Issue #174 |  November 22, 2019   |   View online
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Highlights In This Issue:
More news below!
Nielsen Shares 'The Power of Broadcast Media in Michigan' with MAB Members
The MAB contracted with Nielsen to create The Power of Broadcast Media in Michigan Report. The final report was presented to the MAB Board of Directors on November 12.  Read More

STELAR Bill Passes House Judiciary Committee
Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Ranking Member Doug Collins (R-GA) and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) reached a compromise Wednesday evening on Lofgren's amendment relating to the required time frame within which AT&T must serve all 210 markets with local-into-local (180 days) in order to use the bill's narrowed/permanent distant signal license for RVs/trucks and short markets on an ongoing basis.  Read More

FCC Announces Schedule for Transition to Annual Children's Television Reports
By: David Oxenford
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP 

Earlier this week, the FCC released a Public Notice announcing its plans for the initiation of new annual reporting requirements for TV stations under the revised Children's Television Rules.  Read More

MAB Partners with Poynter Institute for 2020 Election Focused  Webinars in December
The MAB has partnered 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.
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

Flint Gospel Radio Personality Sam Williams Passes Away at 93
WDZZ-FM (Flint) air personality Sam Williams, host of the popular "Sunday Morning Gospel," has passed away at age 93.  He hosted the program for 40 years and helped launch the radio station in 1979 as Flint's first black-owned FM radio station.  Read More

NBC News will Zero in on Kent County for 2020 Election
Michigan, specifically Kent County, will become the focus of national attention as the 2020 presidential election unfolds. NBC News political director Chuck Todd announced Sunday that Kent County will be one of five counties across the country that will get intense scrutiny as part of the network's coverage.  Read More

WHTC's 'Talk of the Town' Celebrates 60 Years
Sixty years ago, Bill Gargano turned on WHTC's microphone and started talking, inviting listeners to call the station.  His idea of a radio show aimed at letting people get things "off their chest and onto the radio" turned into a show so neighborly, listeners often felt as if they were talking over the backyard fence - back when that was a pretty typical experience in and around Holland Read More

MSU's WDBM-FM Celebrates 30 Years
The student radio station at Michigan State University, WDBM-FM ("The Impact") is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year!  The station signed on November 10, 1989.  WDBM was successor to the Michigan State Network, which in the 1970s was the nation's largest college carrier current radio network, and had studios in several MSU dormitories.  Read More

WBKB-TV on Journey to Promote Literacy
Thunder Bay Broadcasting's WBKB-TV (Alpena) has recently began a commitment to help area schools promote literacy.  On November 15, station staff members attended Sanborn Elementary School as part of the school's mystery reader program.  Read More

WXYZ-TV Kicks off the Holidays with Annual Tree Lighting
Scripps' WXYZ-TV (Detroit) will kick off the holiday season in Detroit this evening with coverage of the city's official Christmas tree lighting at Campus Martius Park in the heart of downtown.  The station will broadcast complete live coverage of the event during "Light Up the Season" from 7-8 p.m.  Read More

Stations and Community Come Together for Record Year of 'Treasures for Troops'
The week of November 11 through 15 was officially the week of "Treasures for Troops" coordinated by WION radio, and shared in collecting and public relations with MAB members WGLM AM/FM in Greenville and WRWW-LP of Lowell High School.  Read More

Beasley Buys Overwatch League's Houston Outlaws
Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc., a multi-platform media company providing advertising and digital marketing solutions across the United States through its radio broadcast and digital operations, announced today that it acquired the Overwatch League's Houston Outlaws esports team from an affiliate of Immortals, LLC (d/b/a Immortals Gaming Club).  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! 

Contact the MAB with any questions at or 517-484-7444.

Helpful Hint
Don't forget: the MAB must receive all payments before the deadline, so be sure to mail your check out early or pay by credit card so your entry is not disqualified

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

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! 


Student Award Entry Deadline is December 10!

Don't wait until the last minute...

and be sure to check your links!

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

MABF Employer Partnership Program with CMU approved for 2020! 

The MAB Foundation Board of Directors approved a new partnership with Central Michigan University's School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts for the Fall 2020 semester.
The partnership will focus on developing mentoring relationships between students with an Electronic Media Sales Minor and industry professionals. 
Contact Jacquelen Timm for more information.

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. 
LOCAL BROADCAST SALES will be here in 2020!
The MAB is excited to share that Local Broadcast Sales (LBS) will be available to members in 2020 at no cost. More information will be sent to you soon. LBS will replace P1 Learning in 2020. P1 will be available through December 31, 2019. 

Course Description:  The new smartphone has changed our world, both for the positive and negative. This course will introduce "The eight rules of etiquette for your smart phone." It's timely, to the point and I'd tell you more about it, but I've got to take this call... so watch this course!   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! More information here.

As the MAB adjusts membership services in 2020, P1 Learning's On-Demand training campus will be phased out at the end of December.

We realize there are a number of Members that frequently access P1 Learning's training campus, so prior to December 31, we suggest saving your stations previous training data by navigating to the Reports tab ( here) to pull any information that you would like to retain for your files.

For those MAB Members who would like to continue to use the services offered by P1 Learning, they will be offering a discounted rate along with payment options for 2020. 

For more information, please reach out to either 
Katey Woolam ( or 
Bryan Marriott ( with P1 Learning.

January 16, 2020 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
"2020 Election Cycle FAQ"
with Pat McGee & Treveor Heaton, Katz Media
Primary Season is almost upon us: what's the forecast for the 2020 election cycle?
Email Marketing Basics for Radio Broadcasters
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Strategies

While social media gets all the attention, email marketing is still the tried-and-true workhorse of many successful online marketing strategies. Don't ignore this important communication channel - it's a great way to engage with your radio station's listeners.  Read More

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