Issue #169 |  October 18, 2019   |   View online
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* Facebook Criticized for Not Censoring Candidate Ads -   Even Though Congress Requires No Censorship from   Broadcasters
* FCC Announces Next FM Broadcast Auction
* Registration for the SBE ENNES Workshop Closes Next   Week on Oct. 23
* Television Broadcasters Announce OTT Innovation   Alliance; Cadillac's Heritage Broadcasting a Charter   Member
* 'All About Film' and More at #BCBC19
* Become a Judge for the Student Broadcast Awards!

All this and more below

The Countdown to the  BEAs has Begun!!!

This year's contest will open in 10 days on October 28. The entry deadline will be January 9, 2020 and the BEA reception and ceremony will take place at the #MABshow in Lansing on March 4. Learn more at

Facebook Criticized for Not Censoring Candidate Ads - Even Though Congress Requires No Censorship from Broadcasters
By: David Oxenford
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP 

In recent weeks, Facebook has been criticized for adopting a policy of not censoring advertising and other content posted on its platforms by political candidates. While Facebook apparently will review content whose veracity is challenged when posted by anyone else, it made an exception for posts by political candidates - and has received much heat from many of those candidates, including some who are currently in Congress.  Read More

Flavored Vape Ban Temporarily Halted
The Michigan Court of Claims has halted the state's ban on flavored vapes on Tuesday, issuing a preliminary injunction against the ban, which began on October 2 ... Broadcasters should use caution in advertising of such products. MAB Washington Counsel David Oxenford wrote about concerns for broadcasters following the announcement of the Michigan ban in September. Read More

FCC Announces Next FM Broadcast Auction
On October 10, the FCC announced that it will hold a full-power FM Broadcast auction for 130 new construction permits starting on April 28. Read More

Registration for the SBE ENNES Workshop Closes Next Week on Oct. 23
We hope to see you there on 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. Less than15 spots remain. Room discounts available at the Country Inn and Suites in Lansing.  Learn More

Alpha Media's Geary Morrill Joins SBE Board
At the SBE National Meeting held October 16 in Middleton (Madison), Wisconsin, Saginaw-based Alpha Media Regional Director of Engineering Geary Morrill was formally inducted to a 2-year term on the SBE Board of Directors.  Read More

Television Broadcasters Announce OTT Innovation Alliance; Cadillac's Heritage Broadcasting a Charter Member
Broadcast groups Morgan Murphy Media, Gray Television, Heritage Broadcasting and independent powerhouse WFMZ, announced the formation of an OTT Innovation Alliance on October 17. The group plans to create innovative ways to reach in- and out-of-market viewers using the power of OTT. Read More

WCMU Debuts Environmental Documentary
On October 16, WCMU Public Television (Mt. Pleasant) debuted a new hour-long documentary exploring the critical relationship between coastal wetlands and the quality of the Great Lakes. "Linking Land and Lakes: Protecting the Great Lakes' Coastal Wetlands" chronicles the work of 15 universities and government agencies as scientists collect data to help restore an ecosystem that has been 50 percent decimated basin wide.  Read More

Kendall Taylor Adds Music Director to Role at WDVD
Cumulus Media has announced that Kendall Taylor, Assistant Program Director and Midday Host at the company's WDVD-FM (Detroit) has added Music Director to her duties at the station.  Read More

WKAR Produces Food Science Series for PBS Digital
WKAR Public Media (East Lansing) has announced that its new digital series "Serving Up Science" is being featured by PBS on their digital platforms.  The series is hosted by Michigan State University (MSU) science writer Sheril Kirshenbaum.  Read More

WWTV/WWUP, WTCM Host JobFest 2.0
On October 8, Heritage Broadcasting's WWTV/WWUP-TV (Cadillac) and Midwestern Broadcasting's WTCM-AM/FM (Traverse City) teamed together to present JobFest 2.0 at the Park Place Hotel and Convention Center in Traverse City.  Read More


MAB members were spotted across Lake Michigan this week at the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association's annual Broadcasters Clinic. 

MAB's Jacquelen Timm, Radio Results Network Engineer Justin Poquette and Owner Chris Bernier, and MAB's Dan Kelley.  
Futuri Media's Craig Bowman, MAB's Jacquelen Timm, WGVU Public Media's Mark Wittkoski, MAB's Dan Kelley, Spring Arbor University's David Benson, and Munn-Reese's Rick Grzebik, Ardis and Don Baad.  
Did you know that we offer the following services at no charge to you?  Find out more by clicking on the services below:  (Members only-must use password to access)

'All About Film' and More at #BCBC19
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 Check out some of this year's exciting "All About Film" learning opportunities here

*BCBC online registration will close on Oct. 24. While registration will be available at the door, it will not be guaranteed. Space is limited.

Become a Judge for the Student Broadcast Awards!
We are looking for talented professionals from across Michigan to help judge this year's Michigan Student Broadcast Awards contest. Online judging takes place in December and January. This is a great way to help build the future of broadcast excellence! Interested? Contact Sarah Decker at
The MAB Foundation is Hosting TWO More Career Fairs in 2019!
Let us help you fulfill your hiring and EEO needs!
Learn More Information here:


November 21, 2019 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
"Preparing for the 2020 Elections"
with David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP
& Bobby Baker, FCC
2020 is bound to be a very active year for political broadcasting. Who do you have to sell advertising time to? How much can you charge? What paperwork do you need to retain? Who is watching what you do, and what issues are likely to arise in the coming election? 
Course Description:  Without a need, don't proceed. This should be ingrained in your sales psyche. You can't force a need onto a customer. You can't charm them into thinking they have a need that you can meet. Your job is to determine what the customer needs and insert that into your sales process, if you're able. Let's take a look at how to determine what exactly the customer needs. We'll discuss the psychology of a sale, increasing revenue versus reducing expenses, and what you should be doing to successfully meet your customers' needs.   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! More information here.

Celebrate the Holidays with Audio Treats for Your Listeners
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Strategies

I have always been a big fan of seeing people (or fictional characters) come together in unexpected ways. Yet in radio, we rarely give listeners the opportunity to hear their favorite morning show hosts interact with their favorite afternoon jocks. As the holidays approach, you can use it to give your fans a special opportunity to hear these uncommon interactions.  Read More

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MABF Media Career Fair at Grand Valley State University Eberhard Center
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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)


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