Issue #141  |  March 8, 2019   |   View online
Top of the News:

* Congratulations to Our 2018 Stations of the Year!
* It's Time to Make Your 2019 MAB Hall of Fame, Lifetime   Achievement Nominations!
* Reserve Your 2019 ABIP Inspection Now
* NAB State Leadership Conference and MAB Call on   Congress
* Mid-Michigan's "Dean of Sports" Reflects on 50 Years   in Broadcasting
* Michigan Radio's "Believed" Wins Prestigious Scripps   Howard Award
* MABF Awards $29,500 in Scholarships to Michigan   Student Broadcasters

All this and more below

Thank You for Being a Part of the Best #MABshow Yet!

A Final Shout-Out to the 2019 #MABshow Exhibitors ... 

Congratulations to Our
2018 Stations of the Year!

Commercial Television Market 1
WDIV-TV (Detroit)

Commercial Radio Market 1
WJR-AM (Detroit)

Commercial Television Market 2
WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids)

 Commercial Radio Market 2
WSGW-AM (Saginaw)

Commercial Television Market 3
WWTV/WWUP-TV (Cadillac/Traverse City)

Commercial Radio Market 3
WLEN-FM (Adrian)

Commercial Television Market 4
WLUC-TV (Marquette)

Commercial Radio Market 4
WOLV-FM (Houghton)

Public Radio Group 1
WKAR-FM (Michigan State University)

Public Radio Group 2
Michigan Radio (University of Michigan)

Public Television
WKAR-TV (Michigan State University)

Click Here to see a full list of 2018 BEA winners!

Richard Paul Grzebik, Gary Harding Honored with MAB's 2019 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 5 at the Lansing Center. The Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award was presented to Munn-Reese's Richard Paul Grzebik and Gary Harding, retired from MacDonald Broadcasting. Read More

It's Time to Make Your 2019 MAB Hall of Fame, Lifetime Achievement Nominations!
Both the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Hall of Fame ceremonies are held each year during the MAB's Summer Advocacy Conference on  August 5 and 6, 2019 at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids.  Nomination Forms can be found here.

Reserve Your 2019 ABIP Inspection Now
Scheduling has begun for the Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program (ABIP).  The MAB conducts these alternative inspections regionally from April to October. Stations that have successfully completed the program are exempt from routine FCC inspections and possible fines for a three-year period. Read More

Federal/Regulatory Update

NAB State Leadership Conference
and MAB Call on Congress
On February 26-27, members of the MAB Board of Directors traveled to Washington, D.C. for the 2019 National Association of Broadcasters State Leadership Conference and MAB Call on Congress.  Read More

State/Legislative Update
MI Supreme Court Moves Closer on Uniform Statewide E-Filing
Last week, the Michigan Supreme Court issued rules aimed at preparing state trial courts for the uniform e-filing standards. The goal is to require all court documents to be filed electronically throughout the state.  Read More

Mid-Michigan's "Dean of Sports" Reflects on 50 Years in Broadcasting
Affectionately known as the "Dean of Sports," Lansing-based WILX-TV and WVFN Radio's Tim Staudt has been broadcasting in the area for 50 years. Read More

Lulu Harwell Dies at 99
The Detroit News has reported that 'Miss Lulu,' widow of Tigers' broadcaster Ernie Harwell, has died at age 99. Lulu Harwell passed away March 1 at a retirement living community in Novi.   Read More

WSJM's Pat Moody Hosts Final Show
On March 1, Pat Moody, host of Moody in the Morning WSJM-FM (St. Joseph), did his final show after 46 years on the air.  Moody had announced his retirement plans in January. Read More

Michigan Radio's "Believed" Wins Prestigious Scripps Howard Award
During the live broadcast of the 66th Annual Scripps Howard Award winners on Tuesday (3/5), it was announced that Michigan Radio's Believed podcast series has won this year's Jack R. Howard Award for Radio/Podcast In-Depth Coverage.  Read More

Liggett Launches 92.7 The Hills
At 9:27 a.m. on March 1 , Liggett Communications/Radio First (Port Huron) launched a new format on the AM/FM Translator combination of WHLX-AM (Marine City) and W224DT (Port Huron).  "92.7 The Hills" features a AAA/Americana music format. Read More

iHeartMedia Brings WLLZ Back to Detroit
iHeartMedia/Detroit has launched The New Generation of Classic Rock and brought back the WLLZ call letters to the Motor City.  The station launched on March 1 on the former WDTW-FM, 106.7.  Read More

WMPX-AM Now Classic Country
On March 1, Steel Broadcasting flipped WMPX-AM (Midland) from a simulcast of WMRX-FM to a classic country format and added an FM translator simulcast with W299CK.  The station is known at "107.7 The Highway."  Read More

HOMTV Airs Bilingual Newscast
In order to better serve the diverse cultures in the community, HOMTV (Haslett/Okemos/Meridan) looks for new ways to accommodate a more inclusive audience. This year, HOMTV is incorporating bilingual programming including a Mandarin version of the "Meridian News Now" newscast. Read More

Key Code Media opens Detroit Office!
Key Code Media, the leading nationwide reseller of media technology and system integrations  services, announced the opening of their newest office in Detroit, Michigan. This office is Key Code  Media's 8th location nationwide.  For more information, click here.

American Marketing Association Invites MAB Members to Attend March Mixer!

March 13 | 5 - 7 p.m.

Join AMA Detroit and The Outloud Group for an opportunity to discuss what the new marketing trend "Influencer Marketing" is all about: influencer marketing. Come check it out after work and bring a colleague! Appetizers will be provided 2 drink tickets are included in ticket price.

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Snack and Learns
Snack and Learns will be starting up again in March! 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!
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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: Branding a brand is a process. The building blocks consist of reach, frequency, consistency, and proper message. When all of the elements are in place, branding occurs. Remember, you too are a brand. In this session we examine the branding process and pose the question: What do you want your personal brand to say to the marketplace?  Click here to log in and watch this course.

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Don't miss out on your opportunity for free, online training as an MAB member! Sign your staff up today! 
MABF Awards $29,500 in Scholarships to Michigan Student Broadcasters
The Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) is proud to announce the recipients of its 2019 Scholarship Program. Read More

2019 High School & College 'Station of the Year' Awards Announced
The Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) is proud to announce the recipients of its 2019 Student Station/Program of the Year Awards. This year's record-setting 802 Student Broadcast Award entries were judged by professional broadcasters across Michigan and presented across 40 categories. Read More

The MABF also announced winners of its 2019 Student Broadcast Awards competition. Click here for a complete list of individual award winners.

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.

Take These Steps Before Launching Your Next Big Radio Station Promotion
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Strategies

Every now and then, a radio station asks me for a digital strategy for a major radio station promotion after they've already started it. If you're giving away a significant prize or investing a lot of airtime into a contest, don't let the online strategy for your promotional effort be an afterthought.  Read More

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