Issue #121  |  October 5,  2018  |   View online
Top of the News:

* Statewide RMT Cancelled for October 10; Stations   Should Run Required Weekly Test
* Beware of the Political File Obligations in this Hot   Political Advertising Year
* Cumulus Taps Bruce Law As Grand Rapids Market   Manager
* WXYZ-TV Celebrates 70 Years of '7'
* WKAR Partners with MET To Provide Books For Kids
* We're Looking For Judges
* Plan Now to Celebrate 70 Years with the MAB in 2019

All this and more below

Statewide RMT Cancelled for October 10; Stations Should Run Required Weekly Test
State EAS/SECC Chairman Gary Blievernicht has announced that the Statewide Required Monthly Test (RMT), scheduled for October 10 has been cancelled.  47 CFR 11.61(3)(ii) states "A national test shall replace the required weekly and monthly tests for all EAS participants ... in the week and month in which it occurs.   Read More

National EAS/WEA Test 'Successfully Originated and Disseminated'
As most broadcasters are aware,  FEMA conducted another National EAS Test and added a second test to cellphones to test Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) on October 3 . A poll of 1,894 US adults conducted by regarding the Wireless Emergency Alerts, showed that 72% of the population received the alert, 18% did not, 5% not sure and 5% did not have a cellphone.   Read More
Beware of the Political File Obligations in this Hot Political Advertising Year
By: David Oxenford
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

In this "political" year with Congressional mid-term elections in November, including many hotly contested races for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate, as well as many state and local elections, I receive many questions from broadcasters across the country. Perhaps the area in which most questions are received deals with the "political file," particularly because these files are now available online.  Read More

State/Legislative Updates

House Passes Online Voter Registration
The State House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation to allow residents with valid driver's licenses to register to vote online.   Read More 

Federal/Regulatory Updates

Deadline Reminder: Broadcast Station Quarterly Reports Due October 10, 2018
By October 10, 2018, all radio and television broadcast stations, both commercial and noncommercial, must prepare a list of important issues facing their communities of license, and the programs aired during July, August and September dealing with those issues.  Read More

NAB files comments with the FCC on Audio Marketplace Competition
The NAB has filed comments with the FCC concerning competition in the audio programming marketplace as part of the agency's congressionally-mandated communications marketplace report. Read More

Cumulus Taps Bruce Law As Grand Rapids Market Manager
Cumulus Media has announced that it has appointed radio broadcasting executive Bruce Law as Vice President/Market Manager for its Grand Rapids radio station group.   Read More

Robert L. Friedle: 1943-2018
The MAB is sad to report that longtime Michigan broadcast engineer, Robert L. Friedle passed away on Monday, October 1.  Bob was well known in the Tri-Cities area, having worked for many of the local stations. He was honored with the MAB's distinguished Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Award in 2015 .   Read More

WDET/WRCJ's Christopher Felcyn Passed Away on September 28
Christopher Felcyn, a longtime Detroit radio personality and host of "The Well Tempered Wireless" for classical music station WRCJ-FM (90.9), has passed away.  Felcyn, 67, died at his home on September 28 .   Read More

Blarney Stone Enters LMA with Henderson Stations
Jerry and Sheryl Coyne's Blarney Stone Broadcasting has taken over operations of Roy Henderson's three stations in Traverse City and debuted new formats on two of them, while relaunching the third .   Read More

WXYZ-TV Celebrates 70 Years of '7'
WXYZ-TV (Detroit)  is celebrating "70 Years of 7." For 70 years, the station has served Southeast Michigan.  October 9 will mark the 70th anniversary of the day the station signed on the air from studios in the Maccabees building in Detroit .   Read More

WKAR Partners with MET To Provide Books For Kids
Through 12 days in September, listeners of WKAR Radio (East Lansing) combined efforts with Michigan Education Trust (MET) to provide more than 600 books to capital region children in need .   Read More

Nielsen Announces 2019 TV Market Rankings
Nielsen has unveiled its television market rankings for 2019, and rankings of Michigan markets have been slightly adjusted. Markets are ranked by the number of TV households in a DMA .   Read More

We're Looking For Judges
If you would like to help judge for the Michigan Student Broadcast Awards or Colorado's Broadcast Awards, contact Crysta Manthei at

What is Your Best Work from 2018?
The 2018 Broadcast Excellence Awards online entry system will open on November 9. Start preparing your entries now. Rules and additional information can be found at

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

Plan Now to Celebrate 70 Years with the MAB in 2019
It's important to set aside the right amount of funds to make sure you and your staff can fully participate in the wonderful recognition, networking, educational and career-building opportunities the MAB and MAB Foundation offer each year. Here is a brief glimpse of some of the amazing events and programs in store for 2019. Read More

Snack & Learn with the MAB
The MAB was in Port Huron earlier this week snacking and learning with Liggett Communications/RadioFirst! 
We would love to see you too! Get Your Snack & Learn scheduled today! 
Email Jacquelen Timm to schedule your station's Snack & Learn.

Meet your MAB Board Member of the week: Michael Renda
Michael Renda began his broadcast career in radio at WOHO in Toledo, Ohio in 1977 as a Local Account Executive and very shortly thereafter moved to across the street to WTVG-TV in the same capacity. 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

October 18, 2018 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
with Chris Lytle

November 15, 2018 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
with David Oxenford

New P1 Learning Training Courses: 
Assertive Verbal Skills: Dealing with Manipulation

Course Description: Manipulators. They love to prey on the meek. They bully, control, and even nicely try to persuade us to do or think things that we normally wouldn't. This program will help you recognize these people and their manipulative ways. 
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Don't miss out on your opportunity for free, online training as an MAB member!   Sign your staff up today!

Broadcasting Career Builder Conference Has Everything for Future Broadcasters
From Professional Development to Digital Media, from Creativity to Behind the Scenes Looks, the 2018 Broadcasting Career Builder Conference will offer students opportunities to develop their skills and network with industry leaders on November 16 at Lansing Community College's West Campus. Learn more at

It's Time to Reserve your Media Career Fair Booth
The MAB Foundation's fall media career fairs are quickly approaching and booths are filling up quickly. Make sure to register your station as soon as possible to ensure your spot at these popular events!  Find your station's next all-star talent October 10 at Ferris State University (New Location!), October 24 at Western Michigan University and November 16 the Broadcasting Career Builder Conference at Lansing Community College's West Campus. Reserve your station's booth now.

Your Digital Staffer is Leaving - Here Are the Passwords You Need to Secure
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Strategies t

Radio is an industry with traditionally high turnover. When an employee leaves, it's important the station has everything they need from them to keep things running smoothly. That's especially true when a digital staffer moves on because stations maintain so many different online accounts. Here's a checklist to help you make sure that you get all of the credentials that you need:  Read More

Salespeople: Here's How To Make Live Reads Work
By: Gary Berkowitz
Berkowitz Broadcast Consulting

If you were to ask any successful PD what the secret to their success was, I am sure they would tell you that being sales-friendly is one of them. I certainly believe that, and continue to be sales-friendly myself. Which takes me to live reads, arguably one of the most requested and successful tactics for today's radio advertiser. Read More

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In This Issue
October 10 | 12-3pm
MABF Media Career Fair at Ferris State University
(Register Your Station)

October 18 | 1-2 pm
Webinar: Leadership Lessons for Broadcast Managers with Chris Lytle ( Register)

October 24 | 12-3 pm
MABF Media Career Fair at Western Michigan University  (Register Your Station)

November 15 | 1-2 pm
Webinar: "License Renewal" with David Oxenford ( Register)

November 16
BCBC '18 at Lansing Community College - West Campus ( Learn More)

The 2019 #MABshow 
will be March 5-6 at
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WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids)
Posted: October 4, 2018

Master Control Operator
WADL-TV (Clinton Twp.)
Posted: October 4, 2018

WNEM-TV (Saginaw)
Posted: October 3, 2018

Promotion Manager
WGVU Public Media
(Grand Rapids)
Posted: October 3, 2018

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