Issue #56 -  April 19, 2017 | View online
Hello Michigan Broadcasters!

In this issue, we resume highlighting your MAB Board Members so you get to know who is representing you and your concerns regarding broadcasting in Michigan.  This time around, its Alpha Media Saginaw Market Manager Shannone Dunlap, who is serving her first term on the MAB Board.

Also in this week's issue, a summary of the recently-completed FCC spectrum auction, legislative news from Lansing and word of a great project from WGVU Public Media.

Lastly, the Statewide Tornado Test was conducted today.  I would appreciate your feedback on the test.  See the story below.

Thanks for reading!


Dan Kelley

Director of Technical Services

Digital Communications Manager

Nominations Due April 28 for Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Awards!

Friday, April 28 is the deadline for nominations for the annual Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Awards.  The awards will be presented during the Awards Banquet at the MAB Advocacy Conference and Annual Meeting, Tuesday, August 22 at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville. Read more here...

Shannone Dunlap

MAB News Briefs is pleased to bring you profiles of your MAB Board of Directors.  

Shannone Dunlap is Market Manager for Alpha Media and its cluster of stations in Saginaw.  A 30-year marketing/media veteran, Shannone was hired in August of 2007 to lead the local radio stations then owned by NextMedia.  Read more here...

Your Feedback Needed!

The MAB would like your comments, thoughts, concerns on today's (4/19) Statewide Tornado Drill/EAS Test.  While we have heard from a few broadcasters already, we'd really like to hear from you about the EAS activation and how it was received at your facility.  Did it arrive on time?  Was the audio quality good?  

Please feel free to email Dan Kelley at the MAB.  He will be sharing your comments with the MAB Board, State Emergency Communications Committee, Michigan State Police and the National Weather Service.

Dan's email is  Thank you.

State of Michigan Legislative Update

State Legislature Back in Session

The Michigan State Legislature is back in session in Lansing this week after two-week long spring recess. Several committee hearings have been scheduled. Read more here...

State Senator Working on Bills to Block ISPs, Search Engines from Selling Info

Senator Rick Jones (R-24) announced that he is working on legislation to protect the privacy of Michigan residents using the internet in light of the federal government's recent actions to repeal internet privacy rules. Read more here...
Federal/Congressional Update

FCC Releases Post-Auction Relocation List

According to a report from TVNewsCheck, the FCC has released details on the incentive auction results. Over $10 billion will be awarded to 175 winning broadcasters that elected to participate in the incentive auction. According to the FCC, 957 stations that did not participate in the auction will have to change channels.  Read more here...

Michigan Spectrum Auction Summary

Last week, the FCC announced the results of its broadcast incentive auction and it appears that three Michigan television stations were successful bidders in the reverse auction. Read more here...

WDIV-TV Receives NABEF Service to America Award

The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) has announced that Graham Media Group's WDIV-TV (Detroit) is the recipient of its 2017 Service to America Television Award.  This award recognizes a television station for the totality of its efforts and its commitment to excellence in serving its community. Read more here...

Radio One Sells WCHB-AM to Crawford

Radio One has announced that is has sold its Detroit AM station, WCHB, to Crawford Broadcasting.  The announced sale price was $2 million and is subject to FCC approval. Read more here...

Former FCC Mass Media Bureau Chief

Roy Stewart Passes

Former FCC official Roy Stewart passed away on Monday, April 10 at age 78.  Stewart joined the FCC in 1965, became head of the Mass Media Bureau in 1989, then moved to the license policy office before retiring in 2009.  Read more here...

Amplifi Media and Jācapps Align To Form SonicAi

Two of radio's leading visionaries, Steve Goldstein and Fred Jacobs, and their companies, Amplifi Media and jācapps, have teamed together to form SonicAi, a joint venture dedicated to strategizing and creating voice command solutions for the radio and podcasting industries. Initial development will focus on the Amazon Echo and Google Home devices.  Read more here...

Gen Z-A Group That Loves AM/FM-Is Next Great Radio Demo

While marketers and media expend massive energy and resources courting Millennials, their younger counterparts known as Generation Z shouldn't be ignored. These young Americans (born after 1996) represent 23% of the U.S. population and are a diverse and influential demographic with rising spending power. And, in good news for broadcast radio, they also listen to significant amounts of AM/FM.  Read more here...
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Are Any of Your Salespeople Hooked on This?

By: Chris Lytle, Content Developer

Let politicians deal with the opioid epidemic. Sales managers need to address this career-threatening addiction: "Hope-ium."  Read more here...

7 Mistakes Radio Stations Make With Their Mobile Apps

By: Seth Resler,

Jacobs Media Strategies

Over the past decade, the smartphone has absorbed or integrated with just about every household device you can imagine, from the remote control to the thermostat to the alarm clock. So it's only natural that radio listeners now expect their phones to take on the role once played by the radio, too. To thrive, radio stations need to ensure that they have a presence on their listeners' phones. Read more here...

MAPB Partners with WGVU for LZ Michigan

The Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters (MAPB) has partnered with WGVU Public Media to present LZ Michigan, an event scheduled for September 23, 2017 at Fifth Third Ballpark in Grand Rapids.  The event will honor all veterans, including those who were killed or declared missing in action.  
Read more here...

Michigan Radio Staff Accepts Scripps Howard Award

Members of Michigan Radio's news team were in Cincinnati April 12 to accept the station's first-ever Scripps Howard Award for the station's on-going coverage of the Flint water crisis.  Read more here... 

Interlochen Public Radio Presents "Show & Tell"

As part of its recent fund drive, Interlochen Public Radio Executive Director Peter Payette wanted to offer listeners a chance to get to know their public radio hosts a little better.

So, he hosted an online round of Show and Tell on Facebook. Read more and see video here...
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