Issue #166 |  September 27, 2019   |   View online
Top of the News:

* Tell Congress: 'No Performance Tax'
* $15,000 Fine and Short-Term License Renewal Proposed   for Radio Station Missing Issues Programs Lists in Its   Online Public Inspection File
* SBE Ennes Workshop Will Take Place November 8, Only   40 Spots Available
* WKAR General Manager Susi Elkins Elected to PBS   Board
* WRIF-FM is 'Rock Station of the Year' at Marconi Awards
* Investigative Reporters & Editors Watchdog Workshop   Coming to Detroit on October 19
* BCBC Connects Students With the PROs
* MABF Fall Career Fairs Are Coming to Grand Rapids   and Lansing

All this and more below

Tell Congress: 'No Performance Tax'
The Recording Academy will hold its annual "Grammys in my District" grassroots advocacy event on October 2. It is important for members of Congress to hear from broadcasters about the impact of a performance royalty on local broadcasters. We need you to contact your Representative between now and October 2 and ask them to stand with local broadcasters against a Performance Tax.  Read More

$15,000 Fine and Short-Term License Renewal Proposed for Radio Station Missing Issues Programs Lists in Its Online Public Inspection File
By: David Oxenford
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP 

On September 20, the FCC's Audio Division released its first decision in the current renewal cycle addressing the issue of incomplete public inspection files and missing Quarterly Issues Programs List, proposing to fine an AM station in Virginia $15,000 for apparently not having any Issues Programs Lists in its online public inspection file for the entire renewal term. The decision should serve as a warning to broadcasters to make sure that their online files are complete and up to date. Read More

Note from MAB President/CEO Karole L. White:  The MAB Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program (ABIP), includes our expert inspector's opinion on your public file. With an uptick in FCC scrutiny of public files, you may want an outside expert to take a look. This report is just one part of this comprehensive inspection program offered by the MAB. Call Ann Walters at 1-800-YOUR-MAB to learn more.

FCC Offers KidVid Compliance Guide To Small TV Stations
With the recent revision of the Children's Television Programming rules, the FCC has released a Small Entity Compliance Guide aimed at smaller TV stations and other organizations to help them comply with the revised rules.  Read More

Budget Sent to Governor
The Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday that with just a week to spare, the GOP-lead Michigan Legislature finished work Tuesday on a $59.9 billion budget for the 2020 fiscal year that includes $120 million for water infrastructure improvements and treatment of PFAS and other contaminants in water systems across the state.  Read More

SBE Ennes Workshop Will Take Place November 8, Only 40 Spots  Available
An SBE Ennes Workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 8 at Lansing Community College's West Campus. Registration is $40 and includes sessions, food and beverage. Space is limited to the first 40 participants. Out-of-town guests: A room block is available at the Comfort Inn and Suites in Lansing through October 7.  Learn More

WKAR General Manager Susi Elkins Elected to PBS Board

PBS has announced that Susi Elkins, Director of Broadcasting and General Manager for WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University, has been elected to serve on the PBS board of directors.  Read More

WRIF-FM is 'Rock Station of the Year' at Marconi Awards

Beasley Media Group's WRIF-FM (Detroit) was the recipient of an NAB Marconi Award Thursday night during ceremonies held in conjunction with the Radio Show in Dallas.  Read More 
WOOD-TV Sports Director Jack Doles Enters Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame

Honoring a career that has spanned more than three decades, WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids) Sports Director Jack Doles was inducted on Tuesday into the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame.  Read More

Former WION News Director Harry Boyes Passes Away at 95
The MAB has learned that Harry Boyes, former longtime News Director of WION-AM (Ionia) passed away at the age of 95 on September 20.  Boyes served as News Director for the station beginning in the mid-1950s through 1970.  Read More

Michigan Radio to Debut New Podcast 'Same Same Different'
Michigan Radio has announced a new podcast, Same Same Different, which will tackle issues like When your buddies tell you "we like you because you're not like most black people," should you throw down or lay low? How do you support your transgender kid when their own sibling thinks transgender is a misguided choice? What makes someone an "other," anyway? and more over five episodes, starting October 7.  Read More

WSAQ Raises $138,500 for Child Abuse and Neglect Council
WSAQ-FM (Port Huron) Morning Show Host Matt Markham took to the roof of Michigan Mutual Mortgage in downtown Port Huron September 16-20 to help raise $138,500 for the St. Clair County Child Abuse and Neglect Council's during its Community Roof Sit.  Read More

Investigative Reporters & Editors Watchdog Workshop Coming to Detroit on October 19
WDIV-TV and Graham Media Group have partnered with the Missouri School of Journalism to bring it's Investigative Reporters & Editors TV Watchdog Workshop series to Detroit on October 19.  Learn More

Member Sighting ... 

The MAB's Karole White and Jackie Timm were able to spend some time with Will Tieman and new MAB Board Member Wendy Hart this week at the home offices of Spartan Sports Network.  
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)

Meet Your MAB Staff Member of the Week: Denise Weston
Denise Weston is currently the Director of Membership and Services for the Michigan Association of Broadcasters where she has worked since 1998. Denise manages the NCSA/PEP program working with over 30 campaigns annually and utilizes donated inventory from over 350 member television and radio stations to provide maximum statewide exposure for non-profit and governmental organizations. She has almost 30 years of broadcast experience including traffic. Previously, she was the Director of the Eaton Rapids Child Care Center managing 25 teachers and 275 enrolled students. She graduated from Lansing Community College with a dual Associates Degree in Arts and Business Management and has also received an Infant/Toddler CDA certification.  Continued education includes Spring Arbor College with an emphasis in grant writing and Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) certifications for Radio Marketing Professional (RMP) and Certified Digital Marketing Consultant (CDMC). She is a single mother of two adult daughters.

BCBC Connects Students With the PROs
Each year BCBC connects broadcasting students from across Michigan with the state top industry leaders in radio and television. #BCBC19 will take place Friday, November 8, at Lansing Community College's West Campus. Learn more and register to attend at Check out some of this year's exciting opportunities to "Connect with the PROs ..." Read More

MABF Fall Career Fairs Are Coming to Grand Rapids and Lansing
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!

Do You Want to be a Part of the #Best MABshowYet?

Sponsorship Opportunities are available for
the 2020 Great Lakes Media Show.

Contact Jackie Timm at to design
a sponsorship package that's right for you!


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

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  • Getting referrals to give you a referral.

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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.

The Editing Software That's Got Podcasters Excited Will Also Interest Radio Production Directors
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Strategies

Last week, while I was camping among the sand dunes of eastern Michigan (yes, we have sand dunes), the podcast world was in a lather about a cool new audio editing tool that was announced: Descript Podcast Studio. Watch the promotional video and you'll understand why:  Read More

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In This Issue
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


P-T On-Air, Board Operator Positions
Posted: September 26, 2019

Community Affairs Producer Director
(Grand Rapids)
Posted: September 26, 2019

Posted: September 25, 2019

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