Category Archives: May 2018

El-Sayed Running First TV Ad

Abdul El Sayed

According to a report in Gongwer, Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate, has taken to the airwaves by releasing a 30-second ad calling for voters to join the “people’s summer.”

The ad is to run in the Detroit media market, on both broadcast and cable stations. The total ad buy is $150,000 according to Mr. El-Sayed’s campaign.  In contrast, another Democratic gubernatorial candidate Shri Thanedar already spent millions of dollars on his ads that have been running throughout the state for several months. A third Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer has not stated when her campaign will begin running television ads.

WOOD-TV Will Host First GOP Debate on May 9

Republicans running for Michigan governor will participate in two televised debates before the August primary election.

The May 9  debate will air at 7:00 p.m. on  WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids), WLNS-TV (Lansing), WJMN-TV (Marquette), WJRT-TV (Flint) and WFQX-TV (Cadillac). WDIV-TV (Detroit) will live stream the event on

All four viable candidates will participate: Attorney General Bill Schuette, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, state Sen. Patrick Colbeck and Dr. Jim Hines.

WOOD-TV has announced also that it is currently in negotiations to host a Democratic gubernatorial debate.

WDIV-TV (Detroit) will host the second debate on June 28.

The Detroit Regional Chamber is planning a joint debate for candidates from both parties to be held at the group’s annual policy conference on Mackinac Island in late May.

MAB to Hold News Conference on May 15 at the State Capitol

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters will hold a news conference  at 1:00 p.m.  on Tuesday, May 15 at the State Capitol to highlight the findings of the Woods and Poole Economic Study of the economic impact of broadcasting on the state of Michigan.
The news conference will be recorded and made available to stations via a link sent to all stations.  You will have the choice of the raw feed and short segments suitable for your news segments.
MAB Chairman Peter Tanz, Vice Chairman Gary Baxter, and President Karole L. White will be joined by Speaker Pro Tem Lee Canfield (R-107), who will present a tribute to Michigan’s Broadcasters for their service to local communities and the state of Michigan at large.
The News Conference is part of the MAB’s a day-long event, “State Capitol Advocacy Day,” where broadcasters will meet one on one with elected officials to discuss important issues, such as transparancy,  FOIA and more.
For more information contact Elena Palombo at 1-800-YOUR-MAB or [email protected]

Register C-Band Satellite Downlinks Before July 18

Radio and Television stations that receive programming via large C-band satellite dishes should consider registering their downlinks prior to July 18 to protect their reception.

On April 19, the FCC issued a public notice freezing the filing of new or modification applications for fixed-satellite service (FSS) earth station licenses, receive only earth station registrations and fixed microwave licenses in the 3.7-4.2 GHz frequency band. The purpose of this freeze is to preserve the current landscape of authorized operations in the 3.7-4.2 GHz band pending Commission action as part of its ongoing inquiry into the possibility of permitting mobile broadband use and more intensive fixed use of the band.

In a post on the Barry Mishkind’s BDR (read here) Broadcaster and tech consultant Karen Johnson of LinkUp Communications  says it’s about the proposed new 5G wireless service, and “in a nutshell, broadband companies like Verizon and Google are putting pressure on the FCC to hand over or sell all of these frequencies to major Internet providers.” So there’s a 90-day freeze on new receive-only earth stations in the C-Band, while the FCC sifts through comments.|

Johnson advises that in the short-term, “Take care of business…if you own one or more C-band downlinks, make sure each one is registered.” Deadline for that is July 18. More about the situation (and how to register existing earth stations) from attorney Michelle McClure at CommLawBlog here.

In a article on Tom Taylor’s daily newsletter “Tom Taylor Now”, its reported that National Public Radio (NPR) told FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly that its PRSS (Public Radio Satellite System) is “an indispensable link” between it and hundreds of NPR member stations. And that “the non-commercial, non-profit public radio system cannot afford alternative means of program distribution, such as terrestrial/fiber networks.” Those alternatives are not just more expensive. It says “for the “rural and remote part of the country where fiber does not reach, there are no alternatives to satellite distribution, regardless of cost.”