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Beasley Appoints New Detroit VP/Market Manager

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Mac Edwards

Beasley Media Group, Inc. has promoted Mac Edwards (McTindal) to VP/Market Manager at Beasley’s newly acquired Detroit, Michigan cluster.  

As of November 1, Edwards is managing the former Greater Media-Detroit stations, including WRIF-FM, WMGC-FM and WCSX-FM.  Edwards formerly served as VP/Market Manager for Beasley’s stations in Fayetteville, NC.

Edwards replaces Steve Chessare, who served as Market Manager of the stations under Greater Media’s ownership.

“After 25 years of dedicated service to Beasley’s Fayetteville market, Mac will bring his wealth of experience to our new Detroit cluster,” noted Brian E. Beasley EVP/Chief Operating Officer at Beasley Media Group. “Mac has worked with Beasley in positions from Program Director to Air Personality, to Operations Manager and he has served as Fayetteville’s award-winning Market Manager since 2007. We’re moving forward on our path to success in Detroit, as Mac takes the helm of these iconic stations.”

“It’s my absolute privilege to work with these three outstanding radio stations in the Motor City,” commented Edwards. “I am eager to lead the transition of the tremendous talent within the Detroit cluster into the Beasley family of stations. We share a deep commitment to the community and clients we serve every day and I know we will benefit from the previous success we’ve collectively achieved.”

Exhibitors: 2017 GLBC is Coming!

glbcexhibitor_700DOES YOUR BUSINESS HAVE A PRODUCT OR SERVICE YOU NEED TO SHOWCASE TO BROADCAST AND MEDIA EXECUTIVES? PLAN TO EXHIBIT AT THE 2017 GLBC

GLBC’s dates have moved back to March! Exhibitors can reserve their space now to meet potential clients and showcase all of their new products and services!

Show Date
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Lansing Center, Lansing, MI

Senior executives involved in key decision making and purchasing make up the majority of the GLBC attendees. This is your chance to showcase your new and exciting products to these vital and potential customers in your target market! Whether you sell to broadcasters, audio/video producers, cable, churches, educators or corporate trainers, all will be invited to the GLBC Exhibit Hall!

GLBC BENEFITS

  • Centrally located in Lansing, MI
    This popular conference and expo is only a few hours’ drive for most of your current and potential Great Lakes media customers; meaning more qualified leads and more potential customers.
  • You win by choosing GLBC!
    Attending an established conference like the GLBC will keep your company and products top of mind when buying decisions are made.
  • Not all the action is on the Exhibit floor
    This all-inclusive show offers many networking opportunities for one-to-one interaction with decision makers. Our famous “Beer and Bull” opening reception, breakfast and breaks in the exhibit hall are all included.

Find more information and register HERE.

If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Krause at the MAB, [email protected] or 517.484.7444.

Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference (GLBC): Save the Date!

glbc17March 7-8, 2017
The Lansing Center
Lansing, MI

GLBC’s dates have moved back to March! The Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference & EXPO is the Midwest’s premier educational and networking event for radio, television and media professionals.

GLBC features national caliber speakers and trainers, a free exhibit hall that showcases the latest in products, services and technology and awards presentations including the Michigan Student Broadcast Awards and the professional Broadcast Excellence Awards.

Stay tuned for more information on GLBC 2017 speakers and educational sessions!

FCC Seeks to Clear 108 MHz in the 3rd Round of the Auction

fcc-logo_dark-blueIn a public notice released by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the agency began the third stage of the reverse spectrum auction on November 1. Bidding started with one, four-hour round on November 1 and will increase to two, two-hour rounds November 2 – 5, then increase again to three, one-hour rounds from November 7 until further notice.

The FCC said the new clearing target of 108 MHz for broadcasters will yield 80 MHz – or 8 paired blocks – of licensed spectrum for wireless use. The new clearing target marks a dip from the FCC’s goal of 126 MHz of spectrum in Stage One of the auction. That figure was subsequently reduced to 114 MHz in Stage Two of the auction after forward auction bidders failed to reach the $86.4 billion price target set by broadcasters in Stage One’s reverse portion. The forward auction bids fell short again in the second stage which ended after just one round. Stage Two bidders were up against a $54.6 billion price target, but the net proceeds reached only around $21 billion.

MAB Meets with Congressman Huizenga

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(L-R) L-R: Tim Feagan (iHeartMedia/West Michigan); Kevin Dunaway (Heritage Broadcasting, Cadillac); Brad Lanser (Lanser Broadcasting, Zeeland); Cong. Bill Huizenga; Janet Mason (WZZM-TV, Grand Rapids); Brooks Blanton (WXMI-TV Grand Rapids); Elena Palombo (MAB).

On October 28, MAB staff and members met with Congressman Bill Huizenga (R-2). The MAB would like to thank members Janet Mason, Kevin Dunaway, Tim Feagan, Brooks Blanton and Brad Lanser for joining us at this important meeting.

We discussed the Spectrum Auction and the Congressman showed understanding of the brief timetable that the FCC has given to repack the TV spectrum and the challenges facing the broadcasters. He expressed great interest in the repacking process that will take place after the auction concludes, and asked to be kept updated on the FCC repacking plans. The Congressman has expressed his support for local radio and our position on copyright review and performance tax issues. The Congressman also expressed concern for the new Department of Labor overtime regulations set to take effect December 1 and was interested to hear how the new rule will impact the day-to-day operation of stations.

MAB Board Profile: Scott Shigley

shigley_275MAB News Briefs is pleased to bring you profiles of your MAB Board of Directors.

This week’s profile is Scott Shigley.   Scott is the General Manager of the Liggett Communications stations in Port Huron.

Scott started his broadcast career in sales at the Liggett owned station in Lansing, WFMK-FM in 1993. He began his sales management career in 1998, managing stations in Adrian (Friends Communications WQTE-FM/WABJ-AM/WBZV-FM), Port Huron (Liggett Communications WSAQ-FM/WBTI-FM/WPHM-AM/WHLS-AM/WHLX-AM), and Greater Media Detroit (WMGC-FM/WCSX-FM).

After that, Scott worked in advertising sales at Fox Sports Detroit before having the opportunity to return to his adopted hometown of Port Huron in 2011, where Scott assumed the General Manager position for Liggett Communications in July 2014. Scott manages WSAQ, WBTI, WPHM, WHLS and WHLX.

He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Reading Schools in lower Michigan. Scott is married to wife Christine and they have three children: Kalyn, Isaac and Avery and two grandchildren. Scott loves to do anything outdoors, especially playing golf, coaching softball and watching U-M football games.

Today is National Traffic Director’s Day!

Today (11/2) is National Traffic Director’s Day!

Whether your station’s traffic is handled by one individual, or several key professionals, Traffic Director’s Day is a day set aside to recognize and say “Thank You” to the behind the scenes staff that are often times some of the most overworked and undervalued components on any radio or tv station.

The date chosen for National Traffic Directors Day is the same day that the first commercial radio broadcast was aired on Election Day of 1922 by KDKA. Wanting to prove the power of the radio, KDKA allowed the nation to hear the results of the Harding-Cox election before they could read about it in the newspapers.

So please, take a moment to stop in on your Traffic team to give them a sincere “Thank you” for all of their hard work and your appreciation for the fact that without Traffic, your station would have no bottom line.

Don’t forget to nominate a Traffic Director you know for the MAB Weekly Traffic Director Spotlight!

Email your nomination to Denise Weston at [email protected].

Get your Students’ Work in the Hands of Michigan Broadcasters

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By now your students should be hard at work on completing their entries for the 2017 Michigan Student Broadcast Awards! The Michigan Student Broadcast Awards are a great way for your students to get their work in front of the professional broadcasters who serve as our judges.  Plus, the entries always serve as great additions to students’ resumes and portfolios.

Anyone can enter!  Schools do not need to have a specific broadcasting curriculum for students to submit their work; it could be a club, English class or a digital media advisor who will sign their application forms.

Back by popular demand is the Current Events Program category in both high school and college. Students can submit a current events program that is no more than five (5) minutes in length. Content should include current or political events. Criteria to be judged on: human interest, subject portrayal and production value.

Important Dates

Friday, December 16, 2016
Contest Entry Deadline
All entries must be submitted via the online entry system (beginning November 4).

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Student Broadcast Awards Presentation & Luncheon
Lansing Center, Lansing MI

For questions, please contact Alisha Clack at the MABF:  [email protected] or 517.484.7444.

Drone Regulation Bill Passes Michigan Senate

capitol3Last week, the Michigan Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 992. The legislation allows a person that is authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to operate unmanned aerial systems (a.k.a. drones) for commercial purposes in a manner consistent with the authorization. The legislation also sets up a legislative drone taskforce to develop statewide policy recommendations on the use/operation of drones. SB 992 mandates that the taskforce must include a member recommended by the MAB to represent the broadcast industry.

The bill leaves some flexibility for the local government entities to regulate how the drones may be operated within their own municipality; however, those regulations must be consistent with the Federal Aviation Administration.

The MAB, along with the Michigan State Police, Michigan Telecommunication and Cable Association and Michigan Association of Realtors, supported this legislation. The MAB believes that this legislation is a balanced approach to regulating drone use. The bills recognize the growing economic and commercial use of the unmanned aerial vehicles across a wide variety of industries including, in our case, broadcasting. The legislation also balances the need for privacy and other considerations by prohibiting knowing and intentional harassment-type practices that interfere with the official duties of the first responders. The bill is now headed to the Michigan House of Representatives Committee on Communications and Technology.

Beasley to Close on Greater Media November 1

Beasley-GreaterMBeasley Broadcast Group Interim CEO and Chief Financial Officer Caroline Beasley has told Inside Radio (10/19) that the company is targeting a November 1 closing date on its acquisition of the Greater Media radio stations.

The deal, first announced July 19, will double the size of Beasley in terms of revenue, cash flow and cume, and put it back into several top 10 markets. The addition will grow Beasley by 21 stations in seven markets with billings that will make it the ninth-largest radio group in the U.S.

The acquisition brings Beasley to Michigan for the first time, as it acquires Detroit stations WCSX-FM, WRIF-FM and WMGC-FM as part of the deal.