Issue #111 July 7,  2018 |  View online
Top of the News:

* Congressman Upton, NAB's Donilon join   #MABsummer Speaker Lineup
* FCC Requires Updating By Broadcasters of EAS Test   Reporting System (ETRS) Form One by August 27
* FCC Extends Satellite Receiver Filing Deadline
* Appeals Court: Records Held by 'Agents' of Public   Bodies Not Subject to FOIA
* Debbie Petersmark Named WILX VP/GM, Mike King   promoted at Gray
* WGVU's Eernisse to NETA as Education VP

All this and more below

#MABSummer is Only 1 Month Away!

More than 150 are Coming to the Island.
 Are You One of Them? See you Soon!

Register now to have a Grand Summer with the MAB, August 13 and 14 on Mackinac Island

See our full schedule and exciting speakers 
Congressman Upton, NAB's Donilon join #MABsummer Speaker Lineup 
Congressman Fred Upton (MI-6) and Shawn Donilon, NAB Vice President for Government Relations, have been added to the exciting line up of speakers participating in the MAB's Summer Conference on August 13 and 14 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. They join FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) and others. Learn more at

FCC Requires Updating By Broadcasters of EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS) Form One b
 August 27
By: David Oxenford, 
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

The FCC recently released a Public Notice reminding all EAS participants that they need to file ETRS Form One by August 27, 2018 Read More

  FEMA Announces Plans for    
  Next National EAS Test; to
  include WEAs
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has proposed September 20, 2018  at 2:18 p.m.  Eastern as the date and time for the next nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System.   Read More

FCC Adopts New EAS Testing Procedures, False Alert Reporting, PSA Rules
On Thursday (July 12), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) took the latest in a series of actions designed, it says, to bolster the reliability of the nation's emergency alerting systems and support greater community preparedness.   Read More

FCC Extends Satellite Receiver Filing Deadline
Stations now have more time to register their C-Band satellite dishes. The FCC has granted a request that it keep a filing window open until October 17.   Read More
State/Legislative Updates

Appeals Court: Records Held by 'Agents' of Public Bodies Not Subject to FOIA
The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled in Bisio v. Clarkston that if documents are held by "agents" for a public body, such as a city attorney, the "agent" is not him/herself considered a public body that can be compelled to release documents under the Freedom of Information Act.  Read More

Supreme Court Orders Arguments on Redistricting Proposals 
Michigan Supreme Court ordered oral arguments in the question of whether the Voters not Politicians redistricting proposal can be put on the November ballot.  Read More

Federal/Regulatory Updates

NAB Continues to Oppose Introduction of 'Next Generation Television Marketplace Act'
Congressman Steve Scalise (R-LA) plans to introduce legislation this month titled "Next Generation Television Marketplace Act."  Read More  

Debbie Petersmark Named WILX VP/GM, Mike King promoted at Gray
Gray Television Group, Inc. announced July 9 the promotion of General Sales Manager Debbie Petersmark to Vice President & General Manager of WILX Media, including WILX-TV (Lansing). She succeeds long-standing VP/GM Michael King.  Read More

WGVU's Eernisse to NETA as Education VP
Following a national search, the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) announced July 6 that it has chosen WGVU (Grand Rapids) Public Media's Tim Eernisse to be its first education vice president.  Read More

Former Lion Lomas Brown Joins WJR Game Day Team
Cumulus Media has announced that former Detroit Lions offensive tackle Lomas Brown has joined the Lions' game day broadcast team on WJR-AM (Detroit) as color analyst.  Read More

Entercom, Mike Valenti Announce Long-Term Deal
Entercom Communications has announced that WXYT-FM (Detroit) afternoon host Mike Valenti has signed a new long-term contract extension.   Read More

WXMI Names Chris Legg Director of Sales
WXMI-TV (Grand Rapids) has named Chris Legg Director of Sales. As Director of Sales, Legg will oversee the station's sales team and revenue, reporting to FOX 17 General Manager Kim Krause.  Read More

WLNS Sports Director Fred Heumann Named to CMU Journalism Hall of Fame
On July 9, the Central Michigan University Journalism Hall of Fame announced its 2018 CMU Journalism Hall of Fame Inductees, including WLNS-TV (Lansing) Sports Director Fred Heumann.  Read More

Michigan Radio Celebrates 70 years on the Air
On July 5, Michigan Radio marked 70 years on the air. The WUOM-FM signal in Ann Arbor began broadcasting for the first time on July 5, 1948. At the time, FM radio was extremely new.  Read More

Radio Results Network Brings Packers Football to the U.P.
While Michigan's Lower Peninsula NFL team loyalties may favor the Detroit Lions, its a little more divided in the U.P., where Michigan borders Wisconsin and the population is a bit closer to Green Bay than Detroit.  Read More

MAB Makes 'Snack and Learn' Visit in Alpena,
Is Your Station Next?
MAB staff hosted a "Snack and Learn" event with members at WBKB in Alpena on July 13. We will resume our MAB "Snack and Learn" tour after the 2018 Summer Conference in August. Email Jacquelen Timm about this great opportunity to connect with the MAB and schedule our visit to your station.
Mark your calendars to spend "Third Thursdays with the MAB" each month throughout 2018. Webinars are free to MAB members. Questions? Contact Jacquelen Timm at 1-800-YOUR-MAB or


July 19, 2018 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
with DHHS

July 19, 2018 | 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Broadcasters and Drones -
Rules & Regulations Governing Operations

with Anne Swanson, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

What webinar topics would you like in 2019?  
 Email your ideas to 

New P1 Learning Training Courses: 
Promotions From Within - Part 4

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Help to Mentor the Future with BCBC's Speed Networking
We're hard at work planning educational sessions for the upcoming Broadcast Career Builder Conference (BCBC) on November 16. BCBC is one of Michigan's only broadcast and media conferences that is strictly focused on educating students and giving them a direct path to success in the media industry. We need YOU to get involved in this conference. Read More

Mark Your Calendars with these Fall Media Career Fair Dates
The MAB Foundation will host several career fairs this fall to connect YOU with new employees. Participating in multiple career fairs may help boost your EEO file-we can help you do this!    Reserve Your Booth Today. 

5 Things All Air Talent Can Learn from Dan Ingram
By: Gary Berkowitz,
Berkowitz Broadcast Consulting

The headline on June 25 was shocking: Dan Ingram was dead. Dan has been called the "World's Greatest Top-40 DJ." 
I would have to agree. 
Read More

9 Places Radio Stations Should Display Their Social Media Handles
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Strategies

We've known for years that social media can be a powerful channel for radio stations looking to connect with their audiences. One key to growing your social media fanbase is to simply ask your listeners to follow you.  Read More

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July 19 | 1 - 2pm
Webinar: Health Coverage for News Directors with DHHS

July 19 | 3 - 4pm
Webinar: Broadcasters and Drones by Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP

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