Issue #216 | October 9, 2020  |  View online
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Supreme Court Agrees to Hear FCC Appeal to Deregulate Broadcast Ownership
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal by broadcasters and the FCC of an appeals court's rejection of the regulatory commission's most recent attempt to deregulate broadcast ownership, according to a recent report in Broadcasting+Cable. Read More

FCC Announces Plans to Authorize All-Digital AM Radio at October 27 Open Meeting
By: David Oxenford,
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

The FCC this week released its agenda for its October 27 open meeting.  At that meeting the FCC will consider a number of issues of relevance to broadcasters, including enhanced white space use in the TV band and an expansion of the requirement for audio description of video programming.  It also plans to adopt an order authorizing licensees of AM stations to voluntarily transition to all-digital AM operations. Read More

WSYM to Build Local News Staff in 2021
The E.W. Scripps Company has announced that it will expand its commitment to Michigan audiences early next year by producing its own local newscasts at WSYM-TV, its FOX affiliate in Lansing. Read More

Entercom Announces New Morning Co-Hosts for WYCD, WYXT
Entercom has announced that Josh Holleman has been added as morning co-host for WYCD-FM (Detroit). He'll join co-hosts Rachael Hunter and Steve Grunwald as part of "Josh, Rachael and Grunwald in the Morning," ... Across the hall at WXYT-FM, the company announced the addition of former Detroit Lions player Jon Jansen as morning show co-host. Read More

Leon Hendrix to Leave WOOD After 13 Years
WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids) anchor Leon Hendrix has announced plans to leave the station after more than 13 years.  Hendrix started in the News 8 newsroom in June of 2007 as a weekend overnight associate producer. Read More

Radio Hall of Fame Goes Virtual October 29, Detroit's Donnie Simpson Among 2020 Inductees
Induction ceremonies for the 2020 Radio Hall of Fame go virtual this year with host Elvis Duran hosting the two-hour program from New York City. This year's inductees include Donnie Simpson, who began his career in Detroit at age 15 at WJLB.  The complete list of inductees include: Read More

WWTV/WWUP Holds Virtual JOBfest
On September 30, Heritage Broadcasting's WWTV/WWUP-TV (Cadillac) held a virtual JOBfest on the 9&10 News Facebook page.  The JOBfest was a streaming presentation by prominent employers from across Northwestern Michigan! Read More

WKDS License Transfer Filed
A formal application for license transfer of Kalamazoo Public School's WKDS-FM to Western Michigan University was filed October 5 at the FCC.  This follows a meeting held April 30 when the Kalamazoo Public Schools board voted to sell the district's radio station to Western Michigan University, who presently operate WMUK-FM. Read More

WDET Announces Programming Changes to 'On Point,' Adds '1A' to Schedule
WDET-FM (Detroit) has announced changes to their schedule.  The popular show On Point, produced by WBUR in Boston and broadcast every weekday on WDET and NPR stations nationwide - will now air from 10 to 11 a.m. After internal and external review with staff and listeners, WDET decided to add the show 1A to immediately follow, from 11 a.m. to noon weekdays to fill the open time vacated by On PointRead More


The 2021 Student Awards Contest is Open

The MAB Foundation is pleased to present the
2021 Michigan Student Broadcast Awards
You can review the category list below, read
full category descriptions and the complete list of rules and enter at

Webinars are FREE to MAB members and all are archived for later viewing. Questions? Contact Jayne Hodak at 1-800-YOUR-MAB.
Writing and Speaking for Broadcast
with Joe Little,KNSD-TV (San Diego)

Thursday, October 15, 2020 | 11:00 a.m.

Writing and Speaking for Broadcast captures a lot of the writing and performance aspects. SO MANY reporters speak like police officers and use words lifted from a press release. Yet, broadcasting is supposed to be a conversation. It needs to be HUMAN. We shouldn't sound like we're reading a newspaper out loud, which is awful. Register Now

Look back on past MAB Webinars, including Mark Levy's
"From Influence to Impact: Putting More Political Ad Dollars
On Your Books" on our Archives Page.

The MAB is excited to share that Local Broadcast Sales (LBS) is available free to members in 2020.
COVID Reopening
Blaine and Honey Parker take LIVE broadcaster questions! In this session: Is now a bad time to walk in to a business as opposed to calling or emailing them? Can you speak a little bit on how to talk to a car dealer who has pulled their advertising due to lack of inventory? What motivates businesses to advertise during COVID?

Bad Budgets
Paul Weyland continues his series on why prospects say that broadcast advertising has not worked for them in the past. In this segment, he discusses why stingy budgets work against advertisers and reminds us that we need to continually remind our customers and prospects about the value our station brings them!

Use RSS Feeds to Find Local Content to Share on Your Radio Station's Social Media Channels
By: Seth Resler,
Jacobs Media Strategies

I'm a big fan of RSS feeds. RSS feeds are essentially digital pipes, used to push content from one place to another with ease. One of my favorite tricks for radio stations, where the staffs are notoriously stretched thin, is to use RSS feeds to send email blasts containing website content. Read More

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News Director,
Executive Producer,
Real Time News Producer,
Sports Multimedia Journalist,
Multimedia Journalist 
WSYM-TV (Lansing)
Posted: October 8, 2020

Afternoon Host
WMGC-FM (Ferndale)
Posted: October 8, 2020

Studio Producer
mediaBrew Communications (Marquette)
Posted: October 7, 2020

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