Issue #150  |  May 10, 2019   |   View online
Top of the News:

* 2019 MAB Summer Conference Registration is Open
* Third Local Primary Station Coming to Northwest EAS   Region
* AG Forms Marijuana Workgroup
* NTCA asks FCC to Expand Ownership Ban
* Bill Harris to Step Down from Anchor Desk
* Detroit Public Television, Michigan Radio, WDET, WJR,   WJBK, WXYZ All Receive Honors at Detroit Chapter   SPJ Awards
* Freelancer Television/NewsNet Breaks Ground on New   Studios

All this and more below

Join Us for Another GRAND 

The 2019 MAB Summer Advocacy Conference, Annual Business Meeting and Awards Reception & Banquet will take place August 5 & 6 at the JW Marriott Grand Rapids.

This year's growing line-up of speakers includes Congressman Tim Walberg the NAB's
Steven W. Newberry , Michigan's Marijuana Regulatory Agency's Andrew Brisbo and more! 

Register for the Conference, Reserve Your Room 
and Learn more at  
2019 MAPB Public Media Impact Award Nominations Due June 5
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 following the 2019 MAB Advocacy Conference on August 6 at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids. Learn More

Third Local Primary Station Coming to Northwest EAS Region
Following last week's news regarding St. Clair County, EAS improvements continue in Michigan. At this past January's State Emergency Communications Committee Meeting (SECC), a longtime problem in the state's lower-peninsula Northwest EAS region was addressed. Read More

Alpha Media's Geary Morrill Featured on TWiRT Podcast
Alpha Media Regional Director of Engineering Geary Morrill, based in Saginaw, was the featured guest this week on Kirk Harnack's TWiRT (This Week In Radio Tech) Podcast, discussing the rise of his career beginning in the '70s and the process today of finding, hiring and training new engineers.  Read More

AG Forms Marijuana Workgroup
Attorney General Dana Nessel formed a new legal workgroup that will review and make opinions on laws and regulations regarding the use of both medical and recreational marijuana.   Read More

NTCA asks FCC to Expand Ownership Ban
According to a report in  TVNewsCheck , the Internet and Television Association (NTCA) urged the agency to tighten the rules barring a single company from owning multiple network affiliate stations in the same market.  Read More

Bill Harris to Step Down from Anchor Desk
Bill Harris, anchor at WEYI-TV and WSMH-TV (Flint) announced last week that he plans to step down from daily newscast anchoring at the end of May. Harris has spent more than 50 years in broadcast journalism - including the last 40 years anchoring and reporting at various stations in the Flint-Saginaw television market.  Read More

Midwest Communications Terry Stevens to Lansing
Midwest Communications has announced that Terry Stevens has been transferred to the company's Lansing cluster and assumes the role of Operations Manager.  He previously worked as Brand Manager at sister station WOZZ-FM in Wausau, Wisc., and has been with the company since 2001.  Read More

Detroit Public Television, Michigan Radio, WDET, WJR, WJBK, WXYZ All Receive Honors at Detroit Chapter SPJ Awards
At a banquet held May 2, the Detroit Chapter of Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ Detroit) announced winners of its 2019 Excellence in Journalism Awards.  Read More

Heidi Raphael Promoted to Chief Communications Officer at Beasley Media Group
Beasley Media Group announced May 9 that Heidi Raphael has been promoted to the position of Chief Communications Officer at the company. Raphael, who joined Beasley Media Group in May of 2017, most recently served as the Vice President of Corporate Communications.  Read More

Freelancer Television/Newsnet Breaks Ground on New Studios
On Wednesday, Cadillac-based Freelancer Television, licensee of two LPTV stations and NewsNet, broke ground  on an expansion to it studios in Michigan.  Read More

Free Seminar on 2020 Census Sponsored by Poynter Institute
Starting now, people across the U.S. need to be informed about the census - how they can participate, what happens with their information and how that information affects their communities, and the entire nation, for the next decade.  Read More

Come Have Some Fun at the After Party!
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

L-R: MAPB President Gary Reid, MAB President/CEO Karole L. White, State Rep. Jack O'Malley, R-101, Brian Norman, Director External & Legislative Affairs for AT&T Michigan and MAB Lobbyist Rob Elhenicky joined together during an event Tuesday at the offices of Kelley-Cawthorne in Lansing .  

'Snack and Learn,' Get to Know Your MAB
The MAB's Karole White and Jackie Timm spent time with Julie Koehn and her crew at Lenawee Broadcasting Company's WLEN-FM in Adrian on Friday morning. Do you know about all the services and programs through the MAB?  If not, the MAB would love to come "Snack and Learn" with you and your team! ! Invite us to your office and get informed about all the services offered by the MAB. We'll bring the snacks! Schedule your station's 2019 "Snack and Learn" with the MAB! Contact Jackie:

Attention Members!  
Did you know that we offer the following services at no charge to you?  Find out more by clicking on the services below:  (Members only-must use password to access)


May 16, 2019 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
programming with Kevin Robinson

Programmers of all skill sets will come away with a solid foundation for their future as Kevin shares what he has learned after 38 years in the business, including the latest in digital measurement.  Click here to Register

Course Description:  Stress is a part of life, but some stress can be avoided with the right attitude. In this program, we'll discuss the four most common sources of workplace stressors: role, workload, responsibilities, and conflict. Then we'll go over the steps you need to take to avoid stress relating to these matters. Click here to log in and watch this course.
Support: For questions, support or additional information please contact our amazing support team by email at or by phone at (888) 944-9377.

Don't miss out on your opportunity for free, online training as an MAB member! Sign your staff up today! 
The MAB Foundation supports Michigan Broadcasters by preparing the next generation of industry professionals and connecting them with YOU! 

The MAB Foundation provides the following:
  • Broadcast Excellence Awards 
  • Hall of Fame/Lifetime Achievement Awards 
  • Student Broadcast Awards 
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  • Media Career Fairs 
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Meet Your Foundation Board Member of the Week: Paul Jacobs
Paul Jacobs is a leading radio consultant, specializing in digital and mobile, sales development, and research.  He is the Vice President/General Manager of Jacobs Media, and has taken his years of experience in generating revenue for traditional radio and applied to his additional role as President of the company's incredibly successful mobile apps division, jacAPPS.  Read More

Alexa Won't Help If Listeners Don't Know Who To Ask For!
By: Gary Berkowitz
Berkowitz Broadcast Consulting

Lately, you can't pick up a trade without reading an article about Alexa and smart speakers. The consensus is that smart speakers (Amazon, Google, etc.) will bring radio back into homes where radios have been disappearing over the past decade. I support this theory 100%, but there are a few areas to carefully look at as we enter this new territory.  Read More

When It Comes to Podcasting, Question These 3 Assumptions
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Strategies

Though it's been around for over a decade, podcasting is still a very young medium. If this were television, Serial would be "I Love Lucy." Every time a new medium comes along, we tend to carry over assumptions about it from a previous medium. It's no surprise that so many early television shows were radio shows retooled for the screen.  Read More

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In This Issue
May 14, 2019
MAB State Capitol Advocacy Day, Lansing 

May 16, 2019
Webinar: "The Basics - You are Doing It Wrong," Programming with Kevin Robinson.  (Learn More)

May 21, 2019
Key Code Media's Post NAB Show Event, Detroit (Register Here)

June 1, 2019
Annual EEO Report Due in Public Files

June 5, 2019
MAPB Public Media Impact Award Nomination Deadline 

August 5-6, 2019
Advocacy Conference, Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet, Grand Rapids
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