Issue #126  |  November 9,  2018  |   View online
Top of the News:

* Paul Weyland Joins Speaker lineup for #MABshow19
* FCC Reminder About Activation of the Online Public      Inspection File - Potential Impact of Noncompliance at    License Renewal Time
* Former WJR-AM General Manager Bill James Passes
* Chastain Appointed WLNS-TV VP/GM
* Registration for #BCBC18 Closes TODAY!
* Who Has The Rate Resistance Problem? Could It Be      You?
* How Radio Commercials Are Different From Podcast      Sponsorships

All this and more below

Paul Weyland Joins Speaker lineup for #MABshow19 and he is excited to see you!

Paul Weyland is an international speaker, humorist, marketing, branding and sales strategist, consultant, trainer, author and university lecturer. Paul started in the late 1970s as an on-air radio personality. He then went on to prove himself on the street as a leading broadcast sales person, specializing in long-term local direct sales. Read More
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FCC Reminder About Activation of the Online Public Inspection File - Potential Impact of Noncompliance at License Renewal Time

By: David Oxenford
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

By March 1 of 2018, all radio stations were to have activated their online public file. We wrote about how that activation should be done here, and answered other questions about the online public file for radio here. Yet, from my own review, and from what I have heard from engineers who conduct reviews of broadcaster's FCC compliance for the Alternate Broadcast Inspection Programs sponsored by state broadcast associations, there remain stations that have not yet complied with the requirement.   Read More

State/Legislative Updates

Whitmer Names Transition Team
Governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer has named Mark Bernstein as director of her transition team, according to the latest report in Gongwer News.  Read More

Federal/Regulatory Updates

NAB Files with the FCC on the Impact to Radio in TV Repack
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) filed comments with the FCC calling for radio stations to be protected in the repacking of the Television spectrum. The comments argue that proposed sliding scale of reimbursement for radio would have "devastating consequences" on FMs, particularly for small stations. Read More

FCC Gets Approval for New Economic Analysis Office
The Federal Communications Commission has received approval from the House and Senate Appropriations Committees and the Office of Management and Budget to create a new Office of Economics and Analytics. Read More

Former WJR-AM General Manager Bill James Passes
The MAB is sad to announce that former WJR-AM (Detroit) General Manager Bill James has passed away at the age of 85. James began his career as an engineer for Ford Motor Company, and moving on to CPA giant Touche Ross (now Deloitte & Touche) where he was named a Partner.    Read More

WLEN Hosts 1st Senior Cleaners Closet

During the month of October, WLEN-FM (Adrian), along with Home Instead Senior Care, TLC Community Credit Union, Tuckey's Big Boy in Tecumseh and the Lenawee County Department of Aging hosted the 1st Senior Cleaners Closet. 
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Chastain Appointed WLNS-TV VP/GM
Nexstar Broadcasting has announced that Scot Chastain has been named Vice President and General Manager of CBS affiliate WLNS-TV (Lansing) and associated mobile/digital services, including Chastain comes to Nexstar with over three decades of executive and professional experience across all facets of the network and local broadcast television business  Read More

WZZM Anchor Starts a New Career
My West Michigan host/WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids) 13 on your Side Anchor Jennifer Pascua has announced that she is leaving the station to write a new chapter in her life story. "At the age of 42, I'm going to be graduating with a Master's degree in Communication from GVSU in December," said Pascua.  Read More

Live From Here with Chris Thile is Coming to Detroit
Michigan Radio will welcome Live From Here with host Chris Thile to Detroit on Saturday, February 23, 2019, at 5:45 p.m. (EST) for a special live broadcast performance. The show will take place at the historic Detroit Opera House in downtown Detroit, and marks the show's first visit to Michigan.  Read More

Judges Needed for Colorado Awards
If you are interested in judging the Association Awards for Colorado or judging for the Michigan Student Broadcast Awards, please email MAB is in need of volunteers to help judge these awards programs. 

Broadcast Excellence Awards!
It's Awards Season at the MAB! The Entry System is NOW OPEN! Start uploading your entries today to compete for a Best in Category for the 2018 Broadcast Excellence Awards.  Keep these important dates in mind as you are creating award-winning content for your stations:

Deadline Entry for the Broadcast Excellence Awards is January 11th at 12:00 p.m.
Awards will be presented at the Great Lakes Media SHow on March 6.

For more information, visit:

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

Snack & Learn with MAB!

MAB President and CEO Karole White and Director of Programs Jacquelen Timm snacked and learned with Alpha Media in Saginaw this week!

Get Your Snack & Learn scheduled today! Email Jacquelen Timm to schedule your station's Snack & Learn.

Member sightings . . . 
President and CEO of Heritage Broadcasting (Cadillac) Mario Iacobelli spending an afternoon with Michelle Dunaway (Anchor, Heritage Broadcasting) and her daughter Elle in Detroit.  

Meet your MAB Board Member of the week: Chad Conklin
Chad Conklin is the General Manager of WEYI NBC25, WSMH FOX66 and WBSF CW46 in Flint. He has been with Sinclair Broadcast Group in the Flint/Saginaw/Bay City market for 15 years. Read More

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: 
Selling to a High S

Course Description: When selling to a High S, your goal is the same as when selling to anyone, and that is to meet their need. Here, we'll talk about the needs of the High S and how you can better sell to them.   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!   Sign your staff up today!

Registration for #BCBC18 Closes TODAY!
Registration for the Broadcasting Career Builder Conference closes TODAY! Now is your last chance to register to attend.

BCBC is one of Michigan's only broadcast and media conferences that is strictly focused on educating students and giving them a direct path to success in the media industry. We're offering educational sessions that focus on 4 core topics that are vital to the broadcasting industry. For more information on the event, visit

Sponsor a Scholarship to help Impact a Student's Life!
Do you want to encourage the next generation of broadcasters?  Does your station need an EEO boost? Could you use some positive PR? If you answered 'yes' to these questions, the MABF Station Sponsored Scholarship Program lets you award a one-time broadcasting scholarship to a Michigan college student and may help you to earn EEO credit.  Read More

MABF Scholarship Recipient Jessie Fidler is Making it Happen!
"I'm Jessie Fidler! I'm currently a senior at Ferris State University where I'm studying both Television & Digital Media Production and Marketing. I've had two internships so far at the Traverse City Film Festival and Michigan Medicine in Video Production and Communications. Read More

Who Has The Rate Resistance Problem? Could It Be You?
By: Paul Weyland
Weyland Communication Strategies 

Some of us met up at the Radio Show in Orlando and discussed rate resistance. Several people thought advertising agencies were becoming more demanding than ever. Others complained about local direct clients. "Especially in small and medium markets, they just don't have the budgets anymore to buy broadcast." More on that in a minute.  Read More

How Radio Commercials Are Different From Podcast Sponsorships
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Strategies t

Podcasts represent a great opportunity for radio stations to add to their sellable inventory without driving ratings down or program directors crazy. But before your radio station's sales team starts pitching podcasts to clients, they should understand the differences between podcast ads and radio commercials.   Read More

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