Issue #128  |  November 30,  2018  |   View online
Top of the News:

* Discover the Power of Investigative Reporting with   Marisa Kwiatkowski at the #MABshow
* Deadline for Student Award Entries is December 18 at   3 p.m.
* FCC to Kick Off Quadrennial Broadcast Regulations   Review in December
* WJR's Tom O'Brien to Retire
* Fred Jacobs Inducted to Radio Hall of Fame
* Future Broadcasters Engage with Professionals at   #BCBC18
* NABEF Accepting Applications for 2019 Technology   Apprenticeship Program
* Oxenford: The Importance of Assessing the Safety and   Security of Broadcast Stations and Their Personnel

All this and more below

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Discover the Power of Investigative Reporting with Marisa Kwiatkowski at the #MABshow
In 2016, Marisa Kwiatkowski and her colleagues launched an investigation into USA Gymnastics that revealed top officials at the sport's national governing body failed to report many allegations of sexual abuse by coaches and showed how predators exploited a lax culture to prey on children.  Read More

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Deadline for Student Award Entries is December 18 at 3 p.m.
Next month's deadline for Michigan's broadcast students
to participate in the MAB Foundation's annual awards program is fast approaching. Learn more and enter to win at

Nominations are Open for the 2019
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.

Judges Needed for Colorado Awards, Michigan Student Award contests
If you are interested in judging the Association Awards for Colorado or judging for the Michigan Student Broadcast Awards, please email awards@michmab.comWe are in need of four Spanish Language Broadcast Judges in both Radio and TV. If you know Spanish and would like to participate, please let us know ASAP!

It's Awards Season at the MAB! The Entry System is OPEN! Start uploading your entries today to compete for a Best in Category for the 2018 Broadcast Excellence Awards. 
The Entry Deadline for the BEAs is January 11 at 12:00 p.m. Awards will be presented at the Great Lakes Media Show on March 6. For more information, visit

State/Legislative Updates

MIOSHA Changing State Rules for Federal Regulations
The Snyder administration is rescinding state rules in favor of making reference to the federal regulations when it comes to the Michigan Occupational Health and Safety Administration (MIOSHA). The agency submitted 27 rules packages over the past few weeks that rescind various state rules in favor of the reference notation. Read More

Federal/Regulatory Updates

FCC to Kick Off Quadrennial Broadcast Regulations Review in December
On December 12, the FCC will officially launch its latest 'quadrennial' review of broadcast ownership rules. Read More

NAB Requests Ownership Expansion in December FCC Vote
According to a report in Inside Radio, the next FCC open meeting on December 12 is scheduled to bring its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to a vote seeking public recommendations on a variety of rules, including local radio ownership. Read More 

WJR's Tom O'Brien to Retire
Cumulus Media has announced that
Vice President/Market Manager Tom O'Brien will retire at year-end after a brilliant 40-year career as a Detroit radio fixture. O'Brien joined WJR-AM( Detroit) in 2004 as Director of Sales and was promoted to Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus' three-station cluster in 2011. Read More

Fred Jacobs Inducted to Radio Hall of Fame
On November 15, Jacobs Media Strategies Founder/President Fred Jacobs was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame at ceremonies in New York City. His inclusion recognizes his contributions to radio broadcasting over more than three decades. Fred is the first radio consultant to ever be inducted. Read More

Entercom Launches Podcast Hosted by WXYT's Mike Valenti
Entercom has announced the launch of the "Always Aggravated" podcast hosted by WXYT-FM (Detroit) sports broadcaster Mike Valenti. New podcasts will be posted weekly to  Read More

45 North Media Takes Over WMTE
On November 12, 45 North Media has begun operating Mitten Media's WMTE-FM  (Manistee), flipping the station's format to Classic Hits as "Eagle 101.5."  Read More

WLEN Hosts 13th Annual 'Thank a Vet' Day
On November 9, WLEN-FM (Adrian) hosted it's 13th 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

Follow-Up: WION's 'Treasures for Troops' Sends 260 Boxes to Deployed Soldiers
In it's fifth year of the annual event, WION-AM's (Ionia) "Treasures for Troops" has provided Michigan Chapter #188 of the Blue Star Mothers with enough collections for more packages to go overseas than any other year since the drive began!   Read More

WLUC, WDBC, WYKX Team Up For Annual Can-a-thon
WLUC-TV (Marquette) teamed up with WDBC-AM/WYKX-FM (Escanaba) for their annual Can-a-thon drive. Collections took place at four locations in the Gladstone and Escanaba areas. Read More

a Mayflower in
Mt. Pleasant
Latitude Media's WCZY-FM/WMMI-AM/FM (Mt. Pleasant) filled a Mayflower moving van November 16, raising over 4,800 non-perishable food items and close to a record $8,000 in donations, surpassing what the station raised in 2017.   Read More

WSGW Collects Food For Families 
Newsradio 790 WSGW-AM (Saginaw) has concluded its annual Food For Families Campaign. The station worked with 20 sponsor locations to collect food over four weeks this fall to benefit the Salvation Army Chapters in Saginaw, Bay and Midland Counties.  Read More

WDVD's Blaine Fowler Morning Show Hosts Radiothon For Detroit Dog Rescue
On November 16, WDVD-FM (Detroit) and its Blaine Fowler Morning Show hosted a 13-hour radiothon to raise money for Detroit Dog Rescue, a no-kill shelter and adoption center for abandoned, abused or orphaned dogs.  Read More

Member Sightings . . .

The MAB Board of Directors gathered for a Fall Strategic
Planning Retreat at Crystal Mountain Resort this week.
The MAB Strategic Plan measures and prioritizes organizational efforts and programs focused around four pillars:
Advocacy, Education, Communication and Membership.

Meet Your MAB Board Member of the Week: Kevin Dunaway
Kevin Dunaway began his career as a news producer for 9 & 10 News/Heritage Broadcasting in September of 1998. After producing Michigan this Morning and 9 & 10 News at Noon, Kevin moved to assignment manager in December of that same year. Read More

Future Broadcasters Engage with Professionals at #BCBC18
The MAB Foundation hosted its annual Broadcasting Career Builder Conference at Lansing Community College's West Campus on November 16. More than 160 high school and college students participated this year! Read More

NABEF Accepting Applications for 2019 Technology Apprenticeship Program
The NAB Education Foundation (NABEF) is accepting applications for the 2019 Technology Apprenticeship Program (TAP). TAP provides graduating college seniors with the connections and experience to start successful careers in media technology. Read More

Apply by January 18 for MABF Scholarships
The MAB Foundation and Michigan Broadcasters offer financial support for college tuition! Several competitive scholarships are available for college and high school students enrolled in broadcasting-related programs. Check out the links below to find out more information about each scholarship offered:

Mark your calendars to spend "Third Thursdays with the MAB" each month throughout 2019. Webinars are free to MAB members. Questions? Contact Jacquelen Timm at 1-800-YOUR-MAB or

January 17, 2019 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

The Importance of Assessing the Safety and Security of Broadcast Stations and Their Personnel

By: David Oxenford
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

A topic not much discussed among broadcasters, but one that should be paramount in the future planning of all broadcast companies, is insuring the security of their stations and the safety of their employees.  Read More

All Things Christmas! 
It's All About How You Decorate the Station
By: Gary Berkowitz
Berkowitz Broadcast Consulting

Whether you're an all "All Christmas" station, or just spice in Christmas music with your regular format, there are a few easy steps to make it sound as special as the holiday itself. 
Read More

How to Use the Holidays to Crowdsource Blogposts for Your Radio Station
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Strategies t

Can you feel it? We're in the home stretch before the holidays. Pretty soon, the snow will start falling, the record label reps will stop calling, and we'll all get more than our fill of Adam Sandler's "Chanukah Song."  Read More

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In This Issue
December 18, 2018 | 3 pm
Deadline: Michigan Student Broadcast Award Entries

January 11, 2019 | Noon
Deadline: Broadcast Excellence Award Entries

January 17, 2019 | 1-2 pm
Webinar: "On the Spot" sales topic with Paul Weyland ( Register)

January 18, 2019 
Deadline: MAB Foundation Scholarship Applications

March 5-6, 2019
Great Lakes Media Show,
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