Issue #83  November 16,  2017 | View online

Gobble, gobble, gobble ...Turkey Day is right around the corner!  The MAB office will be closed next Thursday, and Friday, November 23 and 24. Normal office hours resume Monday, November 27. The MAB News Briefs also will not be published during the holiday week. Look for our next newsletter in your in-box the week of November 27. Have a safe and grateful Thanksgiving weekend!
Top of the News:

* Judges Needed for Student Awards
* Great Lakes Media Show Registration Opens   November 30
*  Congresswoman Dingell Raises Privacy Concerns   about ATSC 3.0
Julie Flynn named WZZM 13 News Director
* MAB Offers Political Broadcasting Webinar   November 30 
* Directly Impact a Student's Life through the MABF's   Station Scholarship Program
* WKAR Gifts Digital Playtime Pads to Kindergartners

All this and more below

Show Us Your Best Work from 2017!

Entries Are Now Being Taken for  the
MAB's Annual Awards Programs

Learn more about this year's BEA opportunities at

Learn more about our student awards program 

Judges Needed for Student Awards
Calling All Broadcasters ...  We need judges for the MAB Foundation's Student Broadcast Awards.  What better way to see Michigan's future broadcasting talent than to be a judge for the student awards? You can judge at your leisure; it is easy and all online! Contact Crysta Manthei at 517-484-7444 or to volunteer.

Michigan Broadcasters Will Judge 
Illinois Excellence Awards
T his year Michigan Broadcasters are serving as judges for the Illinois Broadcasting Excellence Awards and the MAB is looking need individuals to volunteer. If interested, contact Crysta Manthei at  517-484-7444  or 

Registration Opens November 30!

The 2018 Great Lakes Media Show will take over the Lansing Center on March 6 and 7. Formerly known as the Great Lakes Broadcast Conference & Expo (GLBC), you will not want to miss out on Michigan's new and improved premier broadcast industry event. Learn more at
Congresswoman Dingell Raises Privacy Concerns about ATSC 3.0
U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI-12) recently sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai with questions about ATSC 3.0.  Read more here...

State/Legislative Update

Group Submits Signatures for Prevailing Wage Repeal
Protecting Michigan Taxpayers, a group seeking a voter-initiated act to repeal Michigan's prevailing wage law, announced that it has submitted over 380,000 signatures of registered voters to put its proposal before the Legislature.   Read more here...

Julie Flynn named WZZM 13 News Director
Julie Flynn has been named News Director at WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids), the TEGNA owned ABC affiliate in the Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo/Battle Creek, Michigan market.  Read more here ...

Juline Jordan Promoted to Middays at WCSX
Beasley Media Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. has announced that Juline Jordan has been promoted to Midday Personality at Classic Rock WCSX-FM (Detroit) Read more here ...

Lisa Knutson Named Scripps CFO
E.W. Scripps has named Lisa Knutson as its new executive vice president and chief financial officer Read more here ...

Beasley Presents 3rd Annual People Helping People Event
Beasley Media Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. has announced that its WCSX-FM (Detroit) is presenting The 3rd Annual People Helping People campaign in an effort to assist families in Metro Detroit who are facing challenges during the holidays.  Read more here...

WTCM Teams Up for 'Paper Angels' Christmas Giving Program
Midwestern Broadcasting's WTCM-FM (Traverse City) has once again teamed up with Child and Family Services of Northwestern Michigan for a project called Paper Angels Christmas Giving Program.  Read more here...

WJLB-FM Holds Annual Coats For Kids Fundraiser
On November 4, iHeartMedia's WJLB-FM (Detroit) held the 34th Annual Coats for Kids fundraiser to benefit the Salvation Army of Eastern Michigan.  Read more here...

MAB Offers Political Broadcasting Webinar November 30 

Preparing for the 2018 Elections - Refresher on the FCC Rules on Political Broadcasting

November 30, 2017
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET

With all of the seats in the US House of Representatives up for grabs, and several likely battles for Senate seats, as well as many state and local elections, 2018 is bound to be a very active year for political broadcasting.  Click here to learn more... 

New P1 Learning Training Course: 
The Growth Mindset: Embracing "Yet"

Course Description: Perhaps you've heard people throwing around the phrase "growth mindset" lately. It's a popular topic right now. The source of all the chatter is Stanford professor, Carol Dweck's 2006 book called Mindset-The New Psychology of Success. Throughout her book, Dweck compares a GROWTH mindset with a FIXED mindset. In this series, we'll discuss the differences between these two mindsets. For this first program, we want you to understand the importance of embracing "yet," which comes from having a growth mindset. "Yet" means that you know or expect something to happen in the future. It just hasn't happened "by now."  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!

Listeners Speak ... 
Are We Listening?
By: Gary Berkowitz
Berkowitz Broadcast Consulting

As a radio professional, I'm sure you have often wondered what your listeners are really thinking about your station. Based on countless research studies and in-market focus groups, here are some of the most common points that come up with female AC listeners.  Read more here ...

How Landing Pages Can Help Your Radio Station Accomplish Its Digital Goals
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Stratagies

The first step in any radio station's digital strategy is to define the station's goals. In short, what do you want listeners to do when they come to your radio station's website?   Read more here ...

Directly Impact a Student's Life through the MABF's Station Scholarship Program

With the growing concern surrounding the FCC's EEO Rules, the MAB Foundation has created an opportunity to assist MAB member stations in meeting these requirements. 
The MAB Foundation Station Scholarship Program is designed to allow individual member stations an opportunity to support one qualified college student interested in broadcasting as a career through an educational scholarship. The station will choose the scholarship winner among pre-qualified candidates and stations may also qualify for EEO credit through their participation. 

Click here to learn more or contact Jacquelen Timm at 517-484-7444 or .

"The BCBC exceeded my expectations. I made so many connections and felt more comfortable about my career post graduation. I would definitely recommend for all students to attend!"  
- Dana Whyte, Senior at Central Michigan University

Jacobs Media Founder Calls BCBC '17 'One of the Best'
Jacobs Media Strategies President & Founder Fred Jacobs celebrated BCBC '17 in a November 15 blog post following last week's event. " I was there to provide mentoring and advice, and to leave these students with a positive feeling about a career in broadcast media," he wrote. " They walked out of BCBC17 pumped up and excited about broadcasting.  But not as much as me." Click here to read his complete post.

WKAR Gifts Digital Playtime Pads to Kindergartners
Soon, a thousand Lansing kindergartners will literally have an exciting new education tool in their hands thanks to WKAR and MSU's College of Communication Arts and Sciences.  Read more here...

Tom Szczepanski Appointed DPTV COO
Tom Szczepanski has been named Chief Operating Officer of Detroit Public Television. Szczepanski's appointment to the new position is effective immediately, said Marty Fischhoff, director of communications for DPTV.  Read more here...

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November 30:   Webinar: Preparing for the 2018 Elections - Refresher on the FCC Rules on Political Broadcasting  (1 p.m.)


Mark your calendar now for the 2018 Advocacy Conference and Awards Banquet! Join us August 13-14 at Mackinac Island's Grand Hotel as we kickoff the MAB's 70th anniversary celebration. 

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