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Spectrum Auction Fails to Meet Financial Target; Moves into Second Stage

According to the report in Broadcasting & Cable, the FCC closed the first stage of the forward auction, failing to meet the $88.4 billion target bidders needed to cover the cost of payments to broadcasters. The auction netted $22.45 billion after the bidding credits and discounts were applied.

“Bidding in the forward auction has concluded for Stage 1 without meeting the final stage rule and without meeting the conditions to trigger an extended round. The incentive auction will continue with Stage 2 at a lower clearing target,” the FCC said.

The second stage of the reverse auction will begin September 13 and has reduced the spectrum it is buying from broadcasters—from 126 MHz to 114 MHz.   A tutorial for the second stage is available for viewing here.  MAB is monitoring.

Reminder: Effective Date for Increased FCC Application Fees

According to the Broadcast Law Blog, August 30 was the new effective date for the FCC application fee increases. These application fees are paid with most FCC applications – including applications for the purchase and sale of broadcast stations, applications for new and modified station technical facilities, for special temporary authority with license renewal applications and even with Biennial Ownership Reports, which must be filed by commercial stations in December 2017.

An application fee filing guide for media services is available HERE.

Appeals Court: MCCA Not Subject To FOIA

capitol3A divided opinion of the Court of Appeals has held the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) is a public body but, it is not subject to the state’s Freedom of Information Act because of a legislative amendment in the Insurance Code. That amendment, the court said, “did not alter, amend, change or dispense with any provisions of FOIA, at the time of that statute’s enactment, the Legislature was not required to reenact and republish FOIA.”

The court ruled after the case was remanded to it by the Supreme Court, which directed the Appeals Court to determine if the MCCA was a public body, as defined under the FOIA, and was therefore subject to the FOIA’s provisions.

EAS National Test Date: September 28, 2016

eas-logo_300The next national test of the Emergency Alert System is  scheduled for 2:20 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on September 28, 2016. (A secondary test date is October 5, 2016, “if necessary”). EAS Participants must be prepared to take part in a test on both the primary and alternate test dates. All EAS Participants are required to participate in this nationwide test.  This test will use the National Periodic Test (NPT) code, the location code for “All of United States.” FIPS number: 000000; and will be issued via FEMA Open IPAWS.

The results of the nationwide EAS test will be captured and analyzed using the new EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS).  The FCC encourages EAS Participants to take steps to prepare for the test.   The public notice is available here.

Important National Test Reporting Deadlines

1) EAS Participants shall file the “day of test” information sought by ETRS Form Two before 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on September 28, 2016.  This is the same day as the national test.

2) EAS Participants shall file the detailed post-test data sought by ETRS Form Three on or before November 14, 2016.

The FCC’s ETRS page is here.  The Broadcasters Desktop Reference website has a resource for broadcasters “Meet the ETRS.”  Visit that site here.)

All EAS Participants were required to register with ETRS and complete the filing on ETRS Form One on or before August 26, 2016.

In addition, the FCC has released an updated EAS Handbook available for download to print locally here.  A copy of the Handbook must be located at normal duty positions or EAS equipment locations when an operator is required to be on duty and be immediately available to staff responsible for administering EAS tests.  Please note that the new EAS Handbook requires licensees to “fill-in” information on various pages throughout the handbook and that stations should review the Handbook before placing it in a normal duty position.

There is also a Microsoft Word version of the EAS Handbook available here that may aid some stations in customizing the handbook for their operations.

MAPB Honors 2016 Public Media Impact Award Donor Recipient

(L-R) MAPB President Eric Smith, 2016 Public Media Impact Award Donor Recipient Ms. Bucky Love, and WGVU Public Media General Manager Michael Walenta.

On Tuesday, August 30 at the the Inn at St. John’s, the Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters (MAPB) presented the MAPB Public Media Impact Award to Bucky Love.

Bucky Love has given from the heart, to WGVU Public Media for over 30 years – her nonprofit of choice when it comes to a champion for the arts and music. Her passion for WGVU extends first and foremost to the music the station is synonymous with, and which she helps to nourish with the Bucky M Love WGVU Music Endowment Fund. In addition, Bucky gives generously to WGVU on a heartfelt basis to help fund a variety of educational initiatives and has provided more than one lead gift to WGVU to acquire much needed production equipment.

Bucky’s love of music and sense of responsibility to give back to the community both started at a very early age, influenced by her father Michael, who enjoyed singing in his native Slovenian language.

Bucky’s deep commitment and varied contributions to WGVU Public Media extending back to 1987, have benefitted multiple areas, including arts, education and technology-all greatly enhancing the stations on-air and community engagement efforts serving 2.5 million citizens.

Bucky, a former kindergarten teacher continues to be a vibrant ambassador of WGVU, who loves nothing more than to hop in her little yellow sports car and drive to station activities. What makes Bucky worthy of this award is her steadfast eagerness to support all that Public Media stands for and to make sure that others follow in her footsteps. She has been a pioneer for WGVU in the truest sense of the word. Ten years ago she was one of the first individuals to provide a foundation match for an early childhood reading program benefiting at risk children. Her innovative outlook on life convinced her to support an area previously foreign to her- the technological that makes WGVU tick. She stepped forward with a lead gift helping WGVU secure digital production equipment.

Bucky Love has been a significant part of the WGVU success story helping to provide for all programming and community events that educate, inspire and entertain, just as Bucky does in her day-to-day life. Anyone who has had the pleasure of spending time with Bucky appreciates the enjoyable way she weaves together the lessons she learned in the past with her current love of music and her strong sense of philanthropic responsibility.

MAB Honors 2016 Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award Recipient

(L-R) MAB Immediate Past Chairman Ed Fernandez, Congresswoman Candice Miller (R-10), and MAB President/CEO Karole White.

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) and MAB Foundation (MABF)
presented the 2016 Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award on Tuesday, August 30 at the Inn at St. John’s to Congresswoman Candice Miller (R-10).

This prestigious award is given to a lawmaker, and/or other public official, for their dedicated service to Michigan citizens and the Michigan broadcasting industry. This person is selected by the MAB executive committee and approved by the MAB Board of Directors.

Congresswoman Miller (R-10) was honored during the MAB’s Awards Banquet surrounded by broadcasters and friends.

Meet the 2016 Class of the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame

(L-R) MAB Immediate Past Chairman Ed Fernandez with inductees Paul Jacobs (Jacobs Media), Paul W. Smith (WJR-AM) and Stephen Schram (Michigan Radio).

The MAB and MAB Foundation (MABF)
inducted three outstanding individuals into the 2016 class of the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame on Tuesday, August 30 at the Inn at St. John’s.

Inducted were Paul Jacobs, VP/GM of Jacobs Media and President of jacAPPS (Bingham Farms); Paul W. Smith, Radio Host and Columnist, WJR-AM (Detroit); and Stephen Schram, Executive Director and General Manager for Michigan Radio – WUOM/WFUM/WVGR (Ann Arbor).

Paul Jacobs is the VP/GM of Jacobs Media and President of jacAPPS. Jacobs has served within the broadcasting industry for nearly 40 years, the majority of which have been spent in the state of Michigan. He has cultivated a new niche in radio broadcasting with jacAPPS, a leading mobile application software company, based in Michigan. Jacobs was also the driving force behind the DASH conference, which brought the radio and automotive industries together to generate ideas to best serve the general public. In addition, he serves on the MAB Foundation’s Board of Directors, helping to drive innovative educational opportunities for current and future broadcasters.

Paul W. Smith started in radio at WVMO-FM in his hometown of Monroe, Michigan in 1968. As a 15-year-old kid in High School, he knew radio was what he wanted to do the rest of his life. From Monroe, he moved on to Toledo, Ohio, where he sold radio time, did on-air stints at WCWA and WSPD and a daily live television show. From Toledo, he went to Windsor, Ontario for the morning drive show at CKLW. He moved back across the river to WJR-AM to do weekends and fill in for legendary broadcaster J.P. McCarthy, before heading to New York City to do a morning show at 77/WABC. In fact, for a year, Smith flew back and forth every week to be able to continue working weekends at WJR-AM while doing his Monday through Friday show on WABC.

In 1996, Smith came back home to WJR to take over stewardship of the morning show on “The Great Voice of the Great Lakes,” still broadcasting to this day from “The Golden Tower of the Fisher Building.” Smith was proudly inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2013.

Stephen Schram is Executive Director and General Manager for Michigan Radio – WUOM/WFUM/WVGR, the state’s most listened to NPR news and information service, originating from Ann Arbor and licensed to the University of Michigan. Michigan Radio broadcasts at 91.7 FM in Ann Arbor/Detroit, 91.1 FM in Flint, 104.1 FM in western Michigan, and online at

As General Manager, Schram previously led WOMC and WYCD in Detroit, plus earlier provided executive leadership for the seven Detroit market Clear Channel radio stations (now iHeartMedia), including WNIC and WKQI. He also worked for WJBK-TV (Fox 2), Detroit in Marketing and Business Development. Schram is a Past President and current Treasurer of the Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters, a current Director of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation and served as a board member of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters 1999-2002 and 2003-2005.

For a list of previous Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame recipients and their biographies, click here.


2016 MAB Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Julie Koehn

(L-R) MAB Immediate Past Chairman Ed Fernandez, Julie Koehn, MAB President/CEO Karole White.
(L-R) MAB Immediate Past Chairman Ed Fernandez, Julie Koehn, and MAB President/CEO Karole White.

The MAB and MAB Foundation (MABF)
presented the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award to Lenawee Broadcasting Company/WLEN-FM (Adrian) President and General Manager Julie Koehn during MAB awards ceremonies on Tuesday, August 30 at the Inn at St. John’s.

Julie began her broadcasting career in 1985 as an account executive after graduating from Michigan State University with a bachelor of science degree in both industrial and labor relations and political science. Julie is a veteran of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Board of Directors, having served as chairman in 2005-2006. She sits on the board of directors of the MAB Foundation and chaired the Foundation in 2012-2013. She was also a trustee for the MAB Political Action Committee. Julie was the District 13 representative (MI) to the National Association of Broadcasters Board of Directors from 2009 to 2015 and is a faculty member of the NAB Education Foundation Broadcast Leadership Training Academy. Julie is also on the Board of Directors of the NAB Education Foundation.

Julie has also been a featured and panel speaker on small market radio at multiple National Association of Broadcasters and Radio Advertising Bureau annual conferences. Under her management, station accomplishments include five NAB Crystal Radio Awards, the NAB Crystal Heritage Award, three NAB Education Foundation Service to America Awards, Service to Children Awards and three NAB Marconi Awards, one for AC Station of the Year and two for Small Market Station of the Year. WLEN has been MAB Station of the Year for nine of the last thirteen years in Commercial Radio Market Three.

A very active member of her community, Julie is a past chair and chair-elect and sits on the board of directors of ATHENA Lenawee and is a board member of the Pleasant Grove Hotel Historical Society.

Julie is a past board member of the Devil’s Lake Yacht Club (serving as their first female Commodore in 2011). She has held positions on the HOPE Community Center Board of Directors, the Lenawee County Chamber of Commerce (serving as their first female chair), Catholic Charities and the Salvation Army. Julie has also initiated fundraising events for multiple charities in her community. She resides with her husband, Tom Valentine, in Adrian.

For a complete list of previous Lifetime Achievement Award recipents and links to their biographies, click here.

LeGeyt, Skubick Highlight Advocacy Conference Afternoon Session

Photo left: Curtis LeGeyt. Photo right: Tim Skubick.

The annual MAB Advocacy Conference hosted several panels discussing the latest legislative and federal affairs in Lansing and Washington, D.C.

Curtis LeGeyt – Executive VP of Government Relations for the National Association of Broadcasters updated members on the latest issues faced by the broadcasting industry in DC, including spectrum auction, copyright review, retransmission consent, broadcast ownership rules and FM chips in cells phones. LeGeyt also shared effective methods and practices for grassroots advocacy within the industry.

Tim Skubick, one of the longest serving State Capitol correspondents, hosted a panel of pundits which included Zoe Clark, Michigan Radio; Chad Livengood, Detroit News; and Chuck Stokes, WXYZ-TV. The panelists discussed Michigan’s role in this year’s presidential elections, polled the audience on their views of the presidential candidates, dived into prospective candidates for the next gubernatorial election and offered insights on which party will control the Michigan House of Representatives.

MAB Announces New Officers, Directors

At its annual business meeting on August 30, the MAB Board of Directors elected new officers.  Debbie Kenyon, Senior VP/Market Manager of CBS Radio Detroit was appointed Chairman.  Peter Tanz of Midwest Communications was appointed Vice-Chairman/Chairman Elect.  Gary Baxter of WSYM-TV (Lansing) was named Treasurer; and Zoe Burdine-Fly of Townsquare Media (Flint-Lansing) was appointed At-Large Director.

Former Chairman Ed Fernandez, Divisional General Manager, E.W. Scripps Company (Detroit) is now Immediate Past Chairman.

In addition, the Board appointed five new Directors to the MAB Board.  Al Blinke, Vice-President and General Manager of WNEM-TV (Saginaw) returns to the MAB Board.  Also appointed Kevin Dunaway, Vice-President/General Manager of Heritage Broadcasting (Cadillac); Shannone Dunlap, General Manager of Alpha Media USA (Saginaw) and Scott Shigley, General Manager of Liggett Communications (Port Huron).