Issue #107 June 8,  2018 |  View online
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* Lifetime Achievement Winner, 2018 Hall of Fame   Inductees Will Be Honored on Island
* Island Rooms are Going, Going, Almost Gone! Book   Your Room Before it's Too Late
*Urgent: Sage ENDEC Update Available
* Midwest Next-Gen TV Summit is June 27-28
* MABPAC will Host Annual Fundraisier inside the   Cupola at Historic Grand Hotel
* WDIV's Rhonda Walker Receives Prestigious NABJ   Community Service Award
* WKAR Completes Channel Repack

All this and more below

Lifetime Achievement Winner, 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees Will Be Honored on Island The MAB announced Monday the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award winner and Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductees who will be honored during the annual Awards Banquet on August 14 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. Long-time WGVU Public Media General Manger Michael Walenta will receive the 2018 MAB Lifetime Achievement Award. Hall of Fame honorees will include WNZK-AM "Ask Your Neighbor" host Bob Allison, WLNS-TV Anchor Sherri Jones and WBFH-FM Adviser Pete Bowers Click here  to learn more about this year's honorees. And click here to register to attend the Awards Banquet. 

Celebrate #MABsummer with Chairman Pai
Register now to attend the MAB's August 13 and 14 Summer Conference on Mackinac Island. This year's exciting line up of scheduled speakers will include, FCC Chairman Ajit PaiCongresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12)NAB Vice President Steven Newberry, TVB President & CEO Steven J. Lanzano and Wilkinson Barker Knauer's David Oxenford Click here  to learn more about this important summer event.  

Island Rooms are Going, Going, Almost Gone! Book Your Room Before it's Too Late
The MAB has secured room blocks at several hotels on Mackinac Island, but they are filling up fast. The Grand Hotel is already sold out for the night of August 12 - 3 rooms are left for the 13th and nearly a dozen still for the 14th. The Chippewa Hotel is down to 5 rooms available on August 12, 3 on the 13th and only has 1 left on the 14th. Lock in your rates now and don't get left off the Island this summer. Reservations for The Grand Hotel can be made  here through July 12. The MAB has also blocked rooms at two other hotels on the island. Block rates expire June 12. Learn more  here .  

Congratulate the 2018 Award Winners!
Place a Message in our Awards Program or become a Conference Sponsor!Learn More

Click Here to learn more and register for the
2018 Summer Conference at the Grand Hotel.

Urgent: Sage ENDEC Update Available
Sage Alerting Systems has announced the availability of an important firmware update for its Sage 3644 (blue) EAS box.  Users with the 3644 must install this update to permit the ENDEC to continue to receive EAS CAP alerts from FEMA Read More

Midwest Next-Gen TV Summit is June 27-28 
The MAB is partnering up 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 register. 

Limited Seats Still Available for Special MAB ABIP Training June 14
A day-long ABIP training session will be offered on June 14, 2018 at the Courtyard by Marriott, 2710 Lake Lansing Rd., near the Eastwood Towne Center in Lansing . A limited number of seats are still available for this great professional development opportunity.   Register Now

Michigan Broadcaster to Receive $16k in Energy Rebate from Power Company
You may be able to get a refund from your energy company if the new equipment that you plan to purchase or have purchased within a year saves energy. Read More

Reminder: Register your C-Band Satellite Dishes
Radio and Television stations that receive programming via large C-band satellite dishes should consider registering their downlinks prior to July 18 to protect their reception. Read More

MABPAC will Host Annual Fundraisier 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

Dealing with a Local Political Candidate Who Appears in a Spot Advertisement for a Commercial Business
By:  David Oxenford,

With election season upon us again, I've had one question that has come up repeatedly in the last few weeks about local candidates - usually running for state or municipal offices - who appear in advertisements for local businesses that they own or manage.  Read More

State/Legislative Updates

Whitmer Says Ads Coming Soon
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer has not yet begun running ads on television, but, according to Gongwer, she will be doing so in the future. Read More

Legislative Leaders Agree on Budget Targets
Governor Rick Snyder and top leaders in the Legislature agreed last week on the budget targets for the 2018-19 fiscal year. The agreement sets out funding levels for all departments and major budget areas.  Read More

DC-Capitol_100 Federal/Regulatory Updates

Geoffrey Starks Will Receive FCC Nomination
President Donald J. Trump has announced that he is nominating Democrat Geoffrey Starks to the Federal Communications Commission to fill the seat Mignon Clyburn announced in April she would be leaving.  Read More 

FCC Grants TV Stations Extension on Certain Audible Crawl Requirements
On May 25, the FCC granted a petition filed jointly by the NAB and disability advocacy groups to extend the May 26, 2018, compliance deadline for the emergency-graphics-to-speech rule for five more years.  Read More

WDIV's Rhonda Walker Receives Prestigious  NABJ Community Service Award
On June 5, The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) announced the selection of Rhonda Walker, morning show anchor at WDIV-TV Local 4, as the recipient of the 2018 Angelo B. Henderson Community Service Award.   Read More

Bill Ballenger Joins Michigan Talk Network
Longtime political commentator Bill Ballenger has joined the Michigan Talk Network to host a brand new weekly political talk program.  Ballenger who has been a staple of the Michigan political scene for years, debuted the series, The Political Insider with Bill Ballenger on June 2 .   Read More

Nielsen Releases First CMO Report, Showing Digital On The Rise
According to an article in All Access, Nielsen released the first in what it plans to be an annual series of reports based on interviews with Chief Marketing Officers and other survey data. Read More

Holy Family Radio Acquires Vicksburg Signal
On June 1, an application was filed with the FCC to assign the license of non-commercial station WVAV-FM from Vineyard Academy to Holy Family Radio. Read More 

Bob Seger Boulevard? 
WCSX Says 'Yes'
Beasley Media Group's WCSX-FM (Detroit) , in support of a petition to have Bob Seger Boulevard approved by the Ann Arbor Michigan School Board, programmed 24 hours of Bob Seger music this past Saturday, June 2. Read More

WGHN-AM and WMPA-FM Flip Formats
On May 26, owners Will Tieman and Wendy Hart have flipped WMPA-FM (Ferrysburg) has flipped to a new classic rock format as "Classic Rock 93.1."  The station had previously featured a country music format. Read More 

Another Birthday, Another Bash for B93
On June 2, iHeartMedia's WBCT-FM (Grand Rapids) held its annual "Birthday Bash" concert before a sell-out crowd at Fifth Third Ballpark. Read More

'Snack and Learn' with the MAB
MAB staff members toured some of our Northern Michigan member stations last week. Stops included Midwest Broadcasting, Black Diamond Broadcasting, Blarney Stone Broadcasting, Sinclar Broadcsting and Heritage Broadcasting. We want to visit your station so share all the membership services that are available for you. Contact Jacquelen Timm to schedule an MAB Snack and Learn.

WDET To Offer Free Airtime to Non-Profits Through Kyle's Challenge
WDET-FM (Detroit) and The Kyle John Foundation are awarding $25,000 in promotional support to five, youth-focused nonprofits. Read More

WBET Raises $104k for United Way
Swick Broadcasting's WBET-FM (Sturgis) has announced that it recently raised $104,330 for the United Way of St. Joseph County, during an 18-hour radio marathon that featured local officials and community business leaders as guest DJs.   Read More

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


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How to Manage Talents Who Hate Each Other!
By:  Gary Berkowitz, 
Berkowitz Broadcast Consulting

Good news! You have a successful, well-rated morning team on your station. Bad news: They do not get along off the air. With so much emphasis on post-show events (promotions, events, appearances, social media), what's a PD or GM to do?  Read More

Humblebrags: The Key to Getting Shared and Retweeted
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Stratagies

When it comes to social media, there are lots of data points that we can measure: likes, comments, clicks, shares, retweets, etc. There's a tendency to lump all of these stats together under the heading of "engagement," and say, "more engagement is good."   Read More

Celebrate the MAB's 70th Anniversary with a gift to the Future of Broadcast Excellence
The MAB Foundation invites MAB members to make a gift of $7 per month (or one-time $84 donation) to celebrate MAB's 70th anniversary. The "Seven for 70" donations will contribute to the continuation of the educational programs that have benefited Michigan broadcasters over the years.
Learn more, view our benefactor Honor Roll and make your gift at

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

Earn a FREE Career Fair Booth this Fall
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

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

WKAR Completes Channel Repack 
On June 1, WKAR-TV (East Lansing) announced that it has completed its channel repack move from channel 40 to channel 33 and is now operating at full power.   Read More  

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In This Issue
June 12 
Chippewa Hotel and Lilac Tree room blocks expire

June 14 | 8:30 a.m. 
ABIP Training, Courtyard by Marriott, Lansing 

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

June 27-28
ATSC 3.0 Summit, Columbus, Ohio


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Paul Jacobs
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