Issue #164 |  September 13, 2019   |   View online
Top of the News:

* New Concerns About Ads for E-Cigs and CBD
  (including Vaping Products)
* State Budget Talks Stalled
* Former Detroit Sportscaster Fred McLeod Passes
* New News Directors at Two Flint-Saginaw Stations
* Morrill Elected to SBE Board
* MABF Offers Stations Assistance in Meeting EEO      Requirements

All this and more below

TV Stations Seek Approval from MHSAA to Telecast/Stream High School Sports Live
The positive response to a May 2019 survey of MAB members asking if they would carry high school sports live or stream was overwhelmingly a YES. Background: The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Board of Directors established a policy decades ago that prohibits live television broadcasts of high school sporting events. With the plethora of media consumed by students and how savvy they have become, broadcasters feel the policy is no longer relevant. 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

or call 517-827-7000 and ask for the Michigan Association of Broadcasters group rate

New Concerns About Ads for E-Cigs and CBD
(including Vaping Products)
By: David Oxenford
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP 

We've written many times about the legal concerns about advertising for various vices - including e-cigs and CBD. The issues with these products never seem to go away, and in recent days, they have become even more pronounced. Read More

State Budget Talks Stalled
The Associated Press reported Wednesday (9/11) that budget talks between GOP Leaders and Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer have broken down in a dispute centered over how much to direct to roads and bridges in the coming fiscal year after the sides previously could not reach consensus on a tax hike to permanently boost the transportation budget.  Read More

MAB Files Comments on MI Courts Administrative Rules
In an effort to protect media coverage of courtroom proceedings, the MAB has filed comments to a Proposed Amendment to Rule 8.115 of the Michigan Court rules.  Read More

Former Detroit Sportscaster Fred McLeod Passes
The Cleveland Cavaliers has reported that Fred McLeod, the voice of the Detroit Pistons for more than two decades, passed away Monday evening (9/9) at the age of 67.  Read More

Radio Results Network Has Grand Opening of New Plaza
On Wednesday, August 7, Radio Results Network held the grand opening for their new 21,000 square foot building in downtown Escanaba.  Read More

WLEN, WVAC and ACTV Team Up For Adrian College Sports
Longtime Adrian College sports radio broadcaster WLEN-FM (Adrian) is teaming up with two other media outlets this season to air Adrian College football, with the introduction of the Adrian College Sports Network.  Read More 

MI Press Association Invites MAB Members to Journalism Seminar
The Michigan Press Association has invited MAB members to attend a seminar titled "Diving in Deep: Reporting on water in Michigan," to be presented on October 22, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Deeb Conference Room in the MSU Communication Arts and Sciences Building in East Lansing. Read More
Great Lakes News Expands Capitol Coverage
Great Lakes News (GLN), a syndicated news service with 45 radio affiliates in Michigan, is expanding its coverage of political news from the State Capitol in Lansing.  Read More

Two Flint-Saginaw Stations Appoint New News Directors
Gray Television has named Denise Killian as the new News Director at WJRT-TV. Killian most recently was News Director at KSNW-TV (Wichita, KS). At WEYI-TV,  Assistant New Director Neille-Ann Giffune has been promoted to News Director following the departure of Mike Schram.  Read More 

Bill Ballard, WDCQ-TV Founder, Dies at 90
William "Bill" Ballard, founder of WDCQ-TV in University Center died August 25 in Traverse City. He was 90. Ballard previously worked as director of broadcasting and TV station manager at Delta College, licensee of WDCQ.  Read More

Morrill Elected to SBE Board
After a month-long ballot process with its members, Saginaw-based Alpha Media Regional Director of Engineering Geary Morrill has been elected to a 2-year term on the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) Board of Directors.  Read More 

Big Rapids Radio Network Covers Three Local HS Teams This Fall
For over 30 years, Big Rapids High School sports have been broadcast live on stations now in the Big Rapids Radio Network. For the past 15 years the football has aired on WWBR-FM (Big Rapids), the Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball on WBRN-AM/FM (Big Rapids). Read More 

Walker Sisson Passes
The MAB shared the new on September 3 via the web that longtime Southwest Michigan contract engineer Walker Sisson passed away September 2 at the age of 71. Services were held on September 7.  Read More 

DPTV and WKAR Present Downton Abbey Movie Screenings
Both Detroit Public Television (DPTV/WTVS-TV) and WKAR Public Media (East Lansing) will be presenting advance screenings of the new Downton Abbey Movie for its viewers as a fundraiser.  Read More 

WXYT-FM (Detroit) Gets Its Brand on Beer!
Entercom's WXYT-FM (Detroit) (97.1 The Ticket) announced the launch of "97.1 The Ticket American Lager" and "97.1 The Ticket DDH Hazy Pale Ale."  Read More 

The Broadcast Excellence Awards
Important Dates:

October 28, 2019: Contest Opens 
January 9, 2020:  Contest Closes
March 4, 2020:   BEA Reception and Ceremony at the Great Lakes Media Show (Lansing)

Don't Forget to Budget for MAB in 2020!
  Read More 
Snack and Learns:

The MAB staff is back on the road for another round of Snack and Learns!

Last week, the MAB visited MacDonald-Garber Broadcasting in Petoskey.  Thanks to Trish and Tad Garber for inviting the MAB staff to the station!
Have you had your Snack and Learn yet?  If not, you should contact Jackie and schedule yours today!  This is a great way for you and your team to learn about all the MAB services available to you!
MAB Member Sightings:

MAB Members were at MSU's Football Game last Saturday!

Caleb Gordon (Liggett Communications)
with Dan Kelley (MAB)

Steve Schram (Michigan Radio) and his wife Laurie Schram with Jacquelen Timm (MAB)

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 Foundation Board Member of the Week: Kevin Oswald
Kevin Oswald started his professional broadcasting career at WCEN AM/FM Mt. Pleasant while still a student at Central Michigan University. In 1986 he joined the sales team at Holland Broadcasting Company stations WHTC and WYXX in Holland.  Read More

MABF Offers Stations Assistance in Meeting EEO Requirements
With the growing concern surrounding the FCC's EEO Rules, the MAB Foundation has created an opportunity to assist MAB member stations in meeting these requirements. The following is a brief description of an exciting program that will give your station an easy and affordable avenue to gain possible option A points and encourage the future of the broadcast work force at the same time. Read More

The MAB Foundation is hosting a Career Fair at Grand Valley State University and Lansing Community College!
Let us help you fulfill your hiring needs!
   Learn More Here


September 19, 2019 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
"What the future sales team looks
like and how you can prepare"
with Laurie Kahn, Media Staffing Network

What the sales teams of the future looks like: Who does what? How do you pay them? More detailed plans on what a team sales approach would look like, who would benefit, ideas on how to compensate and why clients like this plan. This session will help employers better understand how to grow a team organically and use each person to their best skills.  Click here to Register

Course Description:  Interpersonal communication is the process that we use to communicate our thoughts, ideas, and feelings to another person. It's about building relationships with others through communication. You do this by understanding the other  person's situation, communicating in the right manner, and influencing the other person to listen or take  action as needed. Doing all of this effectively is key, so in this course, we'll talk about how to listen well, be respectful,  properly respond, acknowledge others, ask questions, and use silence effectively.   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.

How to Add a Multi-Button Menu to Your Radio Station's Instagram Profile
By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Strategies

While Instagram continues to be a very popular social network among radio listeners, it's challenging for radio stations to derive measurable value from it, largely because it is difficult to drive traffic from Instagram back to your radio station's website. Read More

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In This Issue
September 17
MABF Job Fair at Oakland County Michigan Works!
(Register Your Station)

September 19
Webinar: "What the future sales team looks like and how you can prepare?"

September 23
Deadline for filing ERTS Form 3 Reporting on Nationwide EAS Test Results (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
SBE Ennes Workshop (more)

November 8
MABF Media Career Fair at Lansing Community College - West Campus (Register Your Station


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Posted: September 6, 2019

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Posted: August 29, 2019

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