Issue #59 -  May 10, 2017 | View online
Hello Broadcasters!

In this week's issue, news out of Lansing and news out of Washington in our Legislative section.  And this week, a retirement announcement from a long-time Kalamazoo broadcaster.  Also, Jacobs Media releases some important research from their latest Techsurvey about changing listening locations and a programming piece on coaching from Kevin Robinson.

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Dan Kelley
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State of Michigan Legislative Update

MSU Files Lawsuit to Ban Release of Police Records on Assault

Michigan State University has filed a lawsuit to keep news organizations from seeing police and arrest reports that could be related to a suspected sexual assault involving members of the Spartans football team. MSU says complying with a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from the ESPN sports network would interfere with a criminal investigation.  Read more here...

Representative Introduces Voter Bill of Rights

State Representative Jon Hoadley (D-60) has introduced a constitutional amendment to include a voter bill of rights. The amendment, HJR O, includes the right to no-reason absentee voting and in-person early voting up to 15 days before an election, and would automatically register any eligible person issued a state driver's license or identification card.   Read more here... 

Well Liked State Representative Dies From Apparent Suicide

The MAB is sad to report the passing of John Kivela, a Democratic state representative from Marquette.  News sources report that Kivela was found dead from an apparent suicide Tuesday (5/9) at a Lansing home he owned.   Read more here...
Federal/Congressional Update

FCC To Review Media Regulations

According to a report in Broadcasting & Cable, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced that he will be launching a major review of broadcast, cable and satellite regulations at the May 18 public meeting of the FCC.   Read more here...

Reminder: FCC Political Rules Apply for Off-Year Congressional and State/Local Elections

May is one of the few months without the normal list of quarterly filings and EEO public file reports. But, just because there are none of these regular filings due, that does not mean that the month will be a quiet one for broadcasters on the regulatory front. In fact, far from it.
Read more here...

WWMT's Lutton To Retire; Corbus Promoted to GM

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. has announced that WWMT-TV (and CW7) (Kalamazoo) General Manager Jim Lutton will be retiring from television on July 14, 2017. Lutton has served as the General Manager of WWMT-TV (and CW7) for more than 10 years. He is the longest serving General Manager in the stations' long history of serving Western Michigan.   Lutton will be succeeded by Fred Corbus, who is the current Director of Sales for the stations.  Read more here...

Sinclair Broadcast Group to Acquire Tribune Media

On May 8, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. and Tribune Media Company announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Sinclair will acquire 100% of the issued and outstanding shares of Tribune.  Read more here...

Beasley Media Group Extends Contract for Dave & Chuck

Beasley Media Group
has announced that it has signed a four-year contract extension for WRIF-FM (Detroit) morning show Dave & Chuck "The Freak".  The deal includes Dave Hunter and Chuck Urquhart along with co-host Lisa Way.  Read more here...

CBS Radio Detroit to Construct Studio Inside Hockeytown Cafe

CBS Radio Detroit, in association with Olympia Entertainment, is constructing MusicTown, a venue designed to host and celebrate music, culture and entertainment in the city of Detroit. The venue will be located inside Hockeytown Café, within the 50-block, mixed-use sports and entertainment development known as The District Detroit.  Read more here...

Scripps Brings Local News to Amazon Alexa

The E.W. Scripps Company has launched its local television news brands on Alexa, Amazon's voice-activated virtual assistant. News from 23 Scripps local TV markets is just a voice command away for users of Amazon Echo and all Alexa-enabled devices.   Read more here...

New P1 Learning Training Course: Retailer Hot Buttons: Active Listening

Course Description: To listen actively, you have to pay attention. You can't multitask, you can't avoid eye contact, you can't assume, and you can't be formulating your response. You have to hear the information. It needs to enter your brain, and then your brain needs to think about it. It's a much more complex task than we might think. This program discusses several ways to be a better listener, and the many things that often get in the way of listening well.
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Jacobs Media Releases Techsurvey Results: 
Listening Locations Are Changing

In Jacobs Media's new web study of radio listeners, a big story is how radio's traditional listening locations - the home, the car and the workplace - are undergoing change. From content consumed to new distribution outlets, to emerging gadgetry, the traditional pattern of media usage and radio listening are changing - in some cases, rapidly.   Read more here...
The Robinson Report: Talent - Coach
By: Kevin Robinson, Robinson Media

Around the hoop, it's easy to grab coaching comparisons.

Would Duke's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski be as successful today if Bob Knight hadn't mentored him first as a player at Army and then an assistant with Indiana?  Read more here...

How Your Radio Station Can Send Tailored Email Campaigns to Listeners
By: Seth Resler,
Jacobs Media Strategies

Email marketing is a fantastic way to stay engaged with your radio station's listeners. You can use it to encourage them to come back to your website regularly. I am a big proponent of setting up automated email campaigns. Few stations have the personnel they need to constantly be writing new emails.   Read more here...
Casting Call for WKAR Science Show Draws from Mid-Michigan and Beyond

More than 240 aspiring scientists visited the MSU campus on Saturday (5/6) to audition for season four of Curious Crew, the WKAR original series exploring science, technology, engineering and math. 
Read more here...

Public Media Impact Award Nominations Due June 7

2017 marks the 32nd year of honoring Michigan's public broadcasters with the MAPB Public Media Impact Award.   Read more here...
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