon for THAW, The Heat and Warmth Fund.  This year's goal was to raise $1.5 million in emergency energy assistance funding.  And, that goal was achieved!   Read More

Garry Frank Leaving WXMI for Tribune Sister Station
WXMI-TV (Grand Rapids)(FOX 17) has announced that after 4 years, FOX 17 Meteorologist Garry Frank is moving on to Tribune sister station WDAF-TV (Kansas City, Missouri).   Read More

Making Important Connections: MAB Members Team up with MSU's Sales Leadership Program
Hiring talented sales professionals is vital to the success of the broadcasting industry in Michigan. This has been a top concern of MAB members over the past several years. This year, the MAB Foundation has stepped in to help by partnering with Michigan State University's Sales Leadership Program. Read More

MSU Alumnus and MAB Foundation Vice Chair Stephen Schram: MSU Sales Leadership Alumni Spotlight
Stephen Schram, Executive Director and General Manager at Michigan Radio, loves to mentor the next generation of broadcasters and help to find up and coming talent for the industry, and students in the Sales Leadership program at MSU have taken notice. Read More

LAST CALL to Reserve your Booth for the Career Fair at the Great Lakes Media Show
Rumor has it you need help with recruiting great new talent... the MAB Foundation to the rescue!

Register now to participate in the MAB Foundation's largest career fair event of the year, the career fair at the Great Lakes Media Show!

Career Fair at the Great Lakes Media Show-The Lansing Center
Wednesday, March 6
1:30 - 3:30 p.m, Immediately following the Student Awards Luncheon
Vendor Registration here.

Make sure to add these other upcoming career fair events to your calendar as well! 

Wayne State University-Detroit, MI (NEW Location!!)
Thursday, April 4
Sponsored by the Wayne State University Journalism Institute for Media Diversity
12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Vendor Registration here.

Virtual Career Fair (NEW!)
Week of May 6-10
Michigan broadcasting stations and job listings will be highlighted for one week on You will receive applications from candidates via email along with the full registration list of all participating candidates.   
Vendor Registration here.

Please contact Rachel Krause with any questions, or 517-484-7444

Follow the MAB Foundation on Social Media!
Support the MAB Foundation, and stay in touch about upcoming events, awards programs, scholarships and more, by following the MAB Foundation on our social media pages!


@MAB_Foundation (NEW!!)

Donate Now to the Congressman John D. Dingell Jr. Journalism Scholarship
As announced in last week's newsletter, the MAB Foundation has launched the John D. Dingell Jr. Journalism Scholarship, as a perpetual reminder of the Great Statesman and friend.  Read More

Mark your calendars to spend "Third Thursdays with the MAB" each month throughout 2019. Webinars are free to MAB members. Questions? Contact Jacquelen Timm at 1-800-YOUR-MAB or

February 21, 2019 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
with Esther Thorson (MSU)

Learn how Local News Professionals Can Help People Cope with "Fake News"

Course Description
: To be a good manager, you have to communicate well with your employees. Are you aware of how you communicate, while you're communicating? That's interpersonal communication and that what this course is all about. We will cover the different elements of interpersonal communication and how it's used effectively. We'll also talk about some helpful tips and tricks to being a better communicator toward your employees and in general.  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! Sign your staff up today!

How to Use Email Templates to Book Guests for Your Radio Show or Podcast
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Strategies

I often hear new radio morning show producers or new podcasters ask for advice on reaching out to guests. Over the last eight years of podcasting, I have found that using email templates and a shared spreadsheet can dramatically streamline the process.   Read More

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February 21, 2019
Webinar: Dealing with Consumer Anxiety about Fake News

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