Category Archives: 2017

FCC: Regulatory Fees Due by September 26

The FCC released its annual Report and Order listing the regulatory fees due for the 2017 fiscal year. The fees are due by September 26 and can be paid through the FCC’s Fee Filer.  The FCC will not be mailing out due notices. It is up to each licensee to insure that these fees are paid in a timely manner.

Fees paid even one day late will be subject to a 25 percent penalty plus administrative processing charges. Licensees that fail to pay their regulatory fees in full will not be able to get FCC action applications filed at a later date or receive any disbursements from the federal universal service programs until all fees and penalties are paid.

Health Care Ballot Proposal Forming

According to a report in Gongwer, a ballot question committee called “Keep Michigan Covered” was officially formed.

“An effort is coming together to protect access to quality health for the people of Michigan,” said John Freeman, the committee treasurer and former state lawmaker. “We have made a lot of gains in health care coverage in Michigan and the goal is to protect these gains.”

If the group does file a petition with the state and begins seeking signatures, it will be the eighth group to do so this election cycle.

Hilary Golston Joins WJBK-TV

Hilary Golston

Detroit native Hilary Golston will be joining WJBK-TV (Detroit) as  a reporter beginning September 5.

Most recently, Golston was a reporter, anchor and multimedia journalist for WKYC Cleveland. Previously, she was a weekend evening anchor at WVTM Birmingham, Ala.

Golston began her career at WFRV-TV in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

“I come from a family committed to Detroit and the magic that we know is here. I can’t say how awesome it is to be back where I grew up and to be a part of telling the stories that matter and going to bat for the community of my birth,” said Golston in a press release.

A graduate of George Washington University, Golston holds a degree in political science.

3 Disruptive Ways Generation Z Will Transform the Workplace

Editor’s Note: The views and opinions of this article do not necessarily reflect those of the MAB. Contact the MAB for information on the MAB’s official editorial policy.

Ryan Jenkins

By: Ryan Jenkins
Next Generation Speaker / Columnist

Generation Z promises to bring even more unique traits to the modern workforce. Here’s what executives can expect of the next emerging generation at work.

Following the mass entrance of millennials, Generation Z, defined as those born after 1998, has begun creeping their way into the workplace.

Generation Z has been raised in an on-demand culture and been shaped by ubiquitous connectivity, social media, mobile technology, a post-9/11 world and a deep recession. This is a generation of self-starters, self-learners and self-motivators who are eager to get to work and leave their mark on the world.

Eighty-four percent of Generation Z believe that they have the skills necessary to be successful in a professional environment. And 55 percent of Generation Z feel pressure to gain professional experience in high school.

Generation Z will be showing up to work sooner than you think, here are three major ways they will transform the workplace:

1. Desire for Multiple Career Roles and Routes 

It’s not uncommon for a member of this generation to be managing multiple major life projects. For instance, they might be pursuing a college degree, performing routine maintenance on their own productivity app , growing their YouTube audience of “Game of Thrones” enthusiasts, and is a member of the AUVSI (Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International).  . This is in addition to their other, more leisurely pursuits.

Indeed, members of this generation want their career roles and routes to be as diverse as their personal interests. They will be eager to hold jobs (or work on projects) in marketing, accounting, human resources and sales within the first year or two of employment.

Organizations will need to make it possible for Generation Z to experiment and get exposure in various areas of the organization.

2. Heightened Communication Efficiency, Frequency and Authenticity

For a generation that uses Snapchat to communicate via video, images and text on a daily basis, they will view email as an antiquated technology that will ultimately hinder the efficiency, frequency and authenticity of their communications.

Whether it’s company information, peer-to-peer communications or employee feedback, organizations will need to find ways to streamline communications. Slack can help teams communicate with Generation Z-like efficiency and ease. And tools like 15Five or Culture Amp can help leaders provide the up-to-the-minute communications and feedback Generation Z employees crave.

Organizations will have to quickly reconsider their legacy communication platforms, timetables and information accessibility as Generation Z enters the workplace.

3. Inclination to be Tech-Dependent and DIY Workers

Couple Generation Z’s 24/7 access to the world’s information with growing up during the great recession, and you get a very empowered employee that is equipped and willing to “do it myself.”

Generation Z will not only BYOD (bring your own device) to work but will BYOA (bring your own application), where they use an app they developed themselves to execute work tasks faster and with greater productivity.

Organizations must create a company culture of “do it yourself” and equip Generation Z with the relevant technology to execute and innovate.

This article was originally posted on Ryan’s column, Next Generation Insights.

Reprinted with permission.

NAB Continues Push Back Against White Spaces Proposal

According to a report in Broadcasting & Cable, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) continues its opposition to Microsoft’s white spaces proposal. The NAB fired back at a recent letter sent to the FCC by a group of tech company executives called “Voices for Innovation.” In the letter, the group expressed its support for the proposal stating that “this emerging technology has the capability to bring affordable, reliable, high-speed internet to 34 million Americans who currently lack access.”

NAB Executive Vice President Dennis Wharton responded by stating that the proposal “would jeopardize local broadcast news, programming and lifeline emergency information for millions of Americans. The FCC and Members of Congress should not be fooled by Microsoft’s empty promises.” NAB also stated that if Microsoft wanted access to broadcast spectrum, it could have participated in the incentive spectrum auction.

A Big Thank You to our PAC Supporters

The MAB Political Action Committee (MAB PAC) Board of Directors would like to thank all the members who attended our annual PAC fundraiser on August 21 at Crystal Mountain Resort. The event featured a reception, private Clipper Chairlift Rides. We also were joined by Rob Elhenicky of Kelley-Cawthorne and John D. Pirich of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, who discussed ballot proposals and predictions for the upcoming 2018 elections as well as the political climate in Michigan and across the country.

The MAB PAC is a statewide bipartisan broadcaster-driven political action committee organized with a purpose of supporting state lawmakers who support our industry. With term limits in effect, the time is short to forge long-term, productive relationships with lawmakers in Lansing. A strong political action committee remains one of the most important tools in building that relationship. That is why your support is so important. We appreciate it.

Broadcasters Foundation Expediting Emergency Grants for Texas Broadcasters

As local Radio and TV stations across Texas mobilize their communities to help their fellow Texans hurt by Hurricane Harvey, the Broadcasters Foundation of America is expediting $1,000 grants for individual broadcasters personally harmed by the record devastation wreaked by the storm.

The Broadcasters Foundation’s emergency relief program distributes one-time grants of $1,000 each after a disaster, such as a hurricane, tornado, fire, flood, or other serious misfortune. The expedited emergency grant application process is streamlined to provide assistance as quickly as possible.

“The Broadcasters Foundation is a safety net in an emergency,” said Dan Mason, Chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation. “When a colleague’s roof is suddenly blown away, their belongings destroyed, or their families displaced, the Broadcasters Foundation can step in quickly. We need everyone in our business to help us ensure that all broadcasters in need are aware of the Broadcasters Foundation,”

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Peter Tanz Elected Chair of the MAB

Peter Tanz

Peter Tanz, Senior Vice President for Midwest Communications, was elected Chair of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Board of Directors during the organization’s annual business meeting on Tuesday, August 22 at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville. 

Tanz becomes the 72nd chairman of the MAB, one of the largest and most successful state broadcast associations in the nation. The MAB represents nearly 300 radio and television stations and about 4,000 individual broadcasting industry employees across the state of Michigan.
Tanz joined Duke Wright’s Midwest Communications in Green Bay, Wisc, as an advertising sales representative in 1985 and was promoted to General Manager in 1987. He managed the company’s stations in Wausau, Wisc., Lincoln and Omaha, Neb., before moving to Michigan in 1995 when Midwest purchased 4 stations from Tri-State Broadcasting. Today, Midwest Communications operates 14 stations in southwest Michigan and Lansing.
As Senior Vice President, Peter works with market management at more than 70 radio stations owned by Midwest.
Peter is a member of the MAB Foundation Board and has chaired several MAB committees. He 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.
Also elected to the MAB Board of Directors executive committee are: Vice Chair/Chair-Elect Gary Baxter, WSYM-TV, Lansing; Secretary/Treasurer Zoe Burdine-Fly, Townsquare Media, Lansing/Flint; At-Large Director Stephen Marks, Thunder Bay Broadcasting Corp., Alpena, and Immediate Past Chair Debbie Kenyon, CBS Radio, Detroit.

See the complete MAB Board of Directors list here.

MAB celebrates Lifetime Achievement Award, 2017 Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame Inductees

L-R: Retired WXYZ-TV news anchor Erik Smith; MAB Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Marla Drutz, Vice President and General Manager for WDIV-TV in Detroit; Rob David, President and General Manger of Handyman Productions; Sheryll Estell, who accepted on behalf of her late husband and WKAR “Radio Reader,” Dick Estell, who passed away in 2016; and Gina Mills, who accepted the MAB 2017 Legacy Award on behalf of her late mother, WYCD-FM host Linda Lee, who passed away on March 31.
The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) presented its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award and welcomed four other outstanding individuals into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame on Tuesday, August 22 at Crystal Mountain Resort.

The highest award given by the MAB, the Lifetime Achievement Award honors Michigan broadcast pioneers who have dedicated the majority of their professional careers to broadcasting in the state of Michigan and have distinguished themselves through a lifetime of service as a top manager or owner through excellence in broadcasting.

Hall of Fame inductees are nominated by their peers and voting takes place over a few weeks. Active members of the broadcast media cast their votes and the inductees are chosen. These awards are the highest recognition given by the MAB to members of Michigan’s broadcasting industry.


Award recipients were honored during the MAB’s annual Awards Banquet surrounded by broadcasters and friends. For more information about MAB’s Hall of Fame award winners, click here.


2017 Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame Inductees
Handyman Productions (Novi)


Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
WDIV-TV (Deroit)
Legacy Award Recipient
WYCD-FM (Detroit)


WXYZ-TV (Detroit)


Radio Reader, WKAR (East Lansing)

MAB Honors Sen. Debbie Stabenow With Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award

L-R: Past MAB Board Chair Ed Fernandez, Vice-President and Divisional General Manager for E.W. Scripps in Detroit; 2017 MAB Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award Recipient Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI); MAB Board Vice Chair/Chair-ElectGary Baxte, Vice-President and General Manager of WSYM-TV in Lansing; and MAB Chair Peter Tanz, Senior Vice President for Midwest Communications in Kalamazoo. (Not Pictured: Immediate Past MAB Board Chair Debbie Kenyon, Senior Vice President/Market Manager for CBS Radio Detroit.)

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) honored Sen. Debbie Stabenow with its 2017 Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award on Tuesday, August 22 at Crystal Mountain Resort.

This prestigious award is given to a lawmaker or other public servant for their dedicated service to Michigan citizens and the Michigan broadcasting industry. This recipient is nominated by the MAB executive committee and approved by the MAB Board of Directors.
Sen. Stabenow (D-10) was honored during the MAB’s annual Awards Banquet surrounded by broadcasters and friends. For more information about Sen. Stabenow and the MAB’s Hall of Fame/Lifetime Achievement Awards, click here.