Issue #134  |  January 18, 2019   |   View online
Top of the News:

* Broadcast Excellence Awards: 943 entries submitted!
* Innovation Stage Highlight: Learn to Turn Digital into        Dollars with SoCast's Eric Eisen   #MABshow
* Governor Whitmer to Deliver State of the State Address     February 5
* Longtime U.P. Broadcaster Norman Koski Dies
* WXYZ's Brad Galli Voted Michigan Sportscaster of the      Year

All this and more below

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 Faifield 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. 

Innovation Stage Highlight: Learn to Turn Digital into Dollars with SoCast's Eric Eisen
He will share secrets and practical ideas to take back to your station to make an immediate impact on your bottom line and improve audience experience.  You'll learn how to leverage digital to create excellent digital content, promotions and events to increase audience engagement and generate significant digital revenue.   Read More

Register to attend TODAY!


A GRAND TOTAL of 943 entries were submitted for the Broadcast Excellence Awards!!

Best and Merit Winners will be notified during the week of February 4th!  Winners, including the Stations of the Year, will be awarded at the Great Lakes Media Show on March 6, 2019 during a special Broadcast Excellence Awards Presentation.

We want to hear from you!!  

Please take a moment to fill out this brief survey about the Broadcast Excellence Awards!   Your feedback will help us make the Awards even better! 

Reduce Your Company's Cybersecurity Risk in 2019: Take Advantage of a Member Registration Discount
Send your engineering, IT or security leader to the only cybersecurity conference targeted specifically to the needs of broadcasters. And take advantage of a State Association Member Discount on registration. Read more

Governor Whitmer to Deliver State of the State Address 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. The MAB will offer a pool feed of the address, with feeds for both TV and radio.   Read More

Dave Hildenbrand Joins Kelley Cawthorne
MAB's lobbying firm Kelley Cawthorne announced this past Monday that Lansing veteran Dave Hildenbrand will join its team of government relations professionals.  Hildenbrand was a member of the Michigan Senate from 2011 through 2018.  Read more

Washington/Legislative Update

House Energy & Commerce GOP Committee Lineup Announced, Includes Michigan's Fred Upton
U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Greg Walden (R-OR) issued the following statement after announcing the subcommittee Ranking Members for the 116th Congress: "The American people expect results, and I am confident that the leadership team Republicans are putting forward is ready to deliver."  Read More

Energy & Commerce Committee Democratic Roster Released
U.S. House Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) announced the full Democratic rosters for the six subcommittees in the 116th Congress.   Read More

State/Legislative Update

State Senate Majority Leader Announces Senate Committee Membership
Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-16) and Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-27) jointly released the full list of members of each Senate committee and Appropriations subcommittee.   Read More

O'Malley Sworn In January 9
Retired broadcaster Jack O'Malley (R-101st) has been sharing his journey into the Michigan House of Representatives.  
L-R: Supreme Court Justice Stephen J. Markman, Jack's daughter Grace O'Malley, wife Robin O'Malley and Jack O'Malley.

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

Longtime U.P. Broadcaster Norman Koski Dies
The MAB has learned that Norman Koski, longtime Upper Peninsula broadcaster, passed away January 9 at the age of 80.  Koski, along with three partners, purchased WHDF-AM in Houghton in 1979, changing the call letters to WCCY-AM.  He sold the station in 1983.  Read more

WXYZ's Brad Galli Voted Michigan Sportscaster of the Year
The National SportsMedia Association has named WXYZ-TV (Detroit) sports anchor Brad Galli 2018 Michigan Sportscaster of the Year.   Read More

Ida Tedesco Joins WILX-TV
Gray Television's WILX-TV (Lansing) has announced a new addition to their on-air staff.  Ida Tedesco will join Kirk Montgomery as Co-Anchor of News Ten Today (4:30 - 7:00 a. m. Monday - Friday) starting March 4, alongside Chief Meteorologist Darrin Rockcole.  Read more

Presser Joins WSNX as PD
iHeartMedia has announced that it has moved WZEE-FM (Madison, WI) APD/MD Aly Presser into the program director position at co-owned WSNX-FM (Grand Rapids).  Read more

MSU Basketball Coach & Broadcaster Gus Ganakas Passes
Former MSU men's basketball coach and broadcaster Gus Ganakas passed away January 11 at the age of 92.  Ganakas served as head coach from 1969 to 1976 before serving as an assistant athletics director from 1976-98; and then as an aide to current Head Coach Tom Izzo from 1998-2000.  Read more

WKAR to Host PBS Kids Day January 26
WKAR Public Media will be hosting "PBS Kids Day" on Saturday, January 26 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The event is free for viewers and their families and will feature hands-on activities for kids, resources for parents and a visit from Super WHY!  Read more

WXMI Celebrates 20 years of Local News
On January 11, Tribune Media's WXMI-TV (Grand Rapids) celebrated 20 years of news coverage.  It was in 1999 when West Michigan viewers got their first 10:00 p.m. newscast. Read more

MAB, AMA Will Mix in Royal Oak
The MAB is partnering up with The American Marketing Association for a fun night out in Royal Oak! Join us for an opportunity to socialize and connect with professionals within all areas of marketing and broadcasting. Meet board members, expand your network, hear about upcoming events and learn how you can get involved.  Read more

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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

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

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

Course Description : Effective Time Management: How to Time Block. The best way to make sure your days are productive is to effectively manage your time. There are many different theories on the best techniques for time management. This course covers a method called Time Blocking, which is the concept of scheduling time with yourself to complete your work.  Click here to log in and watch this course... 

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2019: Does Talent Really Matter?
By: Tim Moore,
Managing Partner
Audience Development Group

Mega groups are struggling with capital debt which means less emphasis on performance underscored by fewer program directors who have the time or training to recruit much less coach their airstaff under the toxic presumption "listeners don't really care about personalities." The choice is simple; as a PD you can be an artist or a victim.  Read more

10 Ways to Promote Your Radio Station's Mobile App
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Strategies

Our sister company, jācapps, has been building mobile apps for radio stations for over ten years. After working with hundreds of radio stations on their mobile app strategies, one thing has become abundantly clear: the radio stations with the most mobile app downloads are the ones who promote their apps the most.   Read More

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