Issue #53 -  March 29, 2017 | View online
Hello Michigan Broadcasters!

We begin this week's News Briefs with a special announcement for all stations, commercial and public, from the Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters (MAPB), concerning proposed funding cuts for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and its impact on Michigan. 

Also in this issue, details on the upcoming Statewide Tornado Test; some sad news out of Detroit; and a great sales article by Duane Alverson, President of MacDonald Broadcasting Company in Saginaw and Lansing.

Have an excellent week! 
Dan Kelley
Director of Technical Services
Digital Communications Manager

Presidential Budget Eliminates Funding for Public Media

President Trump's proposed budget eliminates funding for public media and the arts.  The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), is the nonprofit agency that primarily channels funding for programming and operations to local public radio and TV stations nationwide. Additional funds go to National Public Radio (NPR) and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), who supply programming to thousands of local affiliates including Michigan Public Broadcasters.
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March 29 Vietnam Veterans Day

On Tuesday, March 28, Senator Mike Kowall (R-Whitelake) and Senator Margaret O'Brien (R-Portage) introduced a resolution that the members of the Michigan Senate proclaim March 29, 2017, as "Vietnam Veterans Day."  Read more and see video here...
Mark Your Calendar Now for Advocacy Conference

The MAB just wrapped up the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference (GLBC) a few weeks back and now we're gearing up for our next big event: the annual MAB Advocacy Conference and Annual Meeting, to be held at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville, August 22-23.
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State of Michigan Legislative Update

Voters Could Ban Warrantless Searches Of Electronic Data

Under a House Joint Resolution C (HJR C), introduced by State Representative Jim Runestad (R-44), Michigan voters would get a chance to say whether the state's Constitution should be amended to protect "electronic data and electronic communications" from warrantless searches. Read more here...
Federal/Congressional Update

NABlogo_150 NAB Wants Changes to the FCC's Repack Plan

According to a report in Broadcasting & Cable, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has petitioned the FCC to reconsider its "flawed" framework and timeline for repacking TV stations after the incentive auction, saying not to do so will hurt broadcasters and their viewers.  Read more here...

Statewide Tornado Drill & Test
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 with updated details here...

Are you a Contract Engineer?

The MAB is putting together a new member resource:  a list of available contract engineers working in the state, available for stations in the event they need assistance.
Read more here... 
Rich Fisher Passes

Longtime Michigan newsman and Detroit TV anchor Rich Fisher has passed away.

Fisher died March 24 after a lengthy battle with cancer.  He was 67. Read more here...

"Big Boy" Returns to Detroit Radio

Beasley's WMGC-FM (105.1 The Bounce) has announced that "Big Boy" has returned to Detroit radio, joining "Shay Shay" to anchor the station's morning show. Read more here...

Jackson Radio Works Receives Chamber Award

On March 23, Jackson Radio Works (WKHM-AM/FM, WIBM-AM) was the recipient of an appreciation award from the Brooklyn-Irish Hills Chamber of Commerce, honoring the company for 20 years of service ("hyper local content that matters") to the community. Read more here...

Blarney Stone Broadcasting Wins Best Small Business Award
Blarney Stone Broadcasting is one of 12 companies from around the state selected to receive the Michigan Small Business Development Center's Best Small Business Award.  Read more here...

Lansing Lugnuts to Townsquare Media

The Lansing Lugnuts, Class A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, and Townsquare Media have announced an exclusive partnership, with WVFN-AM (The Game 730 AM) serving as the new flagship home for Lugnuts baseball.  Read more here...

NAB to Present "Awareness in Reporting" Event

Local radio and TV broadcasters are part of the communities they serve. During times of unrest, they capture and reflect the voices and feelings of those around them. As first informers, trusted reporters, investigators and public servants, local reporters put themselves on the front lines to report up-to-the-minute information. Read more here...

FCC Watch:  CBS Radio Files Transfer Applications

CBS Radio, as part of their previously announced merger with Entercom Communications Corporation, has filed applications to transfer its radio stations from various licensing divisions to Shareholders of Entercom Communications.  Read more here...

New P1 Learning Training Course:Retailer Profitability Model (RPM) - Part 3

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Plan Your April Fools' Day On-Air Pranks with the FCC in Mind
By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP

With April Fools' Day only a few days away, we need to play our role as attorneys and ruin the fun by repeating our annual reminder that broadcasters need to be careful with any on-air pranks, jokes or other bits prepared especially for the day.  Read more here...
Screens, Screens! Everywhere, Screens!
By: Duane Alverson, President
MacDonald Broadcasting Company (Saginaw & Lansing)

We have never had so many choices! Just look at how many different screens you can watch March Madness on this year. And most of them are not sitting in your living room in front of your favorite chair. Read more here...
10 Ways to Get Listeners to Sign Up for Your Radio Station's Text Message List
By: Seth Resler, Jacobs Media Strategies

Every radio station should be building a text message list. Text message lists are inexpensive ways to stay engaged with your P1 listeners. It is far easier for listeners to opt in to a text message list than give you their email address when they are out and about with nothing but their mobile phones. This means that text message lists are perfect for concerts, sporting events, and other on-premise promotions. Read more here...
HOMTV Internship Application Summer 2017 Deadline April 1st

The application deadline for HOMTV's Internship Program for the Summer 2017 semester is April 1, 2017.  More detaila and links to the application 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

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