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MAB Meets with Congressman Huizenga

(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

Get your Students’ Work in the Hands of Michigan Broadcasters

Help them to enter the 2017 Michigan Student Broadcast Awards!17-hsc-header_700

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: 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.

WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids) Prepares Sack Suppers for Make a Difference Day

wzzm-1_702wzzm-1_225One in five children in Michigan is affected by hunger. The team at TEGNA-owned WZZM-TV was inspired by that statistic to volunteer at Kids’ Food Basket, as part of Make a Difference Day (MADDay) on October 22. The WZZM staff, their friends and family members prepared snacks to go into sack suppers for thousands of children in West Michigan who cannot depend on an evening meal at home each night. Kids’ Food Basket delivers those sack suppers to more than 7,400 children in Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon Counties EACH DAY.

wzzm-2_225The MADDay event also collected more than 100,000 paper lunch bags, into which the meals are packed. The bags were lovingly decorated by families, school classes, church groups and others who want to show their love to a group of kids who so richly deserve it. Make a Difference Day is one of the largest annual single days of service nationwide. WZZM’s parent company, TEGNA, was supported by the Arby’s Foundation and Points of Light in making this year’s campaign possible.

Make a Difference Day unites volunteers from across the country with a common mission: to improve the lives of others through a wide range of community-driven service projects.
wzzm-kids_400“Make a Difference Day volunteering has become a tradition for WZZM 13 employees,” said Janet Mason, WZZM 13 President & General Manager. “It’s a wonderful way to give back to the communities we serve.”

Additional information can be found at

Students Will Learn and Network at BCBC!


What is BCBC?

The Broadcasting Career Builder Conference (BCBC) offers informational sessions and excellent networking opportunities that students will not find anywhere else, with hands-on training that will leave them with practical skills they can put to work immediately.

bcbc-102416The best of two worlds are brought into one fast paced, information-packed session during BCBC’s Speed Networking session. By combining the upbeat, fast-paced tempo of speed dating with a two-on-one networking opportunity that removes pressure from students, speed networking has created a distinct opportunity to connect to professionals in a brand new way.

Students that register to participate in Speed Networking will meet with TOP industry professionals! They should come prepared with questions and be ready to interact for five minutes before moving on to meet the next professional. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn from the best and ask those important career questions!

Friday, November 18

Eagle Eye Golf Club & Conference Center, Bath, MI
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Early registration is only $20 until November 4!
Registration will increase to $35 thereafter.

Go to to register and view the full BCBC schedule.  Space is limited, so sign-up to reserve your spot now!

Questions on registering?  Contact Alisha at


Current Schedule

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Registration Open

9 a.m.  – 9:30 a.m.  Opening Session

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.  Networking Break

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.  UPDATED!! Speed Networking*
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.  How to Film with an iPhone
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.  Marketing YOU!

10:45 a.m. – 11 a.m.  Networking Break

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.  UPDATED!! Speed Networking*
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Storytelling on Different Platforms
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Resume Review and Mock Interviews

12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Luncheon and Career Fair

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  The WRITE Way
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  Filming a Feature on an iPhone

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.  Networking Break

2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Keynote Address and Door Prizes

*New for 2016: Students will be speed networking with a partner!

WGVU Presents Food, Wine & All That Jazz Fundraiser

wgvu_700This Friday, October 28, WGVU Public Media will hold a fundraiser at the Grand Rapids Public Museum from 7:30 – 10 p.m.

Attendees can enjoy samples of over 400 of the finest domestic wines and beers along with gourmet food selections, all for one ticket price.  In addition, live jazz will be provided by The Steve Higler Band.

Proceeds will benefit WGVU Public Media.  More information here.

Longtime Lansing Anchor Jane Aldrich to Retire from WLNS-TV

via WLNS-TV:

After more than 30 years at WLNS-TV (Lansing), anchor Jane Aldrich will hang up her microphone and retire from the station.

jane-aldrich_275“I just feel that it’s time,” explained Aldrich. “I have been honored to be invited into your home to share the day’s news with you for over three decades, and the staff and management at TV-6 have been wonderful to me and my family through the years.”

Jane started as an anchor and reporter at 6 News back on October 14, 1985. She spent decades at the desk anchoring various shows, including 6 News at Noon, 5, 6, and 11 p.m.

Over the years, Jane has become one of the most recognizable and most beloved figures in the greater Lansing area.

“Jane is the real deal. She’s full of caring and compassion,” said General Manager Bob Simone. “She genuinely cares about people and the community, and the reason viewers love her is because they see that, too.”

Among her other accomplishments, Jane:

  • Founded the franchise called “Tell Me Something Good” – reporting good news, as well as interesting and inspirational stories, and won numerous awards for her work.
  • Hosted a health care forum in Lansing alongside then-President Bill Clinton.
  • Has also hosted or led hundreds, if not thousands, of events over the years for a variety of causes. For many years, she co-hosted the annual Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Labor Day Telethon. Among the other causes and organizations she has supported are the Alzheimer’s Association, the Hospice of Lansing, Special Olympics, the Greater Lansing Food Bank, and Lansing Community College.

Jane’s last day on the anchor desk will be some time in mid-January.