Issue #60 -  May 18, 2017 | View online
Hello Broadcasters!

In this week's newsletter, we continue our MAB Board Profiles with Nick Gnau, Region President for iHeartMedia, based in Detroit.  Nick has 23 years with iHeart and is one of your representatives on the MAB Board!  Also this week, we have some tips on protecting your station from the WannaCry encryption malware that's been in the news over the past week.  And, if you're a traffic director using Marketron, you might want to read our Traffic Tips article from a Michigan broadcast traffic director.

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Nick Gnau

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Nick Gnau is Region President for iHeartMedia, overseeing Detroit, Grand Rapids, Toledo and Muskegon (24 Stations).  Read more here...
Protect Your Station from WannaCry

One of the largest cyberattacks ever is currently eating the web, hitting PCs in countries and businesses around the world.  WannaCry can invade your computers without any action on your part and encrypt your files and hold them ransom until a payment (usually $300) is made to the perpetrators behind this attack.  Read more here...
Joni Reed (Black Diamond Broadcasting/Cheboygan)

Joni Reed is Traffic Director for Black Diamond Broadcasting's WMKC-FM, WGFM-FM, WQEZ-FM and WCBY-AM.  Joni works with Traffic and Billing Director Lynne Peck and both are based at the company's Cheboygan, Michigan location.  Joni has been in traffic for 10 years.  Read Joni's traffic director tips here...

State of Michigan Legislative Update

Body Cameras Exempted From FOIA in House Bill

State Representative Jim Runestad (R-44) re-introduced legislation (HB 4427) to exempt body camera footage from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  The MAB has very serious concerns about this legislation which bears on transparency and the public's right to know. Read more here...
Federal/Congressional Update

5 Questions on the Meaning of the FCC's Recent Ruling on Online Recruiting - How Does it Change a Broadcaster's EEO Obligations?
By: David Oxenford,
Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP

The FCC recently issued a declaratory ruling addressing the requirement that broadcasters widely disseminate information about all of their job openings in such a way as to reach all of the groups within their communities. The recent FCC decision stated that a broadcaster can now rely solely on online sources to meet the wide dissemination obligation.  Read more here...

Holly Hutton Appointed Music Director at WYCD

CBS Radio's WYCD-FM (Detroit) has appointed afternoon co-host Holly Hutton Music Director of the country station.   Hutton will retain her current on-air duties with Rob Stone from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.  Read more here...

WQON's Dave Sherbert to Retire

"Big Dog" Dave Sherbert wasn't there when the Italian inventor Gugglielmo Marconi built the first commercially successful wireless telegraphy system that paved the way for commercial radio. To listeners throughout Central and Northern Michigan, it just seems that way. Read more here...

Saga Communications Sells TV Stations, Expands Radio Holdings

Grosse Pointe Farms based Saga Communications, Inc.
announced May 10 that it has entered into an agreement with Evening Telegram Company d/b/a Morgan Murphy Media to sell the Company's television stations in the Joplin, MO - Pittsburg, KS and the Victoria, TX television markets for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $66.6 million.   Read more here...

FCC Watch:  Rusticus Sells 55% of WYGR (Wyoming-Grand Rapids)

In an application filed with the FCC on May 11, Roland Rusticus is selling 55% of WYGR, LLC, licensee of WYGR-AM and associated translator W235BN to partners Scott R. Pastoor and Eric A. Mills.  Read about this and other FCC filings here...

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A Day in May
By: Tim Moore,
Managing Partner, Audience Development Group

This month marks the sixth anniversary of the largest natural disaster visited on the American landscape in the new Century. At 5:34 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, 2011, an EF5 tornado's 200 mile per hour winds cut a mile-wide swath through Joplin (Missouri's fourth largest metro) killing 158 and injuring more than a thousand.  Read more here...
You Can't Bore People Into Buying From You
By: Chris Lytle, Content Developer

In 1976 there were no cell phones or email. We had a message nail.

When you walked into the office, the first thing you did was retrieve all the little pink message slips from the message nail and go through them to see which calls needed to be returned. One afternoon there was a message for me from the new manager at one of my car dealer clients. The fact that the message was on a pink slip was ironic because, in essence, the new guy was firing me.  Read more here...

Podcasts Are Different From Radio Shows...and It Matters
By: Seth Resler,
Jacobs Media Strategies

As I work with different radio stations across the country, many of them dip their toes into the podcasting pool by repurposing their on-air shows as on-demand shows. The results are often less than spectacular.   Read more here...
WCMU Honored with Michigan Community Action Award

WCMU's "Warm Hearts, Warm Homes" campaign has received the 2017 Community Service Award from Michigan Community Action (MCA). The award was presented May 9 at a special ceremony at the State Capitol in Lansing. 
Read more here...

WGVU Announces Golf Outing Fundraiser

WGVU Public Media has announced that is will hold a golf outing on June 12, 2017 at The Meadows on the campus of Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids.  
Read more here...
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