Category Archives: November 2016

Associate Member Resource: Thanksgiving Tips from the Michigan Restaurant Association

mirestaurantThe Michigan Restaurant Association (MRA), an associate member of the MAB, is pleased to provide you with some facts and information for use in your news and programming this Thanksgiving season:

  1. Thousands Dine Out for Thanksgiving in Michigan – download here.
  2. Six Thanksgiving Food Safety Tips – download here.

The MRA is the recognized leader of Michigan’s hospitality industry, providing essential services to the food service community. Founded in 1921, the MRA represents nearly 4,500 Michigan food service establishments. The industry plays an integral role in Michigan’s economy, employing more than 421,000 people and creating $15.4 billion in annual sales.

The MRA’s mission is to enhance the food service and hospitality industry through advocacy, education, and leadership.

MAB Member Services: Want Cash Back for Electric Energy Usage? Call MAB!

EnStar-Logo-croppedDid you know that virtually all MAB members
are eligible for an exemption on sales tax on energy?

If you have not had a FREE MAB Energy Audit by EnStar, you may have left money on the table. The MAB members that have participated in this program have received, on average, $4,800 up to $40,000 in refunded taxes from their utility companies. Plus, they save about $1,200 annually at no cost and little to no effort on their part. EnStar’s experienced energy specialists will assess your station’s energy usage and your energy bills to see if you qualify for an energy tax refund. EnStar will do all the work, including applying for your state tax credit. If accepted, all you owe is 50% of the credit returned to you. In the future you will continue to receive the benefits of a tax reduction for your energy saving efforts. EnStar can also make suggestions for additional energy and money saving measures you can make on a daily basis.

What do you have to lose? Contact Melissa Burris or Steve Clark at EnStar Energy today! Phone: 517-694-2510 or email Melissa at [email protected] or Steve at [email protected]

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Start the process of getting your refund today by contacting MAB’s energy partner Enstar Energy.

Scholarship Winner Highlight: Caleb Gordon

calebgordon_275Your contributions to the MABF help students to realize their dreams! Here, one recent scholarship winner shares his experiences and goals for the future. Learn more about the MABF Scholarship program here and help to support these scholarship programs by donating here.

Caleb Gordon is the proud recipient of the Friends of Bill Burton Scholarship and is continuing his educational journey at Michigan State University. Read on to learn more about Caleb and why he loves broadcasting…

Current school and expected year of graduation:
Michigan State University, Class of 2017

Name of scholarship you received and year it was received:
Friends of Bill Burton Scholarship, 2016

Brief resume and educational background:
I graduated from Marysville High School in 2013 and then went to St. Clair Community College (SC4) for two years, where I graduated with an associates degree. I then transferred to Michigan State in 2015 and am now a senior in the Media and Information Department.

My broadcasting experience dates back to freshmen year of High School when I started hanging around Liggett Communications (WPHM, WHLS, WHLX, WSAQ, WBTI) in Port Huron as an intern. As a student at SC4, I returned to Liggett as morning talk show producer and also did various other news and engineering assignments. I also was involved with SC4’s college radio station (WSGR). Following my transfer to MSU last year, I found a new home at MacDonald Broadcasting (WILS, WXLA, WHZZ, WQHH), where I remain today, doing just about everything from news to engineering.

Check out Caleb’s LinkedIn profile here.

What made you want to pursue broadcasting as a career?
I grew up in a family where the radio was always on, so I think that really influenced my interests. Since I’m from a relatively small town, local radio was essentially the center of our community. I looked up to local Port Huron radio personalities (like Paul Miller at WPHM, who I bugged enough until he got me an internship there six years ago). I truly believe the power of audio can inform, entertain and enlighten better than any other mass media. I’m also a news and politics junkie and radio helps to feed this interest.

What is your favorite class you have taken in school so far and why?
My favorite class so far has been Dr. David McCarty’s Media Economics and Politics course at MSU. My aforementioned interest in politics is probably why I enjoyed it so much. I also like learning about FCC policy and the policy making process.

Honorable mention goes to a geology class I took at SC4, which really changed the way I look at the earth.

How has the MAB Foundation helped you in your educational journey?
I’m a two-time scholarship recipient. As a High School senior I received a competitive scholarship that helped pay for my classes at SC4. And then this spring, I received the Bill Burton scholarship which is helping pay for my classes at MSU. The MABF has made my education more affordable and my dreams of a career in broadcasting more attainable.

Furthermore, participating in the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference gave me the chance to network with others in the industry and sit in on very informational sessions.

More about Caleb:
A goal of mine is to be in a management position at a group of radio stations. I really enjoy all aspects of the business, whether it is programming, engineering, news, or the business side. A career that would incorporate all of these would be ideal. Thanks to the MAB, my education, and work experience, I believe this is attainable.

I’d like to thank everybody that I’ve crossed paths with in my educational and vocational experiences. I hope one day to have the same impact on a young broadcaster like many have had on me.

Walenta takes WGVU Explorers to Europe

wgvu-111516_700WGVU Public Media (Grand Rapids) General Manager Michael Walenta recently returned from taking the WGVU Explorers on a 14-day trip to the Magnificent Cities of Central and Eastern Europe.

Michael and the WGVU Explorer travelers toured Berlin where they saw many sites including the Sans Souci Palace, the former residence of Frederick the Great, and saw the remains of the Berlin Wall including “Checkpoint Charlie.” Then it was on to Dresden, Prague and the Czech Republic. From there, they visited Vienna and took in a classical concert and lovely dinner consisting of local cuisine. They traveled to the beautiful city of Budapest, Hungary where they visited a Hungarian Horse Farm. Krakow, Poland was their next stop where they visited historic Old Town and toured Wawel Castle, a former residence of Polish kings. Auschwitz was their next stop where they saw first-hand the various prison cells and learned more about the history of the prison and many of the hardships that occurred within those walls. Warsaw was their last city on the tour where they experienced the local capital city. It was a very memorable trip, filled with history and education.

For more information on an upcoming trip, visit or call (800) 442-2771.

Upcoming WGVU Explorer trips include:
Alaska Discovery Land & Cruise – May 9-21, 2017
Exploring Ireland & Britain featuring Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales – October 13-27, 2017

Let your Students Showcase their Best Work!


Just a reminder from the MAB Foundation that the Michigan Student Broadcast Awards Online Entry System is open and ready for your entries! Please refer to the official Online Entry instructions at for complete rules.

So, spread the word…tell every student in Michigan that they are eligible to enter the competition for FREE with an opportunity to showcase their best work to broadcast professionals and compete with other Michigan student broadcasters!

A few updates to note:

Current Events Program – for everyone!
Content should include current events or political events. Entries will be judged on human interest, subject portrayal and production value.

Friday, December 16, 2016 by 3:00pm

The Student Broadcast Awards Ceremony will again take place during the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference (GLBC) Student Luncheon in Lansing at the Lansing Center on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. This Main Luncheon will include the awards presentation and scholarship presentation and is attended by broadcast professionals, students and guests. The popular GLBC Career Fair will immediately follow the luncheon, which will also include an area for students to network and mingle.

Contact the MAB Foundation office with any questions at [email protected] or via phone to 517.484.7444.

Best of luck, and remember, if you don’t enter, you can’t win!

The BCBC is this Friday!


The Broadcasting Career Builder Conference (BCBC) is here!

bcbc-102416The MABF team is hard at work this week finalizing details for the BCBC. Students and Educators statewide will flock to the Lansing area on Friday to learn about new techniques in filming on iPhones, resume tips and tricks, how to write the WRITE way, and much more!

Online registration has closed, but if you have any last minute students that would like to attend this important educational conference, they can register on-site!

Remember, the professionals your students will meet at the BCBC can become the link they need to break into the broadcasting and media industry! This is the conference that will take your students to the next level in their career journey.

Friday, November 18
Eagle Eye Golf Club & Conference Center, Bath MI (Directions)
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Career Fair 12 – 1:30 p.m.


Please contact Alisha Clack ([email protected]) with questions about the BCBC.

Jackson’s K-105.3 is Stuffing the Van

k-1053_300Jackson Radio Works’ WKHM-FM (K-105.3) (Jackson) is holding a “Stuff the Van” food drive this Thursday, November 17 to collected canned and non-perishable foods for the Jackson Community Food Pantry.

The drive is being held in conjunction with the station’s Thanksgiving “Grocery Bagging Race” contest being held at a local grocery store.  The contest features two contestants drawn from entries who will go head-to-head to bag a cart full of Thanksgiving groceries.  The person who bags all their groceries first will win the entire cart full of items.

For more information, visit the station’s website here.

WYTZ Holds 20th Annual Stuff-A-Truck Food Drive

WYTZ staff all set and ready to go this past Monday (11/14)

This week (November 14-19), Mid-West Family Broadcasting’s WYTZ-FM (Benton Harbor) is holding its 20th annual “Stuff-A-Truck” food drive in Southwest Michigan.

The “Stuff-a-Truck” food drive helps the local community by providing necessary items to families in need. All donations will go to the Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency in Benton Harbor. Donations will stay in Southwest Michigan.The Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency’s mission is to assist people in economic need and enable them to achieve and sustain self-sufficiency, while respecting their diversity.

The station is broadcasting live daily, all day long, at a local grocery store in St. Joseph.  State and Community Leaders have been asked to stop by and add their support to the food drive.  Listeners of the station are asked to come out to the live broadcast to donate food items as well as make monetary donations to the cause!

The station has also coordinated with area schools, who have chosen to participate by collecting food for the cause.



Traffic Director Spotlight: Crysta Manthei, MAB

crystapic_250Crysta Manthei joined the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) this month as NCSA/Traffic Assistant.  Among her duties is handling NCSA/PEP (Public Education Program) traffic.

Q1:  How long have you been in traffic?
I am brand new to traffic and started in the field on Monday, November 7. I have a lot to learn and am excited to start in this great business!

Q2: What is your favorite comfort food?
Crysta:  My favorite comfort food is French Toast! I love a good breakfast for dinner.

Q3: Which Superhero would you be, and why?
Crysta:  Flash, so I could think and move at the speed of light.

Q4: When I’m not working, I’d rather be …
Crysta: Spending time with my husband.

Q5:  If I had the chance, I’d really like to have lunch with….
Crysta:  Leonardo DiCaprio, my favorite actor.

Q6: What’s the best advice you have ever received?
Crysta:  Always be true to yourself.

Q7: Tell us something about yourself that very few people know.
I have two birthdays, one that is on my birth certificate incorrectly and one that is my true birthday. It gives me an excuse to celebrate more!

Another FREE Webcast for MAB Members!

Broadcasters Online: A Legal Guide to the Cyber-Jungle
Presented by: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

Get your legal questions answered!

When:  Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 2-4 p.m.
Where:  Online or in-person at the Communication Arts & Sciences Building, Room 145, Michigan State University.  (map)

MAB/MAPB Member cost: FREE!!!
Non-Member cost: $150
Register here:

This seminar will deal with legal issues that a broadcaster may face exploiting new digital delivery systems, including a discussion of music licensing, legal issues that arise in social networking, other copyright and trademark issues, privacy concerns and other government regulations that can affect your Internet and other digital operations.

Attend in person or online! The presentation will be webcast live, with an email available for questions. The webcast will be archived online and accessible to registered participants for six months.

Have you thought about these common scenarios? These are some of the questions that will be answered by David Oxenford, MAB’s Washington attorney, and the answers may surprise you!

  • Your employee finds a picture on the Internet that perfectly illustrates an article that you are posting on your website. Can you use the picture on your website without getting permission? How about on your Twitter feed or Facebook page?
  • You want to feature a YouTube video in your TV news. Is there any issue with doing that?
  • You’ve paid ASCAP and BMI for rights to play a song over the air and on your web stream. You also archive and podcast your morning drive show, do you need to pay ASCAP and BMI again?
  • You had a local band come into your studio to play a set on-air. They play two of their own songs and one cover song. Can you archive the show on-demand on your website?
  • A station listener posts some nasty comments on your station’s facebook page. Can you be liable?
  • Why do many celebrities have “#ad” following many of their social media posts? Is that something my station needs to think about?


David Oxenford - ColorAbout our Presenter:

David Oxenford

David Oxenford has over 30 years of experience in representing radio and television broadcasters before the Federal Communications Commission and other Washington regulatory agencies, and in working with them on contracts and other transactional matters.  He has worked with clients on issues including the FCC multiple and foreign ownership rules, station purchases and sales, FCC technical rules, translator issues, political broadcasting, advertising rules and regulations and many other regulatory and transactional issues.  David also represents Internet radio stations and other digital media companies on music licensing and other regulatory and transactional issues. He is a partner in the Washington, D.C office of the law firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP. He is a regular speaker at state and national broadcast and music conferences and conventions, and writes regularly on many of these topics on his widely-read blog, and in many other publications.