Category Archives: Membership

Why Should your Stations be Members of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters?  

Peter Tanz

By: Peter Tanz,  MAB Chairman
Vice President, Midwest Communications (Kalamazoo)

All of my company’s stations in Michigan are members of the MAB and have been for decades. Why? Simply because the MAB offers value that we can’t get from any other affiliation.

The MAB is the voice for broadcasters in Michigan.  Individually, I can be as active politically as time will allow, but our lawmakers react positively when they hear the united voice of the MAB.  Our combined voice through the MAB has strength in numbers and helps to prevent legislation that could harm our ability to do business, serve our communities and make a profit.

Additionally, we derive great value from the many services offered free of charge to members.  Services including on-demand sales training with P1 Sales;  EEO tracking and reporting from Broadcast Compliance Services; Legal Help Lines with David Oxenford – Wilkinson, Barker and Knauer LLP and John J. Ronayne –  Bernardi, Ronayne & Glusac PC on FOIA, Libel and First Amendment Issues; Energy Audits for sales tax refunds; Legal and regulatory Live Webinars and industry issue updates in the weekly MAB News Briefs update.

Members benefit from low cost education and networking opportunities at the spring Great Lakes Media Show and the summer Advocacy Conference.  Whether your station is part of a large corporately owned group or a small independent owner, being a member of the MAB is a small investment that makes good business sense.

MAB membership dues continue to be some of the lowest in the nation and the Public Education messages we air are good for our local community and demonstrate the power of our broadcasting.

Look for your 2018 Dues statement coming to your mailbox.  Pay by the end of the year and take a discount.  Over 80% of all broadcasters in Michigan are members of the MAB. In 2018 let’s make it 100%.

Pay Dues Early and Save!

By: Karole L. White
President/CEO
Michigan Assocation of Broadcasters

A cartoon illustration of a Thanksgiving Turkey character.

If you are like many, the bird isn’t the only thing over the holidays that got stuffed. We all ate our fill. Now, its back to work where for the next month we will all try to sell as far into 2017 as we can.  Securing your annual contracts is
important, so you know what you have next year. That is important to the MAB as
well.

The MAB membership is stuffed full of benefits for your whole team. We are laying out big plans for 2017, most of which are only available to members. We do not want you to come up with an empty plate. Use great programs from the MAB like: P1 Selling, Free Energy Audits, Broadcast Compliance Service for EEO and our wonderful Legal Help lines with the top communications and FCC attorneys in the nation, as your utensils for success.

Click here to see the list of MAB membership services and dues schedule or call the MAB at 800.968.7622.  Discounts available only until December 31.
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Paperless Billing for MAB Membership Dues!

The MAB is pleased to announce that we have added a new, paperless billing process through Freshbooks to add convenience and flexibility for our members.

In the past two months, you may have noticed an invoice from Freshbooks, for your MAB dues, in your email inbox. This allows you to instantly and securely pay your membership fee through PayPal or with your credit card. You can access your invoice and payment options from any computer and even your cell phone! Additionally, you can print the invoice and mail your payments to the MAB.

We’re happy to offer this easy, digital way to pay your dues! Please contact Denise Weston at 800.968.7622, or Sara Siegmann at membership@michmab.com with any questions or concerns.

Message From The Chairman

Debbie-Kenyon-2014_500By: Debbie Kenyon, MAB Chairman and Senior VP/Market Manager, CBS Radio Detroit

MAB membership is the best investment a Michigan broadcaster can make and, for the past 20 years, our Board of Directors has held the line on dues.

The challenging regulatory and legislative environment in the upcoming Congress will require a vastly expanded broadcaster presence in Washington and Lansing with all the new state lawmakers. Next year, expect a renewed and vigorous attempt to pass the Performance Tax and attacks on the deductibility of advertising dollars as a business expense on income tax returns. The MAB is often the only force fighting for you against the onslaught of state regulatory, legislative and economic pressures working against your station every day. With a full time legislature, it takes close scrutiny of almost every bill. We need to be united now more than ever to be effective.

That is why we need you to renew your valuable membership with MAB today.

Last year, we fought to protect you from many regulatory and legislative challenges to our industry, on FOIA and transparency issues that would hamstring your news room. Any one of these issues could have had a devastating effect on your business if they saw the light of day. You can be proud to know that we were successful, because of your support.

Next year, the music licensees, the artists and record labels have promised to resurrect the caustic Performance Tax, creating a serious threat to our livelihoods. RIAA and the MusicFirst Coalition along with celebrities (who we made famous) and musician unions will be mounting a very formidable campaign against broadcasters in the new Congress. This is but one example of the challenges broadcast radio and television will face in the coming year. Make no mistake; we will need to stand together and make a goal line stand if our industry is to remain viable!

On behalf of the MAB Board of Directors and staff, thank you for your continued support. You are the focus of our efforts; your success is our goal; and everyone at the MAB works hard every day to accomplish this important mission!

Once renewals are processed, you will receive a new 2017 membership decal and a new 2017 password to the members-only section of the MAB website.