Issue #104 May 11,  2018 |  View online
Top of the News:

* FCC Chairman Headlines 'Grand' Line-up of MAB   Summer Conference Speakers
* Attn GMs & Engineers: ATSC 3.0 Summit June 27-28
* FCC Considers Eliminating Broadcast License Posting   Requirements
* Former WJBK TV 2 reporter, anchor Joe Weaver    Passes
* Longtime Michigan DJ Bob Steel Passes
* WSDP Student DJ Featured on WDIV-TV's '4Frenzy   Spotlight!'
* Delta's WDCQ-TV Premieres Vietnam War   Documentary

All this and more below
FCC Chairman Headlines 'Grand' Line-up of MAB Summer Conference Speakers
Don't be left on the mainland this summer. Register now to attend the MAB's August 13 and 14 Summer Conference on Mackinac Island. You don't want to miss out on hearing from our growing list of influential industry leaders set to speak at this summer's keynote broadcast event. Scheduled presenters include   FCC Chairman Ajit Pai , U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (MI-12),  NAB Vice President Steven Newberry, TVB President & CEO Steven J. Lanzano and Wilkinson Barker Knauer's David Oxenford Click here  to learn more about this important summer event.  

Book Your Rooms Before Discounts End
The MAB has secured room blocks at several hotels on Mackinac Island. Discounted r
eservations for The Grand Hotel can be made here  through July 12. The MAB has also blocked rooms at two other hotels on the island. Discounts at those locations expire June 12. Learn more  here .  

Celebrate the Kickoff to the MAB's 70th Anniversary! Place a Message in our Awards Program or become a Conference Sponsor!Learn More

Click Here to learn more and register for the
2018 Summer Conference at the Grand Hotel.

ATSC 3.0
Attn GMs & Engineers: 
ATSC 3.0 Summit June 27-28
The MAB is partnering up with the Ohio Association of Broadcasters for the " 2018 Midwest Next-Gen TV Summit  ATSC 3.0" for General Managers & Engineers on June 27 and 28, 2018 at the C olumbus Marriott Northwest in Columbus, Ohio.  Click here to learn more or to register. 

License Renewal Cycle Starts in a Year - Crackdown on Silent Stations and Online Public File Signal Warnings to Broadcasters
By:  David Oxenford, 
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP,

Starting June 1, 2019, just over a year from now, the next broadcast license renewal cycle will begin Read More

State/Legislative Update

Senate Provision Can End Healthy Michigan Eligibility after 4 Years
The Michigan Senate version of the Department of Health and Human Services budget for the Fiscal Year '19 could have major implications on Healthy Michigan recipients who have been on the program for four years Read More

Federal/Congressional Update

FCC Considers Eliminating Broadcast License Posting Requirements
The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday launched a proceeding to consider eliminating various rules that require the maintenance and posting of broadcast licenses and related information in specific locations.  Read More 

Cable Pushes for Centralized Retrans Election
According to a report in Multichannel, executives from Comcast, Charter and NCTA-The Internet & Television Association met with the Media Bureau Chief Michelle Carey and other FCC staffers last week to talk up their proposal for centralized retrans elections. Read More

Cumulus Detroit Adds One, Promotes Another
Cumulus Media/Detroit has announced that it has appointed veteran radio and television marketing executive Marty Wall as Director of Marketing, Cumulus Media-Detroit.   Read More

Former WJBK TV 2 reporter, anchor Joe Weaver Passes
Former WJBK-TV (Detroit) Reporter and Anchor Joe Weaver has died.  Joe worked at the station even before it was FOX 2, covering some of the most iconic stories in metro Detroit - including the aftermath of the 1967 riots.  Read More

Longtime Michigan DJ Bob Steel Passes
The MAB has learned that longtime Michigan DJ/Air Personality Robert Arthur "Bob Steel" Leets passed away April 25 at age 7 6.  Read More

WJMK Radio Launches in Saginaw-Bay City
WJMK Radio has debuted in the Saginaw-Bay City market, offering listeners the Me-TV Music oldies music format.  Created and on-the-air in Chicago, WJMK is the first station in the country to adopt the syndicated format .   Read More

WMIC AM 660  Celebrates 50 years On The Air June 27
Radio station WMIC-AM (Sandusky) will observe its 50th anniversary on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 .   Read More

Your MAB in 2 Minutes (May 2018)

Earn Cash Back When You Buy New Equipment
Call the MAB before you make those large purchases. If you plan to put in new equipment that is more energy efficient than the old, your energy company may give you a substantial refund.  Contact Don Johns at EnStar Energy (517-694-2510) for a free energy rebate consultation. 
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

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

June 12, 2018 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
with Speed Marriott

July 19, 2018 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
with DHHS

New P1 Learning Training Courses: 
RPM: Frequency

Course Description: The Retailer Profitability Model, or RPM, explains how a retailer makes profit and it's fairly simple. Retailers generate both revenue and expenses. Expenses are subtracted from revenue to get profit. Revenue is made up of traffic multiplied by transaction size, and traffic is made up of reach multiplied by frequency. In this course, we'll take a look at one part of the traffic equation, frequency, how it can impact profit, and how to improve customer frequency.   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!

Are your personalities 'Difference Makers'?
By:  Gary Berkowitz, 
Berkowitz Broadcast Consulting

There's a lot of noise out there in radio-land these days. Digital. Internet advertising. Podcasting, Apps, Alexa and many others. Now don't get me wrong, I think that's all important. Very important. But, we may need to slow down for a second and look at an area that is a key reason listeners listen and that is the on air personality.
Read More

How to Subscribe to Podcasts on Your Android Phone
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Stratagies

The podcasting world is abuzz over a five-part interview with Zack Reneau-Weeden, Google's Podcasts Product Manager, that was published recently. For years, podcasts have primarily been an iOS medium, with around five times as many downloads happening on Apple devices as Android devices .   Read More

WSDP Student DJ Featured on WDIV-TV's '4Frenzy Spotlight!'
Canton High School student Fiona Hughes was recently recognized with a WDIV-TV (Detroit) "4Frenzy Spotlight!" for her work as the Program Director for Plymouth-Canton High School's WSDP-FM radio.  Station Manager Bill Keith and Assistant Station Manager John Kreger both recommended Hughes for the spotlight   Read More

Nominate an Outstanding Media Student for the MABF's Student Advisory Committee
Over the past 10 years students in the MABF Student Advisory Committee have given valuable information and input in the planning of the Foundation's future events and programs!   Read More

Help to Mentor the Future with BCBC's Speed Networking
We're hard at work planning educational sessions for the upcoming Broadcast Career Builder Conference (BCBC) on November 16. BCBC is one of Michigan's only broadcast and media conferences that is strictly focused on educating students and giving them a direct path to success in the media industry. We need YOU to get involved in this conference. Read More

Earn a FREE Career Fair Booth this Fall
The MAB Foundation will again host several career fairs this fall to connect YOU with new employees. Participating in multiple career fairs may help boost your EEO file-we can help you do this! In 2018, we're offering a "Buy 3 get 1 Free" promotion.  Read More

MAB Foundation Seeks Summer Raffle Prizes
Be a winner by donating your prize for the MAB Foundation's Summer Raffle! Every year at the Summer Advocacy Conference, the MAB Foundation hosts an exciting raffle drawing for MAB members and their families.  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

Delta's WDCQ-TV Premieres Vietnam War Documentary
On May 3, Delta College Public Broadcasting kicked off its May pledge drive with the premiere of its locally-produced documentary "VIETNAM VOICES: Mid-Michigan Remembers the Vietnam War."  Read More  

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May 15 
MAB State Capitol Advocacy Day, Lansing

May 17 | 1 - 2 p.m.
Webinar: "Being Able to Change your Plan" with Paige Nienaber.


We know your station is great.Now lets show all the other broadcasters across  Michigan just how great you are. Send pictures, video and news releases about your station's accomplishments to be featured in the 
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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.   


Albert Blinke
Dan Boers
Kristin Burns
Allen Clow
Rob David
Marla Drutz
Bruce & Sue Goldsen
Wendy Hart
Bill Keith
Julie Koehn
Fred Jacobs
Paul Jacobs
Mark Libke
Richard Kernen
Pam Manor
Christopher Meller
Dr. Peter Orlik
Jam Sardar
AnnMarie Scaramuzzino
Stephen Schram
Peter Tanz
Denise Weston
Jennifer Williams

Thanks for the Support of Our Associate Members!

Adrian College/WVAC-FM  

Bell Media Inc.

Hillsdale College/WRFH-LP

Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan

Robert Ridder Broadcasting Consultants

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