Issue #154 |  June 14, 2019   |   View online
Top of the News:

* Election 2020 is Coming ... This Panel Has You   Covered at #MABsummer
* DOJ Starts Review of BMI and ASCAP Consent   Decrees - Exploring the Background of the Issues
* Governor Creates Committee For Accurate Census   Count; MAB's Karole White Appointed
* Congressman Tim Walberg Presents WLEN with   National Community Service Award
* Bruce Goldsen Elected Radio Board Second Vice   Chair
* Beasley Media Grows in Detroit with Purchase of   WDMK
* WILX Teams Up with United Way for Diaper Drive

All this and more below

Election 2020 is Coming ... This Panel Has You Covered at #MABsummer
Four of Michigans top political broadcasters will be on hand to offer their insights into the state's political landscape as the 2020 election cycle looms on the horizon during the MAB's Advocacy Conference & Annual Business Meeting on August 5-6 at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids.  Read More

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Book Your Room Before it's Too Late: MAB Room Block Expires July 8
The MAB has secured a block of JW Marriott rooms at special rates for #MABsummer participants. But the rooms and these exclusive rates won't last forever. The JW Marriott is already filling up fast for the conference dates and the MAB' s special rates expire July 8. Don't hesitate. Book your stay today. Learn more here.

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

DOJ Starts Review of BMI and ASCAP Consent Decrees - Exploring the Background of the Issues
By: David Oxenford
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP 

The Department of Justice's Antitrust Division announced on June 5 that it was starting a review of the ASCAP and BMI antitrust consent decrees that govern the United States' two largest performing rights organizations for musical compositions (referred to as the "musical work").   Read More

State/Legislative Updates

Plan to Swap Sales Tax for Fuel Tax Headed to House Floor
MLive reports that House Republicans continue to push a budget plan that would replace the state's 6-percent sales tax on gasoline with a fuel tax to be allocated to infrastructure. The House plan calls for all the funds currently collected as sales tax to be shifted to roads, generating an estimated $830 million. Read More

Governor Creates Committee For Accurate Census Count; MAB's Karole White Appointed
The AP reported on Wednesday that Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed an executive order creating a committee aimed at encouraging an accurate federal census in the state next year. Read More

DC-Capitol_100 Federal/Regulatory Updates

Local Radio Freedom Act Gains More Support
As of June 13, nine more members of the House of Representatives and one Senator have added their co-sponsorship to the Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA), which is a resolution opposing "any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge" on local broadcast radio stations. Read More

Congressman Tim Walberg Presents WLEN with National Community  Service Award 
Congressman Tim Walberg (R-7) presented WLEN Radio with the National Association of Broadcasters Leadership Foundation's  Service to Community Award on Tuesday evening at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Lenawee  Broadcasting's WLEN-FM (Adrian) was recognized for its based annual "Thank a Vet" effort Read More

Bruce Goldsen Elected Radio Board Second Vice Chair
Elections were held at the NAB Board of Directors meeting, June 11-12 in Washington and Michigan's own Bruce Goldsen, President/Co-owner of Jackson Works, Inc., was elected Radio Board Second Vice Chair. Read More

Beasley Media Grows in Detroit with Purchase of WDMK
Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. announced June 10 that it entered into a definitive agreement to acquire WDMK-FM and three translators in Detroit from Urban One Read More

WILX Teams Up with United Way for Diaper Drive
Gray Television's WILX-TV (Lansing) has teamed up with Capital Area United Way to assist with the organization's Diaper Drive to help low-income families who can't afford to buy diapers for their children. Read More

WEMU Wins Best of Washtenaw Honors
Ann Arbor-based Current Magazine, an arts, food, business and music, publication for Washtenaw County just concluded its 2019 Best of Washtenaw contest, as voted by readers.  Best radio station award went to Eastern Michigan University's jazz-formatted WEMU-FM (Ypsilanti) Read More

WPHM's Caleb Gordon Goes on a UP Tour
Caleb Gordon, News & Program Director for Liggett Communication's WPHM-AM (Port Huron) visited two MAB member stations in the Upper Peninsula in May to gather interviews for his station's local morning talk show.  Read More

See inside the new Avid Media Composer!!!
Take a deeper look into how Avid Media Composer can transform your team's post-production workflow: including ingest, editing, delivery, archiving and more.   Discover More from Key Code Media. 

NEW Member Discount Alert! 
AnalyticOwl now offers MAB members a discount to help optimize advertising campaigns for maximum response. Click here to learn more!

Mark You Calendars!
SBE Ennes Workshop
November 8, 2019
Lansing Community College
More information coming soon!

Did you know that we offer the following services at no charge to you?  Find out more by clicking on the services below:  (Members only-must use password to access)

ABIP 11 Is Your Station Overdue for an Inspection? Limited Spots Still Available  for 2019 ABIPs
Do you think the FCC no longer does routine inspections? Guess again.  With both radio and television public files online, it makes it easier than ever for the FCC to inspect.  You need to be certain your public file contains everything it should. A physical ABIP inspection checks technical as well as public file requirements, and more Read More

'Snack and Learn' With Your MAB 
Do you know about all the services and programs through the MAB?  If not, the MAB would love to come "Snack and Learn" with you and your team! ! Invite us to your office and get informed about all the services offered by the MAB. We'll bring the snacks! Schedule your station's 2019 "Snack and Learn" with the MAB! Contact Jackie:


June 20, 2019 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
 with Jeff Welton, Nautel

In this webinar, Jeff Welton uses excerpts from his 'Tips N Tricks' column in the Nautel Waves newsletter to provide useful thoughts and ideas to keep your facilities fully functional and secure. With almost 30 years of field experience, hundreds of sites visited in dozens of countries, Jeff has a wide range of experience that should help you to maximize the potential of your broadcast facility, without breaking .  Click here to Register

June 20, 2019 | 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
presented by Tonex

OTT training covers principles behind Over the Top (OTT) including video, television and other services provided over the internet. Learn how OTT platform can deliver on the promise of next-generation TV: anytime, anyplace, anywhere. And...learn how OTT services can generate revenue from video on demand (VOD), catch-up TV and interactive applications.  Click here to Register

Course Description:  Business introductions don't just happen in person anymore. You may need to introduce yourself and others via email or over the phone. Conference calls, video conference calls - what are the rules? Who introduces whom? How can you determine priority? What happens when someone is late? In this course, we'll go over the correct way to make introductions in these virtual business settings. This includes managing conference calls with multiple people in the room, video conference call etiquette, and making proper email introductions. Click here to log in and watch this course.
Support: For questions, support or additional information please contact our amazing support team by email at or by phone at (888) 944-9377.

Don't miss out on your opportunity for free, online training as an MAB member! Sign your staff up today! 

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

Meet Your MAB Foundation Board Member of the Week: Eric Hammerstrom  
Eric Hammerstrom is a native of Marquette and has been a public school Language Arts teacher for the past 28 years, including 24 years at Marquette Senior High School.  Read More

Read These 3 Books to Improve Your Radio Station's Website
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Strategies

From time to time, people ask me to recommend books that they can read which will help them improve their radio station's websites. Inevitably, I came back to three of my favorites - two of which are by the same author! If you're looking to do some professional self-development during your summer vacation, pick up one of these:  Read More

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June 20, 2019
Webinar: "20 Tips for the Broadcast Engineering Professional" (Learn More)

June 20, 2019
Webinar:"What is OTT and How Can We Make Money?" (Learn More)

July 3, 2019
ETRS Form One Deadline 

August 7, 2019 | 2:20 p.m.
National EAS Test

August 5-6, 2019
Advocacy Conference, Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet, Grand Rapids
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November 8, 2019
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