Issue #168 |  October 11, 2019   |   View online
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* Three Big Station Sales Announced This Week in      Michigan!
* Another $15,000 Fine Proposed for Missing Issues      Programs Lists
* Only 15 Spots Left for November 8's SBE Ennes   Workshop in Lansing
* Larry Patrick Appointed to NAB Radio Board
* Entercom's WOMC Raises Nearly $180k with Radiothon
* BEA Contest is Opening Soon!
* Register Before October 24 to Secure Your Spot at 

All this and more below

Another $15,000 Fine Proposed for Missing Issues Programs Lists - And a Fine for a Late-Filed Renewal
By: David Oxenford
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP 

A pattern is being established - $15,000 and a short-term, 2-year license renewal seem to have become the standard penalty for stations that are missing all of their Quarterly Issues Programs Lists for a license renewal term. On October 8, the FCC's Media Bureau issued a proposed fine to a Virginia station that had failed to complete any Quarterly Issues Programs lists during its 8-year license renewal term.  Read More

There are only 15 spots left for the SBE Ennes Workshop on November 8 in Lansing!
We hope to see you there.  November 8, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lansing Community College's West Campus. Registration is $40 and includes sessions, food and beverage. Space is limited. Only 15 spots remain. Room discounts available at the  Country Inn and Suites in Lansing.  Learn More

Three Big Station Sales Announced This Week in Michigan!
Jackson Radio Works to McKibbin Media

McKibbin Media Group, Inc. has signed an agreement with Jackson Radio Works, Inc., licensee of WKHM AM/FM and WIBM, Jackson, Michigan, to purchase its radio stations and other assets. The agreement is subject to FCC approval, and is expected to close later this year.  The announcement was made this past Monday (10/7).  Read More

Armada Acquires Eight Sovereign Communications Stations
On October 7, Armada Media Partners, based in Fond du Lac, Wis., announced the purchase of Sovereign Communications radio stations based in Marquette and Iron Mountain.  Read More

Immaculate Heart Buys Baraga Broadcasting Stations
RadioInsight reports that Immaculate Heart Media has agreed to purchase Baraga Broadcasting's five stations in Northern Michigan for $345,000.  Read More

Larry Patrick Appointed to NAB Radio Board
Larry Patrick, managing partner of both Legend Communications and Patrick Communications, has been appointed to the NAB Radio Board of Directors by Radio Board Chair Dave Santrella in accordance with NAB by-laws, effective immediately.  Read More

WOLV-FM Helps Pack the Theatre for Omega House Fundraiser
A full house grooved to Paul McCartney's biggest hits at the Calumet Theatre this past weekend to raise money for hospice services and 97.7, The Wolf (WOLV-FM/Houghton), led a three-month push to make sure every seat was sold.  Read More

Entercom's WOMC Raises Nearly $180k with "Turn Up the Miracles" Radiothon
On October 10, WOMC-FM (Detroit) held its annual "Turn Up The Miracles" Radiothon to benefit Children's Miracle Hospital and raised a total of $178,886.00!  Read More

WCSY-FM Begins Project Personal Care
This week, October 10-12, Midwest Family Broadcasting's WCSY-FM (South Haven-Benton Harbor-Saint Joseph) is holding its annual Project Personal Care, a drive to collect items for those in need, but not the usual canned goods. Read More

WKAR Bids Farewell To Digital News Director Reginald Hardwick
WKAR Public Media (East Lansing) has announced that Digital News Director Reginald Hardwick has left the station to become Director of News and Public Affairs at Illinois Public Media.  Read More

WDVD Raises over $60,000 for Detroit Dog Rescue

On October 4, Cumulus Media's WDVD-FM (Detroit) held its second annual Radiothon for Detroit Dog Rescue (DDR), Detroit's only no-kill dog foster and adoption shelter.  A total of $61,668 was raised.  Read More

WFAT Adds the Rumble Bees!
Midwest Communication's WFAT-AM/FM Translator combo (Battle Creek) has announced that it will be the radio home of the city's new hockey team, the Battle Creek Rumble Bees, airing all the the team's live play-by-play broadcasts.  Read More

WION Gears Up for Annual "Treasures for Troops" Campaign
WION Radio (Ionia) and its many partners will host and broadcast from the 6th annual "Treasures for Troops" campaign, November 11th through 15th. Drop off locations will be available in Ionia, Saranac, Muir, Lowell and Lake Odessa. WION will be broadcasting from a different hosting location each day.  Read More

DPTV Welcomes Fulcrum to Detroit
Detroit Public TV , along with the Ford Foundation are bringing Fulcrum to Detroit, November 13-14.  The conference is designed to prepare people today for where work is going tomorrow.  Read More

Bill Thompson to Speak at Ferris
Veteran Michigan broadcaster Bill Thompson, who released a book of his memoirs early this summer " My Life as a Great Lakes Broadcaster" will be speaking at Ferris State University on October 17 at 11 a.m. in UCB 211.  Thompson is a Ferris Sports Leadership Institute Advisory Board member.  Read More

Investigative Reporters & Editors Watchdog Workshop Coming to Detroit on October 19
WDIV-TV and Graham Media Group have partnered with the Missouri School of Journalism to bring it's Investigative Reporters & Editors TV Watchdog Workshop series to Detroit on October 19.  Learn More

WJBK VP/GM Greg Easterly and Rep. Debbie Dingell catch up in Detroit. "Fox Corporation is a proud supporter of the John D. Dingell Jr. Journalism Scholarship and look forward to the benefits this endeavor will create for talented young broadcast professionals in Michigan and across the country," says VP of Government Relations Jamie Gillespie.

October 28, 2019 
Contest Opens 

January 9, 2020 
Contest Closes

March 4, 2020 
BEA Reception & Ceremony at the #MABshow in Lansing

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Register Before October 24 to Secure Your Spot at BCBC!
If you're dreaming about a career in broadcasting, BCBC is where you want to be. Each year BCBC connects students with industry leaders from across Michigan. BCBC '19 will take place Friday, Nov. 8, at Lansing Community College's West Campus. Learn more and register to attend before October 24* at

*BCBC online registration will close on Oct. 24. While registration will be available at the door, it will not guaranteed. Space is limited.
The MAB Foundation is Hosting TWO More Career Fairs in 2019!
Let us help you fulfill your hiring and EEO needs!
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October 17, 2019 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
"Scarce Talent: Recruiting and
Hiring Better Salespeople"
with Chris Lytle,

To manage productively, you must hire effectively. During this fast-paced, highly detailed webinar, you'll learn:
  • The #1 reason you can't find good people.
  • The importance of hiring A players.
  • Two things you must know about A players.
  • Why sales managers tend to make lousy interviewers Quit making this deadly hiring mistake.
  • The 3 components of a well-rounded hiring decision.
  • The question to ask the candidate before he or she sits down.
  • The #1 mistake sales managers make when reading resumes.
  • Breaking down the hiring process in to 7 repeatable steps.
  • Why you must ask these two embarrassing interview questions.
  • Getting referrals to give you a referral.

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14 Things Radio Broadcasters Should Pay Attention to When Creating Videos
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Strategies

These days, every media outlet is a multi-media outlet. Sure, your radio station personalities may be focused primarily on audio content, but in the social media age, people want to see them on video, too. While technological improvements have made it increasingly easy and affordable to post video online, that doesn't ensure that all the videos created are compelling.  Read More

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In This Issue
October 17
Webinar: "Scarce Talent: Recruiting and Hiring Better Sales People" (Learn More)

October 23
MABF Media Career Fair at Grand Valley State University Eberhard Center
(Register Your Station)

November 8
BCBC '19 (Learn More)

November 8
SBE Ennes Workshop (Learn More)

November 8
MABF Media Career Fair at Lansing Community College - West Campus (Register Your Station

November 21
Webinar: "Preparing for the 2020 Elections" (Learn More)


Administrative Business Analyst
WKAR Public Media
(East Lansing)
Posted: October 10, 2019

Board Operator at WOOD/iHeartmedia
(Grand Rapids)
Posted: October 9, 2019

News/Sports Reporter
Posted: October 8, 2019

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