Issue #137  |  February 8, 2019   |   View online
Top of the News:

* MAB Says Goodbye to Congressman John Dingell
* Register Today for #MABshow!
* Carl E. Lee Recipients Announced!
* Michigan State of State This Tuesday Night
* Important Dates for Broadcasters in 2019
* Jennifer Williams Promoted to VP of Digital Marketing
  at Beasley
* WYCD Receives Three ACM Nominations

All this and more below
MAB Says Goodbye to a Dear Friend
"It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of John David Dingell, Jr., former Michigan Congressman and longest-serving member of the United States Congress," the office of his wife, Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Michigan, said in a statement.

"Congressman John Dingell was a one of a kind statesman. He served this nation well and was true to his convictions. He was a good friend to broadcasters and deeply believed in the first amendment and the value of the 4th Estate. We would meet with him often and he was always straight with us," said MAB President Karole White.  Read More

Announcing the Congressman John D. Dingell Jr. Journalism Scholarship
The MAB office has been flooded with phone calls asking what members can do to honor his memory. Marla Drutz, a close personal friend of the Dingell Family and a member of the MAB Foundation Board of Directors suggested starting a John D. Dingell Jr. Journalism Scholarship within the MAB Foundation. This Scholarship will serve as a perpetual reminder of the Great Statesman and friend. Read More



March 5-6, 2019
Lansing Center
Downtown Lansing

Hotel rooms are selling out!
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!

Learn more and REGISTER at: 
LIVE DEMOS to take place in Exhibit Hall during the #MABshow!

Go LIVE with Arco Groenenberg
and John Lynch!

Learn about cost-effective live web and broadcast streaming from remote locations and HDV-Mixer systems for social media streaming!  Read More

The MAB is Pleased to Announce its 2019 Carl E. Lee Award Recipients .
Rick Paul Grzebik (above, left) and Gary Harding (right) will be honored March 5 at The Great Lakes Media Show during the Exhibitor Reception!  Read More

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:

Michigan State of State Address This Tuesday Night
Governor Gretchen Whitmer's first State of the State Address is this coming Tuesday, February 12. The MAB is offering a pool feed of the address for both TV and radio.  The MAB TV feed will be unhosted, allowing your anchors to introduce and conclude the broadcast.  Read More and get technical details here.

Federal/Regulatory Update

Important Dates for Broadcasters in 2019 - A Broadcaster's Calendar
By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

While the shutdown of the Federal government delayed FCC activities in January, with the government back in business (hopefully for the long term), we have put together a Calendar of Important Dates for Broadcasters for 2019, available here.  Read More

DOJ to Look at the Impact of Digital Ads on Broadcast Advertising
According to the report in Broadcasting & Cable, the Department of Justice (DOJ) antitrust division has announced a two-day conference to discuss whether the agency should consider the effect of online advertising in its merger reviews. Read More

State/Legislative Update

Barnes Elected Michigan Democratic Party Chair
Last week, Michigan Democrats elected Lavora Barnes as the party's new chair. Barnes, who was the party's COO, was the favorite to win the race against three other candidates.   Read More

Whitmer Signs Directive Strengthening FOIA Requirements for State Departments
According to a report in MLive, Governor Whitmer announced an executive directive to strengthen state agencies' procedures relating to the Freedom of Information Act requests and make them more user- friendly. 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

Jennifer Williams Promoted to VP of Digital Marketing at Beasley
In her new role, Williams will be responsible for marketing the company's digital content platforms and leveraging data to drive traffic, audience engagement and advertiser growth.   Read More

WLEN Hosts 25th Annual Radio Auction for Kiwanis Club
This Saturday (2/9), Lenawee Broadcasting's WLEN-FM (Adrian) will host The Kiwanis Club of Adrian's Annual Radio Auction from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Read More

WJR's Ann Thomas Inducted to Michigan Business Hall of Fame
This past Monday (2/4), WJR-AM (Detroit) Executive Producer Ann Thomas was inducted into the 2019 Michigan Business Women Hall of Fame class.   Read More

WKAR'S Curious Crew Begins Season 5!
WKAR Public Media (East Lansing) has announced that the 5th season of Curious Crew debuted this past Monday, February 4.  The Emmy Award-winning science show, produced by the station, is seen on public television stations nationwide.  Read More

Detroit's WDZH Adds Kim Adams to Airstaff
WDZH-FM (Detroit) has named Kim Adams as new midday host effective immediately.  Adams has over 20 years of on-air TV experience as a meteorologist for WDIV-TV and WXYZ-TV (Detroit) as well as WBNS-TV (Columbus, Ohio).   Read More

WYCD Receives Three ACM Nominations
Entercom's WYCD-FM (Detroit) has received three nominations from the Academy of Country Music for radio awards presented during the "54th Annual ACM Awards."  The awards are set for Sunday, April 7 in Las Vegas. Read More

FCC Sets Up Re-Scan Help Desk for Consumers Dealing With TV Repacking
This past Monday (2/4), the FCC announced that it is setting up a consumer help desk, where operators will be standing by to answer questions about rescanning the TV spectrum to find TV stations that have changed channels due to the repacking of the TV band.   Read More

Free Jacobs Media Webinar:  What Happened at CES 2019?
Jacobs Media Strategies and INSIDERADIO are offering a free webinar for all broadcasters on Thursday, February 14 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern.  Read More

MAB, AMA Will Mix in Royal Oak

Don't miss out on the fun!
The MAB and American Marketing Association to host first networking mixer!
No Charge for MAB members!

For more information and to register for the event, click here
REGISTER NOW for the Media Show Career Fair!
Time is running out to register for the Career Fair at the Great Lakes Media Show! Register now to reserve your booth.
Participation will help to boost your EEO file and you'll meet several students and young professionals that are
passionate about broadcast and media.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Great Lakes Media Show @ the Lansing Center, Lansing
1:30p.m. - 3:30p.m. 
Stations:  Register Here

The MAB Foundation is also offering 2 more opportunities this spring to connect with new talent:

Thursday, April 4, 2019
NEW!! Wayne State University @ the Student Center, Detroit 
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
In partnership with the Wayne State Journalism Institute for Media Diversity
Stations:  Register Here

Week of May 6-10
NEW!! Online Virtual Career Fair
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.  
Stations:  Register Here

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
: Protecting your personal data online is important, especially in this day and age. In this program, we are going to talk about the General Data Protection Regulation, also known as GDPR. While GDPR is not in effect in the United States, it still affects you, your data, and your company. If you're an EU citizen traveling in the United States, you are still protected by GDPR. This program is intended to give you helpful advice on what GDPR is. This is not, however, a definitive statement of law.  Click here to log in and watch this course.

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5 Rules for Twitter from The Atlantic's David Frum
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Strategies

In this week's column, Seth provides insights from a political strategist who knows a thing or two about the best - and worst - uses of Twitter for messaging and communication.  Read More

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February 21, 2019
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