Issue #58 -  May 3, 2017 | View online
Hello Broadcasters!

This week, we've got another MAB Board Profile, this time highlighting Dan Boers of WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids).  Dan is serving his first term on the board.  Get to know him in the article below.

Also this week, lots of awards to announce, both from the AP and RTDNA.  Michigan commercial and non-commercial winners won in both contests and we're very proud!  All that and more.

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

Dan Boers

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

Dan Boers is the News Director for WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids.  Dan has been with WOOD-TV for 20 years in a number of roles.  Prior to his appointment as news director in 2015, he was assistant news director since 2009 and director of news operations from 2003 to 2009.   He joined the station as a producer in 1997 and became assignment manager in 2001.  Read more here...

Help Sink Pirate Broadcasters!

While the MAB has not had any reports of any significant pirate radio activity in our state in a number of years, legal broadcasters are asked to report known pirate radio operations via the FCC Unlicensed Broadcast Station "Pirate" Reporting form.
Read more here...

State of Michigan Legislative Update

Bill to Give Student Journalists More Autonomy

State Representative Darrin Camilleri (D-23) has introduced legislation that safeguards the rights of student journalists to exercise free speech and freedom of the press. HB 4551 would make Michigan the 10th state to pass such protections for student journalists. Read more here...
Federal/Congressional Update

Pai Moves to Modernize the FCC

According to a report in TVNewsCheck, the FCC Chair Ajit Pai announced the introduction next month of an overarching review of the commission's broadcasting, cable and satellite rules.  Read more here...

May Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters - Incentive Auction, ATSC 3.0 and Broadcast Deregulation
By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP

May is one of the few months without the normal list of quarterly filings and EEO public file reports. But, just because there are none of these regular filings due, that does not mean that the month will be a quiet one for broadcasters on the regulatory front. In fact, far from it.
Read more here...

Michigan AP Media Editors Awards Announced

Winners of the 2016 Michigan Associated Press Media Editors Annual Contest were announced  at ceremonies this past Sunday, April 30 in East Lansing.  Read more here...

Michigan Recipients of 2017 Regional Murrow Awards

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) has announced its 2017 Edward R. Murrow Regional Award Winners, honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism. Read more here...

WOOD-TV Opens Kalamazoo Studio

WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids)
, which recently announced a new streetside studio in downtown Grand Rapids, has opened a second streetside studio, this time in Kalamazoo, to be home base for a dedicated crew that will live and work in the community.  Read more here...

Michigan FCC Watch

The MAB keeps watch on FCC filings in our state. Here's the latest filings we've seen. Read more here...

Bill Lake Joins Wiley Rein

On April 19, Washington law firm Wiley Rein announced that former FCC Media Bureau Chief William Lake, a veteran communications lawyer, has joined the firm's Telecom, Media & Technology practice as consulting counsel.  Read more here...
Psst! Googling "best sales closing lines" wasn't my best idea. Who knew?
By: Chris Lytle, Content Developer

So, I thought I'd write another article about closing sales. To get the ball rolling, I googled "best sales closing lines."  Unfortunately... Read more here...

5 Ideas for Podcasts That Your Radio Station Can Launch Now
By: Seth Resler,
Jacobs Media Strategies

Last Wednesday, I spoke about podcasting at the NAB Show in Las Vegas. My goal was to give everybody in the room ideas that they could use to launch a podcast in the next 30 days.  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...

Latest MAB Foundation Student Newsletter Available

The latest issue of Beyond the Classroom, the MAB Foundation student newsletter has just been sent out.  In this issue, there's Michigan broadcasting job opportunities, a review of our recent student awards luncheon and an interview with WLNS-TV (Lansing) News Director Jam Sardar.  Read more here...
WDET Welcomes Journalist Emery King on May 17

WDET-FM (Detroit) is presenting "Essential Conversation with Emery King hosted by Ann Delisi" at the Detroit Historical Museum  on May 17.  The event is a fund-raiser for the public radio station. 
Read more here...

AWARDS!  Michigan public radio and television stations were the recipients of multiple awards from the Associated Press Media Editors as well as RTDNA in the past few weeks.  Look for the story above "In The News." 
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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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