Issue #165 |  September 20, 2019   |   View online
Top of the News:

* FCC Delays Due Date for Biennial Ownership Reports -   But Don't Forget Other Important Dates for Reg Fees,   EAS Test Forms, and New FM Application Forms Next   Week
* WKAR Hosts 'The Future of Television and Data   Delivery' with ATSC 3.0
* FCC Approves Nexstar-Tribune Deal; Grand Rapids'   WXMI-TV Goes To Scripps
* MABF Fall Career Fairs Have Begun

All this and more below

MAB TV Members: Don't Forget to Contact Your Local Athletic Departments
A few months ago you may have responded to a survey regarding your interest in airing or streaming certain live local high school sporting events. With the positive results of the survey, we wrote a letter to the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) and to President Mark Uyl requesting further discussion with the Board of Directors on the opportunities available for local television broadcasters. Read More

SBE Ennes Workshop

Friday, November 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lansing Community College - West Campus
5708 Cornerstone Dr., Lansing MI 48917
(Free parking available)

Registration Cost: $40 (includes sessions/food/beverage)

Sessions will include:

Practical Cybersecurity for the Broadcast Station
Wayne Pecena

Case Histories in Lightning Protection and Grounding
Jeff Welton, Nautel

Workbench Tips
John Bisset, Telos Alliance

Spurs-Your Fault or Not
Sean Edwards, Shively Labs

Tomorrow's STLs Today
Jeff Holdenrid, Double Radius

Hotel rooms available on the night of November 7 at:

Country Inn and Suites-Lansing
6511 Centurion Drive
Lansing, MI 48917

Room block deadline: October 7, 2019

Book Your Room Here  or call 517-827-7000 and ask for the Michigan Association of Broadcasters group rate.

FCC Delays Due Date for Biennial Ownership Reports - But Don't Forget Other Important Dates for Reg Fees, EAS Test Forms, and New FM Application Forms Next Week
By: David Oxenford
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP 

On September 17, the FCC announced that the due dates for Biennial Ownership Reports, which had been December 1 of this year, will now be January 31, 2020. The Order announcing that action is available here. The FCC notice says that this additional time is needed to make updates to the ownership forms in the LMS database in which they are filed. The window for filing these reports will open on November 1. Read More

Governor Looking for Budget Bills
The Associated Press reported  on Tuesday that Governor Gretchen Whitmer urged Republican legislative leaders to quickly send her budget bills before their weekend "getaway" for a GOP political gathering, saying she needs as much time as possible to review and sign them by a September 30 deadline.  Read More

WKAR Hosts 'The Future of Television and Data Delivery' with ATSC 3.0
On September 19, WKAR Public Media and MSU ComArtSci hosted a NextGen TV Day at their East Lansing studios.  The long session featured ATSC 3.0 demos, with presentations from partners working with WKAR's experimental ATSC 3.0 television station.  Read More

FCC Approves Nexstar-Tribune Deal; Grand Rapids' WXMI-TV Goes To Scripps
On Monday, September 16, the FCC approved the sale of Tribune Media to Nexstar Media Group.  The company closed and began operating the former Tribune stations on Thursday. As part of the deal, Nexstar was required to spin-off stations in certain Tribune markets where they already had stations, including Grand Rapids. WXMI-TV, formerly owned by Tribune, is now owned and operated by the Scripps TV Group.  Read More

Midwest Communications Relaunches WFAT
Radio Insight reports that Midwest Communications has brought back the WFAT call letters and imaging to Michigan.  "The Fat One" has returned with a classic hits format via AM/FM translator simulcast WFAT-AM (930)/W274AQ (102.7) in Battle Creek.  Read More

WPBN Celebrates 65 Years
The past Friday, September 13, WPBN-TV (Traverse City) celebrated its 65th anniversary. The station began broadcasting on February 13, 1954 on Channel 7 and was owned by the Biederman family and their company, Midwest Broadcasting, along with WTCM-AM 1400 (now 580).  Read More

Jackson Radio Works Hosts Free Community Career Day

On Tuesday, Jackson Radio Works' WKHM-AM/FM and the Commonwealth Commerce Center hosted a Community Career Day from noon to 6 p.m. at the Commonwealth Commerce Center in downtown Jackson.  Read More

WXYZ Holds 'If You Give A Child A Book' Telethon
On September 12, E.W. Scripps Broadcasting's WXYZ and WMYD-TV (Detroit) held their annual "If You Give A Child A Book" Telethon. The effort is part of the nationwide If You Give A Child A Book effort conducted by parent company, the E. W. Scripps Company, and the Scripps Howard Foundation.  Read More

Cornerstone University Breaks Ground on New WCSG Studios

Listener-supported WCSG-FM (Grand Rapids) will soon be broadcasting from a new home with ceremonies on September 12 marking the beginning of a $5.7 million remodel of a former church building on the Cornerstone University campus.  Read More

Don't Forget to Budget for MAB in 2020!
Hey! It's that time of the year again ... Budget time! Don't miss out on the many wonderful recognition, networking, educational and career-building opportunities the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and MAB Foundation offer each year. Be on the look out for these great opportunities and more: Read More  
The Broadcast Excellence Awards
Important Dates:

October 28, 2019 
Contest Opens 

January 9, 2020 
Contest Closes

March 4, 2020 
BEA Reception & Ceremony at the #MABshow in Lansing

Snack and Learn with the MAB Staff
The MAB staff is back on the road for another round of Snack and Learns! Have you had your Snack and Learn yet? If not, you should contact Jackie at and schedule yours today!  This is a great way for you and your team to learn about all the MAB services available to you!
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)

MABF Fall Career Fairs Have Begun

Michigan Works! Oakland County hosted the MABF Media Career and Job Fair on Tuesday, September 17 at its Pontiac office. More than 60 job seekers were in attendance.Thank you Michigan Works! and all our stations who participated!

The MAB Foundation will host its next Media Career Fairs at Grand Valley State University and Lansing Community College in October and November. 

Let us help you fulfill your hiring needs!

Meet Your MABF Board Member of the Week: Seth Resler
Seth Resler is a broadcasting veteran who, for over two decades has worked behind both the mic and the programming desk in major markets, including New York City, Boston, Seattle, St. Louis, Providence, and San Jose. He left radio in 2006 to enter the world of online marketing. But he kept returning to the broadcasting industry, teaching radio stations how to apply the online marketing techniques being used by Silicon Valley companies. He writes a weekly column on, offering internet strategies for radio broadcasters. In 2015, Seth joined Jacobs Media as its Digital Dot Connector, helping radio stations combine all of their digital tools into one overarching strategy.


October 17, 2019 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
"Scarce Talent: Recruiting and
Hiring Better Salespeople"
with Chris Lytle, Media Staffing Network

To manage productively, you must hire effectively. During this fast-paced, highly detailed webinar, you'll learn:
  • The #1 reason you can't find good people.
  • The importance of hiring A players.
  • Two things you must know about A players.
  • Why sales managers tend to make lousy interviewers Quit making this deadly hiring mistake.
  • The 3 components of a well-rounded hiring decision.
  • The question to ask the candidate before he or she sits down.
  • The #1 mistake sales managers make when reading resumes.
  • Breaking down the hiring process in to 7 repeatable steps.
  • Why you must ask these two embarrassing interview questions.
  • Getting referrals to give you a referral.

Course Description:  It's important to have an understanding on how both the promotions and sales department work together in our industry. In this course, you will learn the job of the promotions team. The different types of promotions and your role with promotions. Learning this can help you make more money as well as make the station more profitable.   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.

Here's an Example of a Very Well Designed Broadcasting Website
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Strategies

This week, I'll publish the first episode of season five of the Worldwide Radio Summit podcast. It's a conversation that I had with Julie Talbott, the President of Premiere Networks, that was recorded at the conference in the spring. Towards the end of the interview, we discussed the Broadcasters Foundation of America, a fantastic organization that she is involved with which assists broadcasters facing financial hardship. Read More

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In This Issue
September 23
Deadline for filing ERTS Form 3 Reporting on Nationwide EAS Test Results (Learn More)

October 10
Issues/Programs Lists for Q3-2019 must be included in stations' public inspection

October 23
MABF Media Career Fair at Grand Valley State University Eberhard Center
(Register Your Station)

November 8
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


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