Category Archives: January 2017

2017 Broadcasters Calendar Available

MAB Washington Legal Counsel David Oxenford is making his 2017 Calendar of Important Dates for Broadcasters available as a free download for MAB members.

The calendar may be downloaded here.

Oxenford notes that “The dates set out on the calendar include FCC filing deadlines and dates by which the FCC requires that certain documents be added to a station’s public file. These dates just recently changed for noncommercial broadcasters as the FCC suspended its requirement that noncommercial stations file Biennial Ownership reports every other anniversary of their license renewal filing here. Instead, their reports will be due on December 1 deadline which is the deadline for all stations, both commercial and noncommercial, to file these Biennial reports. That deadline is included on this calendar. In some states there are political windows even in what seemingly is an off year for elections (two governors and several big-city mayoral races are particularly noteworthy). The date for the beginning of the lowest unit rate window for the November general election is on the calendar, but stations need to check locally for primary dates and for any special elections that may be held in their service areas. Also included are some copyright deadlines, including dates to make payments to SoundExchange for Internet streaming royalties.”

“While the dates on this calendar may change, and new ones may be added, this at least gives you a start in planning your regulatory obligations. And, remember, you should always talk to your own attorney to make sure what dates are important to you.”

BMI Files Lawsuit Against the RMLC

According to a report in AllAccess, BMI has filed a lawsuit in Federal Rate Court to set interim fees for radio stations represented by the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC).

The RMLC’s proposed interim rate is well below BMI’s previous deal, and BMI’s lawsuit states that “the effect of which would have a significant impact on the royalties BMI pays to its songwriters, composers and music publishers. The RMLC has justified its proposed rate based upon incomplete and incorrect information regarding BMI’s radio performances. BMI disagrees fundamentally with the RMLC’s proposal and, consistent with past practices, is asking the Court to maintain its most recent rate while new terms are negotiated.”

GMR and RMLC Agree to Interim License for Commercial Radio Stations

According to the Broadcast Law Blog, the Radio Music Licensing Committee (RMLC) announced an interim agreement with the new performing rights organization Global Music Rights (GMR) that will give commercial radio stations, who decide to accept the license, the the right to play music written by songwriters represented by GMR for nine months. The announcement from the RMLC is available here. The agreement is set to last nine months.

To be covered by this license, a station must make an election by January 31 and pay the first month’s assessment to GMR by that date.  More information and links here.

REMINDER: The Broadcast Excellence Awards Deadline is Friday!

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The deadline for the 2016 BEAs is 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Friday, January 13, 2017.

The 2016 BEA rules and category information can be found here.

Be sure to review your station’s account information. If you need assistance with your password, resetting your password, or changing the Contestant Manager for your station, please contact Alisha Clack at awards@michmab.com or via phone at 517-484-7444.

Click here for instructions and direct access to the online entry system.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you created an account at www.betterbnc.com in the past two years, please log in using the same account information, if you are creating a new account, please follow the instructions that are listed in your reference guide or online at www.broadcastexcellenceawards.com.

The Broadcast Excellence Awards Ceremony is one of the biggest and brightest parties of the year for Michigan broadcasters and you won’t want to miss it! Gather your station’s best work and join colleagues and industry friends on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 as we celebrate YOU and your station’s hard work over the past year. Just imagine those goosebumps of pride and accomplishment you’ll feel as your station’s name is called as an award winner!

Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 | The Lansing Center | Lansing, MI

Entry Fees
MAB or MAPB Member: $45 per entry
Non-Members: $90 per entry

For questions, contact Alisha Clack at 517-484-7444 or email us at awards@michmab.com.

2017 State of the State Broadcast Information

wcmu-1_300On Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m., Governor Rick Snyder will deliver his annual State of the State address to Michigan citizens. In response to a survey of our members, the MAB will provide live feeds for commercial TV and radio to use.

TV: MAB will uplink the State of the State address for commercial television. The feed will be a clean (unanchored) feed, in HD and closed-captioned. House TV may be including a signer for the hard of hearing on the video feed.

Central Michigan University Television (WCMU-TV) will once again uplink the event for MAB with their mobile uplink/production truck.

TV Satellite Information:

2017 Michigan State of the State Address
January 17, 2017, Tuesday

All Times Eastern Standard Time:

TEST PERIOD 1400 – 1430
TEST PERIOD 1830 – 1900
PROGRAM 1900 – 2000 *APPROXIMATE OUT

Our plan, as in years past, is to prefeed the Democratic Party response during the test periods, and again exactly 90 seconds following the Governor’s address (90 seconds after we fade to black).

Transponder time is booked until 2030.

CLEAN FEED/POOL FEED:

Coordinates: G16/24K 99 degrees
Downlink: 12189.0000 Vertical

Data rate: 19,392,658
FEC: 3 / 4
Symbol rate: 14,028,731
Modulation: QPSK
MPEG-2 Profile: 4:2:0

The feed will be closed captioned.
Video is 1080i @ 59.94 Hz field rate. (29.97 Hz frame rate).
Video encoding is CBR 17.5 Mbps MPEG-2, open GOP-12, PID 0x31.
MPEG program number is 3.
Main Program Audio is in 5.1 Dolby Digital (AC3) at 384 Kbps on PID 0x34.
Main Program Audio is in 2.0 Dolby Digital (AC3) at 384bps on PID 0x35.
Main Program Audio is in 2.0 MPEG encoding at 192Kbps on PID 0x36.
5.1 audio is up-converted

RADIO: MAB will provide a radio feed for members.

This year, through the cooperation of Michigan’s Public Radio Broadcasters, the MAB is offering Michigan Public Radio Network’s (MPRN) State of the State coverage to commercial broadcasters.

The MPRN Capitol Bureau staff, along with reporters from Michigan Public Radio stations will provide a 90-minute hosted broadcast from 7 to 8:30pm.

Commercial stations that wish to use this must air the following announcement before and after the broadcast: “Broadcast of the Governor’s State of State address is provided by Michigan Public Radio Network and this station.”

Commercial stations may pick up the feed off-air from their area FM public radio station for rebroadcast. A complete list of public radio stations airing the MPRN State of the State Broadcast is listed below.

The feed (via WKAR-FM/East Lansing) will also be available via Internet on the MAB website: www.michmab.com.

Public Radio Stations Airing MPRN Feed

Alpena – WCML-FM 91.7
Ann Arbor – WUOM-FM 91.7
Detroit – WDET-FM 101.9
East Lansing – WKAR-FM 90.5
Flint – WFUM-FM 91.1
Grand Rapids – WGVU-FM 88.5
Grand Rapids – WVGR-FM 104.1
Harbor Springs WCMW-FM 96.9
Harbor Springs WHBP-FM 90.1
Kalamazoo WMUK-FM 102.1
Manistee WLMN-FM 89.7
Marquette WNMU-FM 90.1
Mt. Pleasant WNMU-FM 89.5
Muskegon WGVS-FM 95.3
Oscoda WCMB-FM 95.7
Sault Ste. Marie WCMZ-FM 98.3
Standish WWCM-FM 96.9
Traverse City WICA-FM 91.5

This list may be updated…..please check www.michmab.com for the latest.

We encourage you to carry this program live on as many of your stations as possible, to stream it on your website and to promote to your audience that you will make both it, and the Democratic response available.

ON-SITE INFORMATION: For those stations sending trucks and/or reporters, be aware that the Capitol Building will have increased security. Anyone entering the Capitol will be required to have special credentials, including news media. You may request credentials by contacting John Whetstone at (517) 373-5059 or cell: (517) 899-9671. Email: jwhetstone@house.mi.gov. THIS MUST BE DONE IN ADVANCE – DEADLINE IS JANUARY 13, 2017. You will need a photo ID to pick up credentials; a press pass will not do.

TRUCK PARKING: If you will be bringing your own truck/van, you will need to arrange on-street parking adjacent to the Capitol through City of Lansing Parking Services: (517) 483-4240 or parking@lansingmi.gov.

No cameras will be allowed in the House Chambers. The video feed will be provided by House TV. A video feed connection is available on-site for those stations who might be sending their own truck. For more information on the video (or audio) feed, contact Dave Smith, Media Operations Manager, at (517) 373-7438.