Issue #51 -  March 16, 2017 | View online
Hello Michigan Broadcasters!

We're back after a few days of R&R following last week's Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference.  It was great to meet a lot of you here in Lansing.

This week, we recap GLBC; announce the kickoff of a new statewide public service campaign; have news from around the state and much more.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Dan Kelley

Director of Technical Services

Digital Communications Manager


Miss GLBC 2017? Take a Look at the Highlights

Even the wind storm didn't shut down MAB's GLBC 2017! Of all the past Great Lakes Broadcasting Conferences, this one was the absolute best.  More than 850 Individuals attended GLBC this year, held March 7 & 8 at the Lansing Center.

Read more and see our slide show here...

Michigan Engineers Honored at GLBC

The Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Awards were presented during the main luncheon at the MAB's annual Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference.

Radio Recipient: Craig Bowman, Owner of Bowman Engineering Company/Partner in the Synergy Broadcasting Group.  Television Recipient: David Oliver, Engineering Supervisor for WGVU Public Media in Grand Rapids, and Chief Operator for WGVS-AM and FM. Read more here...

MAB/MABF Announce the BEA Station of the Year Recipients

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) and MAB Foundation (MABF) are proud to announce the recipients of 2016 Broadcast Excellence Awards (BEA) Stations of the Year Awards.  
See the Station of the Year winners, plus a link to the complete winner's list here...

Congratulations to all the Broadcast Excellence Award winners for 2016!  You may now order duplicate copies of the BEA awards given to your station. Click here for the awards order form.

The MAB Foundation also presented its High School and College Station of the Year awards as well as announcing winners of scholarships.  See the MABF section below.
State of Michigan Legislative Update

MAB Holds Legislative Reception

The MAB held its annual Legislative Reception
on March 8 during the 2017 Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference in Lansing. Close to 30 lawmakers attended the event to meet and visit with their local broadcasters and discuss issues affecting our industry. More photos here...

Appeals an Issue Under Legislative Open Records Act

Under new legislation, which opens some legislative records, a court would not handle the appeals of refused documents as it is done under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Instead, a bipartisan board appointed by the House Speaker and Senate Majority Leader would have the final say on any appeal.

Read more here... 
Federal/Congressional Update

Radio Groups Petition the FCC to Eliminate with AM/FM Subcaps

According to a report from Inside Radio, six radio groups, including Alpha Media, Connoisseur Media, East Arkansas Broadcasters, Galaxy Communications, Jackson Radio Works and Roberts Communications, are requesting that the FCC review the AM/FM radio subcaps as the agency considers relaxing broadcast cross-ownership regulations. 

Read more here...

FCC Post-Incentive Auction Transition Workshop Video Available on Demand

On March 13, the FCC's Incentive Auction Task Force and the Media Bureau held a public workshop on post-auction transition procedures and the following agenda topics.

Read more here...

Statewide Tornado Drill Scheduled

for April 19

In conjunction with Michigan's Severe Weather Awareness Week, April 16-22, broadcasters and emergency management partners statewide are encouraged to participate in a statewide tornado drill at 1:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 19.  Read more here...

Indiana EAS Breach Is Reminder of Real Cybersecurity Threat to Stations

You may have read that an Indiana broadcaster's EAS system was recently hacked, triggering multiple EAS alerts on linked stations and warning of a "zombie invasion." The station group has been in touch with federal authorities and equipment suppliers to diagnose exactly what happened.

Read more here... 
MAB Board Adopts I-Vaccinate as Statewide Community Service Campaign

Next week, broadcasters will receive a participation packet on how your station may get involved. Join in the fight to prevent childhood diseases. Answer the call of your state and your community.  Read more here...

Rick Rhoades New GM of WLUC-TV

Gray Television has announced that Rick Rhoades will be the new Vice-President/General Manager of WLUC-TV (Marquette), effective April 1. Read more here...

Eli Zaret Joins WJR

Longtime Motor City Sportscaster Eli Zaret has joined WJR-AM (Detroit) as host of a new daily sports feature, which will be heard on Guy Gordon's afternoon drive program.  The feature, "After Further Review" will air weekdays at 4:36 p.m.  Read more here...

Michele DeSelms Leaving WXMI-TV

Michele DeSelms is leaving Tribune Media's WXMI-TV (Grand Rapids) after more than 18 years. DeSelms anchored the station's first newscast in 1999. Read more here...

This is Sunshine Week

Tell us what your station is doing to promote Sunshine Week. We would like to feature you in our Newsletter!

Read more here... 

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It's Madness! Be Wary of Using the NCAA's Trademarks

By: Mitchell Stabbe, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP via the Broadcast Law Blog

With the NCAA Basketball Tournament about to begin, broadcasters, publishers and other businesses need to be wary about potential claims arising from their use of terms and logos associated with the tournament, including March Madness,® The Big Dance,® Final Four® or Elite Eight,® each of which is a federally registered trademark. Read more here...
SEO 101: Search Engine Optimization and Keywords for Radio Broadcasters

By: Seth Resler, Jacobs Media Strategies

Radio broadcasters tend to focus on social media when trying to drive traffic to their website, but there's another channel that should not be ignored: search engines. Just as your listeners probably visit Facebook on a regular basis, they also frequent sites like Google, Yahoo!, and Bing. Don't ignore the power of Search Engine Optimization. Read more here...

MABF Awards 2017 Scholarship Recipients

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) is proud to announce the recipients of its 2017 Scholarship Program. Recipients were identified by the faculty representatives from each school, or by the sponsoring station, and ratified by the MAB Foundation Board of Directors.  See the complete list of recipients here...

MABF Announces 2017 Student Station/

Program of the Year Award Winners

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) is proud to announce the recipients of its 2017 Student Station/Program of the Year Awards.  Read more here...

Elkins Named Director of Broadcasting/ GM at WKAR

Susi Elkins has been named Director of Broadcasting and General Manager of WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University, effective immediately. Read more here...

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New Student Memberships!

High school or college students interested in the broadcasting and media industry can now get a yearly membership for $15!


Thanks for the Support of Our Associate Members!

Adrian College/WVAC-FM 

Bell Media Inc.

Hillsdale College/WRFH-LP

Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan

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