Issue #97 March 16,  2018 |  View online
Top of the News:

* Action Packed: 2018 #MABshow Draws Over 1,100 to   Lansing Center
* Reminder: Special Statewide Severe Weather RMT   Scheduled for April 11
* Register Now: Advocacy Day is May 15
* 2018 Call on Congress Update
* BEA Stations of the Year Announced
* Free Webinar: You and #MeToo on March 20
* MABF: $28,500 Given Away in Scholarships, High   School & College Stations of the Year Announced
* MAPB Elects Officers

All this and more below

Action Packed: 2018 #MABshow 
Draws Over 1,100 to Lansing Center
More than 1,100 participants turned out March 6 and 7 at the Lansing Center for the 2018 Great Lakes Media Show. Media professionals, students and vendors packed the sold out exhibit hall, learned from amazing breakout sessions and set attendance records for the Student Broadcast Awards and Broadcast Excellence Awards programs. Click here to check out photos from this year's #MABshow. 


Reminder: Special Statewide Severe Weather RMT Scheduled for April 11
The 2018 Severe Weather/Tornado Drill EAS Alert is scheduled for  April 11, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.
However this year, Michigan will not be running a "TOR" test as in the past . Read More

Register Now: Advocacy Day is May 15
The MAB Board of Directors and  President/CEO Karole L. White invite you  to attend a broadcast industry  State Capitol Advocacy Day on May 15.  MAB members are invited to meet with their local lawmakers and leaders who chair committees of influence to the broadcast industry .  
Read More

2018 Call on Congress Update
On February 27 and 28,  MAB members traveled to Washington, D.C. for the 2018 National Association of Broadcasters State Leadership Conference and MAB Call on Congress . Read More

There's No Sunshine in Michigan
By:   Jane Briggs-Bunting,  President
Michigan Coalition for Open Government (MiCOG)

As citizens around the country celebrate the 13th annual national Sunshine Week from March 11-17, Michigan residents have nothing to cheer Read More  

FCC to Release Additional Repack Funds
According to a report in Broadcasting & Cable, the FCC will  release an additional appropriation of repack funding over the next four to six weeks . Read More

State Capitol_150 State/Legislative Update

Legislators and Staff Want to Quash Redistricting Subpoenas
According to a report in Gongwer, 25 current and former legislators and legislative staffers subpoenaed by plaintiffs challenging Michigan's maps for the U.S. House, Michigan Senate and Michigan House have filed a motion last week to quash those subpoenas Read More

Snyder Announces Special Election to Fill Johnson's Seat
Governor Snyder set the special election schedule for the 2 nd Senate District seat vacated by the resignation of State Sen. Bert Johnson Read More

2017 BEA Stations of the Year Announced 
A record-setting 350 media leaders from across the state attended this year's Broadcast Excellence Awards on March 7 at the Great Lakes Media Show. Click here to see this year's Stations of the Year and other BEA honorees. 

Long-Time West Michigan Radio Engineer Honored with MAB's Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award 
The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) presented its most prestigious engineering award during the Great Lakes Media Show on March 7 at the Lansing Center. The 2108 Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award was presented to Tom Bosscher, Chief Engineer at WSCG-FM (Grand Rapids Christian Radio). Read More

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.  


WWJ-AM's Dennis Neubacher Featured on Dearborn's WDHT-TV
WWJ-AM (Detroit) traffic reporter Dennis Neubacher was recently featured in the debut broadcast of "So That's What You Do," a program broadcast on the City of Dearborn Heights' public access channel Read More

WKAR-FM's Brooke Allen to Rejoin WWJ-AM
WKAR-FM local "Morning Edition" host Brooke Allen has announced that she is leaving the East Lansing NPR affiliate and rejoining WWJ-AM (Detroit).  Allen's last appearance on WKAR was March 12 Read More

Nate Bell Joins iHeartMedia Detroit
iHeartMedia has named Nate Bell Program Director for its two Urban-formatted radio stations in Detroit: WJLB-FM and WMXD-FM.  Bell most recently was OM/PD for Radio One's WGPR, WDMK and WPZR, all in Detroit.  He left that position in September of 2017.  Read More

WTCM's Jack O'Malley Running for Office
A longtime Northern Michigan radio personality has decided to hang up his headphones and run for the state House in northern Michigan. WTCM-FM morning host Jack O'Malley has announced that he's running as a Republican for the 101st District Read More

WZZM's Lauren Stanton Stepping Down to Focus on Family Business
Long-time WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids) anchor, Lauren Stanton has announced that she is leaving the station after 18 years as co-anchor of the morning news Read More

Joe Kopecek Leaving 
WXMI-TV (Grand Rapids) Chief Meteorologist Joe Kopecek is leaving West Michigan TV next month.
His decision to leave the station comes after the recent launch of Platinum Property Solutions, a new exterior cleaning business he co-owns with a neighbor Read More

WCHY-FM and WWSS-FM to Exchange Facilities
Black Diamond Broadcast Holdings has announced that it has agreed to enter into an agreement with David L. Smith to swap the facilities of its WCHY-FM (Cheboygan) and Smith's WWSS-FM (Tuscarora Township) Read More


  You and #MeToo

Crisis Management for Media Companies Addressing Sexual Harassment Complaints

After being fed in its infancy by media coverage, the #MeToo movement is now consuming media companies of all sizes, with nearly daily reports of sexual harassment charges. The media industry is hardly unique in that regard, but the impact can be greater in media, where the target of a complaint may not only be a public face of the company, but one of its principal products as well.  

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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

The WordPress Plugin That Will Help Your Radio Station's Website Get Into Google Search Results
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Stratagies

"Search Engine Optimization," which is the art of getting your website content to show up in the results of search engines like Google when people search for specific terms, is often overlooked by radio stations.  Read More 

$28,500 Given Away in Scholarships,
High School & College Stations of the Year
Announced at Sold Out #MABshow 
MABF 2018 Student Awards Luncheon 

Click here  to meet the winners of this year's 
MAB Foundation scholarships.

2018 High School Radio Station of the Year

Plymouth-Canton Educational Park, 88.1 The Park

2018 High School Television Station of the Year
Rockford High Shool

2018 College Radio Station of the Year
Michigan State University, WDBM

2018 College Television Station of the Year
Central Michigan University, MHTV

Click here for a complete list of all high school 
and college awards winners. 

MAPB Elects Officers
The Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters (MAPB) elected its 2018-2019 Officers of the Board of Directors during a board meeting held on March 6 in conjunction with the Great Lakes Media Show at the Lansing Center

WKAR Upgrade FM Translator for AM Rebroadcast
WKAR Public Media's WKAR-AM (East Lansing) recently upgraded its FM translator, moving from 94.5 on the FM dial to 105.1 with a substantial power increase Read More

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In This Issue

March 20 | 1 - 2:15 p.m.
Webinar: "You and #MeToo" presented by Pillsbury.

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 register for the conference and reserve your room at the Grand Hotel. 


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