Issue #106 May 24,  2018 |  View online
Top of the News:

* You Don't Want to Miss the #MABsummer
* SECC Meets in Lansing
* MAB Offers Special ABIP Training June 14
* MABPAC will Host Annual Fundraisier inside the   Cupola at Historic Grand Hotel
* WDIV-TV Launches Voter Engagement Project
* WRSR-FM Helps Local Food Bank Find Volunteers
* Help to Mentor the Future with BCBC's Speed   Networking
* Kehler Named Director of Corporate Partnerships at   WKAR

All this and more below
You Don't Want to Miss the #MABsummer
Don't be left on the mainland. Register now to attend the MAB's August 13 and 14 Summer Conference on Mackinac Island. This year's exciting line up of scheduled speakers will include, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Congresswoman 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 Room Before it's Too Late: Lilac Tree,  Chippewa Hotel Blocks Expire June 12
The MAB has secured room blocks at several hotels on Mackinac Island, but they are filling up fast. Lock in your rates now and don't get left off the Island this summer. Reservations for The Grand Hotel can be made  here through July 12.;The MAB has also blocked rooms at two other hotels on the island. Block rates 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.

SECC Meets in Lansing
On May 23, members of the State Emergency Communications Committee met in Lansing to discuss EAS changes and issues
in Michigan.  Read More

MAB Offers Special ABIP Training June 14
A day-long ABIP training session will be offered on June 14, 2018 at the Courtyard by Marriott, 2710 Lake Lansing Rd., near the Eastwood Towne Center in Lansing . Read More

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. 

MABPAC will Host Annual Fundraisier inside the Cupola at Historic Grand Hotel
The MAB Political Action Committee (PAC) invites you to experience "A View from the Top" during a private reception on August 13 on Mackinac Island. This fundraising event will take place from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Cupola Bar in the historic Grand Hotel.  Read More

Supreme Court Strikes Down Law against Sports Betting - But Broadcasters Need to Proceed with Caution
By:  David Oxenford,

On May 14, the US Supreme Court issued an opinion striking down a Federal law (the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act or "PASPA") which prohibited state legislatures from taking any action to legalize betting on sports.  Read More

EEO Public File Report Deadline is June 1
June 1 is the deadline for broadcast stations licensed to communities in Arizona, the District of Columbia, Idaho, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming to place their Annual EEO Public File Report in their public inspection file and post the report on their station website. In addition, certain of these stations, as detailed below, must electronically file an EEO Mid-Term Report on FCC Form 397 by June 1.

State/Legislative Updates

Hearings Begin on Sports Betting
Michigan House Regulatory Reform Committee opened hearings this week to permit casinos to offer sports team wagers. Read More

Appeals Court Denies CPMC Request for Delay in Redistricting Case
According to a report in Gongwer, the Michigan Court of Appeals denied Citizens Protecting Michigan's Constitution's (CPMC) request for oral arguments in its fight against Voters Not Politicians' (VNP) redistricting petition.  Read More

DC-Capitol_100 Federal/Regulatory Updates

Music Modernization Act Passes Unanimously in House
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Music Modernization Act (H.R. 5447) by a unanimous 415-0 vote. Read More 

WDIV-TV Launches Voter Engagement Project
WDIV-TV (Detroit) has announced the launch of its new citizen engagement project, Your Soapbox, which is part of the station's Decision 2018 coverage leading up to the midterm election. .   Read More

'Snack and Learn' About the MAB
The MAB staff wants to visit your station and share all the membership services that are available for you Contact Jacquelen Timm today to schedule a Snack and Learn at your station.

WRSR-FM Helps Local Food Bank Find Volunteers
On May 23, Krol Communication's WRSR-FM (Flint) helped the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan with a live broadcast encouraging people to come in and volunteer to help sort food.   Read More

WILX-TV Offers Elementary Students A Chance to Explore Broadcast Journalism Careers

Gray Television's WILX-TV (Lansing) recently offered elementary school children the chance to see what life as a television anchor or reporter would be like.   Read More

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


June 21, 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: Items Per Customer

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 transaction size is made up of price per item and items per customer. In this course, we'll take a look at items per customer and specifically, how these numbers can impact profit, and how to increase these customer purchases.   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!

What I Learned From Buying
a New Car...
By:  Gary Berkowitz, 
Berkowitz Broadcast Consulting

My lease was up and after 10 or so years of driving a Honda (loved it), I decided it was time for a change. Cut to the chase, I wind up with a GM vehicle. Best part: it has an HD radio, which my Honda did not. I am now excited!  Read More

Are You Squandering Your Radio Station Website's Potential to Build Cume?
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Stratagies

In radio, there are two ways to grow your ratings:attract new listeners or get your existing listeners to listen to the station longer.  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

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

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

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

Kehler Named Director of Corporate Partnerships at WKAR
Judy Kehler has been named Director of Corporate Partnerships for WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University. The announcement was made today by Susi Elkins, Director of Broadcasting and General Manager of WKAR. Kehler steps into the role beginning May 31.   Read More  

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In This Issue
June 1
EEO Public File Report Deadline

June 14 | 8:30 a.m. 
ABIP Training, Courtyard by Marriott, Lansing 

June 21 | 11am - 12pm
Webinar: Embracing Digital Sales with Speed Marriott

June 27-28
ATSC 3.0 Summit, Columbus, Ohio


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.   


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Dan Boers
Kristin Burns
Allen Clow
Rob David
Marla Drutz
Rebecca Falk
Bruce & Sue Goldsen
Tom Hahn
Wendy Hart
Bill Keith
Julie Koehn
Fred Jacobs
Paul Jacobs
Mark Libke
Richard Kernen
Pam Manor
Christopher Meller
Dr. Peter Orlik
Robert F. Ottaway
Jam Sardar
AnnMarie Scaramuzzino
Stephen Schram
Peter Tanz
Jacquelen Timm
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Karole White
Jennifer Williams

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