Issue #103 May 4,  2018 |  View online
Top of the News:

* TVB President & CEO Joins Exciting Line Up of 2018    Summer Conference Speakers
*Register C-Band Satellite Downlinks Before July 18
*MAB to Hold News Conference on May 15 at the State    Capitol
*FCC's Brendan Carr meets with MAB Members
*WRIF Serves Up Drinks For A Great Cause
*Earn a FREE Career Fair Booth this Fall
*McGuire Named Director of Development at WKAR

All this and more below
TVB President & CEO Joins Exciting Line Up of 2018 Summer Conference Speakers
Steven J. Lanzano, President and CEO of the New York-based TVB has been added to the growing list of influential speakers on deck to participate in the MAB Summer Conference on August 13 and 14 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. Other presenters will include FCC Chaiman Ajit Pai, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, and the NAB's Steven NewberryClick here to learn more.  

Book Your Hotel Before June 12 To Take Advantage of Discounted Rates
The MAB has secured room blocks at several hotels on Mackinac Island but discounted rates expire on June 12. Reservations for The Grand Hotel can be made here. Price includes breakfast and dinner (Modified American Plan). The MAB has also blocked rooms at two other hotels on the island. Learn more here.  

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Register C-Band Satellite Downlinks Before July 18
Radio and Television stations that receive programming via large C-band satellite dishes should consider registering their downlinks prior to July 18 to protect their reception Read More

MAB to Hold News Conference on May 15 at the State Capitol
The Michigan Association of Broadcasters will hold a news conference   at 1:00 p.m.  on  Tuesday, May 15 at the State Capitol to highlight the findings of the Woods and Poole Economic Study of the economic impact of broadcasting on the state of Michigan Read More

FCC's Brendan Carr meets with MAB Members
The MAB's Executive Committee and Board members met with the FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr and his chief wireless advisor, Will Adams, on April 30 at MSU's Kellogg Center. Discussion focused the issues around the repack, ATSC 3.0 and modernizing media rules.

May Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters - FCC Meeting, FM Translator and LPTV Filing Windows, Political Windows and More Consideration of Music Reforms
By:  David Oxenford, 
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP,

May is one of those months where there are neither deadlines for EEO Public File Reports nor for any of the quarterly filings of issues/programs lists and children's television reports. But the lack of these routine filing deadlines does not mean that there are no dates of interest in the coming month to broadcasters and other media companies Read More

State/Legislative Update

WOOD-TV Will Host First GOP Debate on May 9
Republicans running for Michigan governor will participate in two televised debates before the August primary election.  Read More

El-Sayed Running First TV Ad
According to a report in Gongwer, Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate, has taken to the airwaves by releasing a 30-second ad calling for voters to join the "people's summer."  Read More

Morgan Committed to Write-In in the 1st Congressional District
Matt Morgan, Democratic candidate for the 1 st Congressional district, stated that he would ask the Board of State Canvassers to put his name on the August primary as a write-in candidate .  Read More

Federal/Congressional Update

FCC May Take Tiered Approach To Loosen Ownership Caps
According to a report from Inside Radio, the Federal Communications Commission is set to launch its quadrennial media ownership review later this year Read More

Sinclair Announces WXMI-TV Spinoff
As part of Sinclair Broadcasting's effort to gain regulatory approval to acquire Tribune Media, New York City-based Standard Media Group LLC announced on May 1 that it entered into a definitive agreement with Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. of Hunt Valley, Md. to acquire Grand Rapids-based WXMI-TV and eight other stations around the country .   Read More

Urban One To Sell The Assets Of WPZR-FM
Urban One, Inc. announced May 1 that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell the assets of one of its Detroit radio stations, WPZR-FM (Detroit), to Educational Media Foundation, of California .   Read More

WRIF Serves Up Drinks For A Great Cause
Beasley Media Group's WRIF-FM (Detroit) has been partnering with the The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) which works to treat and cure Type 1 Diabetes. This charity is particularly important to WRIF Music Director Jade Springart, who has Type 1 Diabetes .  
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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

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What's Changed in 98 Years?
By:  Dick Taylor, CRMC/CDMC

In the year 2020, commercial radio will celebrate its 100th birthday... But before we light the candles and begin the celebration we need to face reality.  Read More

Shownotes: A Trick Radio Morning Shows Can Steal From Podcasters
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Stratagies

Radio morning shows and podcasters can use shownotes to proactively engage others on social media. This video will show you how to do it .   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    

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

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

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

McGuire Named Director of Development at WKAR
Melanie McGuire has been named Director of Development and Major Gifts for WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University Read More  

Rebecca Thiele Leaves WMUK
WMUK-FM (Kalamazoo) has announced that after six years, producer/host/reporter Rebecca Thiele is leaving the station to join Indiana Public Media's WFUI-FM/WTIU-TV in Bloomington Read More  

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MAB State Capitol Advocacy Day, Lansing

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


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