Issue #159 |  July 26, 2019   |   View online
Top of the News:

* Are You Set for August 7?
* MAB TV Members Go to DC
* Looking at Equal Opportunities - When Does the   Appearance of a Political Candidate on a Broadcast   Program Trigger Equal Time Obligations?
* WCRZ Roof Sit 2019 Nets $48,000
* Robert Liggett Jr. Scholarship Announced

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Are You Set for August 7?
Although the MAB has advised its members in Michigan, FEMA and the FCC issued a joint release on July 24, regarding the nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 2:20 p.m. Eastern Time. The nationwide test will be sent to radio and television stations through FEMA's Integrated Public Alert and Warning System and will originate through Primary Entry Point (PEP) stations.  Read More

MAB TV Members Go to DC
On Tuesday and Wednesday, MAB television members met with lawmakers in Washington D.C. as part of the NAB STELAR Fly-In.  Read More

Congressman Paul Mitchell to Retire at End of Term
Republican Congressman Paul Mitchell, who represents the 10th District of Michigan, has announced that he will not seek a third term in 2020. He announced his retirement in a speech on the House floor on Wednesday Read More

Looking at Equal Opportunities - When Does the Appearance of a Political Candidate on a Broadcast Program Trigger Equal Time Obligations?
By: David Oxenford
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP 

In the last few days, much has been written about the decision of a national radio broadcaster to prohibit the host of a country music radio program from airing an interview of a Democratic Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on a nationally syndicated program. This decision has prompted many questions as to when the FCC's equal opportunities (sometimes referred to as "equal time") rules apply to appearances of a candidate on a broadcast station. Read More

Brian Hatfield Joins MacDonald Broadcasting as Operations Director
Veteran radio programmer and Michigan native Brian Hatfield has been appointed Operations Director for MacDonald Broadcasting in Saginaw effective immediately.  Read More

WDET Hires Eleanore Catolico as Civic Reporter to Cover City Meetings with Detroit Documenters
WDET-FM, Detroit's public radio station, has announced the hiring of Eleanore Catolico as Civic Reporter, working with Citizen Detroit, Outlier Media and WDET's Detroit Documenters program to report on public meetings and related city activity.  Read More

Former WBCK Owner Nat Sibbold Dies at 94
Former WBCK (Battle Creek) owner Nat Sibbold passed away July 18 at age 94. In 1977, Sibbold and a group of investors, formed Wolverine Broadcasting and purchased WBCK, the dominant AM Station in Battle Creek.  Read More

Longtime WLHT Morning Host Geri Jarvis Passes
Longtime WLHT-FM (Grand Rapids) morning show co-host, Geri Jarvis (Acevedo) passed away on Monday, July 22, in Carrollton, Texas. Jarvis was teamed with her husband, Dave Jagger on the station from 1987 until 2006. She was 65. Read More

Art Vuolo, Jr. Announces The LAST Great Detroit Radio Reunion
Radio's Best Friend, Art Vuolo, Jr., along with famed Detroit personality Lee Alan, have announced The LAST Great Detroit Radio Reunion, scheduled for September 14, 1 to 6 p.m. at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.  The reunion will be honoring Robin "Bobbin' With Robin" Seymour and dozens of Motor City Radio Greats. Read More

WCRZ Roof Sit 2019 Nets $48,000
Townsquare Media's Cars 108 WCRZ-FM (Flint) held its 4th annual three-day "Roof Sit" for the Whaley Children's Center July 17-19 at a Grand Blanc McDonald's restaurant. Despite temperatures in the low to mid 90s, morning personalities Pat and A.J., along with Mindy Williams, CEO of the Whaley Children's Center were on the roof from 6 a.m. Wednesday through 10 a.m. on Friday .   Read More

WKHM Raises Nearly $7K for Jackson Area Charities
Jackson Radio Works' WKHM-FM (K-105.3) and WKHM-AM (NewsTalk 970AM/101.5FM) held their annual Live Radio Charity Auction on this past Tuesday, July 23 from 7 to 10 a.m. Forty-one area businesses and individuals participated by donating items for listeners to place bids on by calling in to the radio stations .   Read More

WILX Collects School Supplies with Operation Backpack
Once again this year, Gray Television's WILX-TV (Lansing), along with its community partners, is collecting backpacks and other school supplies for children in need. The program has been going on since 2004 with St. Vincent Catholic Charities. Read More

Meet Your MAB Staff Member of the Week: Matt Treadwell
Mathew Treadwell joined the MAB team as Marketing & Communications Manager in June 2017. Before joining the MAB, he served as Communications Director at The Peoples Church of East Lansing. His professional background also includes time as Development Director at the St. Thomas More Newman Center in Columbus, Ohio; Communication Director at the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw, Mich., where he was the founding editor of FAITH Saginaw magazine; and as a government reporter at the Huron Daily Tribune in Bad Axe, Mich. Matt earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from Michigan State University, where he spent many semesters as a reporter and editor at The State News, including a stint as host of "The State News Live" on WDBM-FM during the early 2000s.
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Robert Liggett Jr. Scholarship Announced
Radio station entrepreneur and former Big Boy restaurant chain owner Robert Liggett Jr. died July 12, 2019 at 76 years old. Liggett was born in 1943 in Beaumont, Texas, and lived most of his life in Michigan. He began working at a radio station at age 14, gearing up for a long career that led to a MAB Lifetime Achievement award in 1999.  Learn More

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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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Is Radio's History Vulnerable?: Why Digital Archiving Should Be a Priority
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Strategies

It is only in the last few weeks that the general public has learned the full extent of the music history that was destroyed in the Universal fire of 2008. We're just now finding out that the world has been robbed of master recordings from a wide range of artists, including Louis Armstrong, Buddy Holly, Nine Inch Nails, and Eminem. "How could this have happened?!," we ask.   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
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Digital Content Producer
(Grand Rapids)
Posted: July 12, 2019

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Posted: July 10, 2019

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