Issue #173 |  November 15, 2019   |   View online
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USDA Issues Interim Rules for Hemp Production - How Does it Affect CBD Advertising?
By: David Oxenford
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP 

On October 31, the US Department of Agriculture published in the Federal Register interim rules governing the production of industrial hemp under the provisions of the 2018 Farm Act. These rules will allow the USDA to approve state and tribal plans for the regulation of hemp production.  Read More

STELAR Renewal Update: Thank You Members
Thanks to our TV members who gave an all-out effort to appeal to Senator Gary Peters asking him to let STELAR expire.  Yesterday (11/14), the Senate Commerce Committee was scheduled to mark-up a bill offered by Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) that would reauthorize the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELAR) for five years. NAB reports that due in part to your activism, Senator Wicker, under pressure from other Senators, pulled the bill because of lack of support from his colleagues. Read More

State Legislative Updates

Time Change Bill Back Again
The House passed a bill to stop the biannual time change leaving Michigan on Daylight Savings Time.  Representative Michele Hoitenga (R-102) introduced the bill ( H.B. 4303) which now moves to House Ways and Means Committee. Read More

DOL Issues Final Rules on Overtime Pay
On January 1, 2020,  the threshold for white-collar workers minimum salary level for exemption from overtime pay will raise from $23,660 to $35,568 annually. It is estimated that 1.3 million additional workers will be eligible for overtime.  Read More

Court Rooms to Prohibit Cell Phones
The MAB has filed comments in a proposed rulemaking that would allow each judge to make their own rules on cellphones in their courtrooms. Read More


SBE ENNES Workshop Brings Michigan  Engineers to Lansing on November 8 
Over 40 Michigan engineers attended a SBE Ennes Workshop last Friday, in conjunction with The Broadcasting Career Builder Conference. Special Thanks to the SBE staff, speakers and attendees!

Nominations are Open for the 2020
Carl E. Lee Engineering Excellence Award
Broadcast engineers work diligently to ensure the integrity of our airwaves. For those who have exercised their skills and innovations for the advancement of technology, this is our opportunity to say "you're outstanding." The Carl E. Lee Award is presented annually at the Great Lakes Media Show. Click here to learn more and make your nomination.

ABIP 11Reserve Your 2020 ABIP Inspection Now
Scheduling has begun for the 2020 Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program (ABIP). The MAB conducts these alternative inspections regionally from April to October.  Learn More

WNMU-TV Welcomes New Producer and Host
Northern Michigan University's WNMU-TV (Marquette) has announced that Elizabeth Peterson has joined the station as our new Producer and Host.  Read More

Two Michigan Station Sales Announced
On November 12, two applications were filed with the FCC for transfer of license. David L. Smith has filed to sell WCHY-FM (Cheboygan) to Michigan Broadcasters, LLC.  Michigan Broadcasters is owned by Victoria A. Bishop of Kewadin, Michigan.  Read More

The BOUNCE Unwraps Details for Holiday Toy Collection to Benefit Motor City Kids
Beasley Media Group, LLC, a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. announced 105.1 The BOUNCE (WMGC-FM) will team up with Lafontaine KIA, Community Financial Credit Union and Lady Jane' s Wicked Awesome Wishes to help provide kids with toys during the holiday season with Gello's Big Top Toy Drop.  Read More

WLEN's 'Thank A Vet' Fundraiser Raises $30,570.69
On November 11, WLEN-FM (Adrian) hosted it's 14th Annual Thank a Vet Day. This day is in celebration of Veterans Day and is an event to raise funds and awareness for homeless and other veterans in need in Lenawee County.  Read More

WXYZ-TV Teams Up with Art Van for 11th 'Together We Can' Community Food Drive
For the 11th consecutive year, WXYZ-TV (Detroit) and Art Van Furniture are teaming up with Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan to fight hunger in metro Detroit with their annual "Together We Can" food drive. They will be collecting non-perishable food donations from through Saturday, November 30.  Read More

MAB Will Honor Young Professionals With New Award in 2020
ATTENTION MANAGERS! The MAB Young Professional Awards recognize and honor two young professionals (one in Radio, one in Television) who have made a significant impact on advancing broadcasting or media within their organization, demonstrated exceptional leadership potential, and established an understanding of broadcast industry standards, practices and ethics.  Click here to learn more and submit your nomination form.

The 2019 Broadcast Excellence Awards contest's deadline is noon on Thursday, January 9, 2020!  Get your entries in before the holidays and contact the MAB with any questions at or 517-484-7444.

Helpful Hint
Find all of the video and audio specs, along with complete information on how to enter and the contest rules at example, review time constraints for each category to make sure your clip is not too long or too short. You can submit supplemental attachments, but make sure they do not exceed 10MB!)

We still need judges for the Wisconsin Awards!  
Contact Jackie Timm at if you are interested! Thank you. 

There are lots of options to choose from! Check out the schedule-at-a-glance, speakers, sponsors and MORE at    
Reserve your exhibit space for the #MABshow20 and reach the 1200+ attendees at the show! 

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RTS/Bosch Communications
Shively Labs
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#BCBC19 was the talk of the town last week. More than 300 attended this wonderful event, which was held at Lansing Community College West Campus. 

A BIG THANK YOU to all the sponsors, speakers, volunteers, speed networkers and attendees!!

Save the date NOW for next year's BCBC: November 6, 2020

Student Award Entry Deadline is December 10!

Don't wait until the last minute...

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Call the MAB office at 1-800-YOUR-MAB 
if you have questions.

Become a Judge for the Student Broadcast Awards!
We are looking for talented professionals from across Michigan to help judge this year's Michigan Student Broadcast Awards contest. Online judging takes place in December and January. This is a great way to help build the future of broadcast excellence! Interested? Contact Sarah Decker at

Looking ahead... Career Fairs 2020:

Great Lakes Media Show: March 4, 2020: 
Lansing Center in Downtown Lansing

Western Michigan University: April 9, 2020
More information coming soon. 

November 21, 2019 | 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
"Preparing for the 2020 Elections"
with David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP
& Bobby Baker, FCC
2020 is bound to be a very active year for political broadcasting. Who do you have to sell advertising time to? How much can you charge? What paperwork do you need to retain? Who is watching what you do, and what issues are likely to arise in the coming election? 
The MAB has partnered up with other State Associations and The Poytner Institute to bring you two BONUS webinars in 2019! "Covering the Elections" Learn how to dig deeper and find answers that your viewers want and need to know.
Course Description:  In essence,  the sales pipeline is the sum of all your client opportunities and a way of tracking where each of them is in the sales process. All of your sales opportunities lie somewhere along the pipeline, so in this course, we'll talk about how to create a pipeline and the best ways to manage it. We'll discuss tracking tools, making timely updates, maximizing productivity, checking the health of your pipeline, and monitoring metrics.   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! More information here.

Your Radio Station's Homepage Has Too Much Crap On It
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Strategies

I look at a lot of radio station websites, and inevitably, they almost all suffer from the same problem: They have too much crap on the homepage. This omnipresent problem is due in large part to the fact that when radio stations are looking for inspiration, they look at the websites of other radio stations.  Read More

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