Issue #55 -  April 12, 2017 | View online
Hello Michigan Broadcasters!

In MAB NewsBriefs this week, a reminder that Michigan Hall of Fame and Lifetime Acheivement Award nominations are due April 28.  If you know a deserving individual that has contributed to Michigan broadcasting, you're encouraged to submit their name.

Also in this week's issue, a reminder about next week's Statewide Tornado Drill/Test; news from around the state, a programming piece from Kevin Robinson; and in our MAPB section, we've collected some Op-Ed writings from around the country regarding the importance of public broadcasting, especially important with the proposed Federal budget cuts.

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

Hurry!  Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Award Nominations
Due April 28

Do you know a broadcaster that deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, or receive the Lifetime Achievement Award? Now is the time to nominate them! Nominations due Friday, April 28, 2017. Read more here...

Register Now and Save!

Early-bird registration is now open for the annual MAB Advocacy Conference and Annual Meeting, to be held at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville, August 22-23.
Read more here...
Details & Materials Available for Statewide Tornado Drill/EAS Test

In cooperation with the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division, and with the endorsement of the MAB Board of Directors, the National Weather Service will conduct a test with the Tornado Warning EAS Code at 1:00pm Eastern Time on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 as part of Michigan's Severe Weather Awareness Week.  Read more here...
State of Michigan Legislative Update

Snyder Signs Bill to Protect Proprietary Info in Bidding

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation sponsored by Senator Rick Jones (R-24), to ensure that all companies compete on an equal playing field when bidding for a public contract with the State of Michigan. Read more here...
Federal/Congressional Update

Another Performance Royalty Bill Introduced

Congressman Darrel Issa (R-CA) has once again introduced performance royalty legislation that would require radio stations to pay fees to the record labels to play their songs.   Read more here...

Oxenford_100 FCC to Change Noncommercial Ownership Form
By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP

The FCC will eliminate the requirement that those individuals with attributable interests in noncommercial broadcast stations - officers and board members - to provide their Social Security Numbers or other personal information to the FCC to obtain an FCC Registration Number - an FRN. The draft order released last week indicates that the FCC will eliminate that requirement at its April 20 meeting. Read more here...

WOOD-TV Signs Agreement For Downtown Studio

WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids) has announced that it has entered into a one-of-a-kind partnership with the Grand Rapids Art Museum to form the GRAM WOOD TV Media Arts Center. Read more and see video clip here...

WMXG Flips to Classic Country

AMC Partners Escanaba, LLC (Armada Media/Radio Results Network) has switched the format of WMXG-FM (Stephenson) to classic country.  The change was effective on April 3. Read more here...

Remembering Tim Davis
By: Fred Jacobs, President
Jacobs Media Strategies 

If you've done business with Jacobs Media or jācapps throughout the '90s and '00s, chances are you interfaced with Tim Davis. He worked for our companies for a lot of years and impacted them in more ways than I can even convey to you in this blog post. In fact, this blog wouldn't have existed had it not been for Tim convincing me - OK, cajoling me - to start it more than 12 years ago. Read more here...

FCC Watch:  KMB Broadcasting Sale Approved

On April 4, Sovereign Communications received approval from the Federal Communications Commission to purchase Escanaba radio stations WDBC-AM and WYKX-FM from KMB Broadcasting. Read more on this and other FCC filings here...
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The Robinson Report:
Richard Pryor on the Video

By: Kevin Robinson
Robinson Media

If you find LIVE people in broadcast studios today, take note of their performance. There was a time, not so long ago, where talent had a tremendous amount of actual work.  Read more here...
10 Places to Ask for Email Addresses on Your Radio Station's Website
By: Seth Resler,
Jacobs Media Strategies

One of the most important questions you can ask as part of your radio station's digital strategy is this: "When listeners come to our website, what do we want them to do?" We call these actions, that we want our website visitors to take, "goals." Your website may have multiple goals, but one of them should definitely be to drive listeners to sign up for your email database. Read more here...
Increasing Public Awareness Through
Op-Ed Columns

In light of President Trump's proposed budget, which would eliminate funding for public media and the arts, there has been a number of Op-Ed columns appearing in major newspapers around the country in support of public television and radio.  Your MAB/MAPB News Briefs spotted a few and thought we'd share.  Read more here...

Who Do You Know That Has Impacted Public Media?

Nominations are now open for the MAPB Public Media Impact Award.  This year marks the 32nd year of honoring Michigan's public broadcasters.  Read more here... 
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