Issue #108 June 15,  2018 |  View online
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* More than 135 are already registered! Will you be   next?
* Join the Celebration, Congratulate the 2018 Award and   Hall of Fame Honorees
* MAB Holds ABIP Inspector Workshop
* MABPAC will Host Annual Fundraiser inside the   Cupola at Historic Grand Hotel
* WOOD-TV to Host Democratic Gubernatorial Debate
* Art Vuolo Accepts Talkers Magazine Lifetime   Achievement Award
* WJRT-TV Wins NABEF Service to America Award

All this and more below

More than 135 are already registered!
Will you be next?

Go to and register today to
join us on Mackinac Island August 13 and 14. 

Rooms are filling up fast!
In fact, we are nearly sold out. Don't wait for the
Grand Hotel room block deadline to the July 12. 
Go to to reserve your room today. 

You don't want to miss this!
Join us for a picturesque Afternoon Picnic Lunch on the Front Lawn (Tea Garden) of the Grand Hotel on August 14. 
Learn more about the 2018 Summer Conference

Join the Celebration, Congratulate the 
2018 Award and Hall of Fame 
The MAB and MAB Foundation invite you to celebrate with our colleagues as we honor this year's Hall of Fame inductees and Lifetime Achievement Award winner. Michael Walenta, Bob Allison, Sheri Jones and Pete Bowers will be recognized for their achievements at the Grand Hotel during our Summer Conference on August 14. Join the party by congratulating and celebrating with a few of the most accomplished broadcasters by purchasing a congratulatory message for the program book. For more information, email
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MAB Holds ABIP Inspector Workshop
On June 14, the MAB held  a workshop for prospective Alternate Broadcast Inspection Program inspectors, as well as for station engineers who were interested in the process. Read More

The Midwest Next-Gen TV Summit
is Almost Here
The MAB is partnering with the Ohio Association of Broadcasters for the " 2018 Midwest Next-Gen TV Summit  ATSC 3.0" for General Managers & Engineers on June 27 and 28, 2018 at the C olumbus Marriott Northwest in Columbus, Ohio.  Click here to check out the line-up of expert speakers and to register. 

MABPAC will Host Annual Fundraiser inside the Cupola at Historic Grand Hotel
The MAB Political Action Committee (PAC) invites you to experience "A View from the Top" during a private reception on August 13 on Mackinac Island. This fundraising event will take place from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Cupola Bar in the historic Grand Hotel.  Read More

to Host Democratic Gubernatorial Debate
WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids) will host a debate among the candidates seeking the Democratic seat in the Michigan Governor's race on June 20.   Read More

Hey, Alexa, How Much Did You Raise My SoundExchange Royalties?
By:  David Oxenford,

In the last year, the popularity of Alexa, Google Home and similar "smart speaker" devices has led to discussions at almost every broadcast conference of how radio broadcasters should embrace the technology as the new way for listeners to access radio programming in their homes.   Read More

State/Legislative Updates

Appeals Court Orders Redistricting Proposal Put On Ballot
It now appears that Michigan voters will consider a redistricting proposal at the polls after a unanimous Court of Appeals panel ordered the Board of State Canvassers take the "necessary steps to place the proposal on the ballot for the general election."  Read More

DHHS Plans Hepatitis A Awareness Campaign 
According to a report in Gongwer, there are currently 218 diagnosed cases of Hepatitis A in Michigan.  Read More

DC-Capitol_100 Federal/Regulatory Updates

Geoffrey Starks to be Nominated as New FCC Commissioner
Geoffrey Starks, who currently serves as an Assistant Chief in the FCC's Enforcement Bureau, was nominated by President Trump to fill the FCC Commissioner's seat currently held by Mignon Clyburn.  Read More 

Art Vuolo Accepts Talkers Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award
As reported in MAB NewsBriefs back in April, Michigan's very own beloved radio industry documentarian and archivist Art Vuolo accepted the 2018 Talkers Magazine prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at ceremonies held on June 8 in New York.   Read More

Skip Essick Shares Stories
in New Blog

Longtime Michigan broadcaster Skip Essick, who's programming and management career in our state includes stops in Detroit and Grand Rapids, has started writing about his career highlights in a blog titled "This is Skip Essick, signing off."  Read More

Jack Lessenberry Joins WFDF-AM
All Access reports former Michigan Radio Senior Political Analyst Jack Lessenberry  has joined Adell News-Talk WFDF-AM (Detroit) for a 9-11 a.m. weekday show starting July 9.  Read More

WDZH to Launch New Morning Show
On Monday, June 18, Entercom's WDZH-FM (Detroit) will launch a new morning program to be hosted by Chris Cruise and Julia Lepidi. The Morning Show with Cruise and Julia will air weekdays from 6 to 10 a.m.  Read More

WLNS-TV/WLAJ-TV Begin Channel Sharing
At 12:01 a.m. on June 11, Lansing television stations WLNS-TV and WLAJ-TV began channel sharing on channel 25.  Nexstar Broadcasting, owners of WLNS, sold its spectrum during the auction.  Read More

iHeart's WMAX-FM to Broadcast CMU Football
Central Michigan University Athletics has announced that iHeartMedia's WMAX-FM (ESPN 96.1) will be airing CMU Football in the Grand Rapids market.  The station will air the games through the IMG/Chippewa Sports Network.  Read More 

The MAB Goes to Green Bay
MAB President/CEO Karole L. White and Director of Education Jacquelen Timm traveled to the headquarters of Midwest Communications in Green Bay, Wisc. earlier this week. During their visit, they received a tour of Midwest's beautiful building, visited MAB Chairman Peter Tanz and met "American Idol" winner Trent Harmon!

WJRT-TV Wins NABEF Service to America Award
WJRT-TV (Flint) was the recipient of a National Association of Broadcasters Educational Foundation Service to America Award, honoring the station's dedication to serving its community through an annual Diaper Drive.
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Mark your calendars to spend "Third Thursdays with the MAB" each month throughout 2018. Webinars are free to MAB members. Questions? Contact Jacquelen Timm at 1-800-YOUR-MAB or


June 21, 2018 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
with Speed Marriott

July 19, 2018 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
with DHHS

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What Anthony Bourdain Taught Me About Radio Broadcasting
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Stratagies

Last Friday morning, we awoke to the sad news that Anthony Bourdain, the preeminent pioneer in the world of food tourism, had taken his own life. He was an icon. I was a fan. In many ways, Anthony Bourdain shaped my career.   

Mark Your Calendars with these Fall Media Career Fair Dates
The MAB Foundation will again host several career fairs this fall to connect YOU with new employees. Participating in multiple career fairs may help boost your EEO file-we can help you do this! In 2018, we're offering a "Buy 3 get 1 Free" promotion.  Read More

Help to Mentor the Future with BCBC's Speed Networking
We're hard at work planning educational sessions for the upcoming Broadcast Career Builder Conference (BCBC) on November 16. BCBC is one of Michigan's only broadcast and media conferences that is strictly focused on educating students and giving them a direct path to success in the media industry. We need YOU to get involved in this conference. Read More

Time is Running Out to Nominate an Outstanding Media Student for the MABF's Student Advisory Committee
Over the past 10 years students in the MABF Student Advisory Committee have given valuable information and input in the planning of the Foundation's future events and programs!   Read More

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In This Issue
June 21 | 11am - 12pm
Webinar: Embracing Digital Sales with Speed Marriott

June 27-28
ATSC 3.0 Summit, Columbus, Ohio

July 12
Last day for Grand Hotel room block rates.

July 19 | 1 - 2pm
Webinar: Health Coverage for News Directors with DHHS

The 2019 #MABshow 
will be March 5-6 at
the Lansing Center.

Speakers are already being booked! More information coming soon!

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The Great Lakes Media Show '19 Floor Plan is now posted here.


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