Issue #151 |  May 17, 2019   |   View online
Top of the News:

* Congressman Tim Walberg will speak at #MABsummer, receive MAB Public Service Award
* MAB Hosts State Capitol Advocacy Day
* Jim Rademaker Named Interim GM at WCMU Public   Media
* Lansing Radio Legend Earle Robinson Passes
* NATAS Michigan Announces 41st Annual Regional   EMMY® Nominations
* WMYD, WDIV Team Up for Detroit's First ATSC 3.0   Signal
* WOOD-TV Unveils Next-Generation Studio

All this and more below


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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  the NAB's
Steven W. Newberry , Michigan's Marijuana Regulatory Agency's Andrew Brisbo and more! 

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Congressman Tim Walberg will speak at #MABsummer, receive MAB Public Service Award
Congressman Tim Walberg (R-7) has join the list of speakers who will be on hand for the MAB's Advocacy Conference & Annual Business Meeting on August 5-6 at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids.  Additionally, he will be honored with the MAB Board of Director's Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award during the conference's concluding Awards Banquet. Read More

Time is Running Out for 2019 MAPB Public Media Impact Award Nominations 
Nominations for the annual MAPB Public Media Impact Awards are due June 5. This year's recipients will be recognized following the 2019 MAB Advocacy Conference on August 6 at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids. Learn More

MAB Hosts State Capitol Advocacy Day
On May 14, the MAB hosted its annual State Capitol Advocacy Day,  an event that brought many broadcasters to Lansing to meet with the state lawmakers on the issues affecting our industry. Overall, MAB members met with 54 legislative offices during the Advocacy Day.   Read More

Video Looking at the Basics of the Online Public Inspection File and Quarterly Issues Programs Lists
By: David Oxenford
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

Looking for a brief explanation of the online public inspection file and Quarterly Issues Programs List, and how they will be viewed in connection with the upcoming license renewal cycle - including the potential fines for violations of the rules?  Read More

What Do New Drug Ad Price Disclosures Mean for TV?
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) adopted a new rule requiring that prescription drug advertising on TV contain certain price information.   Read More

New Self-Regs For Sports Gambling Ads Similar to Alcohol's
According to a report in InsideRadio, the American Gaming Association (AGA) has issued a new set of self-regulations for sports betting advertising and marketing. Its new "Responsible Marketing Code for Sports Wagering" has parallels to restrictions placed on alcohol advertising.   Read More

Jim Rademaker Named Interim GM at WCMU Public Media
Central Michigan University has named Jim Rademaker Interim General Manager of WCMU Public Media. The appointment comes following former WCMU general manager Ken Kolbe's announcement that he was joining WGVU in Grand Rapids as their general manager.  Read More

Lansing Radio Legend Earle Robinson Passes
Longtime WKAR Radio on-air personality Earle Robinson has died.   His death was reported by the station on May 13.  His work at WKAR began with a music program in 1974, but he's best remembered for bringing sports news to listeners, first on a call-in show co-hosted with Jim Adams, then later hosting Sportstalk by himself.  Read More

NATAS Michigan Announces 41st Annual Regional EMMY® Nominations

Television stations, cable networks, ad agencies and production houses throughout Michigan have received nominations for this year's National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences/Michigan 40th Annual Regional EMMY® Awards.  Read More

WMYD, WDIV Team Up for Detroit's First ATSC 3.0 Signal
On the heels of last month's announcement that TV broadcasters in the Top 40 TV markets will be launching Next-Gen TV services by the end of 2020, Detroit's WMYD, owned by The E.W. Scripps Company announced May 15 plans to launch the new broadcast TV technology in a collaborative effort that will also involve Graham Media Group and other local broadcasters.  Read More

WOOD-TV Unveils Next-Generation Studio

On May 13, Nexstar Broadcasting's WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids) unveiled its new state-of-the-art studio.  The studio improvements enhance the viewing experience and give journalists advanced storytelling tools.  Read More

MediaBrew Acquires Great Lakes Radio Marquette Stations
MediaBrew Communications Marquette, LLC has agreed to purchase radio properties and new media businesses serving the Upper Peninsula of Michigan from Great Lakes Radio, Inc. The application for the transfer was filed with the FCC May 13.  Read More

WSGW-AM 'Listen To The Mrs.' Becomes A Podcast
Alpha Media's WSGW-AM (Saginaw) has announced that its long-running Listen to the Mrs. Show, on the air for 66 years, is becoming a podcast. Station News Director Ann Williams and Talk Host Art Lewis will continue to host the show, which focuses on food, including recipes and cooking tips and lifestyle topics.  Read More

WXYZ Celebrates 'The Brightest and Best'
E.W. Scripps' WXYZ-TV (Detroit) held its 40th annual Brightest and Best celebration at its studios on May 11.  The celebration recognizes the academic achievements of local graduating high school seniors.  Read More

Jacobs Media and jācapps Announce Free May 23 Webinar: Radios Mobile Strategy
Without question, mobile devices and smart speakers have changed the way people consume media. While new audio competitors to radio have emerged, the industry has responded. But what does the radio audience think, and how are they using these new ways of accessing radio?  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

Member Sightings ... 
MAB staff members pose with Gary Reid during a celebration in his honor at WKAR Public Media's Studio A at Michigan State University.

'Snack and Learn,' Get to Know Your MAB
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)


June 20, 2019 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
 with Jeff Welton, Nautel

In this webinar, Jeff Welton uses excerpts from his 'Tips N Tricks' column in the Nautel Waves newsletter to provide useful thoughts and ideas to keep your facilities fully functional and secure. With almost 30 years of field experience, hundreds of sites visited in dozens of countries, Jeff has a wide range of experience that should help you to maximize the potential of your broadcast facility, without breaking .  Click here to Register

June 20, 2019 | 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
presented by Tonex

OTT training covers principles behind Over the Top (OTT) including video, television and other services provided over the internet. Learn how OTT platform can deliver on the promise of next-generation TV: anytime, anyplace, anywhere. And...learn how OTT services can generate revenue from video on demand (VOD), catch-up TV and interactive applications.  Click here to Register

Course Description:  Stress is something that we all face, but the way we handle stress impacts how much control that stress has in our lives. In this program, we'll discuss the four levels of stress, and go over some exercises everyone can do to manage or even eliminate the stressors in their lives. 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! 
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 
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Meet Your MABF Board Member of the Week: Julie Brinks
Julie Brinks serves as Vice President and General Manager of WOOD-TV (NBC), WOTV-TV (ABC) and WXSP-TV (My Network) and associated digital services including and, serving Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Battle Creek.  Read More

4 Digital Data Points That Radio Program Directors Should Know
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Strategies

Chances are that most radio program directors in America can rattle off their latest ratings numbers without having to look them up. Whether it's 12+ numbers or a specific demo, we usually know exactly how the station is performing at any given time. But do you know how your station is doing digitally?  Read More

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In This Issue
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 

June 20, 2019
Webinar: "20 Tips for the Broadcast Engineering Professional" (Learn More)

June 20, 2019
Webinar:"What is OTT and How Can We Make Money?" (Learn More)

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