Category Archives: January 2018

FCC Announces New Email Address to Contact Enforcement Bureau

On January 9, the FCC Enforcement Bureau announced, that in order to streamline the operation of the Enforcement Bureau’s Field Offices, the Bureau’s Office of the Field Director has established a new email address, [email protected], for the public to use when responding to an enforcement action originating from one of the Bureau’s Field Offices.

New enforcement actions will instruct recipients to send responses to [email protected] rather than to email addresses that are associated
with the Bureau’s three Regions.

For purposes of this Public Notice, an “enforcement action” is any Commission or Bureau action identified by a case number beginning with “EB-FIELD.” For further information, please contact [email protected].

Gov. Snyder Announces Special Election Dates to Fill 68th State House District

Gov. Rick Snyder has announced special election dates to fill the 68th District state House of Representatives seat vacated by new Lansing Mayor Andy Schor.

A special primary election to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the term will be held on Aug. 7, 2018. The general election will be held on Nov. 6, 2018. These dates coincide with regularly scheduled elections.

For more information and other relevant dates for this special election, read the governor’s letter filed with the Secretary of State’s office.

Learn more about elections in Michigan at

Michigan Supreme Court Considers Attorney Advertising Rule Changes

According to a report in Gongwer, the Michigan Supreme Court is considering changes to court rules on attorney advertising to require that the name of an attorney providing the services be identified in the ad. The court released two possible alternatives to the current rule. The proposed changes will also be the subject of a public hearing, with a hearing date yet to be announced. The two proposed changes require identification of the lawyer advertising the services.

The first proposed change addresses attorney advertisement done under a phone number, web address, “image or icon” and website advertising requires the names of the lawyers providing the services. In the second alternative proposal “any communication,” which could potentially include television and radio ads, will need the address and name of at least one lawyer responsible for the content.

NWS Detroit Office Begins Winter Squall Warnings Through EAS

The National Weather Service’s Detroit office has begun issuing Snow Squall Warnings when necessary.

As an EAS event, this will only affect broadcasters who monitor the National Weather Service Radio originating from the Detroit office.  This includes stations in the EAS Southeast, East Central and Lenawee/Washtenaw regions.  NWS considers this to be a life threatening issue.

The EAS code that will be used is SVS. This will come from the NOAA Weather Radio SAME.  The NWS has never used an EAS code SVS up until now.  The text will have “Bulletin – EAS Activation Requested.”

As background, the Snow Squall Warning will be issued based on the following:

  1. Visibility 1/4 mile or less for 15 minutes or more.
  2. Sub-freezing ambient road temperatures (or plunging temperatures that would produce a flash freeze).
  3. Gusty winds.
  4. Forecaster judgement of impact, i.e. clear evidence that a snow squall could lead to dangerous conditions and a possible multi-car accident (pileup) when one of the above criterion isn’t quite met.

Anyone with questions regarding the NWS warnings should contact  Rich Pollman at (248) 625-3309 x726.

MAB State of the State Broadcast & On-Site Information

On January 23, 2018 at 7 p.m., Governor Rick Snyder will deliver his final State of the State address to Michigan citizens. In response to a survey of our TV members, the MAB will once again up-link the State of the State address live via satellite for all stations to use.

The feed will be a clean (unanchored) feed, in HD and closed-captioned.  Please be aware that the Governor may not begin speaking right at 7 p.m.  Stations should be prepared to fill (with a live anchor) until the Governor begins speaking.

Stations should also be prepared for the an uncertain end time.  We have booked satellite time until 8:30 p.m.  Should we get any further guidance as to the length of the Governor’s address, we will post at 

(MABP/ Public Television) stations will receive a seperate HD feed anchored by veteran State Capitol reporter Tim Skubick.   MPRN/Public Radio affiliates can receive a live anchored broadcast by Capitol Correspondent Rick Pluta and WDET’s Laura Weber Davis.)

We encourage all radio and television stations to carry this program live on their main broadcast channel and/or digital channels. It’s important that we show State government the value of broadcasting.

Airing the State of the State also goes a long way toward helping to influence lawmakers on the value of supporting a strong Michigan broadcast media. The State of Michigan is one of the largest sponsors of public education programming, a major funding source of your association. We hope you will make the address as well as the Democratic response available.

Central Michigan University Television (WCMU-TV) has generously offered to once again uplink the address for MAB with their mobile uplink/production truck. The address will be on Galaxy 17 at 91 degrees west. Detailed satellite information is available here.

We will pre-feed the Democratic Response in two test periods prior to the live address: 4 to 4:30 p.m. and again 6:30 to 7:00 p.m.; and again 90 seconds following the end of the Governor’s address.

And, after many requests last year, we are happy to provide code to embed the State of the State broadcast on your websites (radio and television), courtesy of WKAR-TV.  The embedded broadcast will be closed-captioned and feature the Michigan public television broadcast hosted by Tim Skubick.  Embed code information for your website is available here.

RADIO:  Radio stations are also encouraged to air the address.  The MAB will provide an Internet feed with audio of the Tim Skubick-hosted broadcast.  The Skubick-hosted broadcast is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The Internet feed will be available on the homepage of the MAB station.  Stations will find an embedded audio player on the MAB website, plus URL information for those who wish to use their own player.  Radio stations may also pull the same audio off-air from their local public television station.

Please complete this survey for us as soon as possible regarding your State of the State plans:


The deadline for applying for press credentials was January 16.  Be aware the the Capitol Building will have increased security. Anyone entering the Capitol will be required to have special pre-approved credentials, including news media. You may not get in if you just show up. For those who have requested press credentials, you will need a photo ID to pick up credentials at the north entrance to the Capitol; a press pass will not do.


Michigan State Capitol Construction and “The Big Hole”

ON-SITE INFORMATION: It is important to note that due to State Capitol construction, parking on the streets surrounding the Capitol will not be available this year. Stations should be prepared to park vehicles, as available, on nearby streets.

Video/audio feeds from the House Floor will not be available as they’ve been in the past (again, due to Capitol construction). Stations should be prepared to use the MAB clean feed of the Governor’s address.

For more information on the feeds, see the MAB website or contact Dan Kelley at 517-484-7444.

Free Jacobs Media Webinar on January 25

Fred Jacobs, Paul Jacobs, Seth Resler and Bob Kernen of Jacobs Media Strategies have returned from CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas and are offering a free webinar for radio titled “The 10 Things We Learned At CES (That Impact Radio).”

Presented in partnership with Inside Radio, Jacobs Media and jācapps have put together a 30-minute webinar that will present the latest and greatest at CES, with a focus on smart speakers, connected cars and new audio applications and gadgetry. The webinar will connect the dots to help the radio industry better understand how technology is changing our lives, our careers, and our business models.

The webinar will be presented Thursday, January 25 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time.  To register, click here.

Michigan Radio Welcomes NPR’s 1A to Ann Arbor

Joshua Johnson

Michigan Radio and the Wallace House will welcome NPR’s daily talk show, 1A, to Ann Arbor for a live broadcast and a special event featuring host Joshua Johnson this February.

The special event, which is free and open to the public, is entitled “Speak Freely: Debating the First Amendment in a Changing America.” Host Joshua Johnson and a panel of guests will examine the first amendment, free speech and what it means in a divided America. The topic is particularly timely as the University of Michigan and other universities debate allowing white supremacist Richard Spencer to speak on their campuses. The “Speak Freely” discussion will be held on Thursday, February 15 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Rackham Auditorium on the University of Michigan campus.

In addition to this event, 1A will originate the national broadcast of their show from Michigan Radio’s Ann Arbor studios on Thursday and Friday, Feb 15 and 16. 1A is a production of WAMU and normally broadcasts from studios in Washington, DC. As part of their efforts to reflect conversations taking place across America, 1A travels to member stations across the country several times per year. Along with other yet to be determined topics, the live broadcast from Ann Arbor will include the shows regular Friday national and international news round up.

With a name inspired by the First Amendment, 1A explores important issues such as policy, politics, technology, and what connects us across the fissures that divide the country. The program airs on more than 200 NPR stations across the country and can be heard on Michigan Radio every Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Joshua Johnson has hosted 1A since the show premiered in January 2017. Every day, Johnson convenes a conversation about the most important issues of our time. Before joining WAMU, he co-created and hosted the provocative nationwide public radio series, Truth Be Told, which explored race in America. Johnson began his public radio career helping launch a unique regional news partnership between Miami’s NPR station, WLRN, and The Miami Herald. Then he served for over five years as morning news host for KQED in San Francisco.

Michael Walenta Celebrates 30 Years at WGVU Public Media

(center) Michael Walenta, WGVU General Manager, surrounded by staff.

On January 11, Michael Walenta, WGVU (Grand Rapids) General Manager, celebrated 30 years of leading the station.  Under Michael’s leadership, WGVU has grown from from one FM station and one TV station (that was on four hours a night) to a multi-platform Public Media station with two FM NPR stations, two AM Real Oldies & NPR stations, two TV stations with five channels each, WGVU Digital Studios, and WGVU Engage. Under his leadership WGVU has become a vital piece of the fabric in the West and Southwest Michigan community.

Michael, a Petoskey native, is married to Nancy.  Along the way, they’ve welcomed two children: Kevin, who is currently a Producer/Director at Fox 13 News in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Kristen, who is attending Law School in Grand Rapids.

Congratulations to Michael for 30 years at WGVU Public Media!

The Robinson Report – Perception

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.

Kevin Robinson

By: Kevin Robinson
Robinson Media

“Your perception will determine your reception” ― Bernard Kelvin Clive

Elwood, Indiana.

A small town filled with solid Americana Values tucked in the belly of The Hoosier State.

Also, home to the headquarters of The Red Gold brand.

Their executive facilities are housed in a former elementary school – with few waypoint markers to their gates.

When entering the building, there’s no buzzer – or passcode – for entry.

Inside this family-owned generational business, you’ll find a welcoming reception.

Offering warm coffee.

And a stroll through their museum.

Yes – museum.

After your tour and out of Elwood you’ll find another national – family owned brand.

Just make the short 22 minute trip west on IN 28 then south on IN 213.

You’ll run right into Beck’s Hybrids.

Enter Beck’s reception and you’re suddenly in a faith based bookstore.

With several choices in your flavor of coffee.

A short stroll across their Atlanta, Indiana campus – take their self-guided museum tour.

But not before you graze their swag-filled  Country Store.

In stark contrast, 8 minutes north of Atlanta is another national Ag brand.

Publicity traded and corporately owned with non-descript, almost barracks like, buildings.

Outfitted with cold, gray wired phones.

You’ll need to ID your party in a laminated book before being – ‘buzzed – in’.

Red Gold and Beck’s Hybrids offer this sort of hospitality because – it’s in their DNA.

This week, when you’re entering your reception arena, take stock of what is offered.

You’ve walked through it a hundred or perhaps a thousand times.

Does your reception resemble a Hard Rock Café or a bank lobby?

It’s the first portal to your clients.

Is YOUR DNA on display in your reception?

That determines – your perception.

Kevin Robinson is a record-setting and award-winning programmer. His brands consistently perform in the Top Three of the target – often times as the list leader. In his 35 years of radio, he’s successfully programmed or consulted nearly every English language radio brand. Known largely as a trusted talent coach, he’s the only personality mentor who’s coached three different morning shows on three different stations in the same major market to the #1 position. His efforts have been recognized by Radio & Records, NAB’s Marconi, Radio Ink and he has coached CMA, ACM and Marconi winning talent. Kevin was a featured speaker at the 2017 Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference (GLBC) in Lansing.  He lives in St. Louis with his wife of 30 years, Monica. Reach Kevin at (314) 882-2148 or [email protected].

Martyn Horspool Will Break Down ATSC 3.0 at the #MABshow

Martyn Horspool

Drawing on four decades of international broadcast engineering experience, Martyn Horspool will break down ATSC 3.0 at the 2018 Great Lakes Media Show.

The Great Lakes Media Show, formerly known as the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference & Expo (GLBC), will take place March 6 and 7 at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing.

Horspool currently serves as the product manager for television transmission at GatesAir in Mason, Ohio. He will present the following two ATSC 3.0-themed sessions:

Overview of the ATSC 3.0 Standard (March 6 | 2:00 p.m.)
The existing ATSC 8-VSB standard has been around for more than 20 years. A new standard for digital over-the-air transmission, ATSC 3.0, has been developed which brings with it some major improvements, together with a host of advanced features. The ATSC 3.0 standard has been designed to merge IP with broadcasting together with unprecedented robustness, performance and flexibility. This session will cover the details of the ATSC 3.0 Physical Layer and explain some of the improvements and what they may mean for the broadcaster.

ATSC 3.0 – Characteristics and Transmission Requirements (March 7 | 11:30 a.m.)
ATSC 3.0 promises to bring with it many advanced features and capabilities which will enhance the future of over-the-air television. Since the ATSC Physical Layer uses an OFDM-based modulation scheme, several important differences between it and the current ATSC 8-VSB modulation are apparent. Some of these differences will impact the ability of existing transmission equipment (transmitter, RF system, RF line and antenna) to successfully and reliably perform their intended tasks. This presentation will cover some of the key areas that need to be investigated and provide some insight as to how to prepare for the transition to ATSC 3.0 transmission.

Horspool has been employed in the broadcast industry for 43 years, starting as a transmitter maintenance engineer with the Independent Broadcasting Authority in the United Kingdom in 1974. His move to Harris Broadcast Division in 1980 was the start of a long career that has paved the way to his current role, including numerous positions in service, engineering, sales support and product management. He has participated and presented at major broadcast conferences worldwide and has authored numerous publications and technical papers.

Discover the full line up of dynamic speakers and register to attend this year’s conference at