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Traffic Director Spotlight: Ashley Tallmadge

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MacDonald Broadcasting, Saginaw

Ashley Tallmadge is the Traffic Director for WMJO-FM, WSAM-AM, WKCQ-FM, and WSAG-FM in Saginaw.

Q1: How long have you been in traffic?
Ashley:  1-1/2 years.

Q2: Favorite comfort food?
Ashley:  Homeade coney sauce.

Q3: Which Superhero would you be and why?
Ashely:  Well I don’t know about superheros, but around here I have dubbed myself “The Traffic Ninja.”

Q4: When I’m not working, I’d rather be…
Ashley:  Baking, cooking, riding bikes, enjoying time with my friends and family, swimming, camping, sledding. You name it. I love being active and trying out new things.

Q5: If I had the chance, I’d really like to have lunch with…
Ashley:  So hard to choose just one person. Well I have always wanted to pick the brains of my favorite authors, so I would say J.K. Rowling.

Q6: What’s the best advice you have ever gotten?
Ashley:  
Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Q7:  Tell us something about yourself that very few people know:
Ashley: 
I almost died when I was 15 of complete respiratory failure and pulmonary embolism!

GLBC Session Preview: Become a Better News Organization

TeensTabletWhether you, or your news staff are new to the business or seasoned journalists, you have to admit, things have changed!

News is now a 24 hour, 365 instant in my hand business, engaging all of your audiences’ senses. Print, Television, Radio, Magazines, Social, Digital, and Bloggers all have one thing in common…CONTENT!

Join your friends and colleagues for the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference (GLBC), now with a new focus on multi-media and journalism in the mobile age.

The GLBC main day is Tuesday, May 3 in Lansing and includes these session and MORE!

Valerie-Geller_200Valerie Geller Presents: Get, Keep and BUILD Your Audience!
Content is king and those who create your content are what set you apart from every other “screen” or speaker you compete with. Everyone can improve and move to the next level of performance to create powerful content for news & personality TV & Radio, and work more effectively across ALL platforms!

Becoming a Powerful Storyteller
Presented by Valerie Geller

Whether you’re writing news, producing, an on air personality, or writing copy for promotion, sales or public service it all starts with good writing and powerful storytelling – in this session you’ll learn proven techniques in use by top broadcasters throughout the world.

AlTompkins_200Turn the Story Fast: How to Find Focus, Gather Quickly, Make Deadline
Presented by Al Tompkins, Poynter Institute

The key to great deadline storytelling is finding laser sharp focus. Al Tomkins show you show you how to:
-decide what goes where in your story
-find the soundbites that make your story memorable
-make any story more interesting by attaching your story to one of eight motivators
-change the shape of the story to turn multiple versions of the piece for different shows

The Art of Interviewing for Video
Presented by Steve Julin
Interviewing is the foundation of great storytelling, and the stories you tell are only as good as the information you get. In this workshop you’ll learn the top tips to use when conducting an on-camera interview but most importantly how to get the sound bites and quotes you need in the edit suite.

Find out more and register at: bit.ly/GLBConference

FCC Media Bureau Chief Bill Lake Updates AM Revitalization Progress

According to a posted dated March 30 on FCC Media Bureau Chief Bill Lake’s blog, AM Revitalization proceeding has resulted in over 600 applications to move translators for AM rebroadcasts to date. The blog further states that 80% of the applications have already been granted by the Audio Division. The process will continue through the end of this window in July, as well as the three-month window to follow, which will be open to all AM broadcasters.

Lake adds that there has been a 25% increase in the number of AM stations using energy-saving MDCL technologies since the procedures for doing so were streamlined to require only notification rather than obtaining Commission permission. “This is just one example of the ways in which we at the Commission hope to reduce the burdens on AM broadcasters who want to move their service into the 21st Century, and to remain a vibrant and essential part of America’s communication infrastructure,” Lake wrote.

FCC Wants to Expand Video Description

According to a legal advisory released by Davis, Wright, Tremaine, LLP., the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) looking to amend its video description rules to increase the amount of required video described programming as well as the number of programmers who must offer video description. Presently, ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC-affiliated TV stations in the top 60 broadcast markets, and the top 5 non-broadcast networks – i.e., cable and satellite channels – must provide 50 hours per calendar quarter of prime-time or children’s programming with video description, with the top 5 networks being reassessed every three years. The key points of the NPRM are as follows:

  • The NPRM proposes that the number of hours of video-described programming required for each covered broadcast station or non-broadcast network increases from 50 hours per quarter to 87.5 hours per quarter, a 75% jump, which is the maximum the FCC is statutorily authorized to require by the enabling statute.
  • The NPRM proposes to increase the number of broadcast networks whose affiliates must provide video description from the “big four” of ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC, to add the fifth most-popular commercial broadcast network (currently CW, although that could change), and to increase the number cable/satellite networks from the top 5 – currently the Disney Channel, History, TBS, TNT and USA – to the top 10 “most popular” non-broadcast networks.
  • The NPRM proposes a “no backsliding” rule, such that, if a network in the top 5 broadcast or top 10 cable/satellite categories falls out of the top 5 or top 10, respectively, it would, nonetheless, remain subject to the obligation to provide video descriptions.
  • The NPRM proposes to remove the threshold requirement that non-broadcast networks reach 50 percent of pay-tv households to be subject to video description, since those numbers are declining.
  • The NPRM proposes to require distributors to provide publicly available contact information for a person who can address video description issues and concerns within one business day.
  • The NPRM proposes that any request for exemption from the video description rules, as well as all related filings, be filed electronically with the FCC.
  • The NPRM seeks comment on the timelines over which the above proposed changes should roll out, if adopted, with a tentative conclusion that expansion in the number of networks and of hours of video-described programming should commence on July 18, 2018, the effective date of the next triennial recalculation of top networks. The NPRM suggests that its proposed rule to make company contact information public could be accomplished more quickly.

The NPRM sets an opening comment deadline of 30 days after the NPRM appears in the Federal Register, and a reply comment deadline of 30 days after that.

MDHHS Faces Major Restructuring

capitol3The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is making a major realignment in its divisions dealing with public health. The department will create a new bureau of epidemiology and population health as it comes under severe criticism for how it handled a deadly outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease in Genesee County. Advocates for public health called the move a positive step for helping to improve communication and giving public health a stronger voice. The changes will take effect April 18. The new bureau will also contain the divisions of Family and Community Health, Communicable Diseases, Lifecourse Epidemiology and Genomics, Environmental Health and Zoonotic Disease and Special Projects.

Engineering: Barix Box Advisory

On April 6, The Alabama Broadcasters Association shared this with us…from one of their members:

“Someone is attacking Barix Boxes. Within the past 24 hours, several radio stations and at least one radio network have been compromised. The Barix receiver is pointed to an obscene podcast and its password changed so it can only be reset manually. This appears to have been in the planning stages for some time by the person doing it – apparently they have been accumulating passwords for some time. MAKE SURE that your password is of sufficient strength! Barix Boxes will take up to 24 characters…. In at least two cases six character passwords were cracked.”

Updated 9:16am on 4/7/16:  Apparently the reported Colorado signal hack was related to this Barix story.  Read about the KIFT signal hack here.

The stream programmer who had their explicit content aired on the Colorado radio station did their own investigation into the incident and provides some insight here.

Updated 2:10pm on 4/6/16:  Jason Walther, CE of Townsquare Media (Lansing) adds: “Best advice is to change your password to the web interface, and hide it behind a firewall that only exposes the ports needed to receive the stream (aka: port forwarding)

When these boxes are connected to a plain static IP and no changes are made, they are an easy target.

Also, if you have a Comrex Access unit that sits open with “Accept Incoming Calls”, you will get hacked the same. It is easy to disable incoming SIP connections.

Associate Member Spotlight: The Lyman & Sheets Insurance Agency

Lyman&Sheets_350The Lyman & Sheets Insurance Agency’s early beginnings date back to 1874 when the state’s first insurance commissioner created an insurance agency to serve the needs of the citizens. Today, the Lyman & Sheets Agency is a full-service insurance firm offering property, general liability, workers’ compensation, builder’s risk, auto, crime, directors and officers liability, professional liability, special event liability, international exposures, fiduciary liability, kidnap and ransom, and employee benefits among other insurance coverages.

They provide insurance coverage in over 45 states and in multiple countries across the globe. They are privileged to serve as the managing general agent for a number of insurance programs and we offer special expertise in developing insurance solutions for the broadcast sector. Lyman & Sheets excel at identifying areas of exposure and developing affordable solutions to protect the financial integrity of MAB members.

Visit their website here.

MAB Foundation Student Award Winners Announced

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THANK YOU to those who participated in the 2016 MAB Foundation Student Broadcast Awards! We had 639 entries this year!

The judging process is complete and we have posted the winners’ names and schools on our website. To view this year’s winners, please click here.

Awards Presentation
Awards will be presented during the Main Luncheon at the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference & Expo (GLBC) at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing on Tuesday, May 3, beginning at 12:30 pm. This luncheon will include both students and professionals. All students must arrive by 12:15 pm to check in at the main registration desk.

Information for Student Winners
Please take a close look at all of the names and schools and notify Alisha Clack of any spelling changes as soon as possible. Please note that these names and titles were pulled directly from the online system. The names, as they appear on the site, will be used on the award certificates and in the awards program.

Each student winner receives a complimentary lunch ticket and admittance to all GLBC Student Sessions, Exhibit Hall and Career Fair on Tuesday, May 3. EACH student winner attending MUST complete the online Student Award Winner registration form by Friday, April 22, 2016 to receive their FREE registration. Late registrations cannot be guaranteed lunch.

Want to attend ALL GLBC sessions? For just $5, student winners only can upgrade their registration to a full GLBC Student Registration which includes admittance into ALL of the GLBC educational sessions. Mingle and network with Michigan broadcast and media professionals…just select the “GLBC Upgrade” option when you complete the Student Award Winner registration form and bring your $5 to the GLBC when you check in.

Click here for the complete GLBC session schedule.

Click here to register EACH student winner.

Non-Winning Students, Parents, Teachers and Friends Information
If you are a non-winning student, parent, family, guest and/or advisor of a student and would like to attend the luncheon, you MUST register online to secure a seat. The cost is $35 per person. Non-winning students, parents, teachers and friends can register to attend by selecting the “Student Awards Luncheon Only” option which is $35 per person to attend the Main Luncheon.
Click here to register to attend the Luncheon.

Remember: On-site registrations are NOT guaranteed a lunch!

2016 Award Winners Compilation
A  link to the 2016 Award Winners compilation video will be sent to each entering school and posted on the MABF website.

Contact Alisha Clack with any questions or changes at clack@michmab.com.

Awards Rules and Categories

What’s happening at the Museum of Broadcast Communications:

MBC_350MAB President/CEO Karole White is pleased to be on the Board of Directors for the Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC) and on the Steering Committee of the National Radio Hall of Fame. If you are planning to be in Chicago soon, you must visit the Museum. Here is what is currently on exhibit:

“Here’s Johnny: The Making of the Tonight Show, Starring Johnny Carson,” now through October 15, 2016. The show’s host joked that he was “In more bedrooms than any other man in America.” Now, The Museum of Broadcast Communications is bringing an exhibit about the 20th Century’s most enduring show, as well as its iconic host, the late Johnny Carson. “Here’s Johnny: The Making of the Tonight Show, Starring Johnny Carson” will feature costumes, stage props, video, cue cards, and production materials to bring visitors behind the scenes into the phenomenal creative collaboration that dominated late night TV from 1962 – 1992.

Also at the Museum, visitors can take in the “Larry King Fantasy Interview Experience.”  Guests can answer questions from TV icon Larry King and have those answers preserved as a DVD momento.
BruceDumont_300Bruce Dumont (pictured left), President of the Museum, reports that they now offer online viewing of over 120 vintage television broadcasts with plans to add 20 digitized shows or more each week.  The broadcasts include conventions, political debates, ABC’s Our WorldFolkfest, big band broadcasts from Chicago, the Radio Hall of Fame ceremonies, Record Hop with Jim LounsburyKups ShowSee it Now with Edward R. Murrow, and many more.  Click here to view.  There is no charge.

The Museum of Broadcast Communications is located at  360 North State Street in Chicago and is open Tuesday through Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Closed Sunday, Monday, and all federal holidays.  The museum is offering 50% admission through April 30.

For more information, visit their website.

 

The MAB Job Bank

Job-BankIf you’re looking for a new challenge, your first job, or maybe an internship, you’ll find many listings on the MAB Job Bank.  We want to help you find the job you want.

Stations:  We have a situation wanted section where savvy job seekers are placing their resume and contact information.  You’ll also find a listing of other resources to help you find the employees you need.

Visit the MAB Job Bank here.