Issue #133  |  January 9, 2019   |   View online
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* BEA Entry Deadline is Tomorrow at Noon; Payment   Must Be Received; Triple Check Your Links!
* Nominations due January 11 for the 2019 Carl E. Lee   Engineering Excellence Award
* NAB's Brian Savoie Will Bring 'Hey Alexa!' to the   #MABshow
* 2019 Regional EAS RMT Schedules Posted
* January Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters - The   Shutdown Does Not Put Everything on Hold
* Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to Deliver First State of the   State February 5
* Michigan Radio's 'Believed' Podcast Named Best   Coverage of a News Story by The A.V. Club
* Todd Mohr Acquires WDBC/WYKX
* New Media Career Fairs Announced for Spring

All this and more below


Entry Deadline is Tomorrow at Noon;
Payment Must Be Received by End of Day; Triple Check Your Links!

Awards will be presented at the Great Lakes Media Show on March 6. For more information, including entry details, visit

Nominations due January 11 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.


Are You Staying the Night? Hotel Rooms are Filling Up, Book Yours Before it's Too Late
MAB discounted room blocks at the Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol and Fiarfield Inn & Suites Lansing at Eastwood are sure to sell out before the booking deadlines. Click here to reserve your room before it's too late. 

NAB's Brian Savoie Will Bring 'Hey Alexa!' to the #MABshow
The voice user experience is quickly becoming part of our daily lives and many broadcasters are finding that their audience have already found them on these platforms. Now what?  Read More

Innovation Stage Highlight: Expand Your Share of the Advertising Pie with Wedel Software
If traditional broadcast radio stations are going to hold on to and expand their share of the advertising pie they are going to have to go beyond just selling "spots." And Wedel Software President Jeffrey Kimmel will take to the 2019 Great Lakes Media Show Innovation Stage to show you how.  Read More

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2019 Regional EAS RMT Schedules Posted
The MAB has posted the monthly RMT schedules for 2019 on its website. The schedules indicate the date and time of the RMT in each region and who the originator of the test will be.  Read More

January Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters - The Shutdown Does Not Put Everything on Hold

By: David Oxenford
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

We typically publish our article about upcoming regulatory dates before the beginning of each month, but this month, the looming FCC shutdown and determining its effect on filing deadlines pushed back our schedule.  Read More

Be Careful: Don't Use the FCC 'Demo' Public File Site to Upload Documents
Since the FCC shutdown on January 3, the FCC's online public file system has been offline and stations have not been able to upload public file documents to the site.  Read More

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to Deliver First State of the State February 5
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has announced that her first State of the State Address will be Tuesday, February 5 at 7 p.m. from the House Chamber of the Michigan Capitol.  Read More

Sate/Legislative Update

Senate Democrats Announce Leadership
Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-27) announced the Senate Democratic Caucus' leadership positions with eight new members serving in the leadership positions below him.  Read More

Former Broadcaster Jack O'Malley Takes Seat in State House
Retired WTCM-FM (Traverse City) morning show host Jack O'Malley was sworn into the Michigan House of Representatives this week following November's election. 
After almost 40 years in broadcasting, he now represents the 101st District: Leelanau, Benzie, Manistee and Mason counties. Congratulations, Jack!

Federal/Regularory Update

Senate Confirms Carr, Starks to the FCC
The Senate has confirmed FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr to a full, five-year term and has confirmed Democrat Geoffrey Starks to the open seat.  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

Michigan Radio's 'Believed' Podcast Named Best Coverage of a News Story by The A.V. Club
The A.V. Club has named the "Believed" from Michigan Radio and NPR as the "Best Coverage of a News Story" podcast on its annual "Podmass Superlatives" list, 2018. The entertainment webzine gives this nod to the investigative reporting podcast just as the series wraps up with its Epilogue episode, "No Pretty Bows," to be released this week.  Read More

Todd Mohr Acquires WDBC/WYKX
Longtime Michigan Broadcaster Todd Mohr's newly-formed Aurora Media, LLC  has reached an agreement to acquire WDBC-AM and WYKX-FM (Escanaba) from KMB Broadcasting, Inc. The purchase price was announced at $400,000.  Read More

 WBBL Drops Sports for Country; WJRW and WKLQ Flip to Sports
Cumulus Media Has flipped Sports WBBL-FM (Grand Rapids) to Country, using the "Thunder" moniker as part of a simulcast with WTNR-FM (Holland).  Read More

America's Newest 24/7 National News Network is Based in Northern Michigan
With the new year came a new source for news for cord-cutters in markets including Chicago, Houston, San Francisco and Detroit. It's a new, 24-hour news network known as NewsNet, and while it's seen in cities across the country, it's broadcasting to the entire nation from right here in Michigan.  Read More

Member Sightings ... 

Michael Patrick Shiels, host of Michigan's Big Show, meets up with the MAB's Jacquelen Timm and Elena Palombo during the Gubernatorial Inauguration on January 1. 

Meet Your MAB Board Member of the Week: Rob David
Robert David's career in the radio broadcasting industry spans four decades, all of them in Michigan. He is currently the President / General Manager of Handyman Productions, a radio program syndication and marketing firm working with various radio talk programs around the country. Read More

Sarah Decker Joins MAB staff
The MAB is excited to announce a new staff member! Sarah Decker joins the team as the Events Assistant. She is a recent graduate of Michigan State University where she studied Communications and Public Relations. Her interests include traveling and spending time with her family and friends. Welcome, Sarah!

NEW Media Career Fairs Announced for Spring 
The MAB Foundation is pleased to offer three media career fair opportunities for Spring 2019. Registration for all fairs is now open, consider participating in all three media career fairs to boost your EEO file and meet new candidates from a diverse group of talented job seekers! Career Fairs will be hosted March 6 at the Great Lakes Media Show in Lansing and April 4 at Wayne State University. NEW THIS YEAR: A Virtual Career Fair will take place the week of May 6. Learn More

Do you know a Current Broadcasting Student? Help them earn $$ for College
Who can't use a little extra help with college expenses? Luckily, the MAB Foundation and Michigan Broadcasters offer financial support for students currently studying broadcasting! If you know a student who is currently enrolled at a Michigan college, university or trade school and studying a broadcast-related field, tell them about the competitive scholarships offered through the MABF. BUT, tell them soon because the scholarship deadline is January 18, 2019!

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

January 17, 2019 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Course Description : Effective Time Management: 01 How to Manage Your Time: You've probably heard some version of the phrase "manage your time or it will manage you." We're all busy and trying to get as much done as possible in our workday. Time management isn't simply about getting as many tasks done each day as possible. Time management is really about streamlining your work processes in order to make you more efficient, and this course will get you started.  Click here to log in and watch this course... 

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Don't miss out on your opportunity for free, online training as an MAB member! Sign your staff up today!

How to Level Up Your Radio Station's Digital Strategy in 2019
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Strategies

When it comes to digital strategy for your radio station, it can be overwhelming. There are so many things that your station can be doing, from search engine optimization to podcasting, that sometimes it's tough to know where to start. It can feel like boiling an ocean or eating an elephant or [insert cliché here]. Instead of getting discouraged, it's best to break it down into small steps. Let's begin 2019 by doing just that.   Read More

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In This Issue
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

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