Issue #99 March 29,  2018 |  View online
Top of the News:

* Severe Weather Awareness Week Information   (Including EAS RMT 'Tornado Alert')
* Meet with State Lawmakers on May 15
* MAB is Collecting Nominations for 2018 Hall of   Fame/Lifetime Achievement Awards
* Sexual Harassment Complaint Webinar Archived for   MAB Members
* With April Fools' Day Coming Up, Plan Your On-Air   Pranks with Care - Remember the FCC Hoax Rule
* PBS President will Deliver Keynote at 2018 Mackinac   Policy Conference

All this and more below
April 10: Quarterly Issues/Program List Due

April 10: Quarterly Transition Progress Reports Due

April 10: Certification of Children's Commercial Time Limitations Due

April 10: FCC Form 398 Children's Programming Report Due

April 10: Class A Television Continuing Eligibility Certification Due

Severe Weather Awareness Week Information (Including EAS RMT 'Tornado Alert')
Gov. Rick Snyder has declared the week of April 8 through 14 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, April 11. Read More

Meet with State Lawmakers on 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 .  
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State Capitol_150 State/Legislative Update

School Safety Exemption to Open Meetings Act Passes Committee
Senate Bill 882 was reported out of the Senate Oversight Committee. This bill makes changes to the Open Meetings Act by allowing a school board to meet in a closed session to discuss safety issues involving a threat or a potential threat to the safety of the students and staff  Read More

DC-Capitol_100 Federal/Congressional Update

Repack Funding Included In Omnibus Appropriations Deal
The Congress passed a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending package to fund the federal government through September 30. The legislation includes the full $1 billion in additional funding for the broadcast repack  Read More

NAB: Available Spectrum Should Go to Broadcasters
According to a report in Broadcasting & Cable, the National Association of Broadcasters filed comments with the FCC emphasizing the importance of allowing broadcasters to use available spectrum instead of turning it over for broadband use.
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The Latest MAB 2-Minute Update with Liz Lazarus
"Your MAB in 2 Minutes" is a monthly video recap of those things you absolutely need to know about legislation, regulations and upcoming events.

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.  

WGHN's Sherry Wilson Passes 
The MAB has sadly learned that WGHN (Grand Haven) afternoon News Anchor Sherry Wilson (Woelkers) has passed away at age 62 on March 22.   Read More  

Chessare Joins Cumulus Media
Former Greater Media Detroit VP/Market Manager Stephen Chessare has joined Cumulus Media as VP/Market Manager of the company's Bridgeport, CT cluster. Chessare brings over 30 years experience in radio management and sales.   Read More

Angie Cady returns as National Sales Manager at WDIV
Graham Media Group's WDIV-TV (Detroit) has named Angie Cady National Sales Manager. C ady previously held the NSM position at WDIV from November 2010 to September 2016 .   Read More

Stephen Clark to Join WOMC for Mornings
Entercom's WOMC-FM (Detroit) announced Wednesday (3/28) that former WXYZ-TV news anchor Stephen Clark is taking the helm of the station's morning show.  Read More 

Beasley's WMGC-FM Names John Candelaria Program Director 
Beasley Media Group, LLC; a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. has announced that veteran company programmer  John Candelaria  has been named as the new Program Director of  WMGC-FM (105.1FM The BOUNCE) in the Motor City.  Read More  

Long-Time WNEM News Director Moves On
The MAB has learned that Ian Rubin, News Director at WNEM-TV (Saginaw) for the last 14 years, has resigned to become News Director for WOIO/WUAB-TV in Cleveland, Ohio.  He began his new position on March 19   Read More

WTIQ Hosts CBC Fundraiser
This past Sunday, March 25, WTIQ-AM (Manistique) aired an annual radiothon fundraiser for CBC. CBC stands for Cancer, Bay Cliffs and Community. 
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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.
with David Oxenford

May 17, 2018 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
with Paige Nienaber

Sexual Harassment Complaint Webinar Archived for MAB Members
As a member exclusive, t he MAB is offering its members the archived recording of the March 20, 2018 webinar "You and #MeToo - Crisis Management for Media Companies Addressing Sexual Harassment Complaints" from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.     Read More

David Oxenford
With April Fools' Day Coming Up, Plan Your On-Air Pranks with Care - Remember the FCC Hoax Rule
By:  David Oxenford, 
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP,

With April Fools' Day falling on a Sunday this year, perhaps the potential for on-air pranks is lessened. But, then again, who knows what weekend talent may be planning?    Read More 

Facebook's Got Big Problems - And They're Going to Impact Your Radio Station
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Stratagies

Recently, I was at the Michigan Association of Broadcasters' Great Lakes Media Show in Lansing, when a social media manager told me that her radio station had seen a significant dropoff in interaction on Facebook since the social network had altered its algorithm in the wake of criticism over its role in the 2016 election Read More

Celebrate the MAB's 70th Anniversary with a gift to the Future of Broadcast Excellence
The MAB Foundation invites MAB members to make a gift of $7 per month (or one-time $84 donation) to celebrate MAB's 70th anniversary. The "Seven for 70" donations will contribute to the continuation of the educational programs that have benefited Michigan broadcasters over the years.
Learn more, view our benefactor Honor Roll and make your gift at

More Media Career Fairs are set for the Fall
Discover your station's next all-star. Find your dream job. It can all happen the the MAB Foundations Media Career Fairs. Our next round of fairs is set for the fall. Click here to learn more and reserve your station's booth now.

PBS President will Deliver Keynote at 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference
PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger will deliver a keynote address at the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference May 29-June 1, the Detroit Regional Chamber has announced .  Read More 

'Protect My Public Media' Declares Victory in 2018, Looks Ahead to 2019
"Protect My Public Media" leaders declared "a major victory" when President Trump signed  a bill this week that fully funds public media through  September 30, 2018.  Read More
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In This Issue

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

May 15 
MAB State Capitol Advocacy Day, Lansing

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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The MAB Foundation invites you to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the MAB by supporting the future of broadcast excellence.  Click here to set up your $7 per month gift for one year or make a one-time gift of $84.   


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