All posts by MAB Staff

House GOP Leaders to FCC: No New Votes until New Administration

The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) sent a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler asking the Commission to hold off on votes on the controversial items until the new administration is in place.

The letter states, “The most important challenge for the Commission over the next ten weeks is to ensure a successful broadcast incentive auction. The successful completion of the auction will provide needed spectrum to meet America’s wireless broadband needs and ensure that Americans continue to enjoy the local news and national programming broadcasters provide. As Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) noted during the 2008 Presidential transition, it would be counterproductive for the FCC to consider complex and controversial items that the new Congress and new Administration will have an interest in reviewing. We strongly urge you to concentrate the Commission’s attention and resources only on matters that require action under the law and efforts to foster the success of the broadcast incentive auction.”

Court Stops DOL Overtime Regulations from Going Forward

A U.S. District Court in Texas issued a preliminary injunction preventing the Department of Labor from implementing and enforcing its new overtime regulation that was set to go into effect December 1. The regulation would have raised the salary and compensation level needed for white collar workers to be exempt from being paid overtime to $47,476 ($913 a week). The previous salary level was $455 a week or $23,660 annually.

The court concluded that the DOL’s salary level under the rule was “without statutory authority” and that the court has the authority to “enjoin the final rule on a nationwide basis.” For more on the court’s ruling, please click here for a legal advisory from Pillsbury Withrop Shaw Pittman LLP

MAB Board Profile: Peter Tanz

View More:
Peter Tanz

MAB News Briefs is pleased to bring you profiles of your MAB Board of Directors.

This week’s profile is Peter Tanz.   Peter is Senior Vice President for Midwest Communications, a family broadcasting company with radio stations in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Peter has been on the MAB Board of Directors since 2012, has served as Treasurer and is currently Vice-Chairman/Chairman Elect.  He has chaired several MAB committees and is valued by his peers.  Peter has also served on the MAB Foundation Board.

Peter joined Midwest Communications in Green Bay, Wisconsin, as an advertising sales representative in 1985 and was promoted to General Manager in 1987. He managed stations in
Wausau, WI; and Lincoln and Omaha, NE before coming to Michigan in 1995.

In Michigan, he works with Midwest’s 14 stations in Battle Creek, Coldwater, Holland, Kalamazoo and Lansing.

Peter is involved with many community organizations and is past chair of the Coldwater and Kalamazoo Chambers of Commerce and the Kalamazoo Visitor and Convention Bureau.

Associate Member Resource: Thanksgiving Tips from the Michigan Restaurant Association

mirestaurantThe Michigan Restaurant Association (MRA), an associate member of the MAB, is pleased to provide you with some facts and information for use in your news and programming this Thanksgiving season:

  1. Thousands Dine Out for Thanksgiving in Michigan – download here.
  2. Six Thanksgiving Food Safety Tips – download here.

The MRA is the recognized leader of Michigan’s hospitality industry, providing essential services to the food service community. Founded in 1921, the MRA represents nearly 4,500 Michigan food service establishments. The industry plays an integral role in Michigan’s economy, employing more than 421,000 people and creating $15.4 billion in annual sales.

The MRA’s mission is to enhance the food service and hospitality industry through advocacy, education, and leadership.

MAB Member Services: Want Cash Back for Electric Energy Usage? Call MAB!

EnStar-Logo-croppedDid you know that virtually all MAB members
are eligible for an exemption on sales tax on energy?

If you have not had a FREE MAB Energy Audit by EnStar, you may have left money on the table. The MAB members that have participated in this program have received, on average, $4,800 up to $40,000 in refunded taxes from their utility companies. Plus, they save about $1,200 annually at no cost and little to no effort on their part. EnStar’s experienced energy specialists will assess your station’s energy usage and your energy bills to see if you qualify for an energy tax refund. EnStar will do all the work, including applying for your state tax credit. If accepted, all you owe is 50% of the credit returned to you. In the future you will continue to receive the benefits of a tax reduction for your energy saving efforts. EnStar can also make suggestions for additional energy and money saving measures you can make on a daily basis.

What do you have to lose? Contact Melissa Burris or Steve Clark at EnStar Energy today! Phone: 517-694-2510 or email Melissa at or Steve at

Visit for more information.

Start the process of getting your refund today by contacting MAB’s energy partner Enstar Energy.

Scholarship Winner Highlight: Caleb Gordon

calebgordon_275Your contributions to the MABF help students to realize their dreams! Here, one recent scholarship winner shares his experiences and goals for the future. Learn more about the MABF Scholarship program here and help to support these scholarship programs by donating here.

Caleb Gordon is the proud recipient of the Friends of Bill Burton Scholarship and is continuing his educational journey at Michigan State University. Read on to learn more about Caleb and why he loves broadcasting…

Current school and expected year of graduation:
Michigan State University, Class of 2017

Name of scholarship you received and year it was received:
Friends of Bill Burton Scholarship, 2016

Brief resume and educational background:
I graduated from Marysville High School in 2013 and then went to St. Clair Community College (SC4) for two years, where I graduated with an associates degree. I then transferred to Michigan State in 2015 and am now a senior in the Media and Information Department.

My broadcasting experience dates back to freshmen year of High School when I started hanging around Liggett Communications (WPHM, WHLS, WHLX, WSAQ, WBTI) in Port Huron as an intern. As a student at SC4, I returned to Liggett as morning talk show producer and also did various other news and engineering assignments. I also was involved with SC4’s college radio station (WSGR). Following my transfer to MSU last year, I found a new home at MacDonald Broadcasting (WILS, WXLA, WHZZ, WQHH), where I remain today, doing just about everything from news to engineering.

Check out Caleb’s LinkedIn profile here.

What made you want to pursue broadcasting as a career?
I grew up in a family where the radio was always on, so I think that really influenced my interests. Since I’m from a relatively small town, local radio was essentially the center of our community. I looked up to local Port Huron radio personalities (like Paul Miller at WPHM, who I bugged enough until he got me an internship there six years ago). I truly believe the power of audio can inform, entertain and enlighten better than any other mass media. I’m also a news and politics junkie and radio helps to feed this interest.

What is your favorite class you have taken in school so far and why?
My favorite class so far has been Dr. David McCarty’s Media Economics and Politics course at MSU. My aforementioned interest in politics is probably why I enjoyed it so much. I also like learning about FCC policy and the policy making process.

Honorable mention goes to a geology class I took at SC4, which really changed the way I look at the earth.

How has the MAB Foundation helped you in your educational journey?
I’m a two-time scholarship recipient. As a High School senior I received a competitive scholarship that helped pay for my classes at SC4. And then this spring, I received the Bill Burton scholarship which is helping pay for my classes at MSU. The MABF has made my education more affordable and my dreams of a career in broadcasting more attainable.

Furthermore, participating in the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference gave me the chance to network with others in the industry and sit in on very informational sessions.

More about Caleb:
A goal of mine is to be in a management position at a group of radio stations. I really enjoy all aspects of the business, whether it is programming, engineering, news, or the business side. A career that would incorporate all of these would be ideal. Thanks to the MAB, my education, and work experience, I believe this is attainable.

I’d like to thank everybody that I’ve crossed paths with in my educational and vocational experiences. I hope one day to have the same impact on a young broadcaster like many have had on me.

Walenta takes WGVU Explorers to Europe

wgvu-111516_700WGVU Public Media (Grand Rapids) General Manager Michael Walenta recently returned from taking the WGVU Explorers on a 14-day trip to the Magnificent Cities of Central and Eastern Europe.

Michael and the WGVU Explorer travelers toured Berlin where they saw many sites including the Sans Souci Palace, the former residence of Frederick the Great, and saw the remains of the Berlin Wall including “Checkpoint Charlie.” Then it was on to Dresden, Prague and the Czech Republic. From there, they visited Vienna and took in a classical concert and lovely dinner consisting of local cuisine. They traveled to the beautiful city of Budapest, Hungary where they visited a Hungarian Horse Farm. Krakow, Poland was their next stop where they visited historic Old Town and toured Wawel Castle, a former residence of Polish kings. Auschwitz was their next stop where they saw first-hand the various prison cells and learned more about the history of the prison and many of the hardships that occurred within those walls. Warsaw was their last city on the tour where they experienced the local capital city. It was a very memorable trip, filled with history and education.

For more information on an upcoming trip, visit or call (800) 442-2771.

Upcoming WGVU Explorer trips include:
Alaska Discovery Land & Cruise – May 9-21, 2017
Exploring Ireland & Britain featuring Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales – October 13-27, 2017

Let your Students Showcase their Best Work!


Just a reminder from the MAB Foundation that the Michigan Student Broadcast Awards Online Entry System is open and ready for your entries! Please refer to the official Online Entry instructions at for complete rules.

So, spread the word…tell every student in Michigan that they are eligible to enter the competition for FREE with an opportunity to showcase their best work to broadcast professionals and compete with other Michigan student broadcasters!

A few updates to note:

Current Events Program – for everyone!
Content should include current events or political events. Entries will be judged on human interest, subject portrayal and production value.

Friday, December 16, 2016 by 3:00pm

The Student Broadcast Awards Ceremony will again take place during the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference (GLBC) Student Luncheon in Lansing at the Lansing Center on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. This Main Luncheon will include the awards presentation and scholarship presentation and is attended by broadcast professionals, students and guests. The popular GLBC Career Fair will immediately follow the luncheon, which will also include an area for students to network and mingle.

Contact the MAB Foundation office with any questions at or via phone to 517.484.7444.

Best of luck, and remember, if you don’t enter, you can’t win!

The BCBC is this Friday!


The Broadcasting Career Builder Conference (BCBC) is here!

bcbc-102416The MABF team is hard at work this week finalizing details for the BCBC. Students and Educators statewide will flock to the Lansing area on Friday to learn about new techniques in filming on iPhones, resume tips and tricks, how to write the WRITE way, and much more!

Online registration has closed, but if you have any last minute students that would like to attend this important educational conference, they can register on-site!

Remember, the professionals your students will meet at the BCBC can become the link they need to break into the broadcasting and media industry! This is the conference that will take your students to the next level in their career journey.

Friday, November 18
Eagle Eye Golf Club & Conference Center, Bath MI (Directions)
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Career Fair 12 – 1:30 p.m.


Please contact Alisha Clack ( with questions about the BCBC.

Jackson’s K-105.3 is Stuffing the Van

k-1053_300Jackson Radio Works’ WKHM-FM (K-105.3) (Jackson) is holding a “Stuff the Van” food drive this Thursday, November 17 to collected canned and non-perishable foods for the Jackson Community Food Pantry.

The drive is being held in conjunction with the station’s Thanksgiving “Grocery Bagging Race” contest being held at a local grocery store.  The contest features two contestants drawn from entries who will go head-to-head to bag a cart full of Thanksgiving groceries.  The person who bags all their groceries first will win the entire cart full of items.

For more information, visit the station’s website here.