Issue #96 March 1,  2018 |  View online
Top of the News:

*  The Great Lakes Media Show is Next Week! 
* MAB Launches 2-Minute Video Update
The First EEO Audit of 2018 Announced.

* WXYZ-TV's Stephen Clark Retires
* More MAB Third Thursday Webinars Announced
NPR's Lakshmi Singh Guests at Upcoming WGVU Fundraiser

All this and more below

March 1: FCC Online Public File Deadline for Radio

March 2:  Biennial Ownership Report Deadline
Don't Miss the Great Lakes Media Show Next Week!  Register Onsite!
Online registration has closed for the Great Lakes Media Show, next Tuesday and Wednesday, March 6 & 7 in Lansing.  However, registration is available onsite, though meals are not guaranteed.  More here.

Session Summaries:

* Engineering Sessions List here.
* Management & Sales Sessions List here.
* News Sessions List here.
* Programming, Promotion & Digital/Social Media Sessions List here.
Learn more at

MAB Launches 2-Minute Video Update

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The First EEO Audit of 2018 With a New Wrinkle - Notifications by Email and Responses Submitted Through the Online Public File
By: David Oxenford, 

On Friday, the FCC issued a Public Notice announcing its first EEO audit of 2018. The Notice lists the almost 300 radio and television stations that will be subject to the review as well as the rules that apply to that audit. And those rules are somewhat new. First, the notice itself was not sent by mail, but instead by email - the first time that email has been used to deliver the notice of an EEO audit.  Read More

FCC Proposes Ending Form 397 EEO Mid-Term Report
At its meeting February 22, the FCC adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking suggesting the abolition of the EEO Mid-Term Report, FCC Form 397. That form is filed at the mid-point of the renewal term of TV stations with 5 or more full-time employees and radio clusters with 11 or more full-time employees (see our post here about the form). Read more

State Capitol_150 State/Legislative Update

Cyber Security FOIA Exemption Passes Committee
A bill exempting critical energy infrastructure and cyber security related information from FOIA was reported unanimously by the House Committee on Communication and Technology.  Read More

2017 BEA Winning Stations Announced
Stations that have won 2017 Broadcast Excellence Awards have been announced at  Click here to learn more. Winners will be recognized and 2017 Stations of the Year will be announced on March 7 at a special award ceremony following the 2018 Great Lakes Media Show.  This show is sold-out.

MAB is Collecting Nominations for 2018
Hall of Fame/Lifetime Achievement Awards
Nominations are now being taken for the 2018 Michigan Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Awards. This year's honorees will be recognized at the Advocacy Conference & Awards Banquet on August 13 and 14 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. Nominations are due by April 27, 2018.  Click here to learn more.  

WXYZ-TV's Stephen Clark Retires
In a career that has spanned more than four decades, journalist Stephen Clark will tell you he's just about done it all. Now, after 16 years as an anchor and multi-platform journalist at WXYZ-TV and WMYD-TV, Stephen Clark has retired.  Read More

NAB To Present TV Repack Webcast
March 8

Is your station moving frequencies due to the recent spectrum incentive auction? If so, make plans to watch an important NAB webcast on Thursday, March 8 at 12:00 p.m. EST where new station tools will be unveiled.  Read More


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More MAB Third Thursday Webinars Announced
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

April 19, 2018 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
"Advertising Issues for 
Social and Digital Media" 
with David Oxenford

May 17, 2018 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
"Being Able to Change your Plan"
with Paige Nienaber

7 Ways to Strengthen the Calls to Action Your Radio Station's Website
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Stratagies

When listeners come to your radio station's website, what do you want them to do? Do you want them to stream the station? Sign up for the email newsletter? Enter a contest? Purchase tickets to a station event? It's important to know the goals of your website.

Contrasting the Sounds of College Radio - Highlighting WDBM, WXOU & WIDR
By: Terri Powys, Spartan Newsroom, 
The Michigan State University Journalism Program

As streaming services surge, a passionate crowd of student-run radio stations remain across many college campuses in Michigan. From curating playlists to handling on-demand phone calls, these broadcast stations dedicate long hours to ensure a well-thought-out listening experience. A look at the sounds of Impact 88.9 WDBM, 88.3 WXOU and 89.1 WIDR shows that there are some promising trends in the sounds of college radio.  Read more

Upcoming 2018 MAB Foundation
Career Fairs
Save the dates for upcoming 2018 Media Career Fairs.
Read more

Help us kick off the 70th Anniversary for the MAB!
The MAB Foundation is asking MAB members to donate $7 per month to help celebrate.  These donations will contribute to the continuation of the educational programs that have benefited Michigan broadcasters over the years. Read more

NPR's Lakshmi Singh Guests at Upcoming WGVU Fundraiser
WGVU Public Media (Grand Rapids) will present Brunch at the Gardens: A Toast With Your NPR Hosts to honor the work of their local NPR team with special guest, NPR Newscaster, Lakshmi Singh.  The event will be held on Saturday, March 10 at 11 a.m. at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids.  Read More

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In This Issue

March 6 & 7
at the Lansing Center

April 19 | 1- 2 p.m.
Webinar"Advertising Issues for Social and Digital Media" with David Oxenford.

May 17 | 1 - 2 p.m.
Webinar: "Being Able to Change your Plan" with Paige Nienaber.


Mark your calendar now for the 2018 Advocacy Conference and Awards Banquet! Join us August 13-14 at Mackinac Island's Grand Hotel as we kickoff the MAB's 70th anniversary celebration. 
Click here to reserve your room at the Grand Hotel. 


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