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For Your Budget: Plan Now to Celebrate 2019 with the MAB

We hope you had a great summer but now it’s time to get back to business … 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 2019. Be on the look out for these great opportunities and more:

Great Lakes Media Show Registration | $160/member
Listed pricing includes full conference. Individual day rates and other options are
available. Radisson Room Rates start at $136 per night. The 2019 Great Lakes Media Show will take place on March 5 and 6 at the Lansing Center. Learn more at GreatLakesMediaShow.com

Summer Advocacy Conference | $140*
Listed pricing is an estimate* for full conference attendance. Other options will be available, including Awards Banquet tickets only ($70*) or the Annual Business Meeting only (FREE to members). JW Marriott Grand Rapids Room Rates start at $193 per night, single occupancy. The 2019 Summer Conference will take place on August 5 and 6 at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids.

Broadcast Excellence Awards Entry Fee | $45/entry
Submission deadline is 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Friday, January 11, 2019.
 
Career Fair Booths (Up to 5 opportunities) | $290/each
Secure your booth at MichiganBroadcastCareers.com

Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program 
Contact Ann Walters at 1-800-YOUR-MAB or [email protected] for a pricing estimate for your station.


Webinars on Topics Important to You | FREE for members
Learn more at MABwebinars.com

‘P1 Learning’ Online Training | FREE for members


EEO Service through BCS | FREE for members

Job Bank | FREE for members

Legal Helpline | FREE for members

MAB News Updates | FREE for members

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 [email protected] to design a sponsorship package that fits your business or organization.

Limited Openings Still Available for 2018 ABIP

The MAB has a few openings in our Alternative Broadcast
Inspection Program, (ABIP) for the weeks of November 5-
16. Our inspector Mark Croom with Riverfront Communications,
LLC, has been doing ABIP Inspections for South Dakota since
2016 and comes to us with strong recommendations from the
South Dakota Broadcasters Association.

Having an ABIP inspection is like having a preventative check-
up from the doctor. Once you sign-up and pay for your
inspection, you will receive a letter of intent giving your station a
150-day grace period preventing the FCC from conducting a
routine inspection.

Once you pass an inspection, you will receive a 3-year
exemption keeping the FCC inspector from performing a routine
inspection at your station.  More importantly, it’s like an
insurance policy.  With your public file and many other
documents on-line, it makes it easier for the FCC to inspect
your files.  Our inspector takes great care to review your public
file and make suggestions on how you may improve it.
Members have said an ABIP is like a private Public File
Tutorial.

Call Ann Walters at the MAB office 1-800-968-7622 or email
Ann at [email protected] to book your ABIP.  This
moderately priced MAB service is one of our most popular
offerings.

Speaker line-up announced for Next-Gen TV Summit

With the first group of U.S. stations now “on-air” with ATSC 3.0 and with Spectrum Repack planning well underway, local station General Managers and Engineering personnel need to know how the upcoming transition to Next-Generation ATSC 3.0 TV transmission will affect their advertising offerings and engineering plans. Broadcaster Associations throughout the Midwest are pooling resources to present this event targeted to local stations who need to get ready for the transition to Internet Protocol-enabled broadcast TV.

Location: Marriott Columbus Northwest in Columbus, Ohio. Hotel sleeping room rate = $143/night. Click here to register now!

Wednesday, June 27

3:00 p.m.
“Start at the Beginning with ATSC 3.0: An Overview of
Television’s Next Big Leap”
— Rich Chernock, Triveni Digital (Past Chair, ATSC Technology Group 3)
— Skip Pizzi, Vice President, Technology Education & Outreach,
National Association of Broadcasters

5:15 p.m.
Bus transportation begins to evening reception in Hilliard, OH (10-minute bus ride) at the Early Television Museum, sponsored by LG Electronics. Bus service back to the hotel continues until 7:30 p.m..

Thursday, June 28

8:30 a.m.
Welcome

8:35 a.m.
Cleveland Test Station Update: Starting Place for ATSC 3.0 Broadcasts
— Lynn Claudy, Sr. VP of Technology, National Association of Broadcasters

“Deployment Details: An ATSC 3.0 Plan for General Managers and Engineers”
Panel Discussion
• Moderator Myra Moore, Digital Tech Consulting
• Joseph Seccia, GatesAir
• Jeff Andrew, Osborn Engineering
• Greg Martin, Rohde & Schwarz USA, Inc.
• Lisa Hobbs, Ericsson Media Solutions

“Building New Revenue with NextGen TV and SFN Deployment”
— Jerald Fritz, Executive VP, OneMedia

“Monetizing ATSC 3.0 with Personalized Advertising and Viewership Data from Next-Gen TV”
Panel Discussion
• Moderator Glen Dickson, TVNewsCheck.com
• Marc Hand, Public Media Venture Group
• Brad Seitter, TVB
• Jason Patton, Verance

12 p.m.
Luncheon

“Better Television: First Market Phoenix, Arizona”
— Ray Thurber, Vice President of Engineering, The E.W. Scripps Company

“Alert & Aware with AWARN Emergency Alerting”
— John Lawson, AWARN Alliance

“The Consumer’s Appetite for New Technology”
— Stephen Baker, NPD Group

“All Eyes on the Viewer & the Evolution of Television”
— Tim Hanlon, The Vertere Group

4:15 p.m.
Conclusions & Dismissal

ABIP Training Day will be Offered June 14

The MAB is looking for a qualified individual to conduct Alternative Broadcast Inspections for our members (learn more here) and will offer a special one-day ABIP training session for interested individuals. A day-long ABIP training session will be offered on June 14, 2018 at the Courtyard by Marriott, 2710 Lake Lansing Rd., near the Eastwood Towne Center in Lansing.
While the training is geared toward interested applicants, the MAB has opened the session to all who want to learn more about the ABIP inspection process. 
Dennis Baldridge, Baldridge Communications, LLC, a respected 35 year broadcast veteran, will conduct the training. Mr. Baldridge is a Senior Member of the SBE and holds the following certifications: CPBE, CBNT, AMD Specialist, 8-VSB Specialist, and DRB Specialist. Baldridge holds an FCC Lifetime General License (formerly a First Class FCC License) and Amateur Radio Extra Class License (K0DB). As owner of Baldridge Communications, LLC, he works as a contract engineer and has also authored several articles for Radio Guide.
A small non-refundable $40 fee will be charged to off-set the trainer’s travel expenses. Space is limited to the first 30 participants.
Whether you are interested in becoming our official MAB ABIP inspector or just want to learn more information about performing your own self-inspections, this training a great opportunity to further develop your skills and expertise that are so vital to the our broadcast industry.
Itinerary for June 14 Training Day:
8:30 a.m. – Meet for Continental Breakfast at Courtyard by Marriott, Lansing
9:00 a.m. – Training begins
12:30 p.m. – Lunch on Your Own (several options in the area)
1:30 p.m. – Meet at a Local Station (TBD) for a hands-on inspection
If you are interested in this special training opportunity, act now. Only 30 seats are available and will be reserved on a first-come basis. Click here to register now.
If you have and questions, contact Ann Walters 1-800-968-7622 or or email [email protected].

Are you sure you haven’t paid too much in sales tax?

It’s tax season. Have you taken advantage of all your available sales tax refunds?  You can go back seven years for a refund if you have paid too much in sales tax.  MAB Tax Consultants maybe able to help you get a sales tax refund and save money going forward.

Any equipment that is used in the origination and integration of the broadcast signal does not require that you pay sales tax.  This includes studio lighting, studio equipment, production equipment including certain computers, electric energy, some phone lines.  The Energy Audit cost you nothing to find out if you qualify.  MAB Consultant Don Johns from EnStar only get paid out of your refund.  You get money back now and a savings going forward on certain reoccurring equipment bills.

Broadcasters qualify for the “Manufacturing Tax Exemption” and you have this in Michigan.  Call the MAB at 1-800-YOUR-MAB for a free review to see if your station’s qualifies.

MAB, EnStar Partner to Earn Energy Rebates For Broadcasters

You may be able to get a refund from your energy company if the new equipment that you plan to purchase or have purchased within a year saves energy.  Knowing that many of you will be need to purchase a new transmitter as part of the repack and the equipment  will most likely be more energy efficient than the ones that you have, MAB is filing with local energy companies to create a special category for broadcasters to receive cash back.

You already pay into this account as a surcharge on you electric energy bill, everyone does.  Electric Energy companies are required to place the money into a special account and use it to provide refunds and incentives for energy conservation. These incentives will help the energy companies to reach their declared energy reduction plans. You pay into the energy fund on you bill, so why not try to get a little back.

Call the MAB at 1-800-YOUR-MAB and we will set you up with our Energy Consultant Don Johns, EnStar Energy.  Don is an expert on all things energy and he can help you traverse the paperwork to see if you qualify. Nothing Ventured Nothing Gained

MAB on the Road Hosting “Snack & Learns”

MAB at Entercom/Detroit on April 11.

T​he MAB staff has been hitting the road and visiting with stations across the state!  During the visit, MAB discusses all the services provided to members!​

Contact ​Jacquelen Timm  today to ​ schedule a Snack and Learn with the MAB!

​Upcoming Snack and Learns will be held at:
  • iHeart Media, Detroit
  • ​WOOD-TV Grand Rapids
  • WLNS & WLAJ-TV,  Lansing
  • Townsquare Media, Lansing

Your MAB in 2 Minutes

The MAB is testing a new communications service that will go out the last Monday of every month.  “Your MAB 2 Minute Update” is an effort to reach the goal set by members and the MAB board in their strategic plan launched last year to apply the most advanced modern technology to disseminate MAB communications and information to our members.  Please Let us know how you like it and what you’d like us to covered in our brief 2 minute updates.

The purpose is to give you the issue highlights on a monthly basis and occasional industry interviews in a brief fast paced media that will allow you to access it on your many devices.  Even when you can’t stop and read the Newsletter, you can listen or watch the “MAB 2 Minute Update.”  Our surveys show that many of our members rely first on the MAB for their industry information.

We can’t cover everything in two minutes, but we can remind you of what you need to know and then point you to the MAB website for more in depth information when you have more time.  MAB members may go to MichMAB.com click on Advocacy for for more industry-related  information, including topics highlighted in”Your MAB 2 Minute Update”

Thank you to Lila Lazarus, Lila Productions LLC for her help and assistance in putting together this new communications effort. 

Be sure to watch for “Your MAB 2 Minute Update” in your inbox next week. 

MAB Partners with Dennis Baldridge for 2018 ABIP

The MAB has partnered with broadcast engineering veteran Dennis Baldridge to conduct its Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program (ABIP) in 2018.

The MAB offers ABIP through a  unique partnership between the with the FCC. Participating stations are able to receive a three-year exemption from routine FCC inspections.  Once any deficiencies noted in the MAB ABIP Report are resolved, a copy of the three-year ABIP Certification granted to the station will also be provided to the FCC.

Dennis Baldridge

Dennis has been working in the field of broadcasting for over 35 years.  He is a Senior Member of the SBE and holds the following certifications:  CPBE, CBNT, AMD Specialist, 8-VSB Specialist, and DRB Specialist.  Baldridge holds an FCC Lifetime General License (formerly a First Class FCC License) and Amateur Radio Extra Class License (K0DB).

Dennis is a member of the SBE’s education committee, Technical Presenters group and has conducted many webinars as part of SBE’s educational efforts. He was the 2013 recipient of the James C. Wulliman SBE Educator of the Year award.  He holds a M.A.E and has taught science courses for Upper Iowa University.  As owner of Baldridge Communications, LLC, he works as a contract engineer and has also authored several articles for Radio Guide.   In 2017, he presented an 8 part webinar for the SBE titled RF101.

Since 2006, Baldridge has been an inspector for the Alternate Inspection Program of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association.  He travels to radio stations throughout the state, verifying their substantial compliance to the FCC rules according to the FCC’s Self-Inspection Checklists.  Personal goals include educating broadcasters to help them understand the FCC requirements.

Not only is Dennis a well-respected broadcast engineer, but also a proficient musician. He holds a PhD in music, plays piano, trombone and harp and is a choral conductor.

Participation in the MAB Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program is voluntary and is open to all broadcast stations throughout Michigan.  Note that MAB membership is not a requirement to participate; however a non-member rate will apply.

2018 ABIP inspections are now being scheduled. Contact Ann Walters at 1-800-YOUR-MAB or download the no-cost, no-obligation ABIP contract request form and return it to [email protected]

 

MAB Snack ‘N’ Learns Are Coming to YOU!

From left to right: MAB Government Affairs Director Elena Palombo, Beasley Media Group VP/Market Manager Mac Edwards, MAB President/CEO Karole L. White and MAB Director of Education and Development Jacquelen Timm.

The MAB Staff is out and about sharing about the virtues of association membership with MAB members and their employees. Several stations have already hosted the MAB in 2018 and we are now booking Snack ‘N’ Learns for the for the second week in March.

Staff members at Beasley Media Group in Detroit are ready to Snack ‘N’ Learn with the MAB.

“With the turn over at stations, we can no longer assume that all members know the many services of the MAB;  we are taking our show on the road,” said MAB President/CEO Karole L. White. “MAB staff members will come directly to your station. We set up in your board room, break room, conference room or hall and share about the many benefits of MAB membership with your employees as they come by. We answer questions and we bring snacks. The casual drop-in, meet-and-greets have been very successful so far.”

Staff members at Midwest Communications in Lansing gather to Snack ‘N’ Learn with the MAB.

“We’ve learned a lot in just the first few Snack ‘N’ Learns. It has given us an opportunity to meet with many of our general managers and staffs that we might not get to know otherwise. We discuss the issues that are important to members and have met really great people.”

White said the MAB plans to host as many as to two Snack ‘N’ Learns a day, going on the road  two or three days a week following the Great Lakes Media Show. We hope to visit every station or station group by years end.

Contact Jacquelen Timm at 1-800-YOUR-MAB to book your station’s Snack’N’ Learn.