Issue #142  |  March 15, 2019   |   View online
Top of the News:

* Nominations Now Open for 2019 MAPB Public Media   Impact Awards
* Statewide Tornado Drill Set for 1 p.m. on March 27
* MAB's Annual Capitol Day Will Connect Broadcasters   and Lawmakers on May 14
* WXYZ/WMYD, Scripps Howard Foundation Partner   with Local Non-Profits Through Community Grants
* NABEF Accepting Applications for 2020 Broadcast   Leadership Training Program
* Reserve your Booth for the MABF Career Fair at   Wayne State University!

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Nominations Now Open for 2019 MAPB Public Media Impact Awards
There will be up to two awards given - one Professional (all professionals including volunteers working in public broadcasting) and one Donor (individuals or foundations). The recipients will be recognized at the 2019 MAB Advocacy Conference and Annual Meeting, August 6 at the J.W. Marriott in Grand Rapids. Learn More

Statewide Tornado Drill Set for 1 p.m. on March 27 
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared the week of March 24-30 Michigan's Severe Weather Awareness Week.  Broadcasters and Emergency Management partners statewide are encouraging Michiganders to conduct a statewide tornado drill at 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 27.  Read More

MAB's Annual Capitol Day Will Connect Broadcasters and Lawmakers on May 14
The Michigan Association of Broadcasters invites you to be a part of its annual State Capitol Advocacy Day on May 14, 2019. This is a great opportunity to  engage state lawmakers to showcase television and radio stations' commitment and investment in their local communities. Register Here
FCC Sends More Warnings to Radio Stations that Are Not Compliant with Online Inspection Public File Obligations - Quarterly Issues/Programs Lists are the Biggest Target
By: David Oxenford
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

The FCC has once again started sending out email notices to broadcast stations that are not in compliance with their online public file obligations. This follows a set of notices sent in early December. Read More

State/Legislative Update

House Committee Advances Open Records Bill
Legislation expanding the Freedom of Information Act to the Executive Office and creating a Legislative Open Records Act (LORA) for the Legislature was voted out of the House Government Operations committee this week and sent to the House Floor.  Read More

DC-Capitol_100 Federal/Regulatory Update

PIRATE Act Passes the House
The Pirate Act which imposed federal penalties on pirate radio stations was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill creates penalties of up to $100,000 a day for violations up to a total maximum fine of $2 million.  Read More
WDZH Adds Sandy Kovach to 'The Breeze After Hours'
Entercom's WDZH-FM (Detroit) - 98.7 The Breeze -   continues to fill out its airstaff for its new format with the hiring of Sandy Kovach for the station's night shift as host of  "The Breeze After Hours."   Read More

WCMU Welcomed NPR's Renee Montagne to Michigan
This week, WCMU Public Media hosted National Public Radio special correspondent Renee Montagne. She made an appearance in Midland at the Midland Center for the Arts on March 13 and in Traverse City at the Kirkbride Hall/Grand Traverse Commons on March 14. Read More

True North Radio's Ray "McDade" Spain Passes
This past Monday, March 11, Alpena's True North Radio Network's (WHAK-FM/WHSB-FM, WWTH-FM) Ray "McDade" Spain passed away from natural causes at age 58.  Read More

WXYZ/WMYD, Scripps Howard Foundation Partner with Local Non-Profits Through Community Grants
WXYZ/WMYD and the Bob Scripps Community Fund of the Scripps Howard Foundation have kicked off the year with grants to some of the Detroit area's most worthy not-for-profits.  Read More

Michigan Radio Will Bring The Moth Mainstage to Dearborn 
Michigan Radio and the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center will present a live performance of The Moth Mainstage at the Michael A. Guido Theater in Dearborn on Saturday, June 1, at 7:30 p.m. The Moth Mainstage features a line-up of writers, performers and other unique national and Michigan storytellers, each with a ten-minute story to tell live without notes. Read More

NABEF Accepting Applications for 2020 Broadcast Leadership Training Program
The Broadcast Leadership Training Program is the foremost executive training program for the broadcast industry and is designed to prepare senior-level broadcasters to advance into ownership or executive positions.  Read More

Small and Medium Market Radio Forum to Debut at #NABShow
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has announced the debut of the Small and Medium Market Radio Forum at this year's #NABShow (April 6-11).  Featured will be a town hall titled  "The Future of Small and Medium Market Radio."  Read More

Tell Us Your Good News . . .
The MAB is putting together its 2018-2019 Community Service Report to highlight the positive ways in which Michigan Broadcasters give back to their local communities. The report will be shared with s tate lawmakers during the MAB's State Capitol Advocacy Day on May 14. Many of these great Connecting to Local Communities stories are featured in the MAB News Briefs each week. Send your stories, photos and/or testimonials  from the organizations your station supports to Matt at before Friday, April 12, to be considered for the annual report.     

Snack and Learns
Snack and Learns have began again! The MAB would love to come "snack and learn" with you! Get informed about all the services offered by the MAB. Schedule your 2019 Snack and Learn with the MAB! Contact Jackie at


April 18, 2019 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
with Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP

Nearly every broadcaster has a website, an app, or both - and these outlets serve as key channels for reaching listeners and viewers.  Apps and websites also bring together a wide range of activities and information, including payments, promotions, and licensed content.  Online advertising, personalization and other data-driven activities are also part of the picture and implicate consumer privacy issues.

Terms of service and privacy policies are critical to governing your relationships with your users and business partners.  This webinar will cover legal considerations and best practices for these essential documents - and provide a look at the consequences of getting them wrong.

Course Description:  Building your professional network requires active participation on your part. You need to be adding value to the group or groups that you're a part of while promoting your personal brand along the way. In this course, we'll discuss how to cultivate your memberships and bring value to each of them. This includes finding the right groups to join, being an active virtual member, and knowing what your intentions should be.  Click here to log in and watch this course.
Support: For questions, support or additional information please contact our amazing support team by email at or by phone at (888) 944-9377.

Don't miss out on your opportunity for free, online training as an MAB member! Sign your staff up today! 
Reserve your Booth for the MABF Career Fair at Wayne State University!
Rumor has it you need help with recruiting great new talent... the MAB Foundation to the rescue! The MABF hosts several media career fairs throughout the year to put you in direct contact with job seekers in broadcasting, sales, engineering and more!

Register now to participate in the MAB Foundation's career fair at this new location, Wayne State University in Detroit!

Wayne State University-Detroit, MI (NEW Location!!)
Thursday, April 4
Sponsored by the Wayne State University Journalism Institute for Media Diversity
12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Vendor Registration here.

Please contact Rachel Krause with any questions, or 517-484-7444.

How to Run Paid Ads for Your Radio Station's Mobile App
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Strategies

Our sister company, jācapps, has built over 1200 mobile apps, many of them for radio stations around the country. Over the years, they've learned one undeniable truth: the radio stations that get the most app downloads are the ones who promote their apps the most.   
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April 18, 2019
Webinar: "Updating Website TOS Agreements" presented by  Wilkinson Baker Knauer LLP (Learn More)

May 14, 2019
MAB State Capitol Advocacy Day, Lansing (Register Here)

May 16, 2019
Webinar: "You are Doing It Wrong" Programming with Kevin Robinson.  (Learn More)

August 5-6, 2019
Advocacy Conference, Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet, Grand Rapids
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Posted: March 11, 2019

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