Issue #143 |  March 22, 2019   |   View online
Top of the News:

* Nominations Now Open for 2019 MAPB Public Media   Impact Awards
* Statewide Tornado Drill: Wednesday, March 27
* MAB's Annual Capitol Day Will Connect Broadcasters   and Lawmakers on May 14
* March Madness: Nothing but Net for Trademark   Infringement Claims
* WWJ's Mike Campbell Honored By Shelby Township   Police
* E.W. Scripps to Acquire WXMI-TV
* Reserve your Booth for the MABF Career Fair at   Wayne State University

All this and more below
Nominations Now Open for the 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:  Wednesday
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared March 24-30 to be 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 this Wednesday, March 27.  Read More

MAB's Annual Capitol Day Will Connect Broadcasters and Lawmakers on May 14
The Michigan Association of Broadcasters invites its members 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
March Madness: Nothing but Net for Trademark Infringement Claims
By: Mitchell Stabbe
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

As we have previously reported, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is very serious about taking action against anyone who may try to trade off the goodwill in its March Madness marks - even if the NCAA's actual marks are not used. For example: Read More

State/Legislative Update

Bill to End Daylight Saving Time Introduced
State Representative Michelle Hoitenga (R-Manton) introduced House Bill 4303 to eliminate the biannual time change nationally established in the 1960s.  Read More

DC-Capitol_100 Federal/Regulatory Update

Senators Ask AT&T/DirecTV to Carry
Local into Local

Four U.S. Senators are pushing AT&T/Direct TV to deliver local TV station signals on Direct TV to 12 rural communities across the country, including one in Alpena, that receive imported programming from affiliates in New York or Los Angeles.  Read More

WWJ's Mike Campbell Honored By Shelby Township Police
This past Monday night, WWJ-AM (Detroit) reporter Mike Campbell was honored for finding a missing woman with dementia.  Read More

Brian Holmes to join Up North Radio
Up North Radio has announced that Brian Holmes will join its WBZX-FM (Big Rapids) as afternoon host, starting in April. He  will also serve as an account executive from the station as well as sister stations WCKC-FM and WCDY-FM, both based in Cadillac.  Read More

Greg Smith Named WXYZ-TV Local Sales Manager
Greg Smith has been named local sales manager of E.W. Scripps' WXYZ_TV (Detroit).  Smith is an accomplished sales executive in Metro Detroit with traditional and digital media sales and marketing experience.  Read More

Memorial Service for Patti McGettigan This Saturday
A memorial service will take place March 23, in Grand Rapids to celebrate the life of Patti McGettigan, a tenacious trailblazer who guided winning newsrooms from Michigan to Memphis. The former WOOD-TV News Director passed away from cancer February 16.  Read More

Graham Media Group, WDIV-TV Announce New Season of "Shattered" Podcast
Graham Media Group and WDIV-TV (Detroit) has announced the new, eight-episode season of "Shattered," an original true-crime podcast series. Season 3, hosted by Jeremy Allen, takes listeners through the heartbreaking and riveting story about Michigan's Oakland County Child Killer case that is still unsolved 40 years later.  Read More

E.W. Scripps to Acquire WXMI-TV
The E.W. Scripps Company is acquiring eight television stations in seven markets from the Nexstar Media Group, Inc. transaction with Tribune Media as it continues executing its plan to enhance the strength and operating performance of its Local Media portfolio.  Read More

WGVU Will Present Kids Day at Air Zoo This Sunday
WGVU Public Media (Grand Rapids) is hosting "Kids Day at the Air Zoo" this Sunday, March 24. The fundraiser for WGVU PBS Kids programming will allow families to  visit the Kalamazoo Air Zoo Aerospace & Science Museum for a discounted price of just five dollars a person.   Read More

Post NAB Detroit 2019!
Key Code Media is bringing the best of the NAB 2019 show back to Detroit on Tuesday, May 21 at Punch Bowl Social ... as well as over 30 leading vendors showing the latest in media and entertainment technology.  Read More
'Snack and Learn' With the MAB
MAB staff members "snacked and learned" with Midwest Communications (Battle Creek and Coldwater) this week! 
The MAB would love to come "snack and learn" with you!
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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.     

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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:  Whether you're just starting your career or well-established in your current role, it's important to create, grow, and maintain a network of professional acquaintances that you can reach out to for a variety of reasons in your day-to-day work. Who you know can be just as important as what you know in certain circumstances. In this course, we'll discuss why building a professional network is so critically important in business. We'll go over the benefits involved, including finding job opportunities, discovering good candidates for job openings, as well as gaining information, advice, and ideas. Click here to log in and watch this course.
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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 | 1 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by the Wayne State University 
Journalism Institute for Media Diversity
$290/booth |  Vendor Registration: Click here.

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

The 5 Things Every Format Must Do For Better Ratings
By: Gary Berkowitz
Berkowitz Broadcast Consulting

Yes, this is a newsletter that is mostly focused on AC radio. But with the spring book just around the corner (March 28), I would like to review 5 things that EVERY station, regardless of format, needs to look at to give you the best shot at a good outcome when spring results are released. If you play music and have on-air personalities, this information is for you.  Read More
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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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