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Radio Issues on FCC’s Agenda in 2016

According to Broadcast Law Blog, one of the biggest issues in radio may see some action by the FCC before the end of January. The FCC has circulated a proposal among the commissioners to adopt a requirement for an online public file for radio, cable and satellite. In his blog post, FCC Chairman Wheeler confirmed that the commission is due to vote on this issue at the FCC meeting on January 28.

Jennifer White Leaving Michigan Radio for WBEZ

Jennifer White
Photo Credit: Michigan Radio

All Things Considered host Jennifer White has left Michigan Radio for Chicago, where she has accepted a position as on-air anchor and host at Chicago Public Radio, WBEZ.

Jennifer had been the local host of Michigan Radio’s All Things Considered since September 2010, and had led many community-focused projects, local discussions, and political forums. Her former position at Michigan Radio will now be filled by Christina Shockley, who will move from hosting Morning Edition to hosting All Things Considered. Michigan Radio will be undergoing a search for the next host of Morning Edition.

Michigan College Goal

MI College Goal SundayAccording to a press release by the Michigan Department of Treasury, MI College Goal is a team effort of the Michigan Department of Treasury’s MI Student Aid unit, Michigan Student Financial Aid Association, Michigan Department of Education, and EduGuide.

“Students and families often experience difficulties and frustration when filling out the FAFSA,” State Treasurer Nick Khouri. “But, expert help is available. MI College Goal locations have staff on hand to help families complete the application for free and maximize financial aid awards for students headed to college.”

High school seniors and their parents are strongly encouraged to visit MI College Goal and find out about upcoming event details and to get assistance in filling out the FAFSA in order to receive aid for college.

Current and prospective students can also visit the Treasury’s Student Financial Services Bureau website for more information on Michigan aid programs.

MSU & DPTV Announce Partnership

WKAR-TV (East Lansing) has announced a new partnership with Detroit Public Television on January 11.

“This collaboration gives us the opportunity to become a national model in providing quality educational content in public television,” MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon said. “It will provide opportunities consistent with our land-grant mission for unique partnerships that will lead to much broader outreach and engagement, both in Detroit and statewide, and a significant platform for faculty work and innovation across several colleges.”

According to DPTV’s press release:

One of the first initiatives will be a 24/7 children’s broadcast and online channel serving not only Detroit and Lansing but also the entire state. That initiative will build off DPTV’s Ready To Learn program, supported by a PBS grant. It focuses on engaging and strengthening early learning experiences for children ages 2-8 at home, in preschool and in other out-of-school settings.

Watch video of the press conference here.

WKAR Will NOT Participate in Spectrum Auction

According to Prabu David
, Dean of MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences
, “MSU will NOT participate in the FCC Broadcast Incentive Auction.” David noted that WKAR had received hundreds of emails and social media postings regarding the upcoming spectrum auction, and that he and the WKAR staff were “truly touched” by all the support.

The FCC Spectrum Auction is happening in the Spring of 2016, and is meant to reallocate a portion of the spectrum from TV broadcasters to mobile providers.

Traffic Director Spotlight: Sheralyn Ganz, Cumulus Media

Sheralyn GanzSheralyn Ganz
WWWW-FM, WQKL-FM, WLBY-FM, WTKA-FM

Sheralyn Ganz is the Traffic and Continuity Director at Cumulus Media in Ann Arbor, where she’s been for seven years.

Q1: What is your favorite comfort food?
Sheralyn: Homemade macaroni and cheese.

Q2: Which Superhero would you be, and why?
Sheralyn: Crimson Curse, because she uses her magical powers to manipulate the elements of nature — a talent that would really come in handy to a resident of Michigan.

Q3: When I’m not working, I’d rather be …
Sheralyn: Flexing my brain muscles, trying to beat my boyfriend in an epic board game battle.

Q4: If I had the chance, I’d really like to have lunch with …
Sheralyn: Marc Maron.

Q5: Best advice you have ever gotten?
Sheralyn: “Every job you’ll ever work is a paid education.”

Click here to read other Traffic Director spotlights.

Unique Benefits of Your ABIP Inspection

Gehman doing an ABIP inspectionThe Michigan Association of Broadcasters maintains a formal agreement with the Federal Communications Commission to operate the ‘Alternate Broadcast Inspection Program’ (ABIP).

MAB’s ABIP grants unique benefits to radio and television stations that elect to participate and resolve their deficiencies. These stations earn a three-year MAB ABIP Certificate of Compliance.

Not only does the MAB ABIP provide an independent, confidential written review of compliance with applicable FCC rules at your main studio and at each transmitter site, the program also provides expert recommendations and access to the MAB’s ABIP inspector, thereby enabling you to maintain the highest degree of operational compliance.

What if a violation inadvertently occurs and an FCC field agent appears at your studio location? Point out your MAB ABIP Certificate of Compliance, follow the agent’s instructions to resolve the issue of note, and contact the MAB office to facilitate mitigation of the occurrence with the applicable FCC field office.

Now is the time for your station to join the 2016 MAB ABIP and earn the inherit benefits – and enjoy compliance peace of mind! Contact Ann Walters today at walters@michmab.com, or call (800) 968-7622 to request your ABIP contract.

Student Broadcast Awards deadline is January 29, 2016

2016 Student Broadcast Awards

The entry deadline for the student awards is fast approaching, so be sure to plan ahead and register in the online awards system.

The deadline for entries is Friday, January 29 at 3 P.M.

Visit the official Student Broadcast Awards website for complete rules, criteria, categories and online entry instructions. If you have any questions, contact the MAB Foundation office at mabf@michmab.com or via phone at (517) 484-7444.

BEA Awards Deadline on February 12, 2016 at Noon

2015 Broadcast Excellence Awards

This year is off to a speedy start and we want to remind you that the Broadcast Excellence Awards deadline has changed for this year, allowing your station an additional month to prepare your entries!!!

This year’s BEA deadline is on Friday, February 12 at 12 P.M. (noon).

Please refer to the website HERE for all of your BEA information. If you have any questions regarding the Broadcast Excellence Awards, please contact Alisha Clack at awards@michmab.com or via phone at (517) 484-7444.