Category Archives: 2017

One of BCBC’s Favorites is Back Again!

Jay Kruz

Michigan native Jay Kruz will be back at BCBC this year to impart his wisdom on our future broadcasters. Kruz’s sessions are highly rated by students year after year-they love his approachable attitude, awesome hair and endless stream of industry knowledge.

Named one of Radio’s Rising Stars by Radio Ink Magazine and one of broadcasting’s “30 Under 30 in America” by Edison Media, Jay Kruz is the Program Director and Afternoon Host at Mix 94.9 in Cincinnati.

Students will get the chance to learn from Jay in two new sessions:

You Don’t Need Permission

You don’t need someone to create opportunity for you… there are dozens of ways to do it yourself!  Jay Kruz presents real life examples of media personalities and behind the scenes staff who didn’t wait for the chance to shine in “You Don’t Need Permission.” Hear the story of how a geek from Michigan became the lead animator for a major national video game. Find out how a well-known radio voice over artist found a path that others weren’t taking and created a lucrative career. From YouTube stars to internet radio creators, podcasters to producers – Jay will show you why You Don’t Need Permission from anyone to jump start your career.

How to Create a Winning Student Broadcast Awards Entry

The Michigan Student Broadcast Awards deadline is coming up in December, do you know what your entry needs to win?  Watch and listen to past winning entries and learn how to incorporate their winning features in your entries!  Also get a review of this year’s categories and ask your questions about topic ideas and technical concerns.  Fine-tuning your entries now will lead you down the path for success at the awards ceremony in March 2018!

Jay is the perfect person to speak with students about the Student Broadcast Awards.

Make sure your students know about and plan to attend this important career building conference!

DATE & LOCATION
Friday, November 10
Lansing Community College West Campus (NEW!)
5708 Cornerstone Dr., Lansing MI
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Early registration is only $20 until October 27 and includes lunch!
($35 after October 27)

Register for BCBC 2017 HERE and check out the full event schedule at mybcbc.com.

Are you interested in getting involved with BCBC?  We’re looking for Speed Networkers!  Contact Jacquelen Timm, timm@michmab.com, to learn more and sign up!

Jay Kruz as a high school student with adviser Bill Keith with his handful of winning Student Broadcast Awards entries

NAB Asks FCC to Act on Translators, Ownership Rules

NABAccording to a report from InsideRadio, the NAB’s VP of Legal and Regulatory Affairs Rick Kaplan met with the FCC Chief of Staff Matthew Berry to discuss translators and media ownership rules.

The NAB says interference issues between full-power FMs and translators “remains a persistent problem” and Kaplan petitioned the FCC to adopt the proposals submitted by the NAB group to “facilitate efficient disposition” of the conflicts. Most notably, the NAB suggests the Commission give operators the ability to relocate translators anywhere on the FM dial as a “minor change” to a facility—instead of only to an adjacent or IF-related channel—to resolve interference complaints.  Additionally, since the FCC plans to revisit its media ownership rules, Kaplan made a case for a petition which seeks to change how ownership caps are calculated in embedded markets.

Remember the MAB When Budgeting for 2018

It’s important to set aside the right amount of funds to make sure you and your staff can fully participate in the wonderful recognition, networking, educational and career-building opportunities the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and MAB Foundation offer each year. Below is a brief glimpse of some of the amazing events and programs in store for 2018. Be on the look out for these great opportunities and more . . .   

  • Great Lakes Media Show Registration | $159/member
  • Radisson Room Rates start at $133 per night, single occupancy*

The 2018 Great Lakes Media Show (formerly known as GLBC) will take place on March 6 and 7 at the Lansing Center. Learn more at GreatLakesMediaShow.com

  • Advocacy Conference Registration | FREE for members
  • Hall of Fame Awards Banquet | $70/person**
  • Grand Hotel Room Rates start at $433 per night, single occupancy*

The 2018 Summer Advocacy Conference and Awards Banquet will take place on August 13 and 14 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

  • ABIP | FREE for members
  • BEA Entry Fee | $45/entry
  • Career Fair Booths (Up to 5 opportunities) | $290/each
  • EEO Service through BCS | FREE for members
  • Job Bank | FREE for members
  • Legal Helpline | FREE for members
  • MAB News Updates | FREE for members
  • ‘P1 Learning’ Online Training | FREE for members
  • Webinars on Topics Important to You | FREE for members

*Room rates for MAB events will be finalized and posted at MichMAB.com on by December 1, 2017.

**Listed Awards Banquet ticket price is based on guest lodging at the Grand Hotel. 

There are a variety of Sponsorship Opportunities available for all MAB and MABF programs and events. Contact Jacquelen Timm at 1-800-YOUR-MAB or timm@michmab.com to design a sponsorship package that fits your business or organization.

Cybersecurity FOIA Exemption Bill Gets a Committee Hearing

Last week the House Communication and Technology Committee held a hearing on legislation that would exempt critical cybersecurity data from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). House Bill 4973 exempts from FOIA cybersecurity plans, assessments or vulnerabilities. Similar legislation last term received intense push back, particularly from environmental groups, for attempting to exempt from FOIA critical energy infrastructure information.

Michigan State Police testified in support of this legislation stating that it would help ensure private entities are reporting cybersecurity threats to the department because entities are worried their sensitive and proprietary information could be released under the current FOIA provisions.  Under current law, FOIA exempts “records or information of measures designed to protect the security or safety of persons or property” from being disclosed. The bill would also add “or the confidentiality, integrity or availability of information systems.”

Vote on HB 4973 is expected this week.

MABF Career Fairs Support Our Need for More Young Talent

Peter Tanz

As Michigan’s unemployment rate hovers near 4 percent, finding your next great employee can be a challenge. Participating in one or more of the MAB Foundation’s Career Fairs is a great way to find your next super star.

In the MAB strategic planning process all four member focus groups identified the need for more young people to enter the field of broadcasting, multimedia sales, production and engineering as a top priority.

MABF Career Fairs offer you the opportunity to meet face-to-face with young people interested in media careers. If you haven’t already reserved your station’s booth at one of the upcoming fall career fairs, click here to register now.

This year we have expanded our outreach to include sales and marketing, electrical engineering, journalism, broadcast media and cinematic arts students.

Even if you do not have a current opening at your station, you may have one in the near future. Your participation gives you the opportunity to meet young adults and nurture the seed of interest as they figure out their career path. Someone showed you the way when you got into this great business and MABF Career Fairs give you the opportunity to pay that gift forward.

MABF Career Fairs may meet some of your EEO additional credits.
For possible credit, your station unit must promote the career fair over the air and must send someone with hiring authority to meet with the attendees. This year we are gathering information on all of the students and will provide participating stations with a list of student attendees following the event.

Participation is not only good for your station and the future of our industry, it helps support the work of the MAB Foundation.

– Peter Tanz, MAB Chariman
Vice President, Midwest Communications (Kalamazoo)

Preparing Future Broadcasters: WDIV’s Mara MacDonald will Address Students as BCBC’17 Keynote Speaker

The MAB Foundation is excited to announce that Mara MacDonald, Reporter at WDIV-TV (Detroit), will address students as the Keynote Speaker at this year’s Broadcast Career Builder Conference (BCBC) on November 10. Mara’s experience as a reporter and her love of Michigan, combined with her ability to dig up the truth and hard hitting interview skills, make her the perfect person to address the future broadcasters that attend BCBC.

BCBC ’17 is quickly approaching! The MAB Foundation is looking forward to meeting future broadcasters and educating students about our exciting field. This conference is definitely one of our favorites because it gets both students and current broadcasters involved in the learning experience.

Make sure your students know about and plan to attend this important career building conference!

 DATE & LOCATION

Friday, November 10
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Lansing Community College – West Campus
5708 Cornerstone Dr., Lansing

Early registration is only $20 until October 27!
($35 after October 27) and includes lunch!

Register for BCBC 2017 HERE and check out the full event schedule at MyBCBC.com.

Are you interested in getting involved with BCBC?  We’re looking for Speed Networkers!  Contact Jacquelen Timm, timm@michmab.com, to learn more and sign up!

MORE ABOUT MARA:

“Sitting in the WDIV lobby, waiting for my job interview, I was the most nervous I’d been in my entire life. I’d been considering a network job when the call came from Local 4. This was home. I was born here and grew up here and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, coming home to work on the #1 station is exciting and nerve wracking at the same time.

“When they inevitably asked why they should hire me, I gave them 2 reasons: my family is here and I’d rather be dipped in a vat of hot oil than embarrass them and what happens here matters to me, it’s not just another story.

“That was 2004 and after my first week, Devin Scillian looked at me and said ‘It’s like you’ve always been here.’

“I graduated from the Detroit Country Day School — Go Yellowjackets! And went on to get my degree in Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. I then started working my way up the ladder in TV with stops at WLNS in Lansing, WRIC in Richmond, Va., and WITI in Milwaukee, Wisc. I won a slew of awards along the way.

“People ask me about my first name all the time. Mara is a Latvian name. She’s a goddess in Latvian mythology. Not a surprising pick since my dad is an immigrant from Latvia. If you ever see us out and about and hear an unfamiliar language, we’re speaking Latvian. I’m on Facebook, and @maramacdonald on Twitter where in between tweets on the news of the day you may just spy a couple in Latvian.”

MARA’S FAVORITE 4

  • Favorite vacation spot in Michigan: Bay Harbor
  • Favorite book: Can’t narrow it down to one but love everything from To Kill A Mockingbird to Game of Thrones
  • Favorite movie: Anything 007
  • Favorite Song: Pearl Jam’s cover of The Who classic “Reign O’er Me”

FCC Considers Dropping Paper Copy Rule

The FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that eliminates rules requiring broadcast and cable entities to keep paper copies of FCC rules. Currently, the FCC has rules that require low power TV, TV and FM translator, TV and FM booster stations and cable television relay station (CARS) licensees to maintain paper copies of commission rules.

In announcing the NPRN, the FCC said: “Because the rules are now readily accessible online, many parties believe that the paper copy requirements are outdated and unnecessarily burdensome. While regulated entities still would be required to be familiar with the rules governing their services, elimination of the paper copy requirements would give them flexibility to determine how to fulfill that obligation.”

This rulemaking is part of the Modernization of Media Regulation Initiative that the FCC launched “to reduce unnecessary regulation that can stand in the way of competition and innovation in media markets.”

FCC Chair Calls on Apple to Activate FM Chips

Ajit Pai

According to a report in InsideRadio, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai called for Apple to activate the inactive FM chips in the company’s iPhones to promote public safety. The call comes in the aftermath of the hurricanes that ravaged the coastal United States.

The tech titan is the one major phone manufacturer that has resisted turning on the chips that enable FM radio signals to be received over the air.

“I hope the company will reconsider its position, given the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria,” Pai said in a statement.

Bill to Ban Medical Marijuana Billboard Advertising Passes Committee

The State Senate Judiciary Committee passed legislation that bans billboard advertising for medical marijuana. Senator Rick Jones (R-24), Senate Judiciary Committee chair and bill sponsor, said in a press release that the legislation is in line with a similar ban on tobacco billboard advertising.  SB 463 bans billboards for medical marijuana, dispensaries and businesses that provide access to the drug and imposes minimum penalties of $5,000 per each day of violation. The bill now goes to the full Senate committee chamber for a vote.

Repacking Transition Progress Report Due October 10

The FCC issued a Public Notice on September 19 notifying all TV stations that are moving channels post-spectrum auction, including those moving from UHF to VHF channels, that they must file their first quarterly Transition Progress Report no later than October 10, 2017.

The reports should be filed on FCC Form 2100 – Schedule 387, which is available by logging in to the FCC’s Licensing and Management System (https://enterpriseefiling.fcc.gov/dataentry/login.html). Additional reports will be due on the 10th day of the month following the end of each calendar quarter.