Issue #47 - February 6, 2017 | View online
Michigan Broadcasters:

We continue with our preview of The Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference (GLBC), coming up March 7-8 in Lansing.  If you're not registered yet, you and your staff can do so here.  Get the early rate now!

Also inside:  an important engineering advisory; plus an excellent piece from contributor Chris Tarr on "Creating Tomorrow's Leaders."  Lots of news from around the state, thoughts on sales, programming and websites from our panel of experts, stations serving their communities, MAB Foundation news and some public broadcasting news.

Lots here this week....enjoy!
Dan Kelley
Director of Technical Services
Digital Communications Manager

GLBC 2017!

Top Ten Reasons to Attend GLBC!

From important educational sessions to the ever popular Broadcast Excellence Awards Ceremony, the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference (GLBC) is designed with YOU in mind and planned so that you can make the most of your time at the conference!

Make plans to attend the conference today!  Register and read the top ten reasons here.

2017 GLBC Exhibitor Highlight: Zipwhip

Your listeners want to text you - Let them!

Over 80% of American adults text, making it the most common cell phone activity. Radio stations are rolling out texting in major markets all over the country. "Texting just creates an ultimate bond with the listener," Chunky from Portland's 98.7 The Bull says. "It's their favorite radio personality on their phone. That's the closest you can get."  Read more here...

2017 GLBC Exhibitor Highlight: ENCO

Liquidation Channel Automates Live Closed Captioning Cost- Effectively with ENCO enCaption3R3

ENCO is simplifying speech-to-text conversion for the Liquidation Channel with its newly released, automated enCaption3R3 closed captioning system. The integration of enCaption3R3 into the network's live production workflow has both accelerated and refined closed captioning processes, while minimizing the costs typically associated with closed captioning technology.  
Read more here...
Celebrate and Let Loose at the Broadcast Excellence Awards!
We received a record number of Broadcast Excellence Award entries this year and we want to celebrate with you! Make plans now to attend this prestigious awards ceremony and celebrate your station and co-workers. This ceremony is your chance to meet and mingle with professional broadcasters statewide and show off your hard work from 2016! 

When: Wednesday March 8, 2017
The Lansing Center, Lansing, MI
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Read more here...
State of Michigan Legislative Update

Bills Expand FOIA to Legislature and Governor's Office

Michigan House of Representatives held a bi-partisan press conference last week announcing reintroduction of the legislation to expand open record laws to include the Legislature and Governor's office. Last session, the House overwhelmingly passed the legislation, but it stalled in the Senate. Read more here...
Federal/Congressional Update

Ajit Pai, FCC Commissioner FCC Deregulates Public File Requirement Re: Letters from the Public

New FCC Chairman Ajit Pai chaired his first Commission meeting with a Commission consisting of two Republicans (Pai and Michael O'Rielly) and one Democrat (Mignon Clyburn). The Commissioners unanimously approved a proposal to eliminate a rule requiring commercial TV and radio broadcast stations to maintain copies of correspondence (both letters and emails) from the public in a locally maintained public file. Read more here...

Walden Applauds Pai's Move to Increase FCC Transparency

U. S. House Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) issued a press release commending FCC Chairman Pai on taking steps to increase the agency's transparency by releasing the text of two proceedings for public comment. Read more here...

More Barix Box Hijacking:  FCC Now Involved; Issues Advisory

Over the past several weeks, stories of Barix device
hijacking have popped up from around the country. Most recently, hackers have been taking over the signals of radio stations, substituting regular programming with a recorded loop of an "obscene anti-Donald Trump song."  Read more here...

Creating Tomorrow's Leaders
By: Chris Tarr, CSRE, DRB, CBNE

Warning: This tactic requires a lot of self-confidence!
  It's an often-used adage: You're only as good as your team.

The smart managers know this. They hire "A" players, coach them and (if they're smart) grow them to the point that their employees could replace them. The not-so-smart managers fear this and hire "C" players or - even worse - hire "A" players and hold them back, in the hopes of making themselves look good.  Read more here...
Chris Monk Joins Cumulus Media as RVP in Flint/Saginaw

Cumulus Media has appointed Chris Monk as Regional Vice President for the company's nine radio stations in Saginaw and Flint. In his new position, Monk will also serve as Market Manager in Saginaw and oversee the Flint stations. Read more here...

Entercom Enters Michigan with CBS Merger

On February 2, Entercom Communications Corporation and CBS Corporation announced that Entercom will take over CBS' radio assets in a "tax free merger." The combined company will be known as Entercom and will be headquartered in Philadelphia.  Read more here...

Watson Upped to GM at

Brian Watson has been named General Manager of CBS-owned stations WWJ-TV/WKBD-TV (Detroit). Watson has been station manager and director of sales for the station since 2016.  Read more here...

Sovereign Communications Acquires WDBC-AM/WYKX-FM

Upper Peninsula based Sovereign Communications has reached an agreement with KMB Broadcasting to purchase their Escanaba radio stations, WDBC-AM and WYKX-FM.  Read more here...

Three Stations Sales Filed at FCC

Rick Stone has sold his Stone Communications radio stations WJML-AM (Petoskey) and WJNL-AM (Kingsley); and Kelley Enterprises of Muskegon, Inc. has sold low-power/class A television station WMKG-CD (Muskegon).
Read more here...

9&10 News Announces New Creative Division: Mane Content

9&10 News (WWTV and WWUP-TV, Cadillac/Sault Ste. Marie) have announced a new creative division named Mane Content, a full service video production group. Mane Content provides video content for various platforms from television commercials to social media content to sales videos. Read more here...

P&G Wants MRC Standards for Digital Measurement

At the annual IAB Leadership Meeting on January 29, Procter and Gamble's Chief Brand Officer Marc Pritchard told the audience that P&G will accept only the Media Rating Council (MRC) validated viewability standard for media transacting and that the company expects all of its agencies, media suppliers, and platforms to adopt the standard in 2017.  Read more here...

Murrow Awards Deadline is Thursday

This Thursday, February 9 is the deadline to enter the prestigious 2017 Edward R. Murrow Awards. The deadline includes Murrow, Student Murrow and Kaleidoscope entries, which must be received by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, Thursday, February 9, 2017.  Read more here... 
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WPHM (Port Huron) Raises $60k in "The Last Lockup"

A one-day fundraiser that ended a 61 year tradition took place this past Saturday (2/4) in Port Huron.  WPHM-AM hosted the annual March of Dimes "Jail and Bail" and raised $60,000! Read more here...

WIOG Announces 2017 "Cares for Kids" Radiothon

On February 9 and 10, Cumulus Media's WIOG-FM (Saginaw) will present The WIOG Cares for Kids Radiothon, live from Hurley Children's Hospital in Flint from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.  Read more here...

Do You Believe?
By: Jim Mathis, IPCS, CSP, MDiv
J&L Mathis Group, Inc.
"If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old." -Peter Drucker

First Timer?
I saw an episode of "Family Feud" the other night and one of the answers the audience gave was "Old School Pager." Ten years ago, almost all business executives had to carry a pager or cell phone to take calls while out of the office. At that time, you may have even had a Palm Pilot or other Personal Data Assistant (PDA) to take notes and keep your calendar. If you listened to music you carried an iPod as well.  Read more here...
The Robinson Report: Hard Job?
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.

Sitting in a plane somewhere over the Midwest I casually glance at the notes a weary traveler is creating next to me.
Read more here... 
How the Tools in Your Radio Station's Digital Strategy Fit Together
By: Seth Resler, Jacobs Media Strategies

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been writing about how we rebuilt the Jacobs Media website to implement a Content Marketing strategy, and how your radio station can do the same. Read more here...
Find your Next Star Employee at the GLBC Career Fair

Do you need to recruit some young, talented, driven individuals? Then it's time to sign your station up for the MAB Foundation's most popular and highly attended career fair!

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...
Peter Payette New IPR Executive Director

The MAB has learned that Peter Payette has been promoted to Executive Director of Interlochen Public Radio.

Payette joined the stations in 2000 and was appointed News Director in 2001.  Read more here...
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