Issue #84  November 30,  2017 | View online
Top of the News:

* Registration is Now Open for the 2018 Great Lakes   Media Show
* NWS Detroit Office To Begin Winter Squall Warnings
* NRSC Creates PI Codes for Every FM Translator
SoundExchange Royalties Going Up for Webcasters   in 2018
Caroline Beasley Wins Leadership Award

WION Sends 'Treasures for Troops'

* WCMU's Warm Hearts Provides Winter Warmth

All this and more below

Registration is Now Open for the 2018 Great Lakes Media Show
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 or   REGISTER TODAY!

NWS Detroit Office To Begin Winter Squall Warnings
The National Weather Service's Detroit office will begin issuing Snow Squall Warnings when necessary beginning January 3, 2018. Read More

NRSC Creates PI Codes for Every FM Translator
The National Radio Systems Committee (NRSC) has unveiled a new resource for broadcasters that utilize FM translators, providing a unique Radio Data System (RDS) Program Identification (PI) code for every FM translator in the United States.  Read More

David OxenfordSoundExchange Royalties Going Up for Webcasters in 2018
By: David Oxenford,
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP,

The Copyright Royalty Board announced in the Federal Register that the sound recording royalty rates paid to SoundExchange will be increasing next year.  Read More

FCC To Vote on Blue Alerts
According to a report in Inside Radio, the FCC is getting ready to approve the creation of Blue Alerts.The agency scheduled a vote next month that will create the new Emergency Alert System (EAS) code "BLU."  Read More

According to the NAB's SmartBriefs, the FCC formally initiated a notice of proposed rule-making to review the national ownership cap for TV stations that limits the number of stations a single entity can own, which is now set at 39 percent of U.S. TV households.  Read More


Show Us Your Best Work from 2017!

Entries Are Now Being Taken for  the
MAB's Annual BEA Honors

Learn more about this year's award opportunities at

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 

Caroline Beasley Wins Leadership Award
Beasley Media Group CEO Caroline Beasley was recognized among this year's honorees at the 2017 Women Who Lead Luncheon, presented by the Alliance for Women in Media (AWM) Read More

WNEM Hires Former MAB Foundation Scholarship Winner
Kylee Miller has joined WNEM-TV (Saginaw) as Meteorologist.   Read More

WDTW-FM Flips to Alternative
iHeartMedia has announced the debut of an Alternative format on WDTW-FM (Detroit), as "Alt 106.7."  Read More

MPA Seeks Journalist of the Year, McCree Award Winners
The Michigan Press Association is looking for entries for its 2017 Journalist of the Year and McCree Awards Read More

WION Sends 'Treasures for Troops'
WION Radio (Ionia) hosted its fourth annual "Treasures for Troops" campaign November 13-20 with help from The Muir Village Market, The Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce, and Young Chevrolet-GMC Read More

WHMI Raises Over $43,000 for Food Bank
WHMI-FM (Howell) just wrapped up a fundraising partnership between the station and the Gleaners Community Food Bank, which exceeded all expectations in terms of generosity Read More

WMGC Presents Bikes For Kids
Beasley Media Group's WMGC-FM (Detroit) has kicked off The 105.1 Bounce's Bikes for Kids Holiday Collection.   Read More


New P1 Learning Training Course: 
Limitations of a Fixed Mindset

Course Description: The fixed mindset is tempting. It's a comfortable place to live and work. Believing that you already know what you're good at, and what you're not good at, gives you the opportunity to pick and choose what you try and what you don't. It gives you the ability to put yourself in situations where you'll be successful, and to avoid situations where you might fail or be embarrassed. It's safe, but it's limiting. Chances are, you're living in a fixed mindset more often than you think. In this course, we'll go over how to know when you're in this cycle of negativity and what the risks are. We'll also go over failure, practice, and how to "fix" a fixed mindset.  Click here to log in and watch this course...

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Why do People Buy What They Buy?
By: Dick Taylor, CRMC/CDMC

If you're in sales, this is probably the question that haunts you most: Why do people do the things they do?  Read More

The Robinson Report - Time
By: Kevin Robinson
Robinson Media

Riding through the belly of America this past weekend, the billboard in Central Illinois blazed Black Friday sales.  But it was Sunday, rendering it useless.  Read More

How to Get Your Listeners to Write Your Radio Station's Blog
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Stratagies

I am a huge believer in using a Content Marketing strategy to grow your radio station's audience. The basics are simple: Create a lot of compelling content on your website.   Read More

Student Awards, Scholarships 
and  Career Fairs, Oh My!

1. We Want to See Your Best Work from 2017
Entries are now being accepted for the annual Michigan Student Broadcast Awards competition through December 17. Winners will be recognized during the Great Lakes Media Show at the Lansing Center in March. Learn more at 
2. 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.

3. Directly Impact a Student's Life through the MABF's Station Scholarship Program
The MAB Foundation has created a unique opportunity to assist MAB member stations in meeting EEO requirements.Our  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.  Click here  to learn more or contact  Jacquelen Timm at 517-484-7444 or .

4.  We Hope to See You at Our Spring 2018 Media Career Fairs
Dates are set for the MAB Foundations Spring 2018 Media Career Fairs. Join us February 1 at Specs Howard School of Media Arts, March 7 at the Lansing Center or March 21 at Northern Michigan University. Click here to learn more or reserve a booth. 

WCMU's Warm Hearts Provides Winter Warmth
WCMU Public Radio's (Mt. Pleasant) Warm Hearts, Warm Homes campaign has returned for its fourth season to fuel home-heating assistance across central and northern Michigan. The campaign kicked off November 28 Read More

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