Issue #184 |  February 21, 2020   |   View online
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Onsite Registration will be available 
March 3 & 4 at the Lansing Center. 
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MAB Exhibit Hall has Sold Out!
The Exhibits at the Great Lakes Media Show March 3 & 4 at the Lansing Center have sold out for the third year in a row.  The Media Show offers a great variety of exhibitors and the exhibits are free to visit.

Come for the Opening Exhibit reception Tuesday March 3, 5:00 PM.  Visit the exhibit booths, celebrate with the two Carl E. Lee Engineering Excellence Award Winners, enjoy Hors Devours and liquid refreshments. 

This event is followed by Beer & Bull, our pre-convention mixer. Join your fellow broadcasters from around the state exchange stories and learn from one another.

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Let's Celebrate Our 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.

MAB Names Jayne Hodak as Executive Director of Programs
The MAB has hired Jayne Hodak as the Executive Director of Programs!  Jayne has an extensive history in Michigan Broadcasting, spending more than 25 years in television newsrooms across the state. Most recently, she served as the News Director for WJRT-TV (Flint). She has also worked at stations in Traverse City, Lansing and Detroit. Jayne also served numerous terms on the Board of Governors for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences - Michigan Chapter, as well as represented the MAB on the selection committee for the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame. Read More

Litigation Continues as Court Rejects GMR Motion to Dismiss RMLC Lawsuit - and RMLC's Request to Dismiss GMR Claims
By: David Oxenford,
ilkinson Barker Knauer LLP 

Global Music Rights, the relatively new performing rights organization that signed a number of composers of popular songs away from ASCAP and BMI in order to seek higher music royalties for the public performance of their works on radio stations and other media platforms, lost one round in its litigation with the Radio Music License Committee in RMLC's attempt to bring GMR under some sort of rate review under the antitrust laws.   Read More

Lt. Gov. Gilchrist Signs Marijuana Bills Into Law
On February 19, Michigan Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist signed House Bills 4126 and 4127 into law.  Both laws pertain to the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA).  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


WYCD's Chuck Edwards, Beasley's George Beasley Named To Country Radio Hall Of Fame!
At ceremonies on February 19, The Country Radio Hall of Fame has announced its 2020 inductees and there are a couple of names known to Michigan broadcasters.  Read More

Gray Television to Buy Lansing LPTV
On February 14, an application was filed with the FCC to transfer the license of WLNM-LD (Lansing) from Tri-State Christian TV, Inc. to Gray Television.  Gray also owns full-power WILX-TV (Lansing), plus WJRT-TV (Flint) and WLUC-TV (Marquette).  Read More

WDRQ Detroit Becomes New Country 93.1
Cumulus Media has refreshed its Detroit Country-formatted station WDRQ-FM, relaunching the station as "New Country 93.1."  The change took place February 18.  Read More

Michigan Radio's Bryce Huffman Explores Black History in America with Live Dates Around State
Michigan Radio West Michigan Reporter and Same Same Different podcast host/creator Bryce Huffman is hosting three live events around the state that will explore the importance of black history in America --- how it's being taught and its impact on black identity.  Read More

Jade Springart Named APD and Midday Host at WRIF
Beasley Media Group has announced that Jade Springart has promoted to Assistant Program Director and Midday Host at WRIF-FM (Detroit). She will begin her new position immediately.  Read More

Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame to Induct New Members
New honorees include former WXYZ-TV (Detroit) reporter Bill Proctor, whose investigations led to the creation of the University of Michigan Law School's Innocence Clinic.  Proctor  worked for WXYZ for 33 years before retiring in 2013.  He was inducted into the MAB's Hall of Fame last August.  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.

LBS Featured Video Series

Get Better Leads!

Susan Novicki presents a 10-part series on how to develop your book of business! Better leads -> more sales -> more money in your pocket!

Click here to log in to LBS and view!

April 16, 2020 | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
"Political Refresher"
with David Oxenford, Wilkinson, Barker, Knauer LLP
2020 is bound to be a very active year for political broadcasting. Who do you have to sell advertising time to? How much can you charge? What paperwork do you need to retain? Who is watching what you do, and what issues are likely to arise in the coming election? These issues and more will be addressed in a live webinar!

How to Aircheck Yourself on the Cheap
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Strategies

As a podcaster, I find myself in a situation that was foreign to me during my radio days: as an air talent without a program director to provide critical feedback. Feedback is, of course, how broadcasters get better. As much as we sometimes fear aircheck sessions, they make us better broadcasters. Without it, it's hard to know if what you're doing is working.  Read More 

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