Issue #158 |  July 19, 2019   |   View online
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* #MABsummer Online Registration Closes July 24!
* Bob Liggett Passes at 76
* EAS Required Monthly Tests Cancelled for August
* TEGNA Appoints Dan Baylog President and General     Manager of WZZM-TV
* WEYI-TV Donates Water Generator to Flint Church

All this and more below

 Join us August 5-6, 2019 in GRAND Rapids for #MABsummer!
Online registration closes July 24!

Be a Part.... of the PAC at the Founders Welcome VIP Reception & Fundraiser

This special MAB Political Action Committee (PAC) fundraising event will feature a private tour of the brewery, dinner and, of course, brews direct from Founders taps! Admission is $200 per person or $350 per couple. Click here to register. All proceeds benefit the MAB PAC. According to Michigan Campaign Finance Act no corporate donations are allowed under the law. Only personal payment is accepted.

Be a Part of... a Little Bit of 'Networking' and a Lot of Fun at Our Founders Mixer

Join us on Monday night at 7:30, following the PAC welcome reception, for the #MABsummer Founders Brewery Mixer. No separate registration required. Just show up and we'll be there along with some of your favorite MAB friends - past, present and future! It's a cash bar so drinks and food on your own.

Be a Part of... the Exciting Line Up of Engaging Speakers!
Congressman Tim Walberg, the NAB's Steven W. Newberry, Michigan's Marijuana Regulatory Agency Director Andrew Brisbo, State Representative Jack O'Malley, WOOD-TV's Rick Albin, MLive's Emily Lawler, State Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick and WXYZ-TV's Chuck Stokes will all be on hand for the 2019 MAB Advocacy Conference.

Be a Part of.... #MABsummer

Learn more about #MABsummer events

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

EAS Required Monthly Tests Cancelled for August, 2019 Due to National Test
With the Nationwide EAS Test scheduled for August 7, 2019, State EAS/SECC Chairman Gary Blievernicht has announced that all scheduled regional Required Monthly Tests (RMTs) scheduled for the month of August should be cancelled.  47 CFR 11.61(3)(ii) states, "A national test shall replace the required weekly and monthly tests for all EAS participants ... in the week and month in which it occurs."  Read More

Sage Announces Mandatory Software Upgrade
Sage has released firmware version 89-34 for its line of ENDECs. This free update addresses a changed requirement in the FCC EAS rules, Part 11.33(a)(10), which affects how the valid time frame of an alert is determined. This rule change takes effect on August 12, 2019.  Read More

Court Overturns Requirement that Prescription Drug Advertisers Include Price Information in TV Ads
By: David Oxenford
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP 

Last week, a Federal District Court ruled that the US Department of Health and Human Services did not have the authority to require that drug manufacturers include pricing information on their television commercials. We wrote about that requirement, here - a requirement that was supposed to go into effect this summer. Read More

Bob Liggett Passes at 76
The MAB has learned that longtime Michigan broadcast owner Robert (Bob) G. Liggett, Jr. passed away Friday morning, July 12, from complications with pancreatic cancer. He was 76. Bob leaves behind his wife of 31 years, Victoria, and four daughters, Maureen Fettes, Emily Philpot, Marjorie and Roberta Liggett. Bob founded Liggett Broadcast Group in 1970 following his graduation from law school in 1969 from Wayne State University. Read More

Nikki Vaughn Named New Midday Personality at WMGC-FM
Beasley Media Group has announced that Nikki Vaughn has been named as the new Midday personality at 105.1 The BOUNCE (WMGC-FM) in Detroit. She can be heard on the air from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on the station.  Read More

TEGNA Appoints Dan Baylog President and General Manager of WZZM-TV
On July 15, TEGNA Inc. announced that Dan Baylog has been appointed President and General Manager of WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids). Baylog replaces Janet Mason, who retired this month after more than 20 years at the station and over 40 years with TEGNA.   Read More

WEYI-TV Donates Water Generator to Flint Church
Howard Stirk Holdings/WEYI-TV (Flint) owner Armstrong Williams has purchased and donated an atmospheric water generator to a Flint church.  The announcement was made July 10 at Greater Flint Holy Temple in Flint. Williams says the machine will help the church continue its mission of addressing the ongoing needs from the city's ongoing water crisis.   Read More

2019 NAB Marconi Radio Award Finalists Announced
The National Association of Broadcasters has announced the finalists for the 2019 NAB Marconi Radio Awards, honoring radio stations and on-air personalities for excellence in broadcasting. Finalists in various categories include Mojo of WKQI-FM (Detroit), WYCD-FM (Detroit), WCSX-FM (Detroit), WRIF-FM (Detroit) and WXYT-FM (Detroit).   Read More

WGVU Presents Kids Day at the Zoo!
WGVU Public Media (Grand Rapids) is inviting their listeners and viewers to take their kids to the zoo on August 1.  KidsDay at the Zoo will be presented by WGVU with help from Meijer. Admission will be just $4 per person at the John Ball Park and Zoo from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.   Read More

Meet Your MAB Staff Member of the Week: Dan Kelley
Dan Kelley is the Director of Technical Services/Digital Communications Director/Engineering for the MAB. He serves as the main contact at the MAB regarding EAS and Emergency Warnings. He joined the association in 2007, following a 30+ year career in radio that started during high school in suburban Chicago. He has been a station Program Director, Operations Director, Station Manager, Chief Engineer and on-air talent. His background includes stops at CBS Radio, Clear Channel and Citadel Communications. In addition to his work at the MAB, Dan also operates a nationally recognized online radio station. He attended Columbia College and William Rainey Harper College in Chicago. Dan has two sons and resides in Lansing.

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SBE Ennes Workshop
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August 15, 2019 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
"Transmitters Aren't Supposed to Be Exciting...But Saving Money Is!"
with Don Backus, Rohde & Schwarz

Your transmitter plant isn't supposed to be exciting - it's just supposed to run 24/7/365. In fact, excitement at the transmitter site is almost always a very bad thing...unless that excitement is a reduced electric power bill. Now, that's exciting!What if your transmitter could reduce your operational costs by bringing new technology and design into the mix, by paying for itself, or even becoming a profit center, all on its own? It can, and it's not voodoo or science's where great engineering and financial management meet, where an expense item becomes a revenue center - and that's actually exciting!  Click here to Register

August 15, 2019 | 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
"License Renewal"
with David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

With the public file online, broadcaster's activities will no doubt be subject to scrutiny. What should you be doing to prepare for your license renewal filing? Join David Oxenford for a discussion of some of the issues you should be considering in connection with the upcoming license renewal cycle.  Click here to Register

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perfectionism and making a plan. 
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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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Top Tips for Successfully Programming More than One Station
By: Gary Berkowitz
Berkowitz Broadcast Consulting

Being a PD today is no easy job. Most PDs are now responsible for not only multiple stations, but multiple formats, promotion and the digital side. When I became PD at WPRO and PRO-FM I would often tell my wife that I did not stop all day but felt as though I did not accomplish a lot. It felt like all I was doing was "putting out fires." My 100% laser focus was not on either station.   Read More

Radio DJs Get Feedback, Podcasters Don't. Will That Change?
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Strategies

In radio broadcasting, there is an age-old ritual known as the "aircheck session." A DJ takes a recording of a recent show into their Program Director's office where they listen to it together and the PD offers constructive criticism. This type of feedback is crucial for up-and-coming on-air talent; it's how they get better.   Read More

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In This Issue
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


Digital Sales Executive
Beasley Media Group
Posted: July 15, 2019

Digital Content Producer
(Grand Rapids)
Posted: July 12, 2019

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Midwest Communications
Posted: July 10, 2019

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