Issue #119 | September 21,  2018 |  View online
Top of the News:

* Nationwide EAS/WEA Test Rescheduled for October 3;   New Reporting Date
* Court of Appeals Upholds Copyright Royalty Board's   2015 Webcasting Rate Decision
* WOOD-TV, WDIV-TV Will Host Gubernatorial Debates   Announced for October 12 and 24
* 'Brother Bill' Gable Passes
* WILX-TV Teams with Red Cross for Hurricane Victims
* WDET-FM, Feet in 2 Worlds Offers Food Journalism   Fellowships
* It's a Big Year: Plan Now to Celebrate 2019 with the   MAB

All this and more below

Nationwide EAS/WEA Test Rescheduled for October 3; New Reporting Dates
On Monday, FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), postponed the nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) until October 3, 2018 due to ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence.   Read More
Court of Appeals Upholds Copyright Royalty Board's 2015 Webcasting Rate Decision
By:  David Oxenford
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

On September 18, The US Court of Appeals released a decision upholding the Copyright Royalty Board's 2015 decision setting the SoundExchange royalty rates for 2016-2020.  Read More

WOOD-TV, WDIV-TV Will Host Gubernatorial Debates Announced for October 12 and 24
Candidates in Michigan's November Gubernatorial election will appear in two debates in October. Democrat Gretchen Whitmer and Republican Bill Schuette will appear in debates hosted by WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids) on October 12 and WDIV-TV (Detroit) on October 24.   Read More

State/Legislative Updates

Universities Launch Media Campaign to Boost Enrollment
The Michigan Association of State Universities (MASU) launched a campaign with the goal of increasing higher education enrollment. The campaign, which is slated to run two years, includes radio and television advertising as well as online ads and is targeted to communities that have lower rates of enrollment.  Read More 

Pro-Trump SuperPAC Putting More than $850K Into the 8th and 11th Congressional Districts
The pro-Donald Trump SuperPAC called America First placed a $854,000 media buy into Michigan's 8th Congressional District and a $850,000 order into Michigan's 11th according to a report in Gongwer.  Read More 

Federal/Regulatory Updates

C-Band Satellite Dish Users Must Register by October 17
According to the Broadcast Law Blog, the FCC issued a reminder to all operators "of fixed-satellite service (FSS) earth stations in the 3.7-4.2 GHz band that were constructed and operational as of April 19, 2018" that the filing window to license or register such earth stations closes on October 17, 2018.  Read More

Reminder: TV Shared Services Agreements Must Be on File with FCC
The FCC reaffirmed its requirement for commercial TV stations to disclose their Shared Services Agreements (SSAs) by uploading them to the online public inspection files. This requirement took effect on March 23. Read More

'Brother Bill' Gable Passes 
Bill Gable, best known to Michigan listeners for his tenure (as "Brother Bill") at CKLW-AM (Windsor) passed away on Tuesday, September 18. He had retired in 2014.   Read More

WWMT-TV Names Matt Johnson as News Director 
Sinclair Broadcast Group's WWMT-TV (Kalamazoo) has announced that Matt Johnson will take the reins as News Director on October 10.   Read More

WILX-TV Teams Up with Red Cross for Hurricane Victims
On September 17, Gray Television's WILX-TV (Lansing) raised over $3,500 for the American Red Cross over the phone and through the station's website.   Read More

WDET-FM, Feet in 2 Worlds Offers Food Journalism Fellowships 
WDET-FM (Detroit) and Feet in 2 Worlds, an award-winning website and journalism training project, have teamed up to offer food journalism fellowships to four immigrant journalists and journalists of color in Metro Detroit.   Read More

One Station Sale Receives FCC Approval; Two Others Filed 
In the past week, one station sale in Michigan has been approved by the FCC with another two just filed, seeking Commission approval. On September 14, the FCC gave approval to Edwards Communications, LC to assign the license of WHAK-AM (Rogers City) to John Yob's Mitten News, LLC.   Read More

WQBX-FM Enters Partnership for Alma College 
Alma College Director of Athletics Steven Rackley has announced that the school and WQBX-FM (Alma) have entered into a partnership that will have Alma coaches appear on a weekly radio show and WQBX broadcasting home events.   Read More

WZZM-TV, Kendall College Design
News Set 
WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids) has gotten into the spirit of the city's annual ArtPrize event for the fourth year in a row, teaming up with Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University(KCAD) to create not just a news desk like in years past, but a fully functional performance space that is also an entry in the competition.   Read More

Lansing's Midwest Communicatons, WSYM-TV Team Up for Teddy Bear Posse
The radio stations of Midwest Communications/Lansing: WWDK-FM (94.1 Duke FM), WLMI-FM (i92.9), WJXQ-FM (Q106 FM) & WQTX-FM (Fuel 92.1) have joined up with WSYM-TV (Lansing) to launch the annual Teddy Bear Posse campaign in Mid-Michigan!   Read More

Environmental Journalists to Gather in Flint, October 3-7
The Society of Environmental Journalists has announced their 28th Annual Conference, October 3 through 7. Hosted by the University of Michigan-Flint, the Society expects over 400 journalists, students, educators and others to attend.   Read More

It's a Big Year: Plan Now to Celebrate 2019 with the MAB
The MAB is proud to be celebrating its 70th Anniversary in 2019!  Plan now and watch for more ways to celebrate with us in the coming year!  For Your Budget
'Snack and Learn'
with the MAB
Do you know about our new "Snack and Learn" Program? The MAB visits and informs your station of the services offered by the MAB...and helps you stay up to date of all things going on in the industry. We would love to see you!   Email Jacquelen Timm   to schedule a "Snack and Learn" with the MAB.

Stephen A. Marks Secretary/Treasurer
The Marks Group
Meet your MAB Board Member of the week: 
Stephen A. Marks 
Stephen Marks started his broadcasting career at the age of 17 as a copy writer at WINX in Rockville, Md. While there, he was able to learn enough to pass the FCC 3rd class with number 9 endorsement license test . His early career was spent in radio holding positions from marketing to management. 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

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7 Stage Business Outlook Index

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Get Involved as a Mentor at the Broadcasting Career Builder Conference
WE WANT YOU to get involved with the future generation of broadcasters! The MAB Foundation is looking for volunteers to participate in this exciting and energetic student broadcasting conference.  Here's what we need:  Read More

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.
Use These 4 Channels to Drive Traffic to Your Radio Station's Website
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Strategies t

Today's radio broadcasters are required to know how to use more tools than ever before. It's no longer sufficient to simply know how the turntables and cart machines work; the modern radio DJ is expected to understand blogs, podcasts, social networks, email marketing, and more.  Read More

The Fall Book Is On. Now What?
By: Gary Berkowitz
Berkowitz Broadcast Consulting

The fall book is on and before we get too deep into it, here are a few basic and easy to implement tactics that will help you get a better outcome.  Read More

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FCC Regulatory Fees Due

October 3 | 2:18 pm
Nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System

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
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