Special Issue: Summer Conference Recap | August 17,  2018 |  View online
Special Issue:  #MABsummer Recap

Keep an eye out this week for your NCSA Agreements to arrive in the mail. These agreements will cover 18 months rather than 12 months, from August 1, 2018 through December 31, 2019. Please get these signed by the appropriate person at your station GSM , GM  or Market Manager and return a signed copy to MAB, 820 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing, MI 48906.  You may also FAX them to 517-484-5810 or email ncsadata@michmab.com. If you have any questions, contact Sara at 517-999-9323.
WGVU Public Media's Michael T. Walenta Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award
The MAB presented its 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award to retired WGVU General Manager Michael T. Walenta on  Tuesday, August 14 at the Grand Hotel. The highest award given by the MAB, the Lifetime Achievement Award honors Michigan broadcast pioneers who have dedicated the majority of their professional careers to broadcasting in the state of Michigan and have distinguished themselves through a lifetime of service as a top manager or owner through excellence in broadcasting.  Read more about our 2018 award honorees.

Bowers, Allison, Jones welcomed into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame
The MAB honored three new inductees into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame on Tuesday, August 14 at the Grand Hotel. The 2018 Hall of Fame class included Bob Allison, the congenial host of "Ask Your Neighbor" on WNZK-AM, WLNS-TV (Lansing) News Anchor Sheri Jones, and  WBFH-FM (Bloomfield High School) educator Pete Bowers.  Read more about our 2018 award honorees.
Gary Baxter Elected MAB Chairman
Gary Baxter, Vice President and General Manager for E.W. Scripps Company's Fox 47 WSYM-TV in Lansing, was elected Chairman of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Board of Directors during the organization's Annual Business Meeting on Tuesday, August 14 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.  Read More about the 2018-2019 Board of Directors.
Thank You 2018 MABPAC Benefactors
The MAB Political Action Committee (MABPAC) hosted an annual fundraiser during the MAB Summer Conference on Mackinac Island. The reception was held at the Grand Hotel's Cupola Bar and included special guests Congressman Fred Upton (R-6) and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-12). The MABPAC is a statewide bipartisan broadcaster-driven political action committee organized with the goal of supporting state lawmakers who support our industry.

State/Legislative Updates

Voting Ballot Proposal Inconclusive on Initial Signature Sample
The Elections Bureau in the Department of State has reviewed a random sample of 500 petition signatures for validity on the Promote the Vote constitutional amendment proposal. The bureau determined the sample was inconclusive and pulled a new sample of 3,300. In announcing that a second sample was pulled, the state set the deadline for challenging any signatures on the sample by 5 p.m., August 28. The state's ballot must be completed and certified by September 7.

Federal/Regulatory Updates

NAB Supports Proposal to Abolish Transmitter Site Posting Requirements
The National Association of Broadcasters expressed its support for the FCC proposal to eliminate a rule which says that stations must physically display their broadcast licenses and authorizations at transmitter site. The rule dates back to 1930. The FCC tentatively concluded that the requirements are now "redundant and obsolete," since information about station ownership and contact information is readily available and easily accessible to the public in stations' online public inspection files. 

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 timm@michmab.com.

September 20, 2018 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Updating Website TOS Agreements
with David Oxenford

October 18, 2018 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Leadership Lessons for
Broadcast Managers
with Chris Lytle

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

Learn More

2018-2019 MAB Foundation Executive Committee Elected at Summer Conference
The following broadcast professionals were elected August 14 to serve as the MAB Foundation Board of Directors executive commmittee for 2018-2018:
  • Pam Manor, Chair
    Business Manager, WNEM-TV (Saginaw)
  • Stephen M. Schram, Vice Chair/Chair-Elect
    Director of Broadcasting, Michigan Public Media
  • Kristin BurnsSecretary/Treasurer
    Career Services Radio Advisor/Internships, Specs Howard School of Media Arts
  • Paul JacobsImmediate Past Chair
    VP/General Manager, Jacobs Media / President, jacAPPS

Help to Mentor the Future Generation of Broadcast and Media
BCBC'18 is just around the corner. We're hard at work planning educational sessions for the upcoming Broadcast Career Builder Conference (BCBC) on November 16. Read More

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August 27
Deadline for stations to update EAS information with FCC in ERTS.

The 2019 #MABshow 
will be March 5-6 at
the Lansing Center.

Speakers are already being booked! More information coming soon!

Book your 2019 Exhibit Booth TODAY!
The Great Lakes Media Show '19 Floor Plan is
available.  Email here for more information

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Help support the MAB Foundation's mission to encourage, support, and sponsor educational activities to encourage the brightest, most creative and energetic students to choose broadcasting as a career. You can make a difference through supporting programs and scholarships for students in this industry. For more information contact Jacquelen Timm at 
(517) 484-7444.

2018 MABF Supporters

Dan Boers
Kristin Burns
Allen Clow
Rob David
Marla Drutz
Susanne Elkins
Rebecca Falk Bruce & Sue Goldsen
Colleen Grant
Tom Hahn
Wendy Hart
Fred Jacobs
Paul Jacobs
Bill Keith
Dick Kernen
Julie Koehn
Mark Libke
Pam Manor
Christopher Meller
Dr. Peter Orlik
Robert F. Ottaway
Gary Reid
Jam Sardar
AnnMarie Scaramuzzino
Stephen Schram
Peter Tanz
Jacquelen Timm
Denise Weston
Karole White
Jennifer Williams

Thanks for the Support of Our Associate Members!

Adrian College/WVAC-FM  

Bell Media Inc.

Hillsdale College/WRFH-LP

Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan

Robert Ridder Broadcasting Consultants

We can't wait to see you!
Now that #MABsummer has passed, we are starting up another round ot MAB Snack and Learns.  Email Jacquelen Timm if you would like to schedule a Snack and Learn with the MAB.
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