Issue #157 |  July 12, 2019   |   View online
Top of the News:

* Traverse City Broadcaster Turned State Rep. Jack   O'Malley Will Speak at #MABsummer
* FCC Adopts Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Review   EEO Rules
* Bruce Turner Retires from WNMU-TV
* WDET's Michelle Srbinovich Leaving to Join New   Journalism Venture
* Siri Live Radio Will Include Access to 100,000 Stations

All this and more below

Traverse City Broadcaster Turned State Rep. Jack O'Malley Will Speak at #MABsummer
 Longtime Northern Michigan radio personality and freshman State Rep. Jack O'Malley (R-101) has joined the list of speakers for the MAB's 2019 summer Advocacy Conference on August 5 and 6 at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids .   Read More

  #MABsummer is Less Than
a Month Away ... 
Join us August 5-6 in Grand Rapids!

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The MAB Political Action Committee (PAC) invites you to experience Founders Brewery in Grand Rapids from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on August 5. This special fundraising event will feature a private tour of the brewery, dinner and, of course, brews direct from Founders taps! All proceeds benefit the MABPAC. Admission is $200 per person or $350 per couple. According to Michigan Campaign Finance Act no corporate donations are allowed under the law. Only personal payment is accepted. Register to Attend

FCC Adopts Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Review EEO Rules
By: David Oxenford
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP 

When the FCC initiated its most recent EEO audits, we mentioned that the Commission was planning a rulemaking to review the effectiveness of its EEO rules for broadcasting and multi-channel video operators. The FCC's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking to review these rules has now been released.  Read More

State Rep. Coleman Introduces MSP Emergency Notification Program Bill
The MAB has learned that State Rep. Kevin Coleman (D-16) has introduced a bill ( H.B. 4697), which would require Michigan State Police (MSP) to create an emergency notification program to "rapidly disseminate useful information in a predetermined manner to radio and television stations within in this state and to wireless devices through the existing wireless emergency alert system operated under federal law."   Read More

FCC Approves Revamped Kids TV Rules
At its July 10 meeting, the FCC updated its children's television programming rules, providing "broadcasters greater scheduling flexibility, enables them to offer more diverse and innovative educational programming and relieves unnecessary burdens while ensuring that educational programming remains available to all children."   Read More

Bruce Turner Retires from WNMU-TV
After 56 years on the job, WNMU-TV (Marquette) Station Manager Buce Turner has retired.  A retirement party was held June 28 in Marquette.   Read More

WDET's Michelle Srbinovich Leaving to Join New Journalism Venture
After a decade at Detroit's public radio station, WDET General Manager Michelle Srbinovich has resigned and accepted a position with the American Journalism Project (AJP). Srbinovich's last day at WDET will be July 12.   Read More

WGPR Debuts 'The Morning Hustle'
Radio One's WGPR-FM (Detroit) has announced a new morning drive show, "The Morning Hustle with Angie Ange, "On Air" Jordan and Lore'l. The show is based at sister station WKYS-FM in Washington, D.C. and will be heard in Detroit beginning July 15.   Read More

Siri Live Radio Will Include Access to 100,000 Stations
RadioInk reports that last month Apple announced that it will be making it easier for Siri users to play live radio stations via iPhones, iPads and HomePods.   Read More

Todd Noordyk to Sell Munising Stations to Roam Media
Great Lakes Radio, Inc. and Todd Noordyk of Marquette, MI have accepted a Letter of Intent to Purchase from Roam Media, Inc. of Munising, MI, operated by Tom Dolaskie, for the sale of radio stations WQXO AM/FM in Munising and WRPP FM in Manistique.   Read More

900th Program Milestone for Traverse City Radio Program, 'Words to the Wise'
On Tuesday, July 16, Midwestern Broadcasting's WTCM-AM (Traverse City) morning host Ron Jolly and Mike "The Professor" Sheehan will broadcast the 900th edition of their weekly radio program, "Words to the Wise" live from the stage of the Traverse City Opera House.   Read More

Battle Creek's WBCK Turns 71!
On July 9, 1948, WBCK went live as the third radio station to join the Battle Creek area. WBCK started as a 1000-watt directional AM station at 930 on the dial was built right after World War II, as building materials finally became available again.   Read More

Meet Your MAB Staff Member of the Week: Tom Hahn
Tom Hahn is the Vice President of Finance for the MAB and its multiple entities. He has been with the MAB since 2003 and handles accounting and finance for the organization. Before joining the MAB, he was in the banking industry, primarily in commercial lending. Hahn holds a BBA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Michigan State University. His interests include reading and golf.

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FCC Rule 73.1870 outlines the requirements of the Station's Chief Operator. It indicates that "the licensee of each AM, FM, TV or Class A TV broadcast station must designate a person to serve as the station's chief operator." In this presentation we will cover the following items: What is a "Chief Operator", Chief Operator agreements, Responsibilities of the Chief Operator, Overview of the "Station Log" and Sample Station Log.  Click here to Register

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3 Media Career Fairs Announced  for Fall 
The MAB Foundation has announced three Media Career Fairs set to take place across the state this fall. Discover your station's next star on September 17 at Oakland County Michigan Works! in Pontiac, October 23 at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids and November 8 at Lansing Community College's West Campus in Lansing.  Learn More

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For Many Radio Stations, the Digital Hurdles Are Human, Not Technical
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Strategies

A few times a year, I am asked to do "digital checkups" with a parade of radio stations at an industry conference. Like Lucy van Pelt, I set up at table with a sign that reads, "The Doctor Is In," and over the course of the day, digital directors from a variety of radio stations come through and we discuss their digital strategies.   Read More

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In This Issue
July 18, 2019 | 1 p.m.
Webinar: "Chief Operator Rules" (Learn More) 

August 7, 2019 | 2:20 p.m.
National EAS Test

August 5-6, 2019
Advocacy Conference, Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet, Grand Rapids
(Learn More)

August 15, 2019 | 1 p.m.
Webinar: "Transmitters Aren't Supposed to Be Exciting...But Saving Money Is!" (Learn More) 

August 15, 2019 | 3 p.m.
Webinar: "License Renewal" (Learn More) 

September 17, 2019
MABF Job Fair at Oakland County Michigan Works!
(Register Your Station)

October 23, 2019
MABF Media Career Fair at Grand Valley State University Eberhard Center
(Register Your Station)

November 8, 2019
SBE Ennes Workshop 

November 8, 2019
MABF Media Career Fair at Lansing Community College - West Campus (Register Your Station


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