Issue #43 - January 9, 2017 | View online
Hello Michigan Broadcasters!

MAB News Briefs kicks our first issue of the year off with information on our feeds of Governor Rick Snyder's State of the State address, to be held next Tuesday, January 17.

We'll be providing both clean video feeds and a hosted radio broadcast for Michigan Broadcasters.  Details below.

Also in this week's issue:  we begin previewing The Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference, coming March 7-8 in Lansing.  Have you registered yet???

And don't forget Friday is the deadline for the Broadcast Excellence Awards, ceremonies to be held in conjunction with GLBC.  

Have a great week! 
Dan Kelley
Director of Technical Services
Digital Communications Manager

On Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m., Governor Rick Snyder will deliver his annual State of the State address to Michigan citizens. In response to a survey of our members, the MAB will provide live feeds for both commercial TV and radio to use.

TV: MAB will uplink the State of the State address for commercial television. The feed will be a clean (unanchored) feed, in HD and closed-captioned. House TV may be including a signer for the hard of hearing on the video feed.

RADIO: MAB will provide a radio feed for members via Internet. Radio details are being finalized; the MAB website and this article will be updated with complete information on or before Wednesday, January 11.  It will be a 90-minute hosted program (7 to 8:30pm).

For more information on both the TV satellite feed as well as the radio feed, read more here... 
REMINDER: The Broadcast Excellence Awards Deadline is Friday!

The deadline for the 2016 BEAs is 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Friday, January 13, 2017.

The Broadcast Excellence Awards Ceremony is one of the biggest and brightest parties of the year for Michigan broadcasters and you won't want to miss it! Gather your station's best work and join colleagues and industry friends on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 as we celebrate YOU and your station's hard work over the past year. Just imagine those goosebumps of pride and accomplishment you'll feel as your station's name is called as an award winner!  Read more here...
GLBC 2017!

2017 GLBC Exhibitor Highlight:
Broadcast Electronics

If there is one thing that broadcasters must be getting tired of being told, it's 'you have to be digital,' especially if that message isn't immediately followed by 'and here's how to make money doing it!'

But, being 'digital' is a tactic, not a strategy, so that's why Broadcast Electronics' Commotion platform covers so many strategic bases for today's radio broadcasters and their listeners - both today and tomorrow. Read more here...

2017 GLBC Exhibitor Highlight: iEEi

iEEi, International Electronic Enterprise, Inc., has been servicing the computer industry since 1976. We support the rich media world with our digital storage solutions. Our customers are Broadcasters, News Production, Animation, Editing suites/studios, Post Production, Special Effects houses and HD film scanning companies worldwide. These companies find that working with our IEEI Broadcast division is a nice change from dealing with larger, numbers oriented companies. As SERVICE is a main goal, we know you need to ask a lot of questions before you make a purchase decision. We offer experience and expertise to each and every customer. We VALUE you!  Read more here...

Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference & EXPO Session Highlight

Session: Unsung Heros of TV News
Presented by Les Rose, Professor of Practice, Broadcast and Digital Journalism, Syracuse University, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication

Stations expect journalists to be multimedia. Les will you give you valuable tips on how to be multimedia including:
Read more here...
Federal/Congressional Update

GMR and RMLC Agree to Interim License for Commercial Radio Stations

According to the Broadcast Law Blog, the Radio Music Licensing Committee (RMLC) announced an interim agreement with the new performing rights organization Global Music Rights (GMR) that will give commercial radio stations, who decide to accept the license, the right to play music written by songwriters represented by GMR for nine months. Read more here...

BMI Files Lawsuit Against the RMLC

According to a report in AllAccess, BMI has filed a lawsuit in Federal Rate Court to set interim fees for radio stations represented by the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC).  Read more here...

2017 Broadcasters Calendar Available

MAB Washington Legal Counsel David Oxenford is making his 2017 Calendar of Important Dates for Broadcasters available as a free download for MAB members.  Read more here...
FCC Calls Nationwide EAS Test Successful

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reports that the nationwide EAS test, conducted in September 2016, was a success, though it revealed "shortfalls" in some state-level EAS plans and other areas that could be improved. Read more here...

Mojo In The Morning Expands to Grand Rapids

Beginning January 16, WKQI-FM's (Detroit) morning show Mojo In The Morning will expand its footprint in Michigan when WSNX-FM (Grand Rapids) begins airing the program. 
Read more here...

Museum on WGPR-TV to open in Detroit

A museum about one of the country's first African-American owned and operated television stations is set to open in Detroit. The William V. Banks Broadcast Museum & Media Center details the historic achievements of WGPR-TV 62. The museum also highlights Detroit media personalities and the growth of African-American media ownership in cable networks and internet platforms. The museum's media center will train middle school and high school students how to operate television cameras and editing equipment. Read more here...

NAB Crystal and NABEF Service To America Awards Entry Window Open

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is accepting entries for the 30th annual NAB Crystal Radio Awards, honoring outstanding community service. Winners are announced at the NAB Show Radio Luncheon, held Tuesday, April 25 in Las Vegas.   Read more here...
Traffic Director Spotlight: Wendy Sobeck (Midwestern Broadcasting/Traverse City)
Wendy Sobeck is the Traffic & Billing Manager for Midwestern Broadcasting in Traverse City, including stations WTCM-AM/FM, WBCM-FM, WJZQ-FM, WCCW-AM/FM, WATZ-FM, WRGZ-FM and WZTK-FM.

Wendy has been in traffic for 23+ years, all but three years with her present company.

Q:  Which Superhero would you be, and why?
Wendy:  Probably Wonder Woman... she was my favorite growing up... I like her ability to make people tell her the truth with her lasso and just generally kick butt, while looking amazing.

Read more of Wendy's answers to our questions here...
New P1 Learning Training Course:
You Are What You Eat: Meal Planning

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The Robinson Report: A Guy Named Scott
By: Kevin Robinson
Robinson Media

Kevin Robinson will be speaking at this year's Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference (GLBC) March 7-8, 2017 in Lansing. 

Say hello to Scott Ginsburg. Scott is the guy who, since 2000 has worn a Hello My Name IS Scott nametag. Every day, every hour, every minute. Read more here...
Trademark Basics, Part Five: Trademarks on the Internet
By: Mitchell Stabbe, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP

Once you have identified your marks and sought protection through registration for some or all of them, there are still going to be other issues that you will need to consider. Trademark owners have an obligation to police their marks and take steps to stop infringers. Otherwise, they may run the risk that someone else will profit off their marks or tarnish the reputation they have developed for those marks.  Read more here...

5 Steps to Getting Your Station's Digital Strategy Off the Ground in 2017
By: Seth Resler, Jacobs Media Strategies

It's that time of year when we make resolutions, both personal and professional. If your radio station (or radio company) has been neglecting its digital strategy, or if it's time to take that digital strategy to the next level, 2017 is the year to do it.  Read more here...
Saginaw's WSGW Raises Over $53,000 for Rescue Ministries
Alpha Media, Saginaw is proud to announce that WSGW-AM/FM raised $53,250 with their radiothon held on December 21. Money donated will go towards 1,775 nights of hope and care at the Rescue Ministries of Mid-Michigan. Rescue Ministries has homeless shelters in both Saginaw and Bay City, and, combined they house over 200 people per night including men, women and children.  Read more here...
MABF 2017 GLBC Career Fair!
It's time for the MAB Foundation's most popular and highly attended career fair and we want YOU to be a part of the action! The number one request from our stations is assistance with gaining new employee leads and that is exactly what participation in this career fair will give you!

When: Wednesday, March 8, 2017, during the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference & EXPO (GLBC).
Read more here...

Introducing MABF's NEW Student Broadcasting Newsletter!

Career Fairs, Student Conferences, Awards Programs, Scholarships, Job and Internship Openings and more! The MAB Foundation does it all and we want to share that important information directly with students! That's why we're introducing a monthly newsletter that's written by broadcasting and media students, FOR broadcasting and media students!  Read more here...
WKAR to Launch free 24/7 Multiplatform PBS Kids Services

On Jan. 16, WKAR Public Media (East Lansing) will launch new, free, localized 24/7 children's services - WKAR's latest initiative to support early learning in the community.  Read more here...
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