Issue No. 264 | July 26, 2021 | View Online
Upcoming Events/Dates
All times Eastern
August 2
Cable and Satellite Royalty Claims Due to the Copyright Royalty Board. (Read More)

August 10 | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
MAB Annual Business Meeting & Advocacy Conference (Virtual). Read more below!

August 11 | 2:20 p.m. Eastern
National EAS Test. Backup date is August 25. (Read More)

August 19 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Free Webinar: "Copyright Issues for Broadcasters" with David Oxenford, Wilkinson, Barker & Knauer, LLP.
MAB Annual Meeting to Feature
Top Industry Leaders
Join MAB August 10 at 10:00 a.m.
for an Important Zoom meeting!

Registration is free but you must be registered to attend.

Guest Speakers: 
Rosemary C. Harold
Chief of Enforcement Bureau, FCC
Ever wonder how the FCC decides who gets fined and who does not? What goes into their decisions? Wonder what the worst and most frequent FCC infractions are? What are your options if you miss putting something in your public file?

Guest speaker Rosemary C. Harold, Chief of the FCC Enforcement Bureau will be joined by Moderator David Oxenford of Wilkinson Barker & Knauer, LLP to bring you up to date on how to work with the FCC if you discover you made an error.
Curtis LeGeyt
Chief Operating Officer, NAB
Curtis LeGeyt, Chief Operation Officer & President Elect of the NAB will also join us to bring you a national update on important issues you need to know.

Registration is free..... Because this is a closed meeting you need to register your attendance here
Plus, the meeting will include a special Report from the MAB Transition Committee
on their search for the NEXT MAB President.
LEGISLATIVE / REGULATORY UPDATES
Michigan House Approves Final End of Emergency Powers of the Governor Act
The Michigan House voted on Wednesday (7/21) to approve a citizen initiative by Unlock Michigan to entirely remove the 1945 law, which Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used to make controversial COVID-19 orders in the early months of the coronavirus pandemic. Read More
FCC To Clarify Political Advertising Rules – No Significant Changes Proposed
By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP
Last week, it was announced that the FCC would be considering some changes to its political broadcasting rules at its monthly open meeting in August. In some quarters, that raised concern that significant changes were coming in time for the 2022 Congressional elections. Read More
ENGINEERING AND EAS
FCC Reminds Television Stations of EAS Obligation to Persons with Disabilities
This advisory is targeted at television broadcast stations, analog and digital cable systems, wireless cable systems, wireline video systems and DBS providers must transmit EAS alerts in a manner that allows individuals with and without disabilities to access the full content. Read More
IN THE NEWS
WNMU-FM's Evelyn Massaro Retires
Massaro, longtime station manager and development director of WNMU-FM in Marquette has retired after a 42-year career in public media. Massaro retired June 30. “It’s never a dull moment when you work in public media and I wouldn’t have had it any other way,” Massaro said in an email to The Current confirming her retirement. “It’s been a fun ride and now I’m off to live the next chapter of my life as an eccentric sustaining member.”
WVFM Named WMU Flagship
Midwest Communication's WVFM-FM (Kalamazoo) has been named the Bronco Flagship station for Western Michigan University football, hockey and men's basketball beginning this fall. The 33,000-watt 106.5 FM signal which reaches Western Michigan fans throughout the region. Read More
American Legion Baseball U.P. Finals to Air
on RRN Stations
This past weekend (7/22-25), Results Radio Network stations aired The American Legion Baseball Upper Peninsula Zone Five tournament, with 21 games scheduled in Escanaba and Gladstone over four days. Read More
WCRZ Raises $101k for Whaley Children's Center
Townsquare Media's WCRZ-FM (Flint) raised over $100,000 for the Whaley Children's Center with Roof Sit 2021. Morning show personalities Clay Church and Lisa Marie, along with Mindy Williams, President and CEO of Whaley Children's Center, were living on the roof of the Grand Blanc McDonald’s for three days (7/14-16) to raise funds for the Children's Center. Read More
TRAINING & EDUCATION
FREE WEBINAR: Copyright Issues for Broadcasters
with David Oxenford, Wilkinson, Barker, Knauer

Thursday, August 19, 2021 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Whether on-air or online, broadcasters constantly face copyright issues in their operations. Music licensing is always so confusing – who are all these organizations that want money and why should I pay them? How much will my radio station pay to make its programming available on various digital platforms? Can I use pictures or content from other sources in my newscast without getting permission from the originator? What can I put in a podcast without permission – or what can I use in a commercial without getting into trouble? How about online – can pictures on my website get me into trouble – and how about material that is posted on my website by users?
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DIGITAL / SOCIAL / WEB
How to Build Radio Station Remote Kits
for the Digital Age
By: Seth Resler, Jacobs Media Strategies
Today, the internet has given broadcasters far more choices for distributing interviews. These interviews can be used in podcasts, posted as YouTube videos, livestreamed to social media, embedded in blogposts and more. Read More