Issue #170 |  October 25, 2019   |   View online
Top of the News:

* FCC Issues 'Clarifications' of Political Broadcasting   Public File Disclosure Requirements - Significantly More   Disclosures to Be Required on Issue Ads
* Gov. Whitmer Sends Letter to Trump Administration on   Overtime Rule
* Reserve Your 2020 ABIP Inspection Now
* Jacobs Media's Techsurvey 2020 Launches in January
* Michigan Army National Guard Leaves the NCSA   Program October 31
#BCBC19 HAS SOLD OUT, Nearly 300 Will Attend
* Become a Judge for the Student Broadcast Awards!

All this and more below

It's Almost Time to Submit Your BEA Entries!

This year's contest will open in 3 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

Note: Annual member dues renewals have been sent out. Make sure to maintain your station's membership status to save on the cost of your BEA entry fees. 

In 2020, Michigan broadcasters will judge the Wisconsin Awards ... Interested in being a judge?
Contact Jackie Timm at

FCC Issues 'Clarifications' of Political Broadcasting Public File Disclosure Requirements - Significantly More Disclosures to Be Required on Issue Ads
By: David Oxenford
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP 

The FCC last week released two decisions addressing complaints from public interest groups against several TV stations alleging that the stations had not sufficiently disclosed in their online public files sufficient information about political issue advertising.  Read More

Gov. Whitmer Sends Letter to Trump Administration on Overtime Rule
In a letter, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer expressed opposition to the Trump Administration's proposed changes to overtime eligibility, which substantially lowers overtime pay protections for working people from the far stronger Obama-era standard.  Read More

Online Registration will Close on November 1 for SBE ENNES Workshop
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.  Learn More

ABIP 11Reserve Your 2020 ABIP Inspection Now
Scheduling has begun for the 2020 Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program (ABIP). The MAB conducts these alternative inspections regionally from April to October.  Learn More

Andy Rent Celebrates 50 Years in West Michigan Broadcasting
This past Sunday, October 20, marked the 50th Anniversary of West Michigan Radio/TV personality Andy Rent. The current morning personality at Townsquare Media's WTRV-FM (Grand Rapids) began his West Michigan career in 1969 at WOOD-TV, where he served as live booth announcer, weatherman and children's television host known as "Captain Woody."   Read More

Bill Gamble Promoted to GM at Mid-West Family South Bend
Mid-West Family Broadcasting has promoted longtime Director of Programming and Content Bill Gamble to General Manager at their South Bend, Indiana cluster. Gamble had been with the South Bend stations since 2010.  Mid-West Family acquired the stations in 2015.   Read More

GB Broadcasting Founder, George Benko V, Passes Away
GB Broadcasing founder George E. Benko V passed away on October 22 at his home in Birmingham, Mich., surrounded by his family and friends. GB Broadcasting is licensee of MAB Member WBGV-FM (Marlette). He was 56.   Read More

WDET Wins 2019 Local The Works Contest
Public radio station WDET-FM (Detroit) has received a $5,000 prize as winner in the 2019 Local That Works contest, for a project that tells stories of the region's communities through audio and photography.  Since 2014, "Framed by WDET" has featured 10 communities, presenting images and audio stories in art exhibitions and community spaces."   Read More

Radio First Hosts Cops & Jocks Spaghetti Dinner
On October 22, Liggett Communications/Radio First's Port Huron radio stations, together with the Port Huron Police Department, hosted the annual Cops & Jocks Spaghetti Dinner.  The fundraiser supports the  local C.A.P.T.U.R.E. Program.   Read More

iHeartMedia's WMXD-FM Presents 20th Annual Sista Strut Cancer Walk
This past Saturday, October 19, iHeartMedia's WMXD-FM (Detroit ) presented the 20th Annual Sista Strut Cancer Walk.  The event is held to increase awareness to the benefits of breast cancer screenings and other breast cancer resources in the African American community.   Read More

Jacobs Media's Techsurvey 2020 Launches in January
Michigan-based Jacobs Media announced on Thursday that registration is open for commercial radio stations to participate in the company's annual Techsurvey Read More

Michigan Army National Guard Leaves the NCSA Program October 31
The MAB was recently informed that the Michigan Army National Guard (MIANG) has chosen to distribute PSAs rather than air within the NCSA Program. MIANG has received significantly less funding for FY 19-20 and plans to utilize their own social and digital media platforms and distribute PSAs . MIANG spots will be pulled from the NCSA Program October 31... You will receive a KILL ORDER for messages if you have not already.  Read More


The MAB Foundation and Grand Valley State University held a job fair this past Wednesday!

Over 50 job seekers were in attendance!
 We thank all the participating stations!

 GVSU School of Communications
Heritage Broadcasting Company, 9&10 News
WXMI Fox 17
Midwest Communications
Sinclair Broadcast Group
Townsquare Media - Grand Rapids
Michigan Radio
Cumulus Media - Grand Rapids/Muskegon
WMUK Public Media
WGVU Public Media
The MAB Foundation is hosting ONE more 2019 Career Fair in conjunction with the Broadcasting Career Builder Conference!
Let us help you fulfill your hiring and EEO needs!
  Learn More Information here:

#BCBC19 HAS SOLD OUT, Nearly 300 Will Attend
#BCBC19 turned out to be so  HOT  that we reached fire-code capacities and were forced to close down online registration late Wednesday.
Nearly 300 hundred college and highs school students will descend upon Lansing Community College's West Campus on November 8 to connect with industry professionals and be inspired to pursue a career in broadcasting. Registration for the Career Fair only will be available at the door. The Career Fair is free to attend and will take place from 12:00 to 130 p.m.  Learn more at

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

November 21, 2019 | 3:00 - 5:00 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:  There's always so much to do and so little time. Between researching prospects, keeping in touch with leads, writing proposals, sending in expense reports, not to mention actual sales calls, it's hard to know where to start. In this course, we'll help you out with all of that. We'll cover setting goals, weekly planning, prioritizing, getting organized, and much more. We'll also go over things to avoid and the importance of taking breaks.   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.

All Things Christmas...
By: Gary Berkowitz
Berkowitz Broadcast Consulting

The crisp feel of fall is here and that can only mean one thing; the holidays are just around the corner. Many retail locations are already decorated for the season and soon, hundreds of radio stations across the US will switch to all Christmas programming.
With that in mind, here are 10 programming ideas to consider that will truly make this, "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" and get you monster ratings too Read More

Radio Show Prep: How to Check Lots of Websites Quickly
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Strategies

In the past, I've written about how radio DJs can create their own customized show prep service using RSS feeds. One of the big advantages of this is that you can include local sources, such as newspapers or bloggers, and pull them into an RSS reader. However, while local media publishers are likely to have RSS feeds for their website, many other local websites will not.  Read More

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In This Issue
November 8
#BCBC19 (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)

December 3
Poynter Webinar: "Covering the 2020 Elections" (Learn More)

December 10
Poynter Webinar: "Covering the 2020 Elections" (Learn More)

January 9
BEA Entry Deadline (Noon)


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