Issue #189 |  March 27, 2020   |   View online
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From the President/CEO...
By: Karole L. White,
MAB President/CEO

Like many of you we are working with a very small staff as requested in the Stay at Home/Stay Safe Order by the Governor. There is one, or sometimes two of us, in the office to answer phones and help our members who must stay on the air. Here is what we are doing for you: Read More

Station Operations During Stay at Home
On March 23, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued a Stay-At-Home order for our state due to the coronavirus emergency.  The Stay-At-Home order does not affect those deemed "critical infrastructure workers," who may continue working - and that includes "communications and information technology" - under which is listed news media.  Read More 

DC-Capitol_100 What The $2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Bill Means For Broadcasters
The massive, $2 trillion coronavirus relief package contains a number of provisions designed to help the broadcasting and entertainment workforce, including workers with no traditional employer but who work as contractors and freelancers. The legislation expands the reach of unemployment benefits to include those impacted by the coronavirus shutdown, and adds an additional $600 per week in unemployment benefits.   Read More 

Essential Planning for Broadcasters Facing Coronavirus Restrictions on Access to Facilities and News Events
By: David Oxenford,
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

With more and more states, municipalities, and other authorities issuing shelter-in-place warnings or other restrictions on travel, and with more station facilities likely to be closed temporarily because of exposure to the COVID-19 virus, broadcasters need to be planning on how to continue to operate their facilities in the new world we are all facing. I participated in an online conference last week with over 100 college broadcasters who are perhaps on the front lines of this problem, as so many operate from campus buildings that were closed early after (and in some cases before) the declaration of the pandemic.  Read More

CPB Gets $75 Million in Emergency Funds
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting gets $75 million in emergency funds in the $2 trillion coronavirus bill that passed the Senate late Wednesday night but still needs to be approved by the House and signed by the president.  Read More

NAB Update: Two New FCC Notices Helpful to Broadcasters
By: Rick Kaplan,
National Association of Broadcasters

NAB and individual broadcasters continue to work on a daily basis with the FCC to try to address concerns you and other broadcasters have raised during this time of national crisis. I am pleased to report that the FCC announced two new helpful exceptions to existing policy as we all work through this unprecedented time.  Read More

Reminder for Radio: Pre-Filing Renewal Announcements to Begin April 1
Full power commercial and noncommercial radio stations and LPFM stations, licensed to communities in Michigan and Ohio must begin airing pre-filing license renewal announcements on April 1, 2020.  Read More 

FCC Indefinitely Postpones FM Auction - Will Refund Upfront Payments and Dismiss Pending Applications
The FCC has decided to postpone the planned auction of vacant FM radio frequencies (Auction 106) indefinitely.  The auction, which was scheduled to begin April 28, included six construction permits in Michigan.  Read More 

WDIV Survives in-house Coronavirus Scare
Graham Media's WDIV-TV (Detroit) already had 80% of its staff working from home as of this past Monday (3/23).  But that number quickly grew to 90% late Monday after morning anchor Evrod Cassimy, feeling ill, checked into a hospital by Tuesday, positive test results for the coronavirus reached the station and by that evening, a cleaning crew was fogging and scrubbing down the studio so the remaining skeleton crew could begin work there again at 4:30 a.m. for the first of the morning's broadcast hours.  Read More
Longtime Detroit Radio/TV Host Bob Allison Dies At 87
Longtime Detroit radio and TV host Bob Allison passed away Wednesday, March 25 at age 87.  Allison was the host of the popular radio show "Ask Your Neighbor," which began on WWJ in 1962 and has been airing on WNZK-AM in recent years, co-hosted with his son Rob.  Other Detroit stations Allison worked for include WIID, WEXL, WLQV and WJR.  Read More
WMOM-FM Ludington Sold
Patrick Lopeman's Bay View Broadcasting has sold WMOM-FM (Pentwater/Ludington).  Read More


Looking for Sales Professionals?

The MAB Foundation Board of Directors approved a new partnership with Central Michigan University's School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts for the Fall 2020 semester.
The partnership will focus on developing mentoring relationships between students with an Electronic Media Sales Minor and broadcast industry professionals. 
Contact Rachel Krause for more information.

The April 9 Media Career Fair at Western Michigan University has been canceled.

Watch for Fall Media Career Fair dates
to be  announced this summer.

Questions? Contact Rachel Krause at 1-800-YOUR-MAB.
LBS Featured Content 

Working From Home
Many broadcast sales pros suddenly find themselves working from home, just expected to know HOW to do that! LBS President, Gary Moore, shares concepts and principles VITAL for successfully working from home!

The MAB is excited to share that Local Broadcast Sales (LBS) is available free to members in 2020.
April 16, 2020 | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
"Political Refresher"
with David Oxenford, Wilkinson, Barker, Knauer LLP
2020 is bound to be a very active year for political broadcasting. Who do you have to sell advertising time to? How much can you charge? What paperwork do you need to retain? Who is watching what you do, and what issues are likely to arise in the coming election? These issues and more will be addressed in a live webinar!

Digital 'Don'ts' for Radio in the Age of Coronavirus
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Strategies

There's never been an event like the current pandemic in the history of modern radio. I was working at WBCN in Boston when the planes struck the Twin Towers on 9/11. While that was a horrific and heart-wrenching experience, the event itself was a quick surprise, taking less than a day to unfold. As radio broadcasters, our job was to help people through the aftermath of that event.  Read More

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