Issue #204  |  July 17, 2020   |   View online
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MAB Annual Business Meeting and Election of Directors Will Be Online on August 11
The Michigan Association of Broadcasters will hold its Annual Business Meeting and election of directors via Zoom this year. Save the Date: Tuesday August 11, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Stay tuned for information about our special guest. This meeting is free for MAB members to attend. Click Here to register to participate. 

Request FEMA Masks For Your Station
The MAB has received the face masks promised by FEMA! If you have not yet requested masks for your station,  click here to submit your request. Questions? Contact Denise Weston at

Michigan Small Business Relief Grant Application Window Opens Through August 5
It was announced on Wednesday (7/15) that the $100 million Michigan Small Business Restart Program will leverage federal funding through the CARES Act to help reduce the economic impact of the ongoing pandemic on Michigan small businesses and workers.  Read More

Protect My Public Media Urges Support for Funding as Appropriations Bills Move Through Congress
Protect My Public Media has renewed its call for public media support after the U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved increased funding for public media stations as it approved annual spending bills on Wednesday (7/15).  Read More

Random Issues to Consider as Media Businesses Adapt to the New World of the Virus - Music Uses on Zoom and Other Platforms, Unlicensed FM Transmitters
By: David Oxenford, 
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

As business adapts to the pandemic so, too, do legal issues.  A couple have come to my attention in recent weeks that I thought bear passing on.  One deals with copyright concerns, the other with FCC matters about use of unlicensed FM transmitters.  Both arise as businesses adapt the way in which they deal with their customers - including how media companies deal with their audiences.  Read More

ABIP 11Limited 2020 ABIP Openings Still Available
Think the FCC no longer does routine inspections? Guess again. With both radio and television public files on-line, it makes it easier than ever for the FCC to inspect. You need to be certain your public file contains everything it should. The physical ABIP inspection checks technical as well as public file requirements.  Read more

WKAR's Ilene 'Beany' Tomber Receives MAPB's 2020 Impact Award
The Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters has announced that WKAR Public Media's  Beany Tomber will receive its 2020 Public Media Impact Award.  Read More

College Scholarship Named After WTCM's Ron Jolly
Ron Jolly, longtime morning show host at news/talk WTCM-AM (Traverse City) announced this week that a scholarship has been named for him at Hillsdale College.  The Ron Jolly Endowed Scholarship was formed by an anonymous donor and will help send deserving students from Michigan to Hillsdale to participate in the College's excellent radio and journalism programs.  Read More

WILX Announces 'Studio 10' Daily News and Lifestyle Program
Gray Television's WILX-TV (Lansing) has announced an October start date for a news and lifestyle show called "Studio 10" to air weekdays at 4 p.m. on-air and on-line. The brand-new hour-long program is currently under development and is expected to have segments focusing on local food, fitness, health, parenting, auto, travel, entertainment, local news and more.  Read More

Northern Radio Sells WSRJ to Good News Media
Northern Radio continues to spin off stations in Northern Michigan.  On July 14, an application was filed with the FCC to sell silent WSRJ-FM (Honor/Traverse City) to non-commercial operator Good News Media, Inc. of Traverse City.   Read More

WCCW Serves Up 'Concerts on the Lawn' During Pandemic
Summers in Traverse City have, for many years, included a "Concert on the Lawn" series, where free concerts were put on at the grounds of the GT Pavilions. Faced with cancellation, Deb Allen, Executive Director of the Grand Traverse Pavilions Foundation, approached Midwestern Broadcasting General Manger Chris Warren with her dilemma and an idea!  Read More

Share Your Station's COVID-19 Stories 
The MAB wants to know and share what your station is doing unique as part of its coronavirus coverage in your communities and the associated economic issues you and your clients are facing.  Send your stories and photos to teh MAB's Dan Kelley at
Interlochen Public Radio to Offer Milliken Broadcast to MPRN Stations
Interlochen Public Radio has announced that it will air and make available to other MPRN stations, the Memorial for Governor William G. Milliken, which will be held at Interlochen Center for the Arts on August 6. The memorial was previously set to take place in the Milliken Auditorium at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City.   Read More

WPHM Covers 96th Running of the Mackinac Yacht Race
The Bayview Yacht Club has held their annual Port Huron to Mackinac race for the past 96 years. It is the longest consecutive freshwater yacht race, held through times of peace, war, depression, and most recently, a pandemic.  Read More

NAB Launches Toolkit for Stations to Celebrate 100 Years of Radio
The National Association of Broadcasters is counting down the 100 days to the centennial anniversary of the first commercial radio broadcast with an online and on-air #Radio100 campaign. On Wednesday (7/15), the NAB released today the #Radio100 toolkit to help stations celebrate this incredible milestone.  Read More


Looking for Sales Professionals?

The MAB Foundation Board of Directors approved a new partnership with Central Michigan University's School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts for the Fall 2020 semester.
The partnership will focus on developing mentoring relationships between students with an Electronic Media Sales Minor and broadcast industry professionals. 
Contact Rachel Krause for more information.

Webinars are FREE to MAB members and all are archived for later viewing. Questions? Contact Jayne Hodak at 1-800-YOUR-MAB.
What It Takes to Walk on
to a Film Set Strong
with Mark Adler, Michigan Production Alliance

Thursday, August 16 | 1:00 p.m. 

What does it take to work on a film, corporate or commercial set? Mark Adler will provide a glimpse at what you can expect and what is expected of YOU!. Register Now

How to Give Your National
Superstars Home Court Advantage
with Kipper McGee, Media Brandwith Strategies

Thursday, September 17, 2020 | 1:00 p.m.

Are any of YOUR stations running syndicate programming? Whether a weekend countdown, or a weekday mainstay, ALL formats are airing more network programming. That leaves two options. SMART or NOT. Veteran broadcast exec Kipper McGee unveils how he took WDBO/Orlando to its first #1 book in decades, and kept WLS/Chicago Top 5 by integrating network programming to be part of the local 'team'. Learn HOW you can, too (with music, sports or talk formats) in this one-hour webinar! Register Now

How to Monetize Social Media in a Meaningful Way
Discover the difference between good and great social media when it's effectively integrated with traditional broadcast. There is every reason to be optimistic about the future of broadcast and social media, and who is better positioned to lead the way than you are? TV, Radio, and Digital sales team members and station leaders won't want to miss this informative session that will assist you to be ready to take social media/broadcast solutions out into the field.

The Survival Marketing Workshop
An online workshop from Mike Blinder, LBS Media Expert and Publisher of Editor and Publisher Magazine. Mike is one of the nation's leading media experts and has helped more than 60,000 businesses worldwide maximize return from advertising dollars.

The MAB is excited to share that Local Broadcast Sales (LBS) is available free to members in 2020.
How Your Radio Station Can
Host a Virtual Happy Hour
By: Seth Resler,
Jacobs Media Strategies

As radio stations around the country find themselves and their listeners in various stages of lockdown, broadcasters are continuing to look for ways to engage with their fans online. The virtual happy hour, in which DJs chit-chat over cocktails and invite listeners to watch and participate, has become popular. Here's how your station can get in on the fun:   Read More

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WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids)
Posted: July 10, 2020

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Beasley Media Group
Posted, July 9, 2020

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WRSR-FM (Flint)
Posted: July 8, 2020

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