Issue #57 -  April 26, 2017 | View online
Hello Michigan Broadcasters!

In this issue, its the final call for nominations for the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Awards.  Full information below!

Our Legislative Session has news of a proposal to take Michigan off Daylight Saving Time.  What effect would this have on broadcasters, especially with television network schedules?  Your input is requested.

We have news from around the state, a great programming piece from Kevin Robinson and more.

Please feel free to pass this newsletter onto others in your organization.

Enjoy this spring weather and have a great week.
Dan Kelley
Director of Technical Services
Digital Communications Manager

Final Call for Nominations

This 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...

FEMA Releases Results of Nationwide EAS Test; Plans Another

Last week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released a report of the September 28, 2016 Nationwide EAS Test.  Read more here...
State of Michigan Legislative Update

Lawmaker's Bill Will Eliminate Daylight Saving Time

State Representative Pete Lucido (R-36) introduced legislation (HB 4011) to place the entire State of Michigan under the Eastern Time Zone (EST), and do away with the Daylight Saving Time (DST). Currently, only two other states in the nation, Alaska and Hawaii, do not have DST.  Read more here...your feedback on this proposal is critical.

NMU Professor to run for Congress

A Northern Michigan University professor has announced his candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives 1st Congressional District. Department of Communications and Performance Arts Professor Dwight Brady made his announcement  April 24 at the Marquette County Courthouse. Read more here...
Federal/Congressional Update

Proposal to Eliminate Main Studio Rule

According to a report in Inside Radio, the FCC is circulating a proposal to relax radio's Main Studio Rule. A law firm, Garvey Schubert Barer (GSB) has formally petitioned the Commission to repeal the regulation for all radio and television stations. Read more here...

FCC Finds Online Sources Satisfy EEO Requirements for Wide Dissemination of Job Openings by Broadcasters and MVPDs
By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP

The FCC on Friday (4/21) released a declaratory ruling making it significantly easier for broadcasters and MVPDs to meet their EEO obligations imposed by FCC rules. Read more here...

FCC Releases Names of TV Repack Regional Coordinators

According to MAB's Washington, D.C. Attorney David Oxenford, the FCC released a Public Notice announcing FCC staff members who will help to coordinate the repacking of the TV spectrum. Each of these FCC staff members has been assigned a particular geographic area.
Read more here...

WXYT's Terry Foster Retires

Terry Foster, co-host of the "Valenti and Foster" show on WXYT-FM/97.1 The Ticket (Detroit), has retired from the station, effective April 20. Foster suffered a stroke and was on medical leave for much of the second half of 2016.  Read more here...

WXYZ-TV Announces 2020 Town Hall Meetings

As part of a project that began nearly seven years ago, WXYZ-TV (Detroit) kicked off a series of town hall meetings this past Monday Night (4/24) in Macomb County. Read more and see photos here...

Midwest Communications Flips WLMI-FM to Top 40

Midwest Communications has changed the format of its WLMI-FM (Lansing) from Classic Hits to Top 40, effective today, April 26.  The station has adoped the "i-92.9 Lansing's New Hits" as its moniker,  Read more here...

Filmmaker Seeks Motown Radio Interviews

A filmmaker, working on a feature-length documentary on the formation and early years of Motown Records is looking for archival radio interviews from the 1960s and early 1970s with Motown stars and staffers.  Read more here...
New P1 Learning Training Course: Retailer Hot Buttons: Transaction Size

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New Flint Water PSAs Available for TV, Radio

New Public Service Announcements featuring Flint Mayor Karen Weaver are now available on the MAB website.

These PSAs promote the CORE (Community Outreach and Education) Program.  Read more here...
The Robinson Report - Creation
By: Kevin Robinson, Robinson Media

"The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves." -Carl Jung  Read more here...

How to Give Away Lots of Digital Download Codes From a Record Label
By: Seth Resler,
Jacobs Media Strategies

Earlier this week, I got a phone call from a radio programmer with an interesting question: A record label had given him 100 digital download codes for a band's new single. He wanted to give these away through his radio station's website. What's the simplest way to do this and notify all of the winners, as the Promotions Director would rather not spend an entire afternoon cutting and pasting 100 emails?  Read more here...
2017-2018 MABF Student Advisory Committee Seeking Nominations

Do you know an outstanding broadcasting, media, sales, engineering or journalism student that has great ideas and would love to become more involved in the broadcast industry?  Read more here...

Save the Date for the 2017 MABF Golf Fundraiser!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville, Michigan
Read more here...
Public Media Impact Award Nominations are Open!

This year marks the 32nd year of honoring Michigan's public broadcasters with the MAPB Public Media Impact Award. Two awards will be presented - one award for Donors and one award for Professionals - for their contribution to public broadcasting in Michigan. 
Read more here...

Michigan Radio Reporter Kate Wells named Young Journalist of the Year

The Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) has named Michigan Radio reporter Kate Wells the 'Young Journalist of the Year.' The award was presented at the Detroit SPJ's annual banquet April 19.  Read more here... 
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