Issue #44 - January 16, 2017 | View online
Hello Michigan Broadcasters!

Another busy week here at the MAB with Governor Rick Snyder's State of the State Address this Tuesday Night at 7.  Details on MAB's radio and television feeds in this newsletter.

Also inside:  another superhero Traffic Director Spotlight, some engineering and management editorials, news of a new television General Manager in Grand Rapids and lots more.

Send us your news!  Promotions, people, changes, community service.  Share your successes with your fellow broadcasters across Michigan!

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.

Technical Information for both the TV satellite feed as well as the radio feed have been provided to MAB members.  If you still need this, read more here... 
GLBC 2017!

2017 GLBC Exhibitor Highlight:

ENCO Announces Next-Generation Automated Closed Captioning System

enCaption3R3 system adds support for captioning of pre-recorded content, removing the burden of manual intervention for broadcasters, universities and other media library owners. 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. 

We'll be at GLBC showing Apace. With Apace you have a winning plug and play set of tested tools to consider for deployment: A single point of support for ease of use. Read more here...

Engineers: 10 Reasons You Need to Attend GLBC 2017!

From important engineering meetings and networking opportunities to the ever popular "Beer & Bull" Welcome Reception, here are the top reasons why you should attend GLBC 2017!  Read more here...
State of Michigan Legislative Update

MAB Brings 2017 SOS to Members

The MAB would like to thank all of our members airing Governor Rick Snyder's 2017 State of the State Address. MAB will be on-hand uplinking the Governor's speech and the Democratic response to both commercial and public television members in the state. The clean, unhosted feed will be in HD. Public television stations will be supplied a 90-minute hosted program, anchored by Tim Skubick.  Read more here...

Michigan Attorney Wants U.S. Supreme Court Hearing On Court Recordings

According to a report in MIRS, John Bursch, an attorney from Michigan, requested the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case that recording courtroom proceeding should be protected by the First Amendment.  Read more here...
Federal/Congressional Update

FCC Meeting May lead to Elimination of Public Inspection File Requirement

According to the Broadcast Law Blog, the FCC released a tentative agenda for the agency's open meeting scheduled for January 31. This will be the first meeting without Chairman Wheeler, who is set to step down on January 20. The only item on the Republican-controlled FCC meeting agenda is the elimination of the requirement that broadcasters maintain a paper public file, open for public inspection, containing letters and emails from the public about station operations. Read more here...

Oxenford_100 Background on the GMR/RMLC Issues
By: David Oxenford, 
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

Commercial radio broadcasters have been seeing numerous communications over the last week about Global Music Rights (GMR) and its seemingly contentious music royalty negotiations with the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC). Many stations are confused about this controversy and what it is all about. The five questions below will hopefully shed some light on these issues. Read more here...

Kim Krause Named GM of WXMI-TV

Tribune Broadcasting
has announced the appointment of Kim Krause to General Manager of WXMI-TV (Grand Rapids).  Krause will oversee the long-term strategy and day-to-day management of the station, and will report to Chris Wayland, Tribune Broadcasting's Vice President/Group Operations. 
Read more here...

FCC Approves Nexstar Acquisition of Media General

Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXST) announced January 11 that the FCC has granted the applications and related waiver requests seeking consent to transfer control of licenses held by subsidiaries of Media General, Inc. (NYSE: MEG) ("Media General") from the shareholders of Media General to Nexstar.  Read more here...

Cumulus Media Promotes Two in Flint

Cumulus Media (Flint) has announced the promotions of two programmers, August Wallace, who has been programming WDZZ-FM for ten years, has been elevated to Operations Manager for the five-station cluster.  Read more here...

WPZR Appoints Randi Myles Program Director

Gospel-formatted WPZR-FM (Detroit) has promoted veteran air personality Randi Myles to Program Director.  Myles, who will continue to host her afternoon drive program was previously Assistant Program Director of the station.  Read more here...

Guy Gordon Joins WJR

Longtime Detroit television reporter Guy Gordon has joined WJR-AM (Detroit) as a talk show host.  Read more here...

Ross Jones to Return to WXYZ-TV

E. W. Scripps Washington Bureau reporter Ross Jones has announced that he will be returning to WXYZ-TV (Detroit) beginning February 1.  Read more here...  
Traffic Director Spotlight: Dareese Graham (iHeartMedia/Detroit)
Dareese Graham is Traffic Director for iHeart Media's WJLB-FM and WMXD-FM in Detroit.

Dareese has been in traffic for nearly 13 years.

Q:  Which Superhero would you be, and why?
Dareese:  I would be "Wonder Woman" because I wear a lot of different belts and play a lot of different roles. I'm a great wife, I'm a one-of-a-kind step-mom and a loving sister and not to mention the best AUNTIE in the world.

Read more of Dareese's answers to our questions here...
New P1 Learning Training Course:
Managing an Enterprise Account: Value Added Selling

Course Description: A lot has changed in sales over the last few years. There are more competitors and there are more people trying to get their product noticed. Which means... our customers are more informed! They've done their research on us and our products before we even talk with them. So, if you're going to be a successful salesperson, you need to change the way you sell. This course will explore just that.  Click here to log in and watch this course...

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Don't miss out on your opportunity for free, online training as an MAB member!   Sign your staff up today!

Question Everything
By: Chris Tarr, CSRE, DRB, CBNE

I've seen a picture floating around the Internet lately - it's a quote painted in a stairwell that says something along the lines of "The most dangerous words in the language are "We've always done it this way." It's an interpretation of a quote by Grace Hopper: "Humans are allergic to change. They love to say 'We've always done it that way.' I try to fight that."  Read more here...
Words Matter
By: Dick Taylor,  CRMC/CDMC
Dick Taylor Blog

The words you use can make all the difference in the outcome of whatever you're trying to do. Visual mediums can get lazy with wordcraft, thinking the visuals will carry the message. Radio can't.  Read more here...

If This Then That: the Website That Connects Your Online Tools
By: Seth Resler, Jacobs Media Strategies

One thing most of us have in common is that we're moving at a fast pace, multi-tasking all the way. It's not uncommon for simple tasks to get dropped or forgotten. And when that happens, we're letting others down, whether it's business or personal.  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...
Associate Member news from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan awards $25,000 to Exalta Health.  Grant expands opportunities for low-income, uninsured Michiganders!  Read more here...
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