Issue #90 January 18  2018 |  View online
Top of the News:

'What You Have to Know': The Robinson Report is   Coming to the #MABshow

* New "Blue Alert" EAS Warning Order Published in the   Federal Register
* Michigan Radio & Television Stations Air 2018 State of   the State
2018 Student Award Winners Announced

Carl E. Lee Engineering Awards Nominations Due   February 7
WXYZ and WMYD Donate Money for Books

* Join the 'SEVEN for 70' Honor Roll and help celebrate   the MAB's 70th Anniversary!   

All this and more below
'What You Have to Know': The Robinson Report is Coming to the #MABshow
Kevin Robinson, Robinson Media President and author of The Robinson Report, is coming to the Great Lakes Media Show to tell you "What You Have to Know To Be A Program Director in 2018."   Read More

Exhibit Hall Reservations Filling Up as Great Lakes Media Show Nears
More than 30 state-of-the-art and interactive media exhibitors have already signed up to be a part of the 2018 Great Lakes Media Show on  March 6 and 7   at the Lansing Center. This year's Exhibit Hall will feature 39 exhibits, a career fair and new Innovation Stage Click here to see the Exhibit Hall floor plan and who's already coming to the #MABshow.

Thank You to Our Growing List of 2018 Great Lakes Media Show Sponsors 
Patrick  Communications , Specs Howard School of Media Arts, MET,  Michigan Army National Guard, Radisson Hotel Lansing, Detroit Radio Advertising Group, T-Mobile, Nielsen, BMI, HOMTV, Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau, Spartan Sports Network, Regional Reps, Key Code Media and EnStar have already put their names on the 2018 Great Lakes Media Show. Is your organization next?   Click here now to design a sponsorship package that fits your brand. 
New "Blue Alert" EAS Warning Order Published in the Federal Register
By: David Oxenford, 
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP,

The FCC recently adopted a new Blue Alert code to be added to the warning codes in the EAS system. This code is to be used for warnings about imminent danger to law enforcement authorities Read More

Michigan Radio & Television Stations Air 2018 State of the State
On January 23, 32 radio stations and 27 television stations across Michigan aired Governor Rick Snyder's final State of the State address to the citizens of the state Read More

State/Legislative Update

Michigan Senate Passes Tax Cut Legislation
According to a report in Gongwer, Senate Republicans unanimously passed legislation to increase the personal exemption for taxpayers Read More

First GOP Governors Candidate Town Hall Scheduled
Three of the four Republican candidates for Michigan governor will participate in a town hall with Republican voters scheduled on January 29 in Grand Rapids. Read More

Federal/Congressional Update

Shuldiner Named New Audio Division Chief At FCC
The Federal Communications Commission has announced the appointment Albert Shuldiner as Chief of the Media Bureau's Audio Division.  Read More

Senate Panel Approves FCC Commissioner
The Senate Commerce Committee voted to confirm Commissioner Brendan Carr for a full five-year term at the Federal Communications Commission. Read More

FCC's Online Public File System Difficulties Reported
At least one Michigan broadcaster has reported some difficulties uploading some files to the FCC's online public file system.  One MAB member station shared a screen shot of the issue, where PDF files are tagged with an "error" notice. Read More

2018 Student Award Winners Announced
Winners of the MAB Foundation's 2018 Michigan Student Broadcast Awards have been announced at The college and high school students will be honored along with 2018 scholarship winners during the Great Lakes Media Show on March 7.  Click here to see the list of this year's winning entries.  

Carl E. Lee Engineering Awards Nominations Due February 7
Nominations are being taken for the 2018 Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Awards. Candidates must have been an employee, officer, or owner of any company, subsidiary or division whose primary business is broadcasting, or is directly in support of radio or television stations in Michigan. The nomination deadline is February 7. The awards will be presented at the Great Lakes Media Show on March 7.  Click here to learn more.  

MAB is Collecting Nominations for 2018
Hall of Fame/Lifetime Achievement Awards
Nominations are now being taken for the 2018 Michigan Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Awards. This year's honorees will be recognized at the Advocacy Conference & Awards Banquet on August 13 and 14 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. Nominations are due by April 27, 2018.  Click here to learn more.  

WXYZ and WMYD Donate Money for Books
E.W.. Scripps Company's WXYZ-TV and WMYD-TV (Detroit) celebrated National Reading Day by delivering a check for $10,000 to the St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center in Detroit.   Read More

Pillsbury Advisory: A Sexual Harassment Sea Change for Employers?

Murdoch Says Facebook Should Pay for "Trusted" News
News Corp.'s Rupert Murdoch has suggested Facebook should pay for news content shared on the platform from premium publishers .   Read More


MAB Offers Educational Opportunities Each Month in 2018
Spend "Third Thursdays with the MAB" each month throughout 2018. We will take a break for the Great Lakes Media Show in March and our annual Summer Conference in August, where we look forward to seeing you in person for wonderful and informative live speakers and workshops. Webinars are free to MAB members. Questions? Contact Jacquelen Timm at 1-800-YOUR-MAB. Click here to learn more about the 2018 webinar line up. 

February 15, 2018 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
"Building Relationships Your
Competitors Can't Steal" 
with Chris Lytle

New P1 Learning Training Course: 
Reply Time

Course Description:  How quickly should you reply to an email? It might be sooner than you think. In this program, we'll go over the appropriate time frame for replying to emails. Other topics include: what you should do when emails are complicated, responses that can't fit into the time frame, what to do when you can't reply to emails for a few days, and the proper steps to awaiting a reply from someone else .   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!

The Power of the Human Voice
By: Dick Taylor,  CRMC/CDMC

I recently saw the latest Star Wars movie "The Last Jedi." It was powerful in many ways, not the least of which was because it was the final film for actress Carrie Fisher, who was excellent. In film, the way to connect with the theater goer is with close-ups of the faces of the actors. It's powerful and we respond, as human beings, to another person's face. Read More

How a Content Calendar Can Improve Your Radio Station's Blog
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Stratagies

When I was the Music Director at 107.7 The End in Seattle, I spent every minute of my workday trying to achieve the right mix of on-air content. Like most radio stations, we had expensive software that enabled me to a balance of new and old, hard and soft, fast and slow.   Read More

Join the 'SEVEN for 70' Honor Roll and help celebrate the MAB's 70th Anniversary!  
he MAB Foundation is asking MAB members to donate $7 per month to help celebrate.  These donations will contribute to the continuation of the educational programs that have benefited Michigan broadcasters over the years. Thank you to our current Honor Roll members: Albert Blinke, Kristin Burns, Bruce & Sue Goldsen, Bill Keith, Fred Jacobs, Paul Jacobs, Pam Manor, Christopher Meller, Stephen Schram, Denise Weston and Jennifer Williams. Lear more and make your gift

Find New and Fresh Talent at our 2018 Career Fairs
Dates are set for the MAB Foundations Spring 2018 Media Career Fairs. Join us February 1 at Specs Howard School of Media Arts, March 7 at the Lansing Center or March 21 at Northern Michigan University. Click here to learn more or reserve a booth. 

WEMU Hosts State of the Station Breakfast
WEMU hosted its sixth annual State of the Station breakfast  Thursday, January 25, at Weber's Inn in Ann Arbor.  Vocalist Sarah Casello sang with the Paul Keller ensemble and Jacobs Media VP/General Manager Paul Jacobs delivered the keynote address Read More

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