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Second FM Translator Opportunity Open

The second translator modification window opened July 29 for AM owners. The window will close on October 31. It is open to applications to modify FM translators within the non-reserved FM band that would rebroadcast any class of AM station (including Class C and D AM stations that did not participate in the first modification window).

Applications in the window will be filed on a first come, first served basis. Meaning, if there are limited open FM channels in any market, the first AM station that obtains a translator and files for an open channel would get it. If two applications are filed for the same channel in the same area on the same day, they will be considered mutually exclusive. That mutual exclusivity can be resolved by an engineering amendment.

Read more in the Broadcast Law Blog.

DOJ Decides ASCAP and BMI Decrees Should Not Be Altered

On August 4, the U.S. Department of Justice decided not to accept the proposed changes to the ASCAP and BMI music licensing antitrust agreements in place since 1941.

“The division’s investigation confirmed that the current system has well served music creators and music users for decades and should remain intact,” the department said in a released statement.

In response to the announcement, NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith said, “Local radio and television broadcasters strongly support the Justice Department’s decision not to modify the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees. We appreciate the hard work of the DOJ during its diligent, comprehensive review and believe that this decision will ensure that ASCAP and BMI continue to fairly and efficiently license musical works in a manner that is pro-competitive. Broadcasters look forward to continuing our close relationship with these performance rights organizations, which have worked to the mutual benefit of songwriters, music licensees and listeners around the world for decades.”

ASCAP and BMI reacted by joining forces and announcing legal action to challenge the decision in federal court.

New E-Cig Advertising Rules Now in Effect

On August 8, 2016, new rules issued by the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) went into effect concerning radio, television and online advertisements for electronic cigarettes (“e-cigs”) and other Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (including e-hookah, vape pens, advanced refillable personal vaporizers, and electronic pipes), regular size or large cigars, pipe tobacco, and certain other tobacco products. Specifically, advertisements for these products cannot contain representations that the product presents a lower risk of tobacco-related disease or is less harmful than other commercially marketed tobacco products.

In addition, as of August 8, 2016, advertisements for e-cigs and other tobacco products cannot be targeted at persons under 18 years of age. Although these rules do not apply to broadcasters directly, broadcasters should be aware of them in order to assist their clients’ compliance efforts.

Read more, including required warnings in advertisements here.

WKAR’S Bushre Retires After 30 Years!

Diana Bushre, (now-retired) WKAR Membership Assistant with Prabu David, Dean of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, Michigan State University.

On July 29, WKAR-AM/FM/TV (East Lansing) said goodbye and congratulations to longtime membership office assistant Diana Bushre as she retires after 30 years with the stations.

On a Facebook post, the station wished her the best on her next adventure and thanks her for her many years of service!

WDET Introduces “CultureShift”

CultureShift_-_ShowDetroit-based public radio station WDET-FM  has debuted a new weekday program called “CultureShift,” which airs live from noon to 3 p.m.

The show is described by the station as a culture magazine for radio, similar to syndicated popular national programs such as “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”  It also describes the program as “Your soundtrack to discovering Detroit.  Music, arts, food and what’s happening.”

The show is built around discussion of local music, arts, food and events along with prerecorded “sound-rich stories.” The show also taps into the station’s music archive as well as the resources of other WDET programs.

WDET General Manager Michelle Srbinovich told Crain’s Detroit Business that the station, over the past year, has done research, including a listener survey and focus groups, to see what would fit best in that part of the schedule — when listeners are still driving from lunch or at their desk tuned in. What they learned fueled the creation of “CultureShift”.

“We really felt culture was the place we could make a bigger play,” Srbinovich told Crain’s in a conversation Tuesday.

“CultureShift” re-airs midnight to 3 a.m and is also available as a podcast.  The show uses social media as a listener interaction tool to foster discussion and is also live-streamed on Facebook Live.

Find out more on the show’s webpage here.

Take A Day to Golf and Help Future Broadcasters!

The Inn at St. John's

Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
The Inn at St. John’s, Plymouth Michigan

Par-tee with the MAB Foundation at this year’s Golf Fundraiser, which supports our young broadcasters and the future of our business!

Your golf experience is sure to be fun, and will offer an excellent networking opportunity! Join friends and industry colleagues in supporting the MAB Foundation and broadcast scholarships, internships and education for the future of our industry, while having a great time golfing and enjoying a beautiful day!

Cost is $150 per golfer and includes: 18-holes of golf, cart, box lunch, refreshments, awards presentation and green fees.

Your company can show even greater support of young people seeking a career in broadcasting by sponsoring this event. Several sponsorship options are available. Please contact us and we’ll design a sponsorship opportunity just for you!

Help support the future of our industry and have a great time too! Now, that’s a hole-in-one!

For more details and to register click here.

Questions? Contact Alisha or Rachel at 800-YOUR-MAB.

Stories Deserve to be Told: A 2015-2016 SAC Member Shares Her Passion for Storytelling

Ilene Gould
Rockford High School ’16
Michigan State University

Ilene Gould
Ilene Gould

One day I was watching the movie Evita with my mom when I said to her, “Wouldn’t it be cool to have a movie made about your life?” and she replied, “Well for that to happen you have to be very controversial.” This got me thinking, why do you have to be controversial to have your story told? Controversy creates intrigue and interest, but that doesn’t mean that other stories aren’t exciting.

Hearing everyday stories are just as important as hearing the controversial ones. In news, there are no limits to the types of stories you can tell. Whether the story is about an upcoming election, or the story is about a big-hearted lady doing something extra for her community, getting someone’s story told helps give our world a louder voice. Stories are collective and make up the novel that is the “Humanity of Planet Earth.”

I believe it’s important for people’s lives and stories to be told, so their life and legacy can outlive them and leave their footprint behind. We can’t control who tells our personal story, but as storytellers within the news industry, it is our job to find that one person whose everyday story deserves to be told; and who doesn’t love to hear a good story?

My entire life I have loved stories and I will begin my education at Michigan State University in the fall pursuing degrees in Music, and Media and Information, which will hopefully lead to a career in the film industry where I can further my love for stories and storytelling. Everyone has a story to tell and a voice to be heard. I hope someday I can find enough voices to create a choir where everyone can sing out their story.

The MABF Student Advisory Committee is Seeking New Members!

In an effort to better reach Michigan’s students and young people, the MABF Student Advisory Committee was formed in July 2009. This committee is looking for bright, forward-thinking individuals who are currently enrolled in a Michigan high school, college, university or trade school to offer their input in the planning of the Foundation’s future events and programs.

Do you know an outstanding broadcasting or journalism student that has great ideas and would love to become more involved in the industry?

We want to hear from you!

The MABF Student Advisory Committee is looking for exceptional, forward-thinking individuals who are currently enrolled, or will be enrolled in a Michigan high school, college, university or trade school during the 2016-2017 school year to join our Student Advisory Committee.

To apply, the student must first be nominated by an adviser. They must then complete the application and return it via mail, fax or email (using the PDF text function) to be considered for a one-year, renewable term beginning at BCBC in November and ending in August 2017.

Applications will be accepted through September 16, 2016. All applicants will be reviewed and selected by the MABF Education and Scholarship Committee.

Click here for a link to the application forms

Don’t let your students miss out on this exciting and new opportunity, please begin to think about possible nominations!

Please send all student nominations to Rachel Krause, SAC Advisor, [email protected].

Traffic Director Spotlight: Julia Little

Nominate a Traffic Director you know!  Email Dan Kelley at [email protected].

Julia-Little-275Julia Little is Traffic Director at Big Rapids Radio Network in Big Rapids and stations WBRN-AM, WYBR-FM and WWBR-FM.

Julia has been in traffic for 36 years and with her present company for 8 years.

Q1: What is your favorite comfort food?
Julia:  Mashed potatoes.

Q2: Which Superhero would you be, and why?
Julia:  Supergirl….so I could fly.

Q3: When I’m not working, I’d rather be …
Julia:  On the beach!

Q4: If I had the chance, I’d really like to have lunch with…
Julia:  Cher.

Q5: What’s the best advice you have ever received?
 When one door closes another opens.

Q6: Tell us something about yourself that very few people know.
I wear blue contacts.

MAB Member Digital Census Available

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) is making available to its members the Michigan Digital Media Census for Broadcasters.   The study presents an in-depth look at the current use and footprint of digital media for all our broadcast stations.

Over the course of the survey, which included data collected through the online survey and collected over the phone, 81 surveys were filled out. These 81 surveys included 155 radio and television stations from every market across the state of Michigan, resulting in a 51% response rate.

The survey is available for download by members here.  (member password required)