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FCC Releases Spectrum Auction User Guide

The FCC posted to the Auction 1001 website the Reverse Auction Initial Commitment User Guide and Online Tutorial. These materials are intended for broadcasters that submitted an FCC Form 177 to participate in the Reverse Auction.

A few important dates include:

  • March 28, 2016 10am EST – March 29, 2016 6pm EST: The Initial Commitment Window – a total of 32 hours – during which broadcasters must file their Initial Commitments. The Initial Commitment may be changed until the close of the window, but if no commitment is made by the close of the window, the station will be excluded from the auction and repacked in its pre-auction band.
  • March 24, 2016 10am EST – March 28, 2016 9:59am EST: The Initial Commitment Preview Period – a four-day period during which all participating stations are encouraged to log into the system, set their PINs, and view the list of stations and Relinquishment Options available to them.

Q100’s JJ Will Participate in Black Bear Gran Fondo and Ice Man Cometh

According to Blarney Stone Broadcasting, the date and format of Grayling’s Black Bear cycling race has changed, but WQON-FM (Grayling) Q100’s JJ (of JJ’s Morning Jams) will still be participating again this year.

The annual the Black Bear cycling event, organized by the Grayling Rotary Club, becomes the Black Bear Gran Fondo in 2016, with a new route, new weekend and new format that will challenge riders of all skill levels.

The Black Bear Gran Fondo starts and finishes at Hanson Hills Recreation Area, 7601 Old Lake Road, Grayling, the hub of all Black Bear Gran Fondo activities on race day, Saturday, July 9.  Riders will choose the option of one of two chip-timed, looped routes: 101-plus miles (starting at 8 a.m.) and 53-plus miles (starting at 8:30 a.m.) traversing the scenic landscape of Northern Michigan around beautiful Higgins Lake and back north through the Au Sable River Valley.

For updates on JJ’s progress, listen to Q100.3 weekday mornings from 6 a.m. – 10 a.m. or visit JJ’s Blog at q100-fm.com.

Reporter Syma Chowdhry Joins WXYZ-TV

Syma ChowdhrySyma Chowdhry, Emmy award-winning reporter, is joining WXYZ-TV’s 7 Action News team as a reporter for “The Now” daily news and information program airing weekdays at 4 p.m. on WXYZ-TV (Detroit).

“Syma’s experience makes her an ideal fit for “The Now,”” said Dave Manney, news director for WXYZ and WMYD in Detroit. “She’s adept at the breaking news and talk-about stories that make the “The Now” so appealing to our audiences.”

Says Chowdhry, “I’m excited to take the journalistic skills I honed in Philadelphia, and bring them to a city I love and to a station that enables me to take on a variety of stories, both hard news and features. At 7 Action News I’ll be able to incorporate my personality in my story-telling.”

Traffic Director Spotlight: Kae Buck, WLNS-TV & WLAJ-TV (Lansing)

Kae3_200Kae Buck
WLNS-TV & WLAJ-TV, Lansing

Kae Buck is the Media Coordinator for WLNS-TV and WLAJ-TV in Lansing, where she has been for the past 20 years.

Q1: What is your favorite comfort food?
Kae: Anything but sushi!

Q2: Which Superhero would you be, and why?
Kae: Wonder Woman. My goal in life has always been to do my best at everything I do. As most people already know, working full time and raising a family is a tough thing to do while still trying to find the happy medium of spending time with extended family and friends. Having a great employer and supportive family definitely makes this easier to accomplish. I feel very blessed to have had both over the years! Wonder Woman can do all of this and then some. 🙂

Q3: When I’m not working, I’d rather be…
Kae: Laying on a beach or poolside!

Q4: If I had the chance, I’d really like to have lunch with…
Kae: My friends and family regularly.

Q5: Best advice you have ever gotten?
Kae: Have confidence in yourself. If you make a mistake, own up to it, fix it, and move on. Never burn a bridge. Life tends to come full circle at some point. Always be the best you can be.

Q6: Tell us something about yourself that very few people know.
Kae: I am a kidney cancer survivor.

Virginia Tech Researcher Studying Flint Water Spoke at WKAR

Dr. Marc Edwards leads the Virginia Tech research team credited with revealing deadly lead contamination in the public water supply in Flint. Edwards spoke February 25 at the WKAR-TV (East Lansing) studios in the Communication Arts and Sciences building on the Michigan State University campus.

The presentation was streamed as a live webcast at wkar.org. The talk was free and open to the public.

Edwards presented his talk, “How Jonathan Baldwin Turner Saved Flint, Mich.: Public-Inspired Science and the Modern Land-Grant University.” Jonathan Turner, referenced in the title of Edwards’ talk, is credited by many as the originator of the concept of the land grant university and its mission of public service.

As an expert in the chemistry and toxicity of urban water supplies in the United States, Edwards has made significant advances in many areas, including arsenic removal, coagulation of natural organic material, and the causes and control of copper and lead corrosion in new and aging distribution systems. He is expanding his research focus to cities in crisis such as Flint, Mich.

Edwards is The Charles P. Lunsford Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia. He was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2007.

The program is now available for on demand viewing in the PBS App on Roku, XBox 360, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, on iPad/iPhone, and at video.wkar.org.

The talk was sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies at Michigan State University.

WBFH’s Bowers Featured on WXYZ-TV

WBFH-FM’s (Bloomfield Hills High School) General Manager, Pete Bowers, was recently featured on WXYZ-TV in Detroit for a piece called “Ann Marie’s All-Stars.”

Bowers is serving his second term on the MAB Foundation Board of Directors and was the Chair for the 2014 Broadcasting Career Builder Conference (BCBC) Committee. Watch the video at WXYZ-TV here.

WBFH has won the MABF High School Station of the Year nine times.

What Would You Do with a Crystal Ball?

Speed Marriott and GLBC are here to help you be as prepared as possible for the future of our industry in a two-part series on Tuesday, May 3.

“We cannot predict the future, but we can invent it.” – Anonymous

Speed Marriott, P1 Learning, will present: 2020 Vision

Crystal ballSession Description: We’re going to do a little time travel. We’re going to fast forward to the year 2020. Sounds like a long way away, but let’s face it, it’s only four years from today. We will challenge your sales team to think about the future needs of their customer and your management team to think about the future of the sales team that they will be managing.

We will begin our journey to the future with a brief trip to the past. The year is 2012, and our world is changing. We’ll use this trip to our recent past as a baseline for what to expect as we travel to the future.

Now that we’ve examined the past, it’s time to head into the future. Our destination is to fast-forward to the year 2020. Home of a U.S. Presidential election year and the Tokyo Summer Olympics. Four years from today.

As an industry we devote a substantial amount of time and effort attempting to project future sales, but little time thinking about the factors that impact that future. In 2020 Vision we invite you to take a forward look at the broadcast industry…

Our Markets

Our Customers

Our Products

Our Teams

Our Leaders

In addition, we will take an in-depth look at the various dynamics that will affect that future. Including:

Our Competitive Environment

Our Customer Evolution

Our Changing Workforce. Baby Boomers, Gen X, The Millennial, Gen Z & Introducing Generation Alpha

Our Great Unknown

It’s time to fire up the flux capacitor and get on the road for 2020 Vision. Remember, objects in the mirror are much closer then they may seem.

Click here for information and to register for GLBC. Members can register for the full day for only $159!*

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MAB on Capitol Hill

Call on Congress
L to R: Chris Warren, Midwestern Broadcasting Company; Congressman John Moolenaar (R-4th); Pete Iacobelli, Heritage Broadcasting; and Kevin Dunaway, Heritage Broadcasting.

MAB’s Executive Committee and some Board members traveled to Washington D.C. February 22-24 for the 2016 National Association of Broadcasters State Leadership Conference (NAB SLC).

Call on Congress
L to R: Ed Fernandez, E.W. Scripps Television and MAB Board Chairman; Congressman Bishop (R-8th), Peter Tanz, Midwest Communications.

The conference agenda included presentations by NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith on what Washington policies have in store for broadcasters and digital media companies in 2016, the importance of using social media as an advocacy tool, and policy updates presentation from the NAB government relations team.

L to R: Ed Fernandez, Rep. Dave Trott (R-11)
L to R: Ed Fernandez, Congressman Trott (R-11th)

The MAB Executive Committee met with members of Michigan’s Congressional delegation and their telecommunication staff to discuss the need to oversee the FCC as the agency implements incentive spectrum auction procedures set up by Congress. In addition, discussions took place about broadcasters’ opposition to the performance tax and advertising restrictions, preserving the integrity of the free market process in the retransmission negotiations, and reforming media ownership rules to reflect the competitive marketplace.