Issue #124  |  October 26,  2018  |   View online
Top of the News:

* '60 Minutes' to the #MABshow: CBS' Lara Logan will   Headline 2019 Event, Deliver Keynote
* Demands to Pull Attack Ads in the Closing Days of the   Election - What is a Station to Do?
* NAB, NABEF Launch Toolkit for 'Awareness in   Reporting'
* Pioneer Tigers Radio Broadcasters up for   Cooperstown Award
* Michigan Radio Tops Apple Podcast Chart with   'Believed'
* Jackson Radio Works Gathers Teen Volunteers for   Make a Difference Day
* Make Connections, Get a Look Behind the Scenes at   #BCBC18 on November 16*

All this and more below

'60 Minutes' to the #MABshow:
CBS' Lara Logan will Headline 2019 Event, Deliver Keynote  
The MAB is excited to announce that CBS "60 Minutes" Correspondent Lara Logan will headline the 2019 Great Lakes Media Show when she deliver's the keynote address at Michigan's premier annual broadcast industry event.  Read More
Registration is NOW open!
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Demands to Pull Attack Ads
in the Closing Days of the Election - What is a Station
to Do?
By: David Oxenford
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

As we approach Election Day, the political ads seem to be getting more and more frequent, and often more and more nasty. We provided an overview of what a station should do when it gets an attack ad two years ago, and the ads have not become kinder in the intervening period, so we will publish it again (with a few revisions).  Read More

State/Legislative Updates

DTMB Expanding Emergency Communications
The Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) has partnered with Harris Communications to expand the technology behind the Public Safety Communications System (PSCS).  Read More

$1.2M Gift Given for TV Ads to Oppose Proposal 2
A $1.2 million donation has been made to Protect My Vote - an organization opposing Proposal 18-2, which would create a new redistricting system for legislative and congressional lines in Michigan. Read More

Schuette campaign cancels planned TV ads outside Detroit market
Republican Bill Schuette's gubernatorial campaign has canceled planned TV ads across Michigan in the final week of the race, except in the Detroit market. Read More

Federal/Regulatory Updates

NAB, NABEF Launch Toolkit for 'Awareness in Reporting'
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the NAB Education Foundation (NABEF) unveiled an online toolkit to help journalists cover sensitive stories involving religion as part of the "Awareness in Reporting" initiative. Read More

FCC Eliminates Broadcasters' Obligations to File Paper Copies of Contracts
For nearly 80 years, the FCC's rules required broadcasters to file paper copies of various types of documents relating to the control and operation of their stations. Read More

FCC Votes to Free Up Spectrum for Unlicensed Use
According to the report in Broadcasting & Cable, the FCC has voted unanimously in support of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to open up 1,200 Mhz of spectrum for unlicensed use, five times the current unlicensed spectrum, with rules to protect against interference with incumbent users. Read More

Pioneer Tigers Radio Broadcasters up for Cooperstown Award
Crain's Detroit Business reports that a pair of pioneering Tigers radio broadcasters up for Cooperstown award.  Harry Heilmann and Ty Tyson are among the eight finalists for the 2019 Ford C. Frick Award from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y Read More

Michigan Radio Tops Apple Podcast Chart with 'Believed'
Believed, the new podcast from Michigan Radio and NPR, topped the Apple Podcast chart earlier this week, just one week after the series launched.  Read More

WOOD-TV Launches Weather Experience to Connect with its Younger Audience
The Weather Experience is a multi-media presentation where school groups come to our studios to learn about science - the weather - and staying safe.  Read More

Midwest Communications Introduces Kalamazoo to Jack reports that Midwest Communications  flipped alternative rock station WZOX-FM (Portage-Kalamazoo) to the Adult Hits format "Jack FM...playing what we want" this morning, November 2.  Read More

Saga Communications Expands in Florida
Michigan-based Saga Communications, Inc. announced early this week that it has entered into an agreement to purchase the assets of WOGK(FM), WNDT(FM), WNDD(FM) and WNDN(FM) from Ocala Broadcasting Corporation, LLC.  Read More

WWSJ-AM Transferred to Helen Harp
Following the death of longtime gospel broadcaster Larry Harp, who passed away in August of 2017, an application was filed October 30 with the FCC to transfer the license of WWSJ-AM (St. Johns) to Kingdom Builders of Larlen LLC.  Read More

WCSX Launches All-Christmas on HD2
Beasley Media Group, LLC; a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. announced that Detroit's Oldies 94.7 HD2 has transformed into 24/7 Christmas music, beginning at midnight on Thursday, November 1, 2018.  Read More

Jackson Radio Works Gathers Teen Volunteers for Make a Difference Day
On Saturday, October 27, Jackson Radio Work's WKHM-FM K-105.3 (Jackson) enlisted the help of the Youth Advisory Committee, a youth-focused and youth-administered group with the Jackson Community Foundation, to helpclean up the leaves that have fallen on the yards of some Jackson residents in honor of National Make a Difference Day. 
Read More

We're Looking For Judges
If you would like to help judge for the Michigan Student Broadcast Awards or Colorado's Broadcast Awards, contact Crysta Manthei at

Show Us Your Best Work from 2018 and Win!
The 2018 Broadcast Excellence Awards online entry system will open on November 9. Rules and additional information can be found  here

Entry System is Now Open for the 2019 Student Awards
The online entry system is now open for Michigan's broadcast students to participate in the MAB Foundation's annual awards program. Learn more at

Member sightings . . . 

Michigan Radio's Steve Schram and his wife Laurie bumped into MAB Hall of Fame Spartan broadcaster George Blaha and his booth partner Jason Strahorn, and the MAB's Jacquelen Timm before the Michigan State football game this past weekend.

Debbie Kenyon, Senior VP/Market Manager for Entercom (Detroit) and past Chair of the MAB, had some Halloween fun with her amazing team on Wednesday.  

Meet your MAB Board Member of the week: Dan Boers
Dan Boers is the News Director for WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids. He has been with the station for 20 years in a number of roles including producer, assignment manager, Director of News Operations, and Assistant News Director. Read More

Welcome to the MAB!
New Associate Member: Lake Shore High School
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

November 15, 2018 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

New P1 Learning Training Courses: 
Tips On Selling To High 'I' Personalities

Course Description: To sell to any customer, you have to meet their unmet need. So the objective of this program is to learn how High I customers behave, what their needs are, and how you can better sell to them.  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!

Make Connections, Get a Look Behind the Scenes at #BCBC18 on November 16
Come to the 2018 Broadcasting Career Builder Conference to get a behind the scenes look into broadcast stations. You'll also have the chance to network with professionals, find out the best resume techniques, and participate in a career fair. Read More

Help Impact Students Lives through 
MAB Foundation Scholarships!
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.  Read More

The Robinson Report -
The Fire Hose
By: Kevin Robinson
Robinson Media

Who has the time?  Broadcasts - podcasts - bloggers - social media.  In the infancy of digital, media outlets required posts every day.  Start with the end-users' time.   Read More

Facebook Now Lets You Add Music to Your Page's Stories
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Strategies t

As Facebook has tweaked its algorithm in response to outside pressure, radio stations - as well as businesses generally - have reported a significant decline in engagement. One hope for stations looking to stem the tide has been to try and use Facebook's Stories feature, which allows users to publish videos or photo collections that only last for 24 hours.  Read More

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November 15 | 1-2 pm
Webinar: "License Renewal" with David Oxenford ( Register)

November 16
BCBC '18 at Lansing Community College - West Campus ( Learn More)


Promotion Manager
WGVU (Grand Rapids)
Posted: October 29, 2018

Digital Sales Manager
WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids)
Posted: October 23, 2018

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