Issue #155 |  June 21, 2019   |   View online
Top of the News:

* Preparing for the 2020 Elections - Our Updated   Political Broadcasting Guide
* NASBA Success Stories Continue
* Paul Jacobs Honored at Conclave
* From Mailroom to Assignment Editor, Remembering   WOOD-TV's John Arguello
* Stations Celebrate Emmy® Award Wins!
* Nexstar Employees Volunteer Across Michigan on   June 17

All this and more below

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Preparing for the 2020 Elections - Our Updated Political Broadcasting Guide
By: David Oxenford
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP 

2020 will no doubt be a very active year for political advertising. To help broadcasters sort out the confusing rules they need to follow in connection with such advertising, we have updated our Political Broadcasting Guide for Broadcasters.  Read More

State/Legislative Updates

Whitmer Pushes for Federal Legislation to Allow Banking by Marijuana Businesses
MLive reports that Governor Gretchen Whitmer has joined national bipartisan for federal legislation that would make it easier for state-licensed marijuana businesses to bank their money. Read More

Bets are Off for Online Gambling Bills, For Now
Michigan House Republicans and the administration of Governor Gretchen Whitmer are in a stalemate over bills that would allow online casino gambling in the state, according to an article published by Gongwer on Thursday. Read More

DC-Capitol_100 Federal/Regulatory Updates

NASBA Success Stories Continue
As many readers know, the MAB is a member of the National Alliance of State Broadcast Associations (NASBA), which represents broadcast associations in Washington, filing joint comments in FCC proceedings. Read More

FCC Sends Out Second Set Of EEO Audit Letters For 2019
The FCC has sent out its second set of Equal Employment Opportunity audit letters of 2019 to randomly selected radio and television stations. Read More

Paul Jacobs Honored at Conclave 
Jacobs Media Strategies' Paul Jacobs was honored Thursday  with the Conclave's  Rockwell Award, an annual Lifetime Achievement Award that recognizes individuals of unquestioned accomplishment who have made a lasting impact on radio Read More

Retired Michigan Broadcaster Bill Thompson Releases Book
Bill Thompson, whom  many broadcasters around the state know from his days as a reporter and anchor at the Michigan Radio Network, has published  My Life as a Great Lakes Broadcaster, a compelling book that shares personal and insightful perspectives in the field of media and communications Read More

From Mailroom to Assignment Editor, Remembering WOOD-TV's John Arguello
WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids) has announced that 43-year station veteran John Arguello passed away June 15 at age 61.   Read More

Michigan Radio, WJRT-TV and WDIV-TV Win National Murrow Awards
Three Michigan broadcasters have been honored with a National Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA).  The awards were announced on Tuesday.   Read More

Stations Celebrate Emmy® Award Wins!
At ceremonies held June 16 in Detroit, television stations across Michigan were receipients at the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences/Michigan 41st Annual Regional EMMY® Awards.   Read More

Interlochen Public Radio Takes Home National Award for 'Short Documentary'
For the second year in a row, Interlochen Public Radio has won a national award for its "Irredeemable" series.   Read More

Nexstar Employees Volunteer Across Michigan on June 17
Employees of Nexstar television stations in Michigan and throughout the country celebrated their annual Founders Day of Caring on June 17 by volunteering in their respective communities.   Read More

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'Snack and Learn' With Your MAB 
The MAB team visited with Cumulus Media in Grand Rapids this week for a Snack and Learn! Snack and Learns will take a little break and will resume after the #MABsummer conference!  Contact Jackie at to schedule your station's next Snack and Learn. We'll bring the snacks. 

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

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


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FCC Rule 73.1870 outlines the requirements of the Station's Chief Operator. It indicates that "the licensee of each AM, FM, TV or Class A TV broadcast station must designate a person to serve as the station's chief operator." In this presentation we will cover the following items: What is a "Chief Operator", Chief Operator agreements, Responsibilities of the Chief Operator, Overview of the "Station Log" and Sample Station Log.  Click here to Register

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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

What Are Your Hiring Needs?
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For Radio, the Key to Podcasting Revenue May Not Be in Ads
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Strategies

Earlier this month, the IAB (Internet Advertising Bureau) and PwC (Pricewaterhouse Coopers) released their third annual Podcast Ad Revenue study. Once again, there was lots of good news for podcasters. Many will focus on the 53% increase in year-over-year podcast advertising revenue - from $314 million in 2017 to $479 million in 2018. The growth is certainly impressive.  Read More

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In This Issue
July 3, 2019
ETRS Form One Deadline

July 18, 2019
Webinar: "Chief Operator Rules" (Learn More) 

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
Webinar: "Transmitters Aren't Supposed to Be Exciting...But Saving Money Is!" (Learn More) 

August 15, 2019
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


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