Issue #62 -  June 7, 2017 | View online
Top of the News:

MAB's Lifetime Achievement Award Winner and Hall of Fame Inductees Announced!

Upcoming FCC deadlines

Still getting your radio network programming from AMC-8?

Tom Scanlan passes.


New engineer at AlphaMedia Saginaw.

All this and more below.  Have a great week!
Dan Kelley
Director of Technical Services
Digital Communications Manager

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient and Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Marla Drutz
The Michigan Association of Broadcasters and the MAB Foundation are pleased to announce the 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees and the Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, to be honored Tuesday, August 22 at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville.

This year's Lifetime Achievement Award honor goes to Marla Drutz, Vice-President and General Manager of WDIV-TV (Detroit).  

The 2017 Hall of Fame inductees are:

Rob David Handyman Productions, Novi
Erik Smith WXYZ-TV,
Dick Estell
Radio Reader/ WKAR,
East Lansing

Advocacy Conference Speaker Lineup 

The MAB has announced the speaker lineup for this year's Advocacy Conference and Annual Meeting, to be held August 22-23 at Crystal Mountain Resort.   Read more here...
July 1: Captioning Deadline.  Television stations must be captioning clips of live or near-live TV programming used on their websites or mobile apps. This applies to all Full Power or Class A TV stations.

July 10:  Issues/Programs List for Q2-2017 due in Public Inspection File. 

July 10:  Children's Television Reports Due.  Records showing compliance with commercial limits on Children's Television Programming during Q2-2017 must be included in station's public inspection files.  Also, Children's Television Programming Reports for Q2-2017 must be filed with the FCC and included in the stations' public inspection files.

July 10:  Class A Television Station Documentation Due.  Documentation of Class A Television continuing eligibility should be included in stations' public inspection files on this date. 

Time is Running Out
for AMC-8

Radio stations airing programming from any of the major network suppliers only have until June 30 to shift their satellite dishes from AMC-8 to the new AMC-18 satellite, at 105 degrees West latitude. Read more here...
Federal/Congressional Update

FCC Announces Auction Filing Window for AM Stations Seeking FM Translators

As part of it's AM "revitalization" initiative, the FCC has announced the first auction filing window for AM stations seeking new FM translators.  Read more here...

Comment Period Open on Eliminating Main Studio Rule

With publication in the Federal Register on June 2, the FCC is now seeking comments on the proposed elimination of the main studio rule.   Comments are due on or before July 3 and reply comments are due on or before July 17, 2017.   Read more here...
A Fun Time at Crystal Mountain: MABPAC Announces Annual Fundraiser
The MAB Political Action Committee (MABPAC) would like to invite you to their annual Summer Fundraiser. The event will feature a reception at the Mountain Top along with private chair lift rides at Crystal Mountain Resort with the breathtaking views of the surrounding area.  Read more here...

Former MAB Board President Tom Scanlan Passes

The MAB is sad to pass along the news that former Board President Tom Scanlan passed away June 1 in Tucson, Arizona. He was 76 years old. Scanlan worked in the broadcast industry for nearly 50 years, 39 of which were spent in the state of Michigan.  Read more here...

Julie Brinks Named Vice President and General Manager of WOOD-TV

Nexstar Media Group Inc. has announced that Julie Brinks has been named Vice President and General Manager of WOOD-TV (NBC), WOTV-TV (ABC) and WXSP-TV (My Network) and associated digital services including and, serving Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, MI (DMA #44). Read more here...

AlphaMedia Promotes Caleb Gordon to Saginaw Market Engineer

AlphaMedia Saginaw recently promoted Caleb Gordon to the position of Market Engineer for the five-station cluster including WCEN-FM, WGER-FM, WSGW-AM/FM and WTLZ-FM.  Read more here...

Detroit Meteorologist Jim Madaus Signs Off For Final Time

After 40 years of tracking the Midwest skies, Jim "Mad Dog" Madaus has retired.  The longtime chief meteorologist at WWJ-TV (Detroit) officially signed off from the television station after his 11 p.m. broadcast on May 31.  Read more here...

Former Detroit Personality Joe Wade Formicola Dies

Former Detroit country radio air talent Joe Wade Formicola died May 31, following a brief illness. His death comes less than a month before he was to be inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame.  Read more and see Art Vuolo's video tribute here...

Richards Promoted To PD At WDZH-FM

CBS Radio  has named  WDZH-FM (Detroit)  Assistant Program Director/Music Director/Afternoon Host  Ian "Slacker" Richards  to Program Director.  Read more here...

WDTW-FM Detroit Flips to Variety Hits

iHeartMedia has changed the format of classic rock WDTW-FM (Detroit) to a variety hits format, expanding the former classic rock station's library.
Read more here...

Detroit Pistons Move to WXYT-FM

The Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA) have entered into a multi-year radio broadcast agreement with CBS Radio's WXYT-FM (97.1 FM The Ticket-Detroit). Read more here...

FCC Watch: FM and FM Translator Changes  
Here's the latest Michigan-related FCC broadcast filings.
Read more here...
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This Word Increases Your Personal Power
By: Chris Lytle, Content Developer

We hit the mother of all potholes. We watch as the tire pressure indicator drops from 32 to 24 to 4 to zero psi in a few seconds. The first thing I say to her is, "Well, this is inconvenient." Because, that's all it is. 
Read more here...

4 Things You Can Remove From Your Radio Station's Homepage
By: Seth Resler,
Jacobs Media Strategies

The website homepage is more important for radio stations than it is for many other businesses that use a Content Marketing strategy to attract web traffic. For most businesses, the strategy works like this: create online content (blogposts) and share that content through social media and search engines to pull people back to your website. Read more here...
Reminder: The MAB Foundation is Looking for Broadcast and Media Students!

Do you know an outstanding broadcasting, media, sales, engineering or journalism student that has great ideas and would love to become more involved in the broadcast industry?  We want to hear from you! 
Read more here...
DPTV Announces Summer of Badges Program

Detroit Public Television (DPTV) and 45 partner organizations have announced a program to help Detroit area school children to learn during the summer months with the Summer of Badges program. Read more here...
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