Issue #88 January 4,  2018 | View online
Top of the News:

Poynter's Al Tompkins Will Present 3 Breakouts at   Great Lakes Media Show 

* State of the State Broadcast is January 23
Former Michigan Broadcaster Dick Enberg Passes

MAB Will Offer Educational Opportunities Each Month in 2018
* Scholarships are Available for Michigan High School   Seniors, Apply by January 12
* WKAR Presents PBS Kids Day on January 23

All this and more below
The MAB is Here For You, Because of You
By: Peter Tanz, MAB Chairman,
Vice President for Midwest Communications (Kalamazoo)

We welcome in a New Year with excitement and anticipation.  THANK YOU  to everyone who volunteered in 2017, served on committees or boards, those who attended events or participated in MAB programs. You are this association Read More

January 12: MABF Scholarship Applications Due
January 12: BEA Entry Deadline 


'Fighting Fake News,' 'Covering Guns and Ammo' and 'Tell it Online': Poynter's Al Tompkins Will Present 3 Breakouts at Great Lakes Media Show
Al Tompkins, The Poynter Institute's senior faculty for broadcasting and online, will be on hand at the 2018 Great Lakes Media Show to present three fantastic and timely breakout sessions Read More
Learn more at

BEA Entry Deadline is January 12

Show us your best work from 2017!

Learn more about this year's award opportunities at

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State of the State Broadcast is January 23
On January 23, 2018 at 7 p.m., Governor Rick Snyder will deliver his final State of the State address to Michigan citizens. In response to a survey of our TV members, the MAB will once again up-link  the State of the State address live via satellite for all stations to use Read More

David OxenfordJanuary Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters
By: David Oxenford,
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP,

The holidays are over, and while the regulation never stops, it is time to once again buckle down and look at what is on the horizon for broadcasters.  Read More

Tips & Tricks
The MAB is collecting your "Tips &Tricks" to spotlight different ways to better control traffic. Do you have some advice? Take our survey and look for your 'two cents' to be featured in and upcoming issue of the MAB News Briefs. Here's what some of your peers are suggesting:   Read More

Former Michigan Broadcaster Dick Enberg Passes
Legendary sportscaster Dick Enberg, whose career spanned almost 60 years, died of an apparent heart attack on December 21 at the age of 82, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune Read More

WBCT-FM's 'The Canuck' Dies in an Auto Accident
On December 21, WBCT-FM (Grand Rapids) 19-year veteran part-time on-air personality  John "The Canuck" Wiechenthal died in an auto accident in Kentwood.  He was 39 years old Read More

'Boogie D' takes on 
Radio One Detroit
All Access reports that Jowcol "Boogie D" Dolby, operations manager at Radio One's St. Louis, Missouri cluster has been given added duties as operations Manager for the company's WPZR-FM, WDMK-FM, WDMK-FM HD2 and WGPR-FM stations in Detroit Read More

WILX-TV's Mike King Interviewed about Television's Future on 'MSU Today'
MSU alumnus Mike King is regional vice president for Gray Television and general manager of WILX-TV 10 in Lansing.   Read More

WDIV-TV, Graham Media Group Launch Podcast Series
On December 21, WDIV-TV and its parent company Graham Media Group launched a new podcast featuring "stories of the incompatible."   Read More

Benton Harbor's WIRX-FM Donates to MI JOURNEY
Midwest Family Broadcasting's WIRX-FM, Rock 107 in Benton Harbor, has chipped in to help promote mental health in southwest Michigan Read More

WCSR's Bob Flynn, 
Juli Morgan Go Bald 
for Charity
On December 29, after promising station listeners that they would shave their heads if a goal of raising $15,000 from listeners for the Salvation Army was met, WCSR-AM/FM (Hillsdale) air personalities Bob Flynn and Juli Morgan did what they dubbed "Bob and Juli Go Britney 2007 ."  Read More


MAB Will Offer Educational Opportunities Each Month in 2018
Mark your calendars to 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. 

January  18, 2018 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
"FCC's Biennial Ownership Reports" 
with David Oxenford

New P1 Learning Training Course: 
Goal Management

Course Description: How much money do you intend to make this year? In this session you learn how to set goals, and attain them! It all comes down to the numbers, we teach you the fundamentals to turn your projections into reality!  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 Robinson Report - 2018
By: Kevin Robinson
Robinson Media

Great things comes from small change.  We often mark the New Year as a harbinger for change Developing a habit often comes from slowly inching   past a fear And that could change everything .   Read More

Apple's Podcast Analytics (Beta) Has Been Released. Here's How to Access It.
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Stratagies

For years, podcast analytics have been lacking. Podcasts are measured in terms of "downloads"   Read More

Help kick off the MAB's 70th Anniversary!  
The 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.

Scholarships are Available  for Michigan High School Seniors, Apply by January 12
The MAB Foundation has approved an ongoing scholarship for Michigan High School seniors. Students who have been accepted at a MABF-approved Michigan college, university or trade school and plan to pursue a career in a broadcast-related field may enter!  Click here  to learn more or contact  Jacquelen Timm at 517-484-7444 or .

Apply Today for the 'Friends of Bill Burton' Scholarship
The purpose of this scholarship is to support and encourage future broadcast professionals. This scholarship will promote both classroom study and professional internship/extra-curricular experiences and will allow other candidates, not awarded through their school, to be considered. Click here to learn more or contact Jacquelen Timm at 517-484-7444 or

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. 

WKAR Presents PBS Kids Day on January 23
WKAR Public Media is once again presenting PBS Kids Day this year, Saturday, January 27 at the WKAR studios in East Lansing.  This year, Kids Day will celebrate WKAR Family and the PBS Kids 24/7 channel first birthday.  Read More

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Mark your calendar now for the 2018 Advocacy Conference and Awards Banquet! Join us August 13-14 at Mackinac Island's Grand Hotel as we kickoff the MAB's 70th anniversary celebration. 
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High school or college students interested in the broadcasting and media industry can now get a yearly membership for $15!

Thanks for the Support of Our Associate Members!

Adrian College/WVAC-FM  

Bell Media Inc.

Hillsdale College/WRFH-LP

Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan

Michael Murphy

Robert Ridder Broadcasting Consultants

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