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Sinclair Names Jennifer Casey to Local/Digital Sales Manager

Casey_200Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. has announced that Jennifer Casey has been named Local/Digital Sales Manager of WPBN-TV and WTOM-TV (Traverse City). Casey will also oversee the local/digital sales of WGTU-TV and WGTQ-TV in the same market pursuant to joint sales and shared services agreements. The announcement was made by Todd Harrison, General Manager/General Sales Manager of WPBN/WTOM and WGTU/WGTQ.

In making the announcement, Harrison said, “We are excited to welcome Jennifer to Sinclair Broadcast Group. In Jennifer’s 16 years of sales and media buying experience, she has a proven track record in new business development while managing and mentoring a team of sales and marketing executives in local, regional, and digital business.”

Casey most recently served as the Vice-President of Sales at Heritage Broadcasting in Cadillac, MI. In 2013, she was the Digital & Mobile Sales Manager for ESPNLocal.com. From 2010-2012, she was the Digital Sales Manager at WLS-TV (Chicago). Casey received a 2015 National Association of Broadcasters Award for creating the Michigan BrewVine Passport. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from Michigan State University.

WDIV-TV (Detroit) Hires First “Digital” Anchor

JasonCarrWDIV-TV, the Graham-owned NBC affiliate in Detroit, has hired former WJBK-TV (Detroit) reporter/anchor Jason Carr as its first digital anchor.

Marla Drutz, WDIV General Manager, said “To stay relevant and to be true innovators, we have to invest not just in the technology to do all these things, but also the people. It’s not just saying how important digital is, but acting like digital is important.”

Carr will do some on-air reporting, but the majority of his time will be producing web-exclusive content for the station’s website Clickondetroit.com.

The station recently hired Dustin Block as the station’s digital executive producer.

Read more in Broadcasting and Cable here.

Traffic Director Spotlight: Bobbi Sansom

Bobbi_300Bobbi Sansom
WLUC-TV, Marquette

Bobbi Sansom’s official title is “Copy Coordinator / Digital Sales Assistant” for WLUC-TV.  Bobbi has been in traffic for three years now.

Q1: Favorite comfort food?
Bobbi:  Mashed potatoes and gravy.

Q2: Which Superhero would you be and why?
Bobbi:  Wyldstyle:  click here

Q3: When I’m not working, I’d rather be…
Bobbi:  Traveling.

Q4: If I had the chance, I’d really like to have lunch with…
Bobbi:  Good friends that I haven’t been in touch with lately, honestly.

Q5: What’s the best advice you have ever received?
Bobbi:
 Everything you do is based on choices that you make. You, and only you, are responsible for every decision and choice you make.

Q6: Tell us something about yourself that very few people know.
Bobbi:
I’m a sucker for classical piano pieces. Love them, could listen all day long. Also, I love baseball … but everyone knows that, I think!

Engineering Spotlight: Mike Maciejewski, Townsquare Media (Grand Rapids)

Nominate an engineer you know!  Email Alisha Clack at clack@michmab.com.

MikeM_052316Mike Maciejewski
Market Engineering Manager for Townsquare Media, Grand Rapids

Brief Engineering Resume:

  • 1999-Present – Market Engineering Manager for Townsquare Media, Grand Rapids
  • 1998-1999 – Chief Engineer, KTRH, Houston, TX
  • 1994-1998 – 1st tour of duty at current job
  • 1991-1994 – Station owner/operator, WKGH, Allegan, MI
  • 1983-1990 – Chief Engineer, WMUS, Muskegon

Q: How did you get started in broadcast engineering?
Mike:  I’m a 2nd generation broadcast engineer and learned a lot while working with my dad when I was a kid. Somewhere along the way I graduated from him telling me to, “…hold the flashlight still!” I also had some great mentors: Dave Gale, Tom Bosscher, and my late friend John Alan who passed away last spring.

Tell us something about yourself that very few people know…
Mike:  My wife, Nikki and I will be celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary in May.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Mike:  Be willing to take risks and go the extra mile to achieve better things.

FCC Publishes Final List of Spectrum Auction Bidder Applicants

On May 12, the FCC released a public notice announcing the complete and incomplete applications for the forward auction. The forward auction will see wireless carriers and other participants bid on spectrum in the 600 megahertz (MHz) band relinquished by TV broadcasters. It is scheduled to launch two days after the close of the reverse auction, which starts May 31.

Webinar: Online Public Files…Radio, You’re up Next!

WebinarThursday, June 2 at 1pm Eastern
Presented by David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP

The FCC has just announced the effective date of the new rules requiring that radio stations maintain their public files in the FCC’s online public file system. The June 24 deadline is only for top 50 market stations at this time; however, we anticipate that eventually all stations will be required to have their public file available online.

David Oxenford - ColorD.C. Attorney David Oxenford of Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, in Washington, will join us online to explain the new requirements.

While the new rules will initially apply only to stations in the Top 50 markets that operate in clusters with five or more full-time employees, all stations may want to listen in as some may be interested in making their conversion early. Even if they do not, all stations will need to fully comply by March 1, 2018, except for those who seek and obtain a waiver of the rules.

The session will discuss: what documents need to be placed in the files, the timing for compliance, and the potential for waivers.

This Webex meeting is FREE for MAB members!
Register here.

FCC Announces Effective Dates for Radio Online Public File Requirements

The MAB is presenting a FREE webinar on this topic for members on Thursday, June 2 at 1pm.  For more information, click here.

According to the FCC, commercial radio broadcasters in the top 50 Nielsen markets, with five or more full-time employees, must start using the FCC’s new online public inspection file on Friday, June 24. This date has been set based on the FCC’s intention to publish the new rule in the Federal Register on May 25, with the effective date being 30 days after that. New documents must go into the online file right away; older existing documents will be due for online posting within six months after the effective date.

All non-commercial educational radio broadcast stations, commercial radio broadcast stations in the top 50 Nielsen markets with fewer than five full-time employees, and all commercial radio broadcast stations in markets below the top 50 or outside all markets will be exempt until March 1, 2017. Letters and emails from the public must still be retained by all commercial broadcast licensees but are not to be uploaded to the online file.

House Approves Bill Blocking Petition Signatures Older Than 180 Days

capitol3Last week, Michigan House of Representatives voted to approve Senate Bill 776. This legislation prohibits the state from counting signatures older than 180 days that were collected for ballot proposals and constitutional amendments. SB 776 passed 57-52 over the objection of Democrats. The bill now goes to Governor Rick Snyder for his signature.

This means that, beginning immediately, petition signatures for constitutional amendments or initiated legislation collected 180 days before the proposals are turned into the state will not count. Backers of one of the marijuana legalization proposals have been pushing for the change to allow signatures older than 180 days.

House Minority Floor Leader Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) offered two amendments to put 2017 as the enacting year for the legislation so the current ballot proposals would not be affected, but the amendment failed.

MAB Community Partner Spotlight: Department of Health & Human Services

MDHHSThe Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is a Community Partner with the MAB.  In May, the agency is celebrating Foster Care Month to show appreciation for the foster families who provide loving homes.

Approximately 13,000 Michigan children need loving foster homes while the state works to reunite them safely with their parents or find adoptive homes.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in May is highlighting the crucial role that foster families provide in protecting children who were abused or neglected. Gov. Rick Snyder proclaimed May as Foster Care Month.

Michigan has close to 6,000 licensed foster homes, plus 2,800 children live in unlicensed relative homes.

“Our foster parents have great patience, compassion and skill,” said Steve Yager, executive director of the MDHHS Children’s Services Agency. “These selfless individuals keep children safe and care for their needs during difficult times while we work to find them permanent homes – either through reunification with their families if that’s safe or finding adoptive parents. Every day I appreciate what foster families do to support children in need, but it’s fitting that we have a month to recognize their efforts.”

The Foster Care Navigator program, which partners with MDHHS in recruiting and retaining foster families, is featuring some of the many outstanding foster parents and kinship caregivers all month on its website at fcnp.org.

Yager said May is also a good time to recognize adoptive families, employees of state and private agencies, the courts and community, and faith-based organizations for the support they provide to children in foster care and to their biological and foster families.

Anyone who is considering becoming a foster parent can call Foster Care Navigator at 855-MICHKIDS. Navigators are experienced foster care parents who can answer questions and guide prospective foster parents on their journey. Learn more at www.michigan.gov/hopeforahome or by texting MDHHS FOSTER to 64468 to receive updates about fostering.

Broadcasters who wish to learn more or would like to arrange an interview can contact Bob Wheaton at (517) 241-2112.

WKAR-TV Casting Call for Kids Science Show Draws Hundreds

via WKAR.org

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More than 500 community members turned out for a casting call at TV studios on the campus of Michigan State University on Saturday, May 7, for the WKAR original series, Curious Crew.

“It was so exciting to see all the [kids] faces!” said Susi Elkins, WKAR-TV Station Manager.

Ranging in age from 9 to 14, 232 children came from across mid-Michigan and as far as Ann Arbor and Metro Detroit. If chosen, they will join the cast of Curious Crew, the show that invites viewers to explore science through hands-on investigation.

“It’s a fun TV show, but it’s also about engaging young children around science concepts,” said Elkins.

Holt resident Melissa said the event was “well organized” and that the staff was great. She also admired the kids’ performances.

Parents and guardians watched from afar as each child conducted a mini screen test for Tim Zeko, TV executive producer and Matt Ottinger, producer and host of QuizBusters. Another key part of the audition brought the young scientists together to take on the Team Challenge.

Out of the large number of attendees, 45 will be chosen to participate in the TV show.

“We’re reviewing all of the auditions now and I’m confident we’ll have a great cast to help host Rob Stephenson explore scientific investigations in the coming season,” said Zeko.

Selected cast members will be notified in late May 2016.

New episodes will be recorded on location at Impression 5 Science Center in June and August 2016. Upon the completion of production, the new season will debut on WKAR-TV in late 2016 or early 2017.