Issue #80 October 26 , 2017 | View online
Top of the News:

* Court Rejects Appeal of FCC Decision Not to Mandate   Multilingual EAS Alerts
Michigan Legislature Introduces Unemployment   Insurance Reform Bills

FCC Votes to Eliminate Main Studio Rule
* Webinar: P1 Learning's MAB Fall Enrollment: Time   Management with Speed (October 31)
BCBC Early Registration Deadline is Friday

All this and more below

Save the Date: GLBC is now the Great Lakes Media Show ...
The Great Lakes Media Show is set for  March 6 and 7, 2018  at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing. Learn more at Registration opens next month! 

Thank you to the following sponsors who have already renewed support to the Media Show in 2018:
  • Lake Huron Sponsor: Patrick Communications
  • Lake Erie Sponsor: Detroit Radio Advertising Group
  • Lake Ontario Sponsors: Key Code Media and 
    The Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau
Are you interested in becoming a Great Lakes Media Show 2018 sponsor? Contact Jacquelen Timm at 517-484-7444 or

Court Rejects Appeal of FCC Decision Not to Mandate Multilingual EAS Alerts
By: David Oxenford, 
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP,

On October 17, The United States Court of Appeals issued an order denying the appeal of an FCC order that rejected a requirement that multilingual EAS alerts be provided in every market. Read more here ...
The MAB and the SECC are currently surveying all Michigan Broadcast Stations and Cable Systems at the request of the FCC.  If you have not been contacted for your information, please contact Dan Kelley at and you will be provided a link to your station's information.

State/Legistlative Update

Michigan Legislature Introduces Unemployment Insurance Reform Bills

The Michigan House of Representatives introduced a package of bills to repair several major problems within Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency.  Read more here ...

House Committee Approves Critical Infrastructure FOIA Exemption

Legislation exempting critical cybersecurity data from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was unanimously reported from the Michigan House Communications and Technology Committee last week. Read more here ...

Click here for "Updates on Legislative Races" ...

Federal/Congressional Update

FCC Votes to Eliminate Main Studio Rule

On October 24,  the FCC voted 3-2 to eliminate the almost eight-decade old requirement that radio and television broadcasters maintain a main studio in or near their community of license.  Read more here ...

WDIV's Andrew Humphrey to Receive Alumnus of the Year Award
On October 26, WDIV-TV (Detroit) Meteorologist and Reporter Andrew Humphrey, CBM, will be at the University of Michigan to receive the Climate & Space (CLaSP) department's Alumnus of the Year Award and give an accompanying lecture.   Read more here ...

Lansing's WLNS-TV Tracked Arrival of New Anchor
Bonney Bowman has joined the staff at Nexstar's WLNS-TV (Lansing) as a new morning news anchor.  Bowman joins the station from KTVA-TV in Anchorage, Alaska.  Read more here ...

Webinar: P1 Learning's MAB Fall Enrollment: Time Management with Speed (October 31)

  In this 30-minute webinar, P1 Learning CEO, Speed Marriott, will provide you with a three tiered system for making the most of your time. We are all granted the same 24/7 week, but it's what you do with your time that counts. In addition to registering for this webinar, we'll also update your information for the  MAB's free online on-demand training campus from P1 Learning. So congrats, you'll be accomplishing two tasks at once!

Tuesday, October, 31, 2017
10:00 - 10:30 a.m. ET

MAB Member cost: FREE!!!

Click here to register now.
MAB Will Offer Two Free Webinars with David Oxenford in November

The Online Public File Is Coming for All Radio Stations March 1 - Will You Be Ready?
November 9, 2017
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET 
On March 1, 2018, all radio stations (both commercial and noncommercial) will be required to have fully activated their FCC-hosted online public inspection file. Do you know what is required to be in compliance with the FCC rules?  Click here to learn more.

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.  

Finding Success
By: Dick Taylor,  CRMC/CDMC

When I was growing up, kids, when asked, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" would respond with things like: Actor, Postman, Astronaut, Scientist, TV Star, Pilot, Explorer, Teacher, Disc Jockey etc.   Read more here ...

The Robinson Report - Legend
By: Kevin Robinson
Robinson Media

Tom Petty - Dead The news swept the music industry and shocked the world.  Not a Bucket List concert for me - but I still have a bright red disc of " Change of Heart. Legend is fleeting - and mortal Read more here ...

Here's What I Look for When
I First Look at a Radio Station's Website
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Stratagies

From time to time, Fred Jacobs pops into my office and asks me to take a quick look at a radio station's website to see what I think. When I'm doing a five-minute diagnosis of a website, here's what I look for:  Read more here ...

Career Fairs Connect Stations and Students
The MAB Foundation connected MAB member stations with many talented future prospects at last week's Fall Career Fairs at Western Michigan University and Central Michigan University. Be sure to keep up with the MAB Foundation on its Facebook Page. Our Career Fair at Specs Howard School of Media Arts takes place today from 4 to 7 p.m. 

BCBC Early Registration Deadline is Friday
If you or your students are planning on attending BCBC '17 , be sure to register before October 27 to receive the discounted registration rate of $20.  After October 27, registration will be $35. Read more here ...

Register now for this year's
Broadcasting Career Builder Conference!

WNMU's Walton on Candidate Forum Panel
On October 24, WNMU-FM (Marquette) News Director Nicole Walton participated on a media panel along with representatives from the Marquette Mining Journal and WLUC-TV.   Read more here...
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October 26:  Career & Networking Fair,  Specs Howard School of Media Arts

October 31:  Webinar: P1 Learning: MAB Fall Enrollment  (10 a.m.)
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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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