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kw-2014_webBy:  Karole L. White, MAB President/CEO

One call to our free Legal Helpline could pay your dues!

That’s right: FREE.  We have one of the best Washington attorneys, David Oxenford, of Wilkinson, Barker and Knauer, to answer your questions on the FREE Legal Helpline. The bonus:  David speaks fluent common English, not just legal speak. If you have your own attorney, David could help you ask the right questions to your attorney by briefing you of the possibilities before you spend your cash on explanations and acronyms rather than solutions.

Free webinars, low cost training programs for sales, engineering, FCC Issues and more.

The MAB offers several free webinars in which you may participate live, or access the archive. Additionally we have low cost seminars and conferences like GLBC and the free Advocacy Conference. Don’t forget P1 Selling, with a long list of topics for your staff to access right from their desk.

GOOD NEWS! The MAB Board is keeping your 2017 dues the same as last year. Remember, dues are paid per station in a market, with the top dues of $500 for all your stations in one market.  MAB dues are among the lowest of all state broadcast associations in the nation. Your voluntary NCSA donation of air time for non-profit organizations supplied by the MAB is one way we are able to keep the dues low and the quality of programs high.

You will be receiving your dues invoices in the next couple of weeks. When you receive your dues invoice, pay it right away! It will be a great investment for you and everyone who works at your station.

The MAB pays a lobby proxy tax so you may deduct your full cash dues as a business expense.

If you have questions about your dues- Call MAB Director of Membership Denise Weston 1-800-968-7622.

WQHH Hosts Third Annual Backpack Giveaway

On August 25, MacDonald Broadcasting’s WQHH-FM (Lansing) hosted their third annual school backpack giveaway at the Lansing Mall.  The station gave away over 1,000 backpacks to K-12 students to help them get started with the new school year.  The backpacks were stuffed with pens, pencils, notebooks and other school supplies.

WQHH station personalities and other station staff were on hand. In addition to the backpack giveaway inside the mall, the station was outside the mall with fun activities like facepainting, a bounce house, a live dj, food and more.

Barry Baker Passes

Left: Barry Baker at the MAPB Booth, 2009 Great Lake Broadcasting Conference (GLBC); Right: Barry speaking at the 2015 MAB/MAPB Advocacy Conference

Barry Baker, retired General Manager of Delta College Public Broadcasting, passed away August 30, 2016. His funeral was held at the Davidson/Hermelin Chapel at Clover Hill Park on Thursday, September 1. The Rabbi David Nelson officiated.

Barry Baker in 2015 after receiving the Professional MAPB Public Media Impact Award.

Surviving are Barry’s wife Sherri Baker, his son Brett Baker and daughter Carrie Platner; his sister Marlene Krauetzker and brother James Baker. Grandchildren Dillian Tacey and Ryan Harris. His parents Marcia and Paul Baker predeceased him.

Barry was a valued member of the Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters prior to his retirement and served on many committees. Barry was an active participant in the MAB Foundation, annually attending the Career Fairs, speaking at conferences and serving as a mentor at the speed networking events. Barry loved speaking to the students that attended these functions and encouraging them in their careers in broadcasting.

Barry was witty, personable and a kind man who approached each issue with great wisdom. He will be missed by his friends at the Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters and broadcasting associates across the nation.


Barry Baker was Executive Director of Communications Technology & General Manager for Delta College Public Broadcasting. Before coming to Delta College in 1997, Baker served as Executive Director & General Manager for Southern Minnesota Public Broadcasting stations KSMQ-TV and KMSK-FM from 1978-1997. From 1974-1978 Baker was Director of Operations and Production for the New Hampshire Public Television Network, where he won an EMMY in 1977 as Executive Producer/Director for “Best Entertainment Program.” From 1971-1974 Baker worked at public TV stations WSIU/WUSI in southern Illinois and was an instructor in the mass communications department at Southern Illinois University. Baker worked as a producer/consultant for the University of Western Ontario from 1970-1971. His initial exposure to the broadcast industry began in 1966 at Detroit Public Television as crew supervisor and studio director and as an engineer for ABC network owned WXYZ-TV/AM/FM in Detroit. Baker is a graduate of Wayne State University.

Barry retired from Delta College in March of 2015.

MAB Past President Peter Kizer Dies

KizerIt is with a sad heart that MAB announces that  MAB Past President (1974) Peter Kizer passed away August 24, 2016 at the age of 86.

Kizer was one of the founders of the National Association of Television Program Executives (NAPTE), former owner of Federal Broadcasting, which owned WWJ-AM along with eight other TV and radio stations, and was former General Manager of Channel 4 Detroit (then WWJ-TV).

He is the beloved husband of 59 years to Kay Kizer. Loving father of James (Rebecca) Kizer, Robert (Joel Cheng) Kizer and Jennifer (Don) Fuller. Grandfather of David, Kathryn, Nathaniel, Patrick, Abigail (Jon), Eleanor (Mike), Christopher, Blair (Tim), Matthew and Nicholas.

Kizer was born in Princeton, Illinois on November 19, 1929. He was a former resident of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and most recently was living in Naples, Florida.

A Memorial service was held August 31.


WWTV/WWUP-TV Welcomes New News Director

Heritage Broadcasting’s WWTV/WWUP-TV (Cadillac) is pleased to announce that Sean Mahon has accepted the role of 9&10 News/Fox 32 News Director.

Mahon returns to 9&10 News from WDIV-TV (Detroit).

His career started at 9&10 news in the late 1990’s as Chief Photojournalist.  Mahon has been nominated twice for Emmy Awards.

“Sean is highly regarded with colleagues throughout the state. His exceptional ability to inspire and communicate with others along with excellent leadership skills and modernistic views will be a welcomed addition to our 9&10 News Team,” says Kevin Dunaway, Vice President/General Manager.

Mahon will begin his new position September 12.

In April 2016, Kevin Dunaway was promoted to Vice President/General Manager of 9&10 News leaving a News Director Position opened. During the transition, Nick Lilly presumed the role of Interim News Director while a search was conducted. Nick’s time and dedication to 9&10 News is paramount and greatly appreciated.

Nexstar-Media General Merger Approved by DOJ

Nexstar_300TV Newscheck reports that the Department of Justice has said it will approve Nexstar Broadcasting’s $4.6 billion purchase of Media General with the requirement that Nexstar sell seven television stations in six markets, all outside Michigan.

Nexstar currently owns one television station in Michigan,  WJMN-TV (Marquette).  Media General owns WOOD-TV/WOTV-TV/WXSP-CD (Grand Rapids) and WLNS-TV (Lansing).  In addition, it has a joint sales and shared services agreement with WLAJ-TV (Lansing).

No closing date on the transaction has been announced yet.

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.