Issue #82  November 9 , 2017 | View online
Top of the News:

* BEA and Student Awards Online Entry Systems   Open on November 10
National EAS Test Form 3 Due Monday
*  Stabenow, Peters Support "No Ad Tax"
* Shannone Dunlap Joins Black Diamond
*  WXYZ-TV's Simon Shakhet Honored
* WDIV-TV Raises $76k for THAW

All this and more below
BEA and Student Awards Online Entry Systems Open on November 10!

Learn more about this year's BEA opportunities at

Learn more about award opportunities for students

Nationwide EAS Test Form 3 Report Due Monday

Stations have until this Monday, November 13 to complete the third and final form related to the September 27, 2017 National EAS/NPT test. Read more here...
Stabenow, Peters Support No Ad Tax

Great news on the ad tax! Broadcasters will remain untouched in the House Ways and Means bill that is being marked up in Committee this week in Washington, as well as the Senate draft of the bill that is also expected to become public this week.  Read more here...

FCC Sets Dates for Lifting Upgrade Freeze for Unrepacked TV Stations

The FCC announced on November 6 that it will temporarily lift its 2013 freeze on certain TV station modification applications that would increase coverage areas. The freeze will be lifted on November 28 and reimposed at 11:59 p.m. on December 7, according to a news release by the media bureau. Read more here...

State/Legislative Update

State House Rejects No-Fault Overhaul

Legislation to change  Michigan's auto insurance system was defeated last week in the state House of Representatives.   Read more here...

Redistricting Proposal Collects More Than 300K Signatures

Organizers behind a ballot proposal initiative to change how Legislative and Congressional districts are drawn in Michigan have collected more than 300,000 signatures toward putting its constitutional amendment on the 2018 ballot, according to a report in Gongwer Read more here...

Shannone Dunlap Joins Black Diamond

Former Alpha Media (Saginaw) General Manager Shannone Dunlap has joined Black Diamond Broadcasting as Director of Business Development.  Read more here ...

Entercom Unveils New Management Structure With CBS Merger

Entercom has unveiled the management structure the company will follow after its merger with CBS Radio.  Read more here...

Michigan Muslim Community Council honors WXYZ-TV's Simon Shaykhet

The Michigan Muslim Community Council honored WXYZ-TV (Detroit) and Investigative Reporter Simon Shaykhet with its "Fairness In Media Award" Sunday night.  Read more here ...

jācapps Continues A Significant Growth Phase

The mobile application space is growing, and jācapps, a leading provider of mobile solutions, has recently made several important personnel moves to accommodate its continuing expansion.  Read more here ...

TEGNA, Cooper Media to Launch Quest

TEGNA Inc. has announced it has partnered with Cooper Media to launch Quest, a new ad-supported adventure and exploration multicast network free to consumers. Quest will initially debut early next year across TEGNA's station portfolio as a new multicast channel.  Read more here ...

WDIV Raises $76K for THAW
On November 1, WDIV-TV (Detroit) raised a total of $76,000 for the nonprofit organization THAW, The Heat and Warmth Fund. 
Read more here...

New P1 Learning Training Course: Persuasive Communication: Techniques

Course Description: Imagine being able to get anything you wanted or needed in your professional life. Your power of persuasion plays a large part in the results you get. Some people are naturally persuasive, while others need to be coached or trained on how to persuade the right way. This course goes through many techniques for improvement.  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!
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... 

Luck, Signal & Being Unique
By: Dick Taylor,
CRMC/CDMC, Dick Taylor Blog

Back before the turn of the century, radio station owners often did market research to find viable programming "holes" in a market. Often it didn't even take research, just an experienced radio nerd with a sense of what was to be popular. Once identified, the task was simply to put it all together and hit the air.  Read more here...
The Programming Meeting: 6 Ideas to Make your Station Sound Better!
By: Gary Berkowitz
Berkowitz Broadcast Consulting

Here are 6 ideas that, if implemented will not only make you sound better but you'll probably raise your numbers too!  Read more here ...

Why Our Guest List Blogpost Formula Works - And How Your Radio Station Can Steal It
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Stratagies

In 2015, we added a new feature to our radio industry blog called The Guest List. The concept is simple: We invite a notable person in radio (or a related industry) to write a "Top 5 List" for us.   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 50th Anniversary of the Public Broadcasting Act
Via Steve Chrypinski, Michigan Radio

Fifty years ago, on November 7, 1967, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Public Broadcasting Act, legislation that created America's public broadcasting system. In signing the legislation, President Johnson expressed the hope that one day, public television and radio stations would satisfy "America's appetite for excellence" and "enrich man's spirit." 
Read more here...
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November 9:  Webinar: The Online Public File Is Coming for All Radio Stations March 1 - Will You Be Ready?  (1 p.m.)  Learn more.

November 10: Broadcasting Career Builder Conference (BCBC '17),  Lansing Community College - West Campus

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