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Jacobs Media to Present Free Webinar

This Thursday (7/28), Jacobs Media will present a FREE webinar titled: “Facebook Live for Radio Broadcasters.”  How can your radio station use the new Facebook Live feature to connect with its audience? Jacobs Media Strategies’ “Digital Dot Connector,” Seth Resler, will introduce you to Facebook Live and offer best practices for using this tool. Learn how you can use it to promote and brand your station.

Register for the webinar here.

Television Broadcasters Reminded to File Cable Royalty Claims

NABThe National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) reminds television broadcasters broadcasters, whose signals were carried as distant signals by at least one cable system in 2015, that they must file a claim with the Copyright Royalty Board no later than August 1, 2016.

If a station fails to file within this time frame, it cannot collect any royalties for 2015.

Broadcasters can file claims online through the Copyright Office’s website. Details on how to file a claim are provided in an NAB Counsel Memo, available here. For further assistance, contact NAB’s legal counsel: Ann Mace at (202) 624-2711 or Suzanne Head at (202) 429-5302.

Traffic Director Spotlight: Rose Dunlap

RoseDunlap_300Rose Dunlap is in the  Traffic Department at WGHN-AM/FM and WMPA-FM in Grand Haven, MI.

Rose has been in traffic for over 2 years now and with her present company for 16 years.

Q1: What is your favorite comfort food?
Rose:  Fritos.

Q2: Which Superhero would you be, and why?
Rose:  Wonder Women! I have always admired her ever since I was a little girl. She’s uber tall, doesn’t age, has all sorts of cool outfits for any Superhero occasion, has amazing accessories that are not only stylish, but highly functional and flies her own Invisible Jet! Plus when she needs a break from her double life as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman she can go to Paradise Island.

Q3: When I’m not working, I’d rather be …
Rose:  Spending time with my family- my High School Sweetheart/Hubby and our two teenagers- Aubrey 16 and Eric 14. Or Running! Love to Run.

Q4: If I had the chance, I’d really like to have lunch with…
Rose:  Simon & Garfunkel!

Q5: What’s the best advice you have ever received?
Traffic is Always Right! I refer to this in a “lighthearted” manner, as did my predecessors. Keeps me smiling even in the face of putting in mounds of orders, cranking out 9 logs each Friday to get us through Monday or attempting to decipher a complicated order submitted by a third party.

Q6: Tell us something about yourself that very few people know.
I actually had my own Radio Show (when I was 14) on WEHB, a small community Grand Rapids, MI station. It was an hour long show every Tuesday that featured all Native American music. I was spinning actual vinyl! It helped me to not only to learn about radio but also forced me to not be shy and allowed me to gain a deep appreciation for my heritage. Ironic that I ended up in the radio biz! I started out in sales. I was very good in sales, but I feel traffic is my true Great calling. Never a dull moment in traffic!

Congressman Introduces Legislation to Delay DOL Overtime Rules

In response to the new Department of Labor (DOL) overtime rule set to take effect December 1, Congressman Kurt Schrader (D-OR) introduced legislation, titled the Overtime Reform and Enhancement Act (OREA), which would incrementally phase in the new salary threshold over the next three years. The three-year window is designed to give businesses adequate time to adjust to the new standard. The bill would also eliminate a provision in the final overtime rule that allows for automatic updates to the salary threshold every three years. Read more about the legislation on Congressman Schrader’s website.

NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton issued the following statement: “NAB appreciates Rep. Schrader’s efforts to ease the burden of the Department of Labor’s overtime pay rule by phasing it in over three years. Broadcasters are committed to creating well-paying jobs in their local communities but share the widespread concern that the overtime rule could have a devastating impact on our day-to-day operations. We will continue to work with Members of Congress on common-sense approach to this issue that benefits all stakeholders.”

FCC: No New Rules on Retrans

Tom_Wheeler_FCC_300Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler announced via a blog post that the FCC will not be taking any new regulatory actions on retransmission consent as a result of its investigation into its good faith rules.

Specifically, Wheeler stated that the FCC “will not proceed at this time to adopt additional rules governing good faith negotiations for retransmission consent.” This effectively closes the existing retransmission consent proceeding and ensures that broadcasters and pay-TV companies continue to negotiate in the free market as they have for more than two decades. Chairman Wheeler said that the existing rules were adequate to ensure good faith negotiations.

The MAB feels this is a great victory for television broadcasters and the result of the broadcasters’ strong advocacy at the FCC and on the Capitol Hill.

Court Reverses 20-Year Decision on Open Booking Photos

According to a report in Gongwer, a divided 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a 20-year-old decision that required federal criminal booking photos automatically be released on request. The judges argued that releasing those photos violate a “non-trivial privacy interest” defendants have in those booking photos.

Booking photos convey an image of guilt, the court held in Detroit Free Press v. U.S. Department of Justice (USCOA docket No. 14-1670), though a defendant may not be found guilty. The ability to easily find a booking photo online can have a dramatic effect on an individual’s ability to find work and their personal prospects, judges ruled in the final decision.

The dissent argued that “the court’s decision obscures government’s most coercive functions – the powers to detain and accuse – and returns them to the shadows. Open government is too dear a cost to pay for the mirage of privacy the majority has to offer.”

A challenge to this ruling would require that a petition for hearing be submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court.

MAB On-The-Road With Legislative Meetings

(L-R) Debbie Kenyon (Senior VP/CBS Radio Detroit), Ed Fernandez (Divisional GM E.W. Scripps Co.), Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-12), Mike Renda (VP, WJBK-TV Detroit), Marla Drutz (VP, WDIV-TV Detroit) and Karole White (MAB President/CEO).

The MAB has started its summer series of in-district congressional meetings with Congressman Justin Amash (R-3) and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-12). The focus of the meetings is to update lawmakers on the status of the incentive spectrum auction, discuss co-sponsorship of the Local Radio Freedom Act and advocate for preserving ad tax deductibility in any future tax reform legislation.

July 30 Deadline For EAS Equipment Upgrade + SAGE Upgrade Available

eas-logo_300A new set of EAS Rules and Guidelines adopted by the Federal Communications Commission will become effective on July 30, 2016, mandating the following: 

1). All EAS Participants must have an operational EAS Decoder that recognizes the new FCC EAS location ‘FIPS’ Code for “All of United States” #000000.

2). All EAS Participants must have an operational EAS Decoder that recognizes and acts immediately to ‘relay‐to‐air’ an EAS Activation coded with the EAS Event Code; ‘NPT’ (National Periodic Test) that is received with a valid ‘FIPS’ Code.

Sage Users: Firmware Update Notice

Sage Alerting Systems has released a mandatory firmware update for its Sage Digital ENDEC model 3644. This update will enable users to comply with the Federal Communications Commission’s Sixth Report and Order on the Emergency Alerting System, involving the national location code and NPT event processing. You must install the update to continue to receive IPAWS messages. Compliance with Part 11 rules requires implementation by July 30.


SIDEBAR via MAB ABIP Inspector R. Dale Gehman:

Unfortunately, many of the original 1996 vintage EAS Decoders/Encoders must now be replaced as they cannot be upgraded to accomplish both the modified response to receipt of an ‘NPT’ Event Code, nor can they be upgraded to recognize the new ‘000000’ FIPS National Location Code.

An example of vintage EAS Gear that cannot be upgraded includes, but not limited to; TFT’s EAS911, the Gray SAGE ENDEC and most of the 1996 era EAS boxes.

Most Stations previously upgraded to current vintage EAS Gear that polls FEMA’s IPAWS-CAP Server via the Internet, in compliance with the FCC Rules. Licensees should insure that current vintage EAS Gear has the latest software and firmware updates prior to July 30, 2016!

Stations that continue to operate with vintage EAS Gear that has not been upgraded successfully to recognize the National FIPS Code ‘000000’ and upgraded with a modified response to the EAS Event Code ‘NPT’ – will be in violation of the Rules on August 1, 2016, a violation that subjects the Licensee to a significant monetary assessment and notice of violation upon inspection.

Honor 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient and Hall of Fame Inductees

Please join the MAB and MAB Foundation in celebrating these outstanding people in our industry at the annual Awards Banquet, Tuesday, August 30 at the Inn at St. Johns in Plymouth, Michigan.

The 2016 award recipients have 150-plus years of combined experience serving the broadcasting industry. Each of the award recipients have influenced and supported their communities as broadcasters, humanitarians and philanthropists over the time they have been involved in broadcasting.

Details and registration here.

2016 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient


Julie Koehn
Lenawee Broadcasting Company
Adrian, MI

2016 Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame Inductees